Apple has officially launched another entry-level iPhone. The new second-generation iPhone SE comes with powerful specifications but at an aggressive starting price of just $399. Instead of conducting a big flashy event to unveil its new device, in this time of coronavirus and world lockdown, Apple launched the phone via a press release.
While the new iPhone SE is a small, familiar, and a classic version of the iPhone, it is worth noting that the device packs in the company’s latest A13 Bionic chipset. The same A13 chipsets run the company’s most expensive iPhone 11 Pro as well as the newly launched iPhone SE, which is currently the cheapest iPhone available.
iPhone SE Design and form-factor
Unlike the previously launched iPhone SE, which resembled the then smaller iPhone 5, the latest model resembles the previous iPhone 8 in terms of look and design. The device continues to feature thick top and bottom. The top bezel houses the front-facing camera along with a bunch of sensors. The bottom bezel houses Apple’s proprietary Touch ID home button.
Like the previous iPhone 8, the new iPhone SE also features an all-glass body. The glass display and the body are held together using the aluminum band, which matches the color of the device. The device is available in white, space gray, and Product RED variants and is IP67 dust and water-resistant.
The new iPhone SE features Touch ID over the currently trending Face ID, which has become a norm since the iPhone X. While the device comes with Haptic Touch, it does not sport the 3D Touch — which now seems to be taken down forever.
Specifications and features
The new iPhone SE features various latest specifications and features as seen in the latest iPhone 11 lineup. This inexpensive device sports a 4.7-inch retina HD display with a resolution of 1,334×750 pixels. The device is powered by the company’s latest A13 Bionic chipset as seen on the latest iPhone 11 lineup.
The device comes in three standard storage options — 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. For imaging, the device features a single 12-megapixels wide-angle rear camera. The secondary front-facing camera is a 7-megapixels shooter that supports portrait mode.
During the launch, Apple said that the new iPhone SE comes with similar battery life as that of the iPhone 8. The device supports Qi-based wireless charging as well as fast charging. It runs iOS 13 out-of-the-box and comes with all the latest features we see in the current iPhones.
Pricing and availability
Apple has priced the new iPhone SE very aggressively to make it competitive against the Pixel 3A, Galaxy S10E, and other budget Android smartphones. The device starts at $399 for the base 64GB variant, $449 for 128GB variant, and $549 for a 256GB version.
Apple is taking preorders for the latest iPhone SE now.
Our opinion: The iPhone SE is a good alternative for many. Considering the lower price-point, powerful specs, and smaller form-factor, it seems to be a good move from Apple to keep the market engaged. What do you guys think about it?