When the prices of smartphones raise up, a budget flagship smartphone has become an unusual thing. But it, even more, rare when it comes from Apple. Apple just launched the new iPhone SE with a 399$ price tag.
Officially, the “SE” in iPhone SE stands for ‘Special Edition’. And although the SE looks almost the same as iPhone 8, the fact that it’s running Apple’s latest processor, the A13 Bionic. This gives the SE many of the same capabilities as the much more expensive iPhone 11 Pro, all for $399.
But what exactly are you getting for $400, and should you buy it?
- An affordable price tag
- Can be used with one hand
- Has the Touch ID home button
- Battery life is just OK
- Old screen technology
iPhone SE (2020) spec
Release date: April 2020 | Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 13 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 1134 x 750 | CPU: A13 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 1,821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP | Water resustance: Yes IP67
The new iPhone SE looks the same as the iPhone 8. And it’s not bad, the beloved and familiar design of the iPhone SE still looks elegant and the build quality is excellent.
This new iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch screen so it’s bigger than the original iPhone SE, but remains one-hand-friendly. That’s relevant for people who have been looking for a smaller iPhone. The display is a Retina LCD monitor with a 1134X750 resolution and a large bezel and TouchID home button.
Although, the SE looks the same as iPhone 8 the new SE runs Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor. which makes it just as fast as the pricier iPhone 11 series and gives the SE access to modern features. It also means the device will be supported via software updates for several years to come (we guess at least five years). The iPhone SE (2020) battery is just OK. And it’s not going to last you any longer than a day.
The iPhone SE has a single 12MP rear camera, this camera takes perfectly fine photos in a good light. You won’t notice much of a difference outside of it occasionally failing to nail perfect exposure levels and depth of field outdoors during the daytime. Dim the lights, however, and you’ll notice one glaring omission: the night mode that’s on the more powerful iPhones. That requires an upgrade to at least the iPhone 11.
In the bottom line, Apple’s 2020 iPhone SE gives you one of the best values for money in smartphones right now. With great performance, a surprisingly capable camera set, and years of software updates, it’s hard not to like Apple’s most affordable offering.