Battery life of iPhone SE 3 vs SE 2, iPhone 8 and more

Along with the A15 chip upgrade and more, the iPhone SE gets a battery improvement over its predecessor and other iPhones. Let’s see how the battery life of the iPhone SE 3 compares to old and modern iPhones.

As expected, the iPhone SE 3 remains the most affordable option in Apple’s smartphone lineup. While it gets 5G support, a new color option, and the A15 Bionic chip, it lacks some features:

However, even with the same dimensions and overall design as the iPhone SE 2 and likely the same 1821mAh battery capacity, Apple was able to improve battery life. That’s thanks to the tight integration between the A15 chip, the rest of the iPhone and iOS hardware. This includes what Apple says is its latest battery chemistry and “internal design updates.”

What to expect with iPhone SE 3 battery life

With the iPhone SE 3 you get 2 hours more for video playback and 10 hours more for audio than the SE 2 or iPhone 8.

This puts the battery life of the iPhone SE 3 on par with the iPhone 12 mini but that’s still less than the iPhone 13 range.

Note: Apple’s battery estimates show the “until” qualifier on all of its specification pages.

iPhone SE 3 iPhone SE 2 iPhone 8 iPhone 12/13 mini
Battery for video playback 15 hours 13 hours 13 hours 3/5 p.m.
Battery for video streaming 10 hours 8 hours 10/1 p.m.
Battery for audio playback 50 hours 40 hours 40 hours 50/55 hours

So if you’re coming from an iPhone SE 2, 8, or older, you’ll probably be impressed with the battery life of the iPhone SE 3. Apple claims the new iPhone SE offers 4 hours of video playback from more than the iPhone 6s.

And just like the iPhone SE 2 and other models, the SE 3 offers fast charging so a 20W+ power adapter will give you a 50% charge in 30 minutes.

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