The iPhone SE 3 is equipped with more RAM than its predecessor, which is something Apple didn’t announce. The recently launched entry-level iPhone has the same design, display and camera hardware as the pervious version, and continues to target those wanting a compact and affordable iPhone. Although there aren’t that many upgrades, the iPhone SE 3 is still a great purchase at the starting price of $429, especially considering it is powered by an A15 Bionic chip and supports 5G.
At one point, rumors suggested that the iPhone SE 3 might look very similar to the iPhone XR, with a notch on the front. However, that is not the case with the third-generation iPhone SE which, once again, uses the same chassis as the iPhone 8. The main difference between the two models is the upgraded chip that not only improves performance in general, but also camera quality and battery life as well.
Apart from the chip and 5G support, the iPhone SE 3 also comes with another notable improvement that wasn’t covered in the original announcement. After taking a closer look at code strings within Apple’s Xcode 13.3 RC, MacRumors spotted that the iPhone SE 3 is loaded with 4GB of RAM, compared to the 3GB provided with the iPhone SE 2. In addition, recent Geekbench results have also indicated that the newest iPhone SE model does come with 4GB RAM.
While Android flagships tend to come with significantly more RAM, iOS doesn’t need quite as much. This is mostly due to the system being optimized in a way that allows it to handle multiple apps simultaneously without having more RAM. For reference, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max both come with 6GB RAM, while the regular iPhone 13 and 13 mini are equipped with 4GB. The iPad Mini 6 also comes with 4GB of RAM and is powered by the same A15 processor. The recent benchmark results pointed to the iPhone SE 3 scoring 1,695 in single-core testing and 4,021 in multi-core testing, which is very close to the iPhone 13, with the extra gigabyte of RAM and the A15 appearing to combine nicely to boost performance.
The average user might not necessarily see the benefit of the additional 1GB RAM, as even 3GB is sufficient for day-to-day tasks. However, it is likely to save a reasonable amount of time when it comes to multitasking, as more apps will be able to run smoothly in the background. Photo and video-editing apps also often need more RAM to account for their additional processing behind the scenes, so it is possible that this side of the experience will be better as well. Not to mention, Apple also added new camera features to the iPhone SE 3 including Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 4 and Photographic Styles which are likely to also benefit. The extra 1GB can also help to keep more tabs active in Safari, and may even help to improve battery life on the iPhone SE 3. Put simply, the inclusion of both the A15 chip and 4GB RAM is likely to overall result in a snappy iPhone SE 3 experience.
Next: iPhone SE 3 Vs. iPhone 7: Is It Time For You To Upgrade?