Apple unveiles a new budget friendly iPhone in April 2020, and it's called the iPhone SE, which is an upgrade compared to the iPhone SE of 2016. Like its predecessor, the 2020 iPhone SE is Apple's most affordable iPhone, priced starting from $399.
Unlike the first iPhone SE, which looked an iPhone 5, the 2020 iPhone SE is looks a lot like the iPhone 8 when it comes to design. It has a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display with True Tone to match the ambient lighting in a room, Wide color, Dolby Vision, and HDR10. It also has thick bezels at the top and bottom of the device.
The top bezel features a cutout for the front-facing camera, speaker, and accompanying sensors, and at the bottom of the device, there's a Touch ID Home button covered in sapphire crystal.
Like the iPhone 8, the 2020 iPhone SE has an all-glass body that uses a seven-layer ink process to add color to the glass, resulting in a rich depth of color. The glass display and the glass body are held together by an aluminum band that matches the color of each iPhone for a seamless look, and there are small antenna lines.
There is a single-lens rear camera, a microphone, and an LED flash at the back of the phone. On the left side, there's a mute switch and volume buttons that we are all familiar with, while the right side houses the sleep/wake button. On the bottom, there a Lightning port and speaker holes, and like prior iPhones, there is no headphone jack so Bluetooth or Lightning headphones are required.
Because the iPhone SE shares a design with the iPhone 8, cases designed for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 will work with the iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE is available in white, space gray and a (PRODUCT)RED version that features a bright red glass-backed shell. All three colors feature black front panels, including the white, which in previous light-colored iPhones was white.
The 2020 iPhone SE has an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, which means it is entirely dust proof and able to withstand immersion into one meter of water (3.3 feet) for up to 30 minutes. It will hold up to splashes, rain, and brief accidental water exposure, but intentional water exposure should continue to be avoided. Apple warns that water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and could decrease as a result of normal wear, plus Apple's warranty does not cover any kind of water damage.
Apple's flagship iPhones feature an all-glass design with Face ID, but to keep costs low, the iPhone SE continues to offer a Home button with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor(which some cliam they have missed it a lot). The Touch ID Home button is covered with a durable sapphire crystal that protects the Touch ID sensor and a steel ring that detects a user's fingerprint. Touch ID is used for unlocking the iPhone, filling in passwords with iCloud Keychain, confirming App Store purchases, opening passcode-protected apps, and confirming Apple Pay transactions.
The iPhone SE appears to feature the same 4.7-inch display that was used in the iPhone 8 with a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch and a 1400:1 contrast ratio. It features multi-touch capabilities, P3 wide color support for rich, true-to-life colors, and 625 nits max brightness.
The iPhone SE is equipped with the same A13 Bionic chip that's included in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Which Apple has refered to it has the fastest chip ever in a smartphone. It is much faster than the A11 that was in the iPhone 8, as well as more power-efficient, which improves battery life. There's an 8-core Neural Engine in the A13 chip, which provides faster than ever real-time photo and video analysis. A pair of Machine Learning Accelerators allow the CPU to run up to six times faster, delivering more than 1 trillion operations per second.
The iPhone SE is available in 64, 128, and 256GB storage options with 3GB of RAM.
To keep costs low, the iPhone SE features a single-lens rear camera, but it does adopt some technology from the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, which means better photos than what the iPhone 8 can produce.
The 12-megapixel wide-angle camera features an f/1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization, wide color capture, and next-generation Smart HDR for improved highlights and shadow details. Apple says that it is the best single-camera system ever in an iPhone.
It does not have the same capabilities as the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro do, so there is no support for Night Mode or optical zoom.
Although, that single camera will be able to do the following
According to a spec sheet from a Chinese telecom, the iPhone SE features an 1,821mAh battery, which is the same battery capacity as the iPhone 8. Apple's own battery listings for the iPhone SE suggest the battery life is "about the same as the iPhone 8."
The iPhone SE's battery lasts for up to 13 hours of video playback, up to eight hours of streaming video playback, and up to 40 hours of audio playback.
The 2020 iPhone SE supports fast charging, which means it can be charged to 50 percent battery life in just 30 minutes. Fast charging requires a USB-C power adapter that offers at least 18 watts, which includes 29/30W adapters from Apple (priced at $49).
The USB-C power adapter and USB-C to Lightning cable needed for fast charging must be purchased separately because the iPhone SE ships with a standard 5W power adapter and USB-A to Lightning cable.
It also supports wireless charging - it has a glass body with a built-in wireless charging coil to support Qi-based wireless charging. It is compatible with any 5W or 7.5W Qi-based wireless charging accessory.
The iPhone SE supports Gigabit-class LTE with 2x2 MIMO and LAA like the iPhone 11, and it supports the same LTE bands as the iPhone 11: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 66, and 71 FDD‑LTE bands and 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, and 48 TD‑LTE bands.
Dual-SIM support, which allows two phone numbers to be used at one time, is included in the iPhone SE. Dual-SIM functionality is enabled through the inclusion of one physical nano-SIM slot and an eSIM. The eSIM feature is available in many countries around the world, and Apple has a full list of carriers that support eSIM on its website. Dual-SIMs work with select carriers in Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Spain, the UK, and the United States.
The iPhone SE supports Bluetooth 5.0, which offers longer range, faster speeds, larger broadcast message capacity, and better interoperability with other wireless technologies compared to Bluetooth 4.2. It also supports WiFi 6 with 2x2 MIMO, aka 802.11ax WiFi. WiFi 6 is the latest WiFi protocol and it lets you download up to 38 percent faster than WiFi 5 (aka 802.11ac).