Apple just announced a new four-inch variant to its iPhone lineup when the company officially took the covers off the iPhone SE. At an event held in California, Apple detailed the features of the new four-inch device, which is targeted at people who always wanted a smaller screened iPhone. Apple calls it the most powerful four-inch phone ever. The iPhone SE is set to replace the iPhone 5S as the most affordable offering from the Apple mobile phones line-up, with prices starting at just $399.
Let us now quickly delve into the features of the iPhone SE.
To start with, the iPhone SE is powered by the same Apple A9 chip that powers its elder siblings — the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. It also gets the M9 Motion co-processor. This means the CPU performance of this pint-sized iPhone matches that of its more expensive siblings. This is a key difference with this product launch. The usual norm is that the higher-priced iPhones are usually the most powerful and feature-packed devices, while the lower priced ones are basically previous generation devices being sold for a lower price. That has changed with the iPhone SE. You have a brand new device with brand new hardware at a relatively modest price. To put things into perspective, the iPhone SE manages to score almost the same in benchmark tests when compared with its larger-screened siblings.
Moving on to the other features, the iPhone SE gets a 12MP iSight camera at the rear with focus pixels. The device also gets a new image signal processor and a true tone flash. The front camera is great for selfies. Thanks to the latest generation chips being used in the device, the iPhone SE supports 4K video recording with the capability to edit these videos within the phone itself. You can also record videos in full HD at 60fps and slow motion videos at 240fps. The device retains the “Live Photos” feature from its siblings and even gets the 63MP panorama mode.
The iPhone SE supports a wide variety of network types and is claimed to be 50 percent faster than the iPhone 5S. It also supports VOLTE and has added support for more LTE bands, ensuring seamless connectivity options in case you are a frequent traveller. The phone supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi networks as well as wifi calling. There is support for Bluetooth 4.2 as well.
On the software front, it gets always-on “Hey Siri” and will run the latest version of iOS 9. The phone will come in two storage capacity options — 16GB and 64GB
The pricing details of the iPhone SE in the U.S are as follows.
- iPhone SE 16GB – $399
- iPhone SE 64GB – $499
You can also get an unlocked iPhone SE for free with a two-year contract. If you prefer to stay clear of contracts, the iPhone SE can also be had for $17 a month.
Orders for the iPhone SE will start from March 24, with shipments expected to begin on March 28. It would be initially made available in the key markets of Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, HongKong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. By May, the iPhone SE is expected to be sold in over 100 countries and territories,
While the iPhone SE is now official, the device was earlier referred to as the iPhone 5 SE. However, Apple ended up calling the phone the iPhone SE because they felt adding the “5” to it would only confuse people. The Inquisitr has on several occasions reported about the arrival of the iPhone SE.
Are you planning to buy yourselves the new four-inch iPhone SE?
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