The iPhone SE, launched nearly 4 years back, was perhaps the most popular iPhone to be announced in India for a long time and it was easy to see why. At a time when smartphone displays were going big, the original iPhone SE implemented a 4-inch display and box-like design reminiscent of the iPhone 5S but packed in internal specs of the iPhone 6S. Since then, iPhones have just gotten larger and less one-hand friendly. A second-gen iPhone SE had been rumoured to come for a long time and finally, Apple has unveiled the device but it is still calling this new device the iPhone SE. Here a look at the prices, availability, specifications, and features of this new iPhone in India.
iPhone SE 2020: Price and Availability
Apple iPhone SE 2020 has been announced in India for a starting price of Rs 42,500 for the 64GB variant of the device. There will also be 128GB and 256GB variants of the phone and they will be priced at Rs 47,800 and Rs 58,300 respectively. The prices of the device in India are higher than in the US and this most likely due to GST and the depreciation of the Indian Rupee in recent months. The availability of the device in India will be revealed at a later stage. The iPhone SE 2020 will take the place of the iPhone 8 in Apple’s lineup and the iPhone 8 Plus will also be discontinued. Of course, you will also get a 1-year free subscription of Apple TV+ if you by the new iPhone.
iPhone SE 2020: Specifications
The new iPhone SE comes in the exact same form factor as the iPhone 8. This means a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display, an aluminum frame, and a glass sandwich design. The phone’s screen supports HDR10 playback and Dolby Vision On the back is a single camera system while the front is dominated by giant bezels on the top and bottom, very out of fashion for a 2020 smartphone. There is no Face ID authentication on the phone with Apple relying on the old TouchID-based fingerprint authentication. Yes, the iconic home button has been brought back by Apple after two years of notches.
The headlining feature, of course, is the A13 Bionic chipset that is operating under the hood. This is the same chipset that is currently residing in the iPhone 11-series, so expect the iPhone SE 2020 to be a workhorse for many years to come. The A13 SoC also means improvements in the camera department. The iPhone SE has the same 12MP main camera as the iPhone XR, however, it makes use of the A13’s Neural Engine to unlock the best in computational photography including portrait mode shots, all six Portrait Lighting effects and Depth Control. Portrait mode shots can even be taken from the front camera as well. Also, the rear camera supports 4K video recording at 60fps.
Of course, the phone will run on iOS 13.0 and owing to its hardware and Apple’s stellar software update history for its devices, expect the latest updates for at least 4-5 years. Apple has not provided any details on the RAM and battery of the device but expect it to be disclosed soon enough. Oh yes, the iPhone SE 2020 will support Qi wireless charging for up to 5W while wired charging will be supported till 18W. The phone is IP67 water and dust resistant as well. Connectivity options for the phone include dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6 and more.