The timing couldn’t be more perfect for Apple to launch the all-new iPhone SE as OnePlus has announced its OnePlus 8 lineup just a day ago. The brand with the tag of ‘flagship killer’ has literally bumped the prices of its new phones higher than ever and today, Apple introduced its budget phone, iPhone SE. Ironically, in 2014, OnePlus brought the OnePlus One at half the price of an iPhone and now, in 2020, Apple did the same by launching the iPhone SE at almost half the price of the OnePlus 8 Pro.
After the first edition of the iPhone SE and iPhone XR, it’s the third time, we are getting a phone like iPhone SE, starting at just $399. The new iPhone SE is quite like iPhone 8 in terms of looks, but well, looks can be deceiving.
The new iPhone SE retains the Touch ID, which is great according to many. It packs the most powerful mobile chipset ever. It is compact and there is a Product Red variant as well. While the iPhone SE starts at $399 for the 64GB variant, even the higher variants with 128GB and 256GB storage are quite budget-friendly. Those two variants are priced at $449 and $549 respectively.
As it’s a compact phone, the display is quite humble measuring 4.7-inch only. It’s a True Tone HD display having a resolution of 1334×750-pixels. There is nothing crazy in terms of resolution or refresh rate, but it supports Dolby Vision and HDR10. Under the hood, the iPhone SE packs an A13 Bionic chipset, which will help overcome some hindrances in terms of photography as Apple claimed. The A13 Bionic is the same chipset you can find on an iPhone 11 Pro, the most premium iPhone ever! Apple also joked a bit regarding the choice of chipset as the product page of iPhone SE says, ‘iPhone 11 Pro called. It wants its chip back.’
There is a single 12-megapixel shooter with f/1.8 aperture and 5x digital zoom on the back. The A13 Bionic helps the phone improve HDR photography. Also, the rear camera has OIS. There is no secondary lens for portraits. Instead, Apple uses monocular depth sensing, which uses machine learning to detect depth and faces. This approach is similar to what Google did with the Pixel phones. But only time will tell how good it is in real life. In terms of video, the iPhone SE can record videos in 4K at 60fps, that too with stereo audio. On the front, there is a 7-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture that supports portrait mode and offers lighting effects as well. The new iPhone SE can record full HD slow-motion videos at 120 fps or 240 fps
The iPhone SE supports 18W fast charging, but in the box, there is just that 5W useless charger so when you get the package, throw the charger in the dustbin and use an 18W charger. Using an 18W charger, you can charge the phone from 0% to 50% under half an hour. There is support for Qi Wireless Charging as well.
In terms of cellular connectivity, the iPhone SE supports almost all major LTE bands, as well as CDMA EV‑DO, UMTS/HSPA+/DC‑HSDPA, GSM/EDGE. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. The iPhone SE runs the latest iOS 13 and like all other iPhones, it should get OS updates for years to come. iPhone SE also lets users use dual-SIM cards, however, one of them will always be e-SIM while a physical SIM card can also put into an actual SIM slot.
As of now, we have heard that the iPhone SE will start at Rs. 42,500 in India. However, the complete details regarding the pricing of all variants are still unknown. For all the updates related to iPhone SE, please check our Facebook page as we will share details as soon as we get a word from Apple.
Oops, almost forgot, yes, the iPhone SE is now IP67 rated which means that the phone can stay underwater at a maximum depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes!