Apple unveiled a new low-cost iPhone, the iPhone SE, in April 2020. It is a follow-up to the 2016 iPhone SE of the same name. The 2020 iPhone SE is Apple’s most affordable iPhone just like its predecessor starting at $399.
The original iPhone SE used to resemble an iPhone 5 whereas the 2020 iPhone SE is identical to the iPhone 8 when it comes to design.
Being identical to the iPhone 8, iPhone SE continues to feature thick top and bottom bezels. The top bezel has the 7-megapixel front-facing camera and microphone. Whereas, the bottom bezel includes a Touch ID Home button for fingerprint-based biometric authentication.
The new iPhone SE is the only iPhone that continues to feature Touch ID over Face ID in Apple’s current lineup. It uses Haptic Touch for Quick Actions and contextual menus, with 3D Touch like other iPhones This has now been eliminated from the iPhone lineup.
Explained below are some of the amazing specification of the new iPhone SE 2020:
- It has a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display with True Tone that matches with the ambient lighting in a room, Wide color, Dolby Vision, and HDR10.
- It is available in black, white and red. The iPhone SE has a glass front and back with a color-matched aluminum band.
- It supports wireless charging and features IP67 water and dust resistance so it can hold up to splashes and even brief submersions in water.
- There’s a single-lens 12-megapixel rear camera in the iPhone SE with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and support for Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. The iPhone SE does not have Night Mode, but there is Smart HDR, Wide color support plus an LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync capabilities.
- The iPhone SE’s camera can record 4K videos at up to 60 frames per second with optical image stabilization. It supports slow-mo and time-lapse videos. The front-facing camera also supports Portrait Mode as well using the image signal processor and Neural Engine of the A13 Bionic.
- The iPhone SE is equipped with modern chip technology inside. It features the same A13 Bionic chip as the iPhone 11, which Apple says is the fastest chip in a smartphone to date. The A13 Bionic has a dedicated 8-core neural engine. It can perform 5 trillion operations per second, two Machine Learning Accelerators on the CPU, and a Machine Learning Controller for better performance and efficiency
- There’s no U1 chip inside the iPhone SE 2020, but it does feature Wi-Fi 6 support. It is the latest and fastest Wi-Fi protocol, along with Bluetooth 5 and Gigabit-class LTE with 2×2 MIMO. It has NFC with reader mode and supports Express Cards. Its power reserve feature allows cards to be accessible even when the battery is dead.
When it comes to battery life, the iPhone SE lasts for 13 hours when watching videos, eight hours when streaming videos, and 40 hours when listening to audio. It is capable of fast charging and using an 18W power adapter or higher, it can charge to 50 percent in 30 minutes.
How to Buy
On Friday, April 17 at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time pre-orders for the iPhone SE began. Devices began arriving to customers on Friday, April 24. The first wave of iPhone SE launches included the United States and more than 40 other countries and regions.
AppleCare+ is available for the iPhone SE for $79 or $3.99 a month. Apple also offers an upgraded $149 plan that can add coverage for theft and loss.
Reviewers are praising the device’s performance, which is on par with the iPhone 11, and it’s affordable price point. Reviews of the iPhone SE are largely positive. The design of the device might be outdated, with its thick bezels, but its display is excellent, and the build quality is solid. The A13 chip ensures super-fast performance and years of software updates to come.
Its battery life is also good, but the iPhone SE is not as long lasting as the iPhone 8. Camera quality is excellent for a phone that costs $399, but in low light conditions it struggles somewhat. That’s true of older iPhones, too. The iPhone SE is excellent in bright light, producing color accurate, vivid pictures, and there’s also the bonus of Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting.
In a nutshell, most reviewers agree that this is a significant upgrade for iPhone users who have been holding onto older devices because of expensive models.