As rumors had pointed out, Apple today launched its much anticipated 4-inch iPhone, the iPhone SE. Successor to the iPhone 5s that was released in 2013, the iPhone SE features a design that tweaks the beautiful design of the iPhone 5s. The handset is aimed at emerging markets like China and India, and also makes buying a 4-inch iPhone in 2016 a viable option.
Design & Display
From the front, the SE’s design is reminiscent of the iPhone 5s, while the design at the back is a copy of the iPhone 6 complete with the antenna bands. The 4-inch display is protected by a curved 2.5D glass, similar to the one found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Right below the display is the Touch ID sensor, with the headphone jack, lightning port and speaker located at the bottom. The volume buttons are located on the left edge of the handset along with the mute switch, while the power button is located at the top.
The 4-inch display of the handset sports a resolution of 1334 x 750, which is the same as the iPhone 6 and 6s.
Under the hood, the iPhone SE is powered by Apple’s latest A9 chip, which is also found inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This is paired with Apple’s A9 motion co-processor and 1GB of RAM. Apple will be offering the handset in 16GB and 32GB of storage variants, which considering the target market will suffice the needs of majority of the customers. Apple boasts that the A9’s CPU performance is up to 2x times faster than the iPhone 5s, with the GPU performance being up to 3x times better.
The A9 chipset also allows the iPhone SE to feature Always-On ‘Hey Siri’ voice recognition, a feature that up until now were only found on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Borrowing from the iPhone 6s, the iPhone SE also features a 12MP iSight camera with Focus Pixels and True Tone Flash. The new Image Signal Processor ensures better image quality than the iPhone 5s, whilst also allowing the handset to record 4K videos and take panoramas of up to 63MP in resolution. In addition, the handset can also record slo-mo videos at up to 240fps.
The Facetime HD camera on the front features Retina Flash to ensure that your selfies are always bright, irrespective of how dimly lit situations you are in.
Apple Pay, Connectivity and More
Thanks to the inclusion of NFC chip, the iPhone SE also features Apple Pay support. The handset also comes with a Touch ID sensor embedded into its home button at the front. Talking about the connectivity, the iPhone SE comes with Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi calling, faster LTE, VoLTE support, and more.
Despite coming with a powerful processor, Apple has also managed to improve the battery life on the handset. The company claims that its new 4-inch iPhone handset can now last up to 13 hours on Wi-Fi and LTE browsing, which is 3 hours more than the iPhone 5s.
The iPhone SE replaces the iPhone 5s in Apple’s lineup, and it is now the cheapest iPhone in the company’s lineup. The 16GB iPhone SE has been priced at $399, with the 64GB variant priced at $499. The handset goes on pre-order on March 24, with retail availability starting from March 30.