2020 iPhone SE2 to pair iPhone 11 chip with iPhone 8 design

2020 iPhone SE2 to pair iPhone 11 chip with iPhone 8 design
It’s been almost four years since Apple first introduced the fan-favorite iPhone SE and now, after a long period of rumors, it seems as though the Cupertino-based giant may finally be preparing a successor.

The iPhone SE2 will essentially be an iPhone 8S

According to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is currently in the process of developing a so-called ‘iPhone SE2’ that’ll combine different elements from two existing models. Specifically, the new device is expected to borrow the iPhone 8’s design and some of the iPhone 11’s internal hardware.

This setup means Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE will feature a 4.7-inch LCD display that supports a 1334 x 750p resolution (326ppi) paired with large bezels above and below the panel. Also present should be the company’s iconic home button and its Touch ID technology. Don’t, however, expect to find a Face ID system. 

Presumably, the upcoming phone will retain Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector alongside the aluminum frame and rear glass panel. The latter should mean wireless charging will be part of the package but Apple may also choose to cut this feature to keep costs down. After all, the internals certainly won't be cheap. Ming-Chi Kuo believes the recently announced Apple A13 Bionic, which also powers the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, will end up inside the iPhone SE2. Additionally, 3GB of RAM are to be expected which matches the iPhone XR’s count and represents an extra 1GB over the iPhone 8 that’s still on sale via Apple's website and in store.

iPhone SE2 announcement, pricing, and sales predictions 

Overall, these latest predictions line up perfectly with two reports published in early September by Nikkei and Bloomberg respectively, and a separate one dating back to April by the Economic Daily Times. Essentially, the iPhone SE2 now looks more likely than ever before.

In regards to when it’ll be available, Kuo believes Apple is planning an introduction during the first quarter of 2020 while both Bloomberg and Nikkei previously reported a ‘Spring 2020’ timeline. This would suggest the Silicon Valley-based company has scheduled an announcement at its annual event in March which is coincidentally where it also introduced the original iPhone SE in 2016. 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.

As for pricing, nothing’s quite set in stone yet but the multinational company could either maintain the iPhone 8’s current $449 pricing or opt for a slightly lower $399 price tag to entice customers. The latter would be a very smart move considering Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to target iPhone 6 users who aren’t interested in the fancy features of newer iPhones but who would potentially be interested in a snappier experience at a lower price. In turn, this would help Apple boost its share in an increasingly saturated smartphone market and drive the adoption of services including Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and Apple Music.

Kuo predicts Apple will sell 30-to-40 million iPhone SE2 units throughout 2020 which means the smartphone could instantly become one of the company’s top sellers. On average, the iPhone XR sold 4.48 million units per month between January and June of this year while the iPhone 8 sold 1.7 million. The iPhone SE2, for comparison, is expected to sell anywhere between 3.3 and 4.4 million units per month.



1. vtpmt81

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 02, 2018

Seems like Apple is actually jumping into the mid-range phone market. The iPhone XR and 11 are pretty good for the price. If this report is true and Apple sell this phone for $399 - a lot of people that like smaller devices will pick this one up. The key is maintaining the excellent battery life of the iPhone SE.

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I imagine the battery life will be slightly better than that of the iPhone 8 due to the more efficient processor. However, I wouldn't expect any battery capacity increases.

9. JohnZimmerman

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

I'm expecting it to be almost identical to iPhone 8, in the way iPad Mini 5 borrowed so much from iPad Mini 4. Apple likes to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! (Reduce liabilities, Reuse old hardware, Recycle old designs)

3. libra89

Posts: 2288; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This makes a lot of sense, including the part about dropping the 8. I just hope it will be true. That was truly one of my favorite phones.

5. KingSam

Posts: 1464; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

$450 pixel 3A rival? New camera sensor and processor in iPhone 8 body.


Posts: 188; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

i don't care about the battery size. I just want to upgrade my 6s without stupid notch

7. domfonusr

Posts: 1086; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

What incentive does Apple have to market this SE2 at $449 or $399? None... it will be at least $499, especially if they are getting rid of the 8 at the same time, and putting an A13 SoC and 3GB of RAM in the SE2. An SE2 is a great idea... it would get my attention - but I fear that the real reason Apple is doing this is to raise the minimum price of the entry-iPhone line. I noticed this year that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 series stayed available at the same price on my carrier, even though the new release happened with the 11 series... normally (in repeated consecutive past years) there is a price decrease of the older lines (iPhone 8 becomes $299, iPhone 7 becomes $199, iPhone 6S disappears) when the new iPhones reach the storefront. Right now, the 6S and 7 are available starting at $199 and $299 on Cricket, unchanged when the 11 series release took place, but I expect the 6S and 7 series to sell out shortly, or be bought back by the manufacturer to remove excess old stock; If the prices don't change, then Apple can continue to sell the $449 iPhone 8 series on Cricket until the SE2 arrives, and that will be the lowest priced iPhone, rather than these $199 and $299 iPhone options that have existed and depreciated at each new iPhone release in past years. It will almost instantly raise ASP of iPhones everywhere, and cause people like me, who can appreciate iPhones, and like them, but generally find them a tough sell (mostly because of price), to think twice before re-approaching the brand. We have been spoiled by the availability of $199 iPhones for a number of years now, even though I personally have not taken advantage of them because I am always waiting for the next generation of iPhone to depreciate on my carrier of choice - and pushing off buying one because of the availability of decent Android devices well below $100 - but I suspect those days are likely at an end. And along with that, the days of the sub-$100 cheap Android phones will likely end soon thereafter.

8. JohnZimmerman

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Maybe the incentive to charge 399/449 would be to take a hit on ASP in order to increase iOS adoption, thereby boosting future services revenue?

10. gadgetpower

Posts: 247; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Not bad for budget conscious iphone user and for those who love touch ID

11. Alcyone

Posts: 454; Member since: May 10, 2018

Business as usual. An SE line gives Apple a reason for the higher price each year. Even if the cost of the tech inside doesn't warrant such an increase. People will believe they got a better deal when they purchase as SE. Only real advantage I see is the size difference. Even at a $449 price point, thats too much for the compromises. An American dream, a capitalist company out to make a profit (huge one at that).

12. gugumeze

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 18, 2018

iPhone SE is one of my best Apple iPhone I've used and it comes with a better battery I'm hoping to see the iPhone SE 2 soon but the bezels should be minimal unlike iPhone 8 and the old design should be kept

13. limporgyuk

Posts: 369; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Most companies are looking to the future, Apple looking to the past.....Who wants small bezels, high res display, fast charging and an in display fingerprint reader anyway???

14. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

A mid-range phone is a good idea, but the iphone 8 is barely smaller than the 11 pro. I know people using the SE today, not because it was cheaper, but because it's an actually small phone and they have small hands

15. TS020

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 16, 2019

Perhaps a non-admission from Apple that their current design is not as liked as they'd have you to believe?

20. tokuzumi

Posts: 1918; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

These articles are like the "End is Near" signs people hold up on New Year's Eve. I'll believe it when I see it. While I couldn't stand using iOS, I loved the form factor of the original SE. It was so nice to hold that little phone in my hand, and be able to access all corners of the screen without having to shimmy the phone all over my hand. I'll believe this when I see Apple announce the phone. Not a second before.

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