There have been months -and years- of rumors, but finally, we have here the new cheap iPhone. There were doubts with the name: that if iPhone SE 2 2020, that iPhone SE to dry … but in the end, it is the iPhone SE. The new iPhone arrives to fill the gap left between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X and meets what expected of the “cheap iPhone.”
Apple is a brand that, in all its ranges, maintains a high quality of product at a premium price. All the leading companies have these types of products, but they also look at the medium-premium range, a segment in which users have more comfortable changing their mobile phones because they are cheaper. At last, Apple looks at the mid-range with the iPhone SE 2 2020.
He got into this segment with the iPhone SE and iPhone 5c, smaller than high-end phones, with a different design and hardware that, although it was not up to the high-end at that time, offered a great user experience thanks to the fantastic integration between Apple software and hardware. That same philosophy is what the iPhone SE 2 2020 follows.
The new cheap iPhone SE features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, the A13 Bionic processor, with a single 12 MP camera and a Portrait Mode, for people only. Apple has surprised with the inclusion of its most powerful processor, included in the iPhone 11.
It also has Touch ID, protection against water and dust IP67, and wireless charging. Let’s look at it in detail.
iPhone SE 2 2020 specs and battery life
- Retina HD 4.7-inch IPS screen (1334 x 750 pixels) with 326 dpi and 625 nits
- A13 Bionic processor
- 3 GB RAM
- Storage 64, 128 or 256 GB
- 12 MP wide-angle f / 1.8 OIS rear camera. 5X digital zoom
- 7 MP f / 2.2 front camera
- 1,821 mAh battery, with Qi wireless charging and fast charging
- Fingerprint reader Yes, Touch ID
- Other Features WiFi 6 MIMO 2×2, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, Dual SIM
- Price from 489 euros
iPhone SE, A design reminiscent of another era
Perhaps the least notable aspect of the iPhone SE is its design. Recapture the old iPhone style of a few years ago, with the large front button for the fingerprint reader, the large up and down frames on the screen, and a single rear camera. But as usual with the company, the materials are premium: aerospace-grade aluminum and sturdy glass, manufactured with a seven-layer tinting process for precise hue and opacity.
It also has IP67 protection against water and dust and is available in three colors: black, white, and PRODUCT (RED).
The beloved 4.7-inch screen
The iPhone SE represents a return to the old 4.7-inch screens, which Apple defended for years, arguing that “no more is needed.”The 4.7-inch Retina HD display has a 1,334-by-750-pixel resolution with 326 dpi and 625-nit brightness. Employs True Tone technology to adjust white balance based on ambient light. It also supports playback on Dolby Vision and HDR10.
iPhone SE uses haptic feedback for Quick Actions, like playing Live Photos, previewing messages, rearranging apps, and more. It also incorporates the well-known start button, with a sapphire crystal that protects the sensor and a steel ring that detects the user’s fingerprint with Touch ID.
Be careful, cheap, but with a premium processor.
Rumors claimed that the iPhone SE would use an SoC from a couple of years ago, but Apple has surprised by including the A13 Bionic processor, its most powerful CPU. The same used by the iPhone 11.
We do not know if it will cut somewhere, but the processor is the same as the one used by its high-end.
This SoC relies on artificial intelligence to improve results. A pivotal technology to power the only camera, as we will see. The A13 Bionic chip features an independent eight-core Neural Engine capable of processing 5 billion operations per second, two machine learning accelerators on the CPU. And the new machine learning controller to find the balance between performance and efficiency. As usual at Apple, it does not reveal the RAM it uses. But we do know that it sold with 64, 128, or 256 GB of storage.
A single rear camera
To cut costs, Apple has returned to the configuration of a single rear camera, common until a couple of years ago. The sensor offers 12MP wide-angle resolution with an f / 1.8 aperture, OIS, and 5X digital zoom.
As we have discussed, it will use the cutting-edge artificial intelligence offered by the A13 Bionic to do the work of the double and triple sensors of other smartphones. It has Portrait Mode with advanced bokeh effect, depth control, portrait lighting with six effects (Natural Light, Studio Light, Contour Light, Stage Light, Mono Stage Light, and Mono High Key Light), Burst Mode, photo geotagging, and much more.
In the video recording section, it is capable of recording 4K video at 60 fps. It has optical stabilization for video, slow motion at 240 fps, and time-lapse. You can also take photos at 8 MP while recording 4K videos.
The front camera reaches 7 MP, with aperture f / 2.2. It includes a Portrait Mode with advanced bokeh effect and depth control, portrait lighting with six effects, Burst mode. And video recording at 1080p and 30 fps.
Battery with wireless charging
Apple has not provided the size of the battery. But ensures that “it is similar to the iPhone 8.” It offers up to 13 hours of video playback, 8 hours of streaming, and 40 hours of audio. It supports Qi wireless charging, and it has fast-charged. According to Apple, you can recharge the iPhone SE to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Other notable features are its compatibility with WiFi-6 with MIMO 2×2, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and NFC. It connected by Lightning and has two stereo speakers.
iPhone SE Price and release date
It can book in Spain in three colors: black, white, and PRODUCT (RED), from April 17. For 349 euros if you deliver your old mobile. If you buy it as is, these are the prices:
- iPhone SE with 64 GB – 489 euros
- iPhone SE with 128 GB – 539 euros
- And iPhone SE with 256 GB – 659 euros
We already have all the features of the new cheap iPhone. Now it only remains to see how it works in sales, but if we are guided by how the previous cheap iPhone fared. We can anticipate that it will not go wrong.