The new iPhone SE is here: 4.7-inch display, Touch ID, and iPhone 11 power for $399
A 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button
The new budget iPhone looks quite a lot like the smartphone it replaces, so much so that most people will barely be able to notice the difference. Apple has retained the 4.7-inch LCD display used on iPhone 6 to iPhone 8 devices, removed the 3D Touch layer, added support for HDR10 content and Dolby Vision, and paired it with the same bezels.
Housed within the top one is a 7-megapixel selfie camera. There is also an in-ear speaker that doubles as a stereo speaker when used alongside the bottom-firing equivalent, which itself sits next to the Lightning port.
The bottom bezel, on the other hand, is once again home to Apple’s much-loved Touch ID home button. Unfortunately, this means that the 2020 iPhone SE doesn’t support Face ID like other recent iPhones.
One other important feature is the 12-megapixel rear camera. Thanks to an upgraded image signal processor and the Neural Engine of the upgraded chipset, Apple says this is its best single-camera system ever. It now supports Portrait Mode, Smart HDR for photos, extended dynamic range for videos, and stereo sound recording too.
Extra things worth nothing about the external package include a silence switch paired with separate volume buttons on the left side and a power button on the right. There is no headphone jack.
The iPhone 11 Pro chipset and iOS 13 pre-installed
What really makes the new iPhone SE stand out from the crowd is the chipset. Despite being positioned as a budget option for Apple customers, the smartphone actually uses the flagship A13 Bionic featured inside the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
Apple iPhone SE (2020) announcement, release date, price
The 2020 Apple iPhone SE will be available to pre-order across the globe on Friday, April 17 via the Apple website. It retails at $399 in the standard 64GB configuration and can be picked up in White, Black, and Product (RED)
The aforementioned 128GB version costs $449 while the range-topping 256GB variant can be acquired for $549. Both of these are available in the same three colors.
Shipments for Apple’s new iPhone SE begin next Friday, April 24.