Apple recently launched the iPhone SE 2020 as the second generation of the original iPhone SE. In fact, the iPhone 8 lineup has been discontinued for the iPhone SE 2020. What excited many people was the use of the A13 Bionic chipset in the device. This means that the phone was expected to perform as good as the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Early reviews of the iPhone SE 2020 praised its performance. However, the phone has now appeared on AnTuTu and the score is underwhelming. In fact, its score of 492166 is well below the scores of the 2019 iPhones. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 have scores of 537154, 521010, and 517400 respectively.
When the iPhone SE 2020 results are looked at closely, it is easy to see that the CPU and GPU yield are closer to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Meanwhile, these older devices use the A12 Bionic chip.
The closest that the 256GB iPhone SE gets to the iPhone 11 lineup is in the memory speed. With a score of 77968 in this department, it is way ahead of the iPhone XS lineup.
The iPhone SE 2020 was touted to get the iPhone 11 Pro chipset and the iPhone XR camera in an iPhone 8 body. However, with the AnTuTu scores, it is easy to see that the A13 Bionic chipset in the iPhone SE 2020 was clearly underclocked. This may be in an attempt to maintain a decent battery life.
Even with the iPhone SE 2020’s score, it definitely still beats most phones with a price tag of $399 out of the water. It is just not as good as many expected.