The Apple iPhone SE 2 is coming next year: Here's what you need to know

The Apple iPhone SE 2 is coming next year: Here's what you need to know
For years now, the iPhone SE 2 has stood on a nearly mythical throne, and rightly so It was the compact powerhouse with the timeless, old-school design. For a long time, it was not only one of the best compact phones you could get, it was... essentially the single device that met many people's requirements when it comes to size.

Now, the iPhone SE 2 achieved a somewhat cult following thanks to the crowd of Apple fans that still nostalgically cherish the past when Apple actually made compact phones. Packing iPhone 6s internals, the small iPhone was a powerhouse only rivaled by top-shelf flagships at the time of its market release, but it's been two years since then and the handset's beginning to feel a bit long in the tooth and is due for a refresh. 

Talk about a second generation of the small but potent iPhone SE has been around for some time now, but Apple has kept the us in a dry spell. However, it seems as if 2020 could be it for the elusive iPhone SE 2!


Not the traditional design you expected

According to the rumor mill, the iPhone SE 2 will employ an iPhone 8-like design. The old-school industrial design with sharp edges is going away in favor of the more modern iPhone 6/7/8-like looks. For one, we expect the physical TouchID-enabled button and, ahem, the headphone jack to remain staples of the affordable compact iPhone. From a hardware standpoint, the handset is expected to be a logical upgrade step for millions of Apple users of older iPhones like the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 series, which are pretty aging at this moment.  


As we mentioned, these days the iPhone SE 2 is expected to have the same general hardware as the iPhone 8. This means it will get a 4.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 750 by 1334 pixels and a Retina-perfect density of 326ppi. The iPhone 8 also had True Tone support, as well as HDR video playback, so the iPhone SE 2 would most likely come along with support for these as well. 


While the normal iPhone SE had the Apple A9 chipset inside, its successor is tipped to be boasting the Apple A13 chipset that was announced alongside Apple's 2019 iPhone 11 series. This chipset is a beast and would provide the iPhone SE 2 with more than enough performance to satisfy just about any needs you might have. We expect the iPhone SE 2 to come with either 3 or 4GB of RAM, and its storage to start at 32 or 64GB for cost-cutting reasons. 


We expect the camera of the iPhone SE 2 to be the same 12MP f/1.8 snapper that was found on the iPhone 8. While the camera specs themselves are identical to the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 has a much larger camera sensor which improves its low-light image quality. Between the iPhone 7 and 8, resolution may stay at 12MP, but the camera sensor itself is larger this year, resulting in bigger, more light-sensitive pixels. They also exhibit improved isolation from each other, for enhanced image fidelity, and new camera data-processing systems are intended to give boosts to things like HDR performance and auto-focus speed. We suppose that the same will apply to the iPhone SE 2 as well. 

Price, release date

Nikkei, Bloomberg , and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo are all convinced that not only is an iPhone SE 2 happening, but that it's actually bound to happen in just a few months time. The predicted release date for the device is the first quarter of 2020, which falls nicely with Apple's annual spring events. This also coincides with the original iPhone SE's announcement in the spring of 2016 at Apple' March event. 

Once on sale, the iPhone SE2, or whatever Apple chooses to call it, will presumably be positioned below the 2018 iPhone XR. This move means the iPhone 8 will probably be discontinued upon its arrival – Apple stopped shipping the iPhone 5s once the iPhone SE was announced – to avoid any potential overlapping in its lineup.

Now, the saucy part - the pricing. The original iPhone SE cost $399 for the 16GB model, while the 64GB one cost $499. Later on, storage got doubled but the prices remained the same, which was surprise as pleasant as they come. We suppose that the iPhone SE 2 could carry a very similar price tag - the low tier storage version would likely start at just $399, while the better packed one would sell for $449. 

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1. p3t3peter

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 06, 2018

I am actually somewhat interested in this, although i already have an IPhone 7

7. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I just got the 7 as an upgrade to my SE. The size is ok but I miss the size of the SE. Just not enough to trade it for the other things I gain with the 7.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7594; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The screen by far and away is the most important component of any smartphone. It's the window into everything you see and do on any smartphone. That 4" sub HD display should be buried nowadays. Also if it's a 4.2" display with the same resolution, then definitely scrape it, but I think since the display size is growing, then I think we might see a resolution jump as well.

