iPhone SE to be ‘identical’ to iPhone 5s with minor design changes, 12MP camera, 4K recording

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iPhone SE, which Apple expected to announce on Monday, may be a new entry to its smartphone lineup — but it will arrive sporting a familiar look. According to a new report, the device will be “identical” to 2013’s iPhone 5s externally, with only minor design changes.

Rather than looking like a mini iPhone 6s, then — as some reports have suggested — the iPhone SE will have a “boxier” design with sharper, straighter edges, according to 9to5Mac. It will also pack round volume controls, and a power button on its top edge — not its side.

There could be a couple of subtle design changes, though. One could be slightly rounded front edges like those on more recent iPhones, and the chamfered edges on the aluminum frame will be matte rather than shiny to make them less prone to scratching.

The big changes will all be internal ones. As many reports have claimed, iPhone SE is likely to have Apple’s latest A9 processor, the M9 motion co-processor with always-on “Hey Siri,” NFC for Apple Pay, and improved Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.

“We have now also learned that the device’s rear camera system will match the system found on the iPhone 6s: the iPhone SE is said to include a 12 megapixel camera and 4K video recording,” adds 9to5Mac. It is also expected to be available in the same color options as iPhone 6s.

As for storage, iPhone SE will offer 16GB and 64GB options, up from 16GB and 32GB options with the iPhone 5s. It’s thought the device will be priced at $450 off-contract, which is $200 less than a 16GB iPhone 6s.

[via 9to5Mac]