Apple today unveiled the second-generation iPhone SE 2020, for the same price in the US as the original iPhone SE released back in 2016.
The iPhone SE 2020 is basically the iPhone 8 with the camera and processor of the iPhone 11. Apple has stopped making the iPhone 8, but the iPhone 8 Plus still is available in some countries.
The second generation iPhone SE officially replaces the first iPhone SE, which Apple released in 2016 and stopped selling in 2018.
The new SE shares the budget pricing and fingerprint-scanning home button. It is, however, significantly larger with a 4.7-inch display compared to the original’s four-inch smartphone screen. The entire phone is almost 30% bigger.
The iPhone SE 2020 has Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, the same chip in the latest iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models, which in layperson’s language means the battery will last a lot longer.
The processor lets the new iPhone SE gain better camera features. There’s a single 12-megapixel camera lens on the back, with a flash light. Apple said it is using the A13 Bionic’s chips to improve its Smart HDR photography, which combines multiple shots into a single photo to improve lighting and detail. It also has a portrait mode with technology Apple calls “monocular depth sensing” to detect depth and faces. It includes optical image stabilisation, and Apple claims it can do cinematic stabilisation on video as well as support 4K video at 60fps. The front-facing selfie camera is 7-megapixels. It can also take portrait mode effects.
“The first iPhone SE was a hit with many customers who loved its unique combination of small size, high-end performance and affordable price; the new second-generation iPhone SE builds on that great idea and improves on it in every way — including our best-ever single-camera system for great photos and videos — while still being very affordable,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“iPhone SE features the industry-leading performance of A13 Bionic that enables great battery life, takes stunning Portrait mode and Smart HDR photos, shoots amazing videos with stereo audio, is great for games and super fast web surfing, and is built with the same industry-leading security features our customers expect. We can’t wait to get iPhone SE into customers’ hands.”
The iPhone SE 2020, which is backwards compatible with all iPhone 8 cases, has the same TrueTone technology featured on the latest models, enabling it to adapt to the lighting conditions around the user.
The new iPhone SE comes in three colours — black, white and product red. It is available for pre-order on Friday, 17 April.
It will cost US$399, UK£419, and A$749 for the 64GB of storage model. If you desire 128GB of storage, the iPhone SE costs US$449, UK£469 and A$829. A walloping 256GB version costs US$549, UK£569 and A$999. Each iPhone SE has Lightning headphones in the box.
Purchasers of the iPhone SE 2020 will receive a year of Apple TV+ free.
Every year technology companies launch new smartphones. The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro were launched on 14 April, with prices for the OnePlus8 starting at US$699, UK£599 and A1,100. The OnePlus 8 Pro, the most expensive OnePlus smartphone to date, costs US$899 and UK£799, as it is pitched against the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and Apple iPhone 11 Pro.
Upcoming launches include the Moto Edge & Edge+, LG G9 ThinQ, OnePlus 8 Lite, Google Pixel 4a, Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, Apple iPhone 12 5G, Nokia 9.3 PureView and Samsung Galaxy Note 20.