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I'm new here, but I have to disagree. I dont want to argue with another iphone fan, but screen resolution (as long as it's over 300ppi) is the most I need out of device. I'd rather have better/smoother graphics, faster processing, and longer battery before I choose higher resolution. I used to have a 5S - incredible phone, sharp screen, great performance, and being first 64bit processor - was/is futureproof. Not once did I ever while using 5S or any other device after (apple or android) was I ever annoyed or disappointed by resolution - I have never met anyone who complained about resolution on any device after 2012 or so. but that's my opinion. I suggest, that if you dont like certain feature of a device - do not buy it. If resolution is the MOST important part for you - stay away from iPhones.

12. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yep they are in the minority, I don't mind the resolution at all. Out of my few issues, that wasn't one of them.

15. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I was hoping it would be a 4.3 inch display with the same body shape of the current SE but 4.2 is a good trade-off I guess. I wanted it to go as high as 4.5 inches but then it would be too close to the regular iPhone, though I don't care for the regular iPhone's rounded body.

27. OneLove123

Posts: 1262; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Well, it’s gonna look the same as your 7, 6 and 8.

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Too small, but I say everything the same as the SE along with improved camera and A10 chipset for $399. Can we get leaks for the XI Plus..LOL!!!

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Here's my little wish-list regarding the successor of The iPhone SE: 1. Bump the battery capacity to about 2,500mAh. 2. Widen the screen from 16:9 to 18:9. 3. Give it a slightly larger 5" display. 4. Get rid of the home button. 5. Give it iPhone X gestures. 6. Shave-off the bezels. 7. An FPS Scanner at the back or side. Since the upcoming iPhone 8 and iPhone X successor will allegedly have HUGE displays; it makes sense to add a 5" in the line-up. But of course, (A) it's never going to happen and (B) Even if Apple go that way; the price will be nearly $500. Oh well, G'Day!

5. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Original SE has 1624mAh, 7/8 got 1821mAh so your first point is not going to happen. I heard they're using A10 that's already efficient, we can expect something like 1700mAh. 5 inch 18:9 would be bigger than iPhone 7/8 so that's not going to happen. Apple would rather eliminate touch ID than using one on the back. Rumors say SE 2 would be an incremental update, also we can't expect it to be superior than iPhone 7/8 in any way.

16. Marcwand3l

Posts: 456; Member since: May 08, 2017

Actually the A10 is not that efficient, it's one of the reasons Apple had to throttle the iphone 7 after just 1 year. But with a small HD screen and a basic mobile OS like iOS that doesn't do much in the background it will probably be fine with a smaller battery.

4. kennybenny

Posts: 226; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

"Now, the saucy part - the pricing. The original iPhone cost $399 for the 16GB model, while the 64GB one cost $499. Later on, storage got doubled but the prices remained the same, which was surprise as pleasant as they come." I thought Apple doubled the storage, and dropped the price by $50 to $349 for the base model.......

6. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

For this, I'll have to see it to believe it. Right now, I have low faith that it is actually going to happen.

8. gamehead unregistered

The iPhone 5 SE with a new chip i bet

10. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Currently the price of a 7 is $550 and 6s is $450. Given the usual price drop in September it puts the se 2 in a corner.

13. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Those glass back images "leaked" about a year and half ago. Nothing happened.

14. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

If the battery would not collapse after 10 months I will be interested. + No notch obviously. + Fingerprint sensor.

17. MartyvH

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

The date on the sheet of paper behind is April last year. Other models have been released since then and a lot of experimentation and avenues are pursued with design within companies for all models. Can this really be given credibility?

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's so weird to see that picture. You are so used to phones being big, that his hands come across like humongous. But the phone is just small.

19. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

More compact phones need to be made. If true, this phone may be my next. There’s nothing compelling in android in the size range I want.

20. Whitedot

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

But SE was a power house packed in a small form factor. This does not sounds like one. A bit like modern 5c . This wont happen but I wish Apple find the way to trimm do the bezzels.

21. almostdone

Posts: 450; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Mi 9T Pro is much better value than the scraps left by Apple. Cost less too.

26. inFla

Posts: 185; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

The 9T is too big , too heavy, not in the same category as a compact phone.

22. sunnyfpy

Posts: 294; Member since: May 12, 2013

Riddicluos recyled design

23. Sarkirssian

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 01, 2019

I still use my iPhone 4s in my work so no need to change it. It still can be use for.more than a day with out recharging it.

29. Vancetastic

Posts: 1771; Member since: May 17, 2017

This is not the SE that fans were looking for.

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