As rumors had pointed out, Apple today announced the iPhone SE, a new 4-inch iPhone that boasts many of the same features as the company’s larger iPhone 6s. 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.
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 iPhone SE features the A9 chip and the same embedded M9 motion co-processor as Apple’s flagship 4.7-inch phone, for double the CPU performance of the iPhone 5s, which was Apple’s last 4-inch handset. The new phone also packs the same graphics capabilities of the larger iPhone 6s, meaning it has three times faster GPU performance compared to the iPhone 5s.
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 iPhone SE features faster LTE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi at up to 150 Mbps and 433 Mbps respectively. The device supports up to 19 LTE bands and also comes with iOS 9.3, apple pay, VoLTE, Wi-Fi calling, new microphones, Live Photos support, always-on “Hey Siri” voice activation, and improved battery life.
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.
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