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Apple iPhone SE Featured in Best Mid-range

Apple iPhone SE
4"
640 x 1136 pixels
12 MP
1.2 MP front
Apple A9 APL0898
Dual-core, 1840 MHz
RAM: 2 GB
MEMORY: 128 GB
BATTERY: 1624 mAh (14h 3G talk time)
Announced: Mar 21, 2016
Market status: Released
Release date: Mar 31, 2016
Features: Fingerprint Lightweight Thin LTE Rugged NFC Dual SIM

Pros

  • Small dimensions (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches)

Cons

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Proprietary USB connector

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Description

Can a smaller iPhone be successful in today's market reality? Apple sure thinks so. The iPhone SE has the footprint and design traits ot the iPhone 5s - from the 4-inch display to the stylish, metal-made body. On the inside, however, is packed the powerful A9 processor of the iPhone 6s, along with Apple's latest and best 12MP camera. In other words, this could very well be the best small smartphone in existence. In charge of it all is the latest iOS 9.3 operating system, with support for Apple Pay, AppleID, Night Shift and Apple Health. You may have one in silver, grey, gold, or rose gold for just $399.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • PopupiOS (10.x, 9.x)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.99 oz (113 g)
      the average is 5.5 oz (158 g)
  • Materials:
    • Main body: Aluminum; Accents: Glass
  • Features:
    • Fingerprint (touch)
  • Colors:
    • Gold, Gray, Silver, Pink

Displaybenchmark

  • Physical size:
    • 4.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 326 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:

    Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

    • 60.82 %
  • Peak brightness:
    • 500 cd/m2 (nit)
  • Features:
    • Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camerabenchmark

  • Camera:
      • Popup12 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • Dual LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.2
    • Focal length (35mm equivalent):

      Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

      • 29 mm
    • Camera sensor size:

      Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

      • 1/3"
    • Pixel size:

      Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

      • 1.22 μm
    • Hardware Features:
      • Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
    • Software Features:
      • Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Geo tagging
    • Settings:
      • Exposure compensation
    • Shooting Modes:
      • PopupBurst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • Camcorder:
      • 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (240 fps)
    • Features:
      • Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 1.2 megapixels
    • Features:
      • High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)

Hardwarebenchmark

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Apple A9 APL0898
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit
  • Graphics processor:

    Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

      • PowerVR GT7600
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 2 GB RAM
  • Built-in storage:

    Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

    • 128 GB

Batterybenchmark

  • Capacity:

    Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

    • 1624 mAh
  • Type:
    • Not user replaceable, Li - Ion
  • Stand-by time:
    • 10.0 days (240 hours)
      the average is 19 days (450 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 14.00 hours
      the average is 18 h (1091 min)
  • Internet use:
    • 3G:
      • 12 hours
    • LTE:
      • 13 hours
    • Wi-Fi:
      • 13 hours
  • Music playback:
    • 50.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 13.00 hours

MultimediaPopupbenchmark

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation, Video recording

Cellular

  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • LTE (FDD):
    • Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29
  • LTE (TDD):
    • Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
  • Data:
    • LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS
  • Nano SIM:
    • Yes
  • HD Voice:
    • Yes
  • VoLTE:
    • Yes

Phone features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3, T4
  • Other features:
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.2
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n, ac, dual-band
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • Proprietary
    • Features:
      • USB charging
  • Mobile Payment:
    • Apple Pay
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. The most common types are GPS and A-GPS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
  • Other:
    • NFC, UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, AirDrop

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 21 Mar 2016

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 499

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 21 Mar 2016
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        BCG-E3042A link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 1.16 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 1.17 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 1.59 W/kg
    • Wireless Router:
      • 1.17 W/kg

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

This device is also known as Apple A1662, Apple A1723


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Apple iPhone SE 16GB (Discontinued)

Differences from the main variant:

  • Built-in storage:

    Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

    • 16 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 399

Apple iPhone SE 32GB

Differences from the main variant:

  • Built-in storage:

    Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

    • 32 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 399

Apple iPhone SE 64GB (Discontinued)

Differences from the main variant:

  • Built-in storage:

    Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

    • 64 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 499

Despite our efforts to provide full and correct Apple iPhone SE specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please LET US KNOW.


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