iPhone SE 2020: All you need to know

Apple has finally launched the second-generation iPhone SE on April 15, 2020, almost after four years of the original iPhone SE. When released back in 2016, the iPhone SE brought back the iPhone 5S classic design to the market. Now, this time, the latest SE 2020 variant brings the design and look of the iPhone 8. The new iPhone SE 2020 features a 4.7-inch screen, with thick bezels on top and bottom, and that signature Haptic home button with TouchID. We all know this design has been consistent with iPhone 6, 6S, iPhone 7 and 8. This makes the new iPhone SE the fifth-generation iPhone with similar design and looks. 

Apple says people have loved this screen size and it has managed to sell over 500 million units of this popular compact size. That’s why Apple had decided to bring back the same design with the iPhone SE 2020. Now, this doesn’t mean the newly launched iPhone SE is exactly the same as iPhone 8, Apple has introduced some modern specifications, with several noticeable upgrades in the camera and processor departments. 

Apple iPhone SE 2020

Design and Display

iPhone SE 2020 Design

iPhone SE 2020 walks on the footprints of the iPhone 8, featuring a durable glass design with an all-black, 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone that adjusts the white balance and provides a paper-like viewing experience. The display offers amazing color accuracy, Dolby Vision, and HDR 10 playback support.

Now, when we compare the iPhone SE 2020 with the original one, launched back in 2016, the 4.7-inch display is definitely an upgrade over the older 4.0-inch screen.

iPhone SE is certified with an IP67 rating, which makes it water and dust resistant, with the ability to withstand submersion in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. The phone brings back the Home button, which Apple had ditched with the introduction of iPhone X. It means the iPhone SE doesn’t have FaceID, it offers TouchID with the haptic home button.

Performance

iPhone SE 2020 Performance

One of the standout inclusions in this latest iPhone is the powerful processing capabilities. The iPhone SE 2020 has powered by the A13 Bionic chip, the fastest chip ever designed for an iPhone. The A13 Bionic chip is considered to be perfect for photography, gaming, and the all-new AR experiences, the same chip is used in iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Therefore, the new iPhone SE is as fast as the latest Apple flagships. This is something that might attract a lot of users, who are looking for a fast iPhone with a compact design. 

The iPhone SE will be shipped with the latest iOS 13, Gigabit LTE, and Dual SIMs with eSIM. Also, like the iPhone 11 series, iPhone SE too has support for Wi-Fi 6 technology. This marks the entry of iPhone SE 2020 amongst the list of the Wi-Fi 6 compatible phones available in the market.

Camera

The more powerful and faster A13 Bionic chip brings the all-new camera experience to the iPhone SE 2020. The phone features Apple’s powerful single-camera system ever designed for an iPhone. The rear panel has a 12MP f/1.8 wide sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS) and Smart HDR  capabilities, which intelligently re-lightens the recognized subjects in a frame to give more natural, well-lit, and detailed images. 

The A13 Bionic chip also helped unlock the Portrait mode, all six Portrait Lighting effects, and Depth Control feature. These are the similar camera features as the iPhone XR. The iPhone SE has a decent 7MP front-facing camera; to capture selfies and record HD videos in 1080p at up to 30fps. Also, the combination of Machine Learning with monocular depth-sensing technology detects the depth and faces to allow the user to capture stunning Portraits with the selfie camera. 

The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at up to 60fps and 30fps. The iPhone SE 2020 also has the Quicktake feature, similar to the iPhone 11 series, which allows a user to record video without having to switch out of the Photo mode. Just hold down the shutter button, swipe right, and you can instantly start recording a video.

Battery 

The iPhone SE 2020 has been introduced with the fast charging support that lets you charge the phone up to 50% in just 30 minutes. Although the phone will be supplied with the regular 5W white cube wall charger,  you can fast-charge the iPhone using the right 18W adapter. The phone comes with a Lightning connector and also supports Qi wireless charging.

Price and Availability

The iPhone SE 2020 is introduced in three storage variants- 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The base variant has been introduced with a bigger capacity than the original iPhone SE that had 16GB storage in its base model, which was then replaced by a 32GB variant. The iPhone SE 2020 starts at $399 in the US and here’s the full pricing:

  • 64GB model at $399
  • 128GB model at $449
  • 258GB model at $549

iPhone SE 2020 color-options

iPhone SE 2016 was also introduced at the exact same price, $399. But, with iPhone SE 2020, users will get better cameras, powerful processors, and more internal storage at that cost. The phone will be available in White, Black, and Product Red finishes. Also, the users will get a one-year free subscription to Apple TV. 

The pre-order process begins from April 17, with shipping starting from April 24, 2020. 

It will be interesting to see how people will respond to this newly launched iPhone; especially when it has launched amid global lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, iPhone SE 2020 is the cheapest new iPhone available. This is clearly a tempting deal for all the users who’ve always wanted to grab a slice of Apple’s smartphone pie. Also, many users have a preference for small and compact design rather than big and heavy smartphones. Moreover, with a better camera and fast processor, iPhone SE 2020 can earn a lot of brownie points.