This is the new Apple iPhone SE 2020 It’s the new $400 iPhone one of the hottest phones of this year. Honestly one of the most important phones in a long time especially for Apple. Apple launched the new iPhone via a Press Release no fancy online event at all.
But is it worth the hype?
Is it a bang for the buck?
Let’s break it down with some facts.
In India, the Apple iPhone SE is priced at ₹42,500 for the 64GB variant. While a $400 iPhone in the US sounds interesting, it is not that exciting in India. There are plenty of smartphones in this price range in the Indian market.
Whether you should buy the new iPhone SE or not we will talk about it in a moment. But first, let’s talk about the device itself.
Knowing your Apple iPhone SE 2020
The iPhone SE looks very familiar, right? This iPhone SE 2020 has the body of an iPhone 8, a new camera system, and the chip from the iPhone 11 the newest A13 bionic. The iPhone SE is so small, at least by today’s standards which happen to include phones with big displays. But on the other hand, it doesn’t quite go back to the size of the first iPhone SE which now feels tiny.
Now, let’s talk about the specifications of this little phone.
Specification of iPhone SE
- Display: 4.7-inch Retina HD Display
- Dimensions: 138.4×67.3×7.3mm
- Weight: 148g
- Internal Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
- Memory: 3GB RAM
- Processor: A13 Bionic
- Security: Touch ID, IP67 water & dust resistant
- Camera: 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture & 7-megapixel front-camera with f/2.2 aperture
- Video: Up to 4K video recording with OIS
- Power & Battery: Same as iPhone 8, Supports 18W Fast charging, Qi Wireless charging.
- Software: iOS 13
- SIM Card: Dual SIM (nano-SIM & eSIM) support.
Design and Display
The 4.7-inch Retina HD display offers incredible color accuracy and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 playback. Haptic Touch for Quick actions like animating Live Photos, Previewing Messages offers an immersive experience of the goodness of iOS 13 which also supports contextual menus.
The same old Touch ID integrated into the Home Button protected by sapphire glass and a steel ring. Touch ID seamlessly integrates with iOS to provide an easy and secure alternative to entering a passcode to Unlock iPhone, fill in passwords using iCloud Keychain, log in to apps, and even authorize App store purchases.
The size of the phone looks quite refreshing. If you are one of those people who is always on call and hardly get any time to play around with your phone, this one is for you.
I always wondered what SE stands for? Any guesses?
Well, I guess it stands for the Special Edition. But I would love to call it the Small Edition. Makes more sense isn’t it?
The body is IP67 water and dust resistant. It’s got the glass back to give you wireless charging, and the logo is moved down to the middle of the phone to match the new iPhones. The speakers at the bottom paired with the earpiece, and of course the big forehead and chin with Touch ID. Yeah, the old design is a letdown. But have you tried using Face ID with face masks on? So, this age-old design, where Apple perfected the Fingerprint scanner on the home button, it still works great.
The Apple iPhone SE 2020 is available in three colors Red, Black, and White.
The colors are only limited to the back, they all have black fronts black bezels, including the Touch ID. Yes, even the White ones got a black front and it’s is a nice little update. The Product Red now goes to the COVID relief instead of AIDS relief earlier.
We noticed that the brightness of the display is a bit low which might hinder visibility outdoors. But apart from that the resolution and pixel density or a 60Hz refresh rate, won’t bother you much. But yeah, we all are used to screens that have gotten bigger and brighter since 2017. So, knowing our new iPhone, we know it’s an old body new chip and a new camera. Now, let’s come to the point and answer some questions that you want to know from this review.
Well, performance, this may come as a shocker. The A13 and extra RAM flies through the iOS on a 720 DPI display. Honestly, Apple didn’t have to put the A13 in here, but I’m glad they did. So the performance is great.
Battery life is good. It has a great standby time like most iPhones do. The efficiency of A13 chipset with a small, not very bright 720p display is great. It has a tiny battery that may be less than 2000mAh which is justified for a phone of this size. It’s not the battery life champ but Apple claims it to be as good as the iPhone 8 and you won’t have any problems getting through the day.
There is a single camera at the back like the one we have seen on iPhone XR. But we don’t know if it’s the same camera from the iPhone 8, XR, 11, or a completely new system or a hybrid of parts, but it’s pretty good. It is a 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture wide-angle camera. The A13 Bionic chip brings the Portrait mode with six Portrait Lighting effects and Depth control. It could have been better with a night mode. The camera performs great in well-lit conditions otherwise it just an average performer. The selfie camera also shoots decent selfies.
It supports up to 4k video at 30fps video from this camera is great with OIS and good Autofocus. I think that’s all you need you don’t need an 8k video or any fancy features or modes. You just need rock-solid, stable, good focus and good detail and the SE has got you covered.
If you are a gamer, an Android user who likes to change their phones every one or two years or a tech enthusiast like me this phone is not for you. Trust me don’t waste your money on the Apple iPhone SE you probably wanna buy an OnePlus 8 which comes almost at the same price in India.
Apple launched this phone with an intent to target those people who are a part of their ecosystem. They like the small form factor and one-hand usage and like the way their phone seamlessly interacts with their other Apple devices.
This is why iPhone SE 2020 makes more sense in the US. The device is priced at $399 and offers a great value for money while in India one can easily get a brand new OnePlus 8 5G (128GB) at ₹41,999 check it out here.
That’s an iPhone and for many people, that’s enough. And I have no problem recommending this phone to those people. However, I would recommend paying some extra money for the 128GB or a 256GB variant instead of the 64GB. It will benefit you in the long run. As far as performance and software updates are concerned Apple essentially just delivered one of the best value phones of the year. And in a long time.
That is all we have to say about the iPhone SE 2020.
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