Apple has today announced the launch of a second-generation iPhone SE featuring a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display, A13 Bionic chip, Touch ID and a single 12-megapixel camera.
Although visually similar to the iPhone 8 and sharing the same physical dimensions, the new iPhone SE features some upgraded internals to the iPhone 8 (which has been discontinued today). Probably the most notable of the upgrades is the A13 Bionic chip introduced with iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
According to Six Colors, the camera is also an upgrade to that seen in the iPhone 8:
that single-camera system does boast new features, including both Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting effects. Previously, that functionality has been limited to devices that feature more than one camera. Reading between the lines of Apple’s release, it suggests that it relies even more on the computational photography features, suggesting the A13 chip is doing a lot of heavy lifting here.
The iPhone SE also has extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps, a feature not offered by the iPhone 8 and earlier (though still less than the iPhone 11 series, which can handle that range for up to 60 fps), and offers stereo recording for video.
Another change from the iPhone 8, is that the SE drops 3D Touch in favor of the newer Haptic Touch found on the iPhone 11 series.
The new iPhone SE offers wireless-charging with Qi-certified chargers and also supports fast-charging (making it capable of up to 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes).
The iPhone SE supports Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit-class LTE. It also offers Dual SIM via eSIM, which enables you to have two separate phone numbers on a single device.
Another change that the new iPhone SE has that brings it in line with other newer iPhone models, is that it drops the headphone jack found on the previous generation iPhone SE. This may be a regression for some, although Apple does include Lightning equipped headphones in the box.
The new iPhone SE will be available for pre-order on Friday, April 17. At launch it is available in three colors - black, white and (PRODUCT)RED.
Pricing starts at $399 in the United States for the 64GB model.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the new iPhone SE. Will you be ordering one? Will you miss the smaller form factor of the previous iPhone SE? Or is it all about getting many of the latest iPhone features at a $399 price point?