Apple’s Budget iPhone SE Officially Outperforms the iPhone XS Max

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Apple positioned the iPhone SE as the budget phone for new iPhone owners and for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money on an upgrade. Those who purchase this entry-level phone will be pleased by its performance, which is so good that it outperforms the best Android phones and even Apple’s previously top-of-the-line XS Max.

The new SE 2020 borrows heavily from the iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch display, the iPhone 8’s single-lens camera, and a Touch ID home button. One significant upgrade is the A13 chip, which also is included the iPhone 11 series.

Though, one unexpected benefit of this processing power is the performance that is so good that it outscored the iPhone XS Max on the AnTuTu benchmark test, which is a popular benchmarking tool for smartphones and tablets.

  1. According to the AnTuTu results, the new iPhone SE 2nd generation scored 492,166 on the test.
  2. That score is higher than the 443,337 recorded for the iPhone XS Max.

The iPhone XS Max scored tenth in AnTuTu’s list of best-performing iOS devices for March 2020. Now that iPhone SE 2nd generation outscored the XS Max, it will drop off the list for April 2020, and the SE 2020 will replace it.

The iPhone SE 2nd generation is in good company. The only other iPhones ahead of the XS Max on the top 10 list are the iPhone 11 series. 

The iPhone SE 2nd generation is considered one of the best budget phones currently available. Reviewers praise the iPhone SE for its speedy performance, and capable camera, which offers the same portrait mode and Smart HDR found on Apple’s flagship phones.

The iPhone SE 2nd generation is available now online and in select retail stores. Pricing starts at $399 for the 64GB, with the 128GB available for $449 and the 256GB model selling for $549.

Walmart and Sam’s Club are offering fantastic deals on the iPhone SE 2nd generation by taking $200 off the price of the phones either as a cash discount or through gift cards.

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