Report: Apple iPhone SE 2 to feature 4.2-inch screen; device will be introduced at WWDC?

Late last year, there was talk about Apple releasing a sequel to the lowest priced iPhone in its lineup, the Apple iPhone SE. Subsequent reports said that Apple would release only 3 iPhone models in 2018 including a 6.1-inch model with an LCD display and a single rear-facing camera (iPhone 9), a 5.8-inch unit with an OLED panel (iPhone Xs) and a huge 6.5-inch version with an OLED display (iPhone Xs Plus). All three models would include the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID.

But that apparently isn't the last word about a possible Apple iPhone SE 2. Out of China comes word that the phone could still be launched this year, carrying a slightly larger 4.2-inch display (vs. 4-inches on the original generation model). Under the hood will be the A10 fusion chipset, and the device is expected to feature 2GB of RAM along with 32GB of native storage. There also will be a variant offering 128GB of native storage. The iPhone SE 2 will not use the iPhone X's edge-to-edge display and will sport the Touch ID home button. This will be the second gen version of the fingerprint scanner, which is faster than the OG unit employed on the iPhone SE.

According to the latest speculation, the Apple iPhone SE 2 will be introduced at WWDC 2018. The other day, we told you that the annual developer conference could take place between June 4th through the 8th. The price in China will reportedly be 4,000 Yuan ($630.16 USD).

source: QQ.com (translated) via RedmondPie

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14 Comments

1. dnomadic

Posts: 391; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

4.2 inch $630 phone...seems reasonable

3. nodes

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's a niche market, they could charge however much they want.

7. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

We buy iPhone SE devices for work at a price of around £250. If the replacement is £600 then we clearly won't be buying them and we'll get a cheap Android instead even if they are harder to manage.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's just it, Apple knows if you want an iPhone, then you have to pay what ever Apple wants. Plus it's too small for my liking. The resolution was a joke for the SE when it came out in March 2016, especially when it doesn't have a HD display. However the new SE 2 has a 0.2" larger display, and the density could be higher than the previous 4" iPhones. So it might be HD this time around. Now Apple has to ditch their 4.7" display found in the iPhone 6,6s,7,and 8's for a higher resolution Full HD display. Listen if Android smartphones had a 4.7" full HD display back in February 2013 (HTC One M7), then there is no excuse Apple could have put a 4.7" full HD display on board by now. Before you mention the plus models. I know Apple has plus versions. However the 4.7" iPhone 8 should be updated as well. The plus resolution should go with QHD nowadays as well.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If you want a Galaxy, you pay whatever LG wants or you pay whatever Samsung wants? Ergonomically speaking, it still is a pleasure to use my 5s.

14. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I highly doubt Apple is willing to make a all-new 4.2” phone. The SE will be a 4.7” iPhone 6 with an A11 chip. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It's not like I've any intention to buy an iPhone, no sir. But... I'm quite a bit interested in this little thing because I've an affinity for compact smartphones! Anyhow, I think they're going to keep the old chassis and just going to raise the display a tad bit by widening the aspect ratio (provided the rumors are true). There is just so much top and bottom bezel in The iPhone SE that I think they can easily manage to integrate even a 4.5" display with a 2:1 aspect ratio and still have bezels left for the front camera and sensors. The home button eill have to go though as it takes awful amount of space. Or... It could be a whole new design which I would prefer. Oh well, only time will tell, eh? G'Day!

4. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Around 630$ for iPhone SE 2 , iPhone 7 costs 670$. I think it's price will be 450$

11. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I agree with your logic. However, with the way cell phone prices have been inflating - $600 and up for an iPhone SE2 would not surprise me.

5. gamehead unregistered

I'm slighty interested, but I know if this product is real it'll disappoint in some areas whether it be resolution, design or price

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

My SE still performs like a high-end smartphone so I don't feel the need to upgrade right now, but if this rumor turned out to be true I will buy it. I have no idea why other manufacturers don't care about this niche, SE sold exceptionally well, it shows that there is market for compact Galaxy or Pixel. XZ1C is wonderful but more options can't hurt

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You mention Galaxy and Pixels. However the iPhone SE doesn't even have a HD display, forget about a Full HD display that the Galaxy's or Pixel 2 have. Plus the Galaxys and Pixel's have AMOLED displays (1920x1080). Not to the Pixel 2 is less than 1 inch taller and judging from the price it will cost roughly the same as a Pixel 2.

10. Whitedot

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

But the big question remains : Will this phone have "toughest glass ever" on the back Tim?

13. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm curious, but we will see. I'll probably buy it anyway.

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