After a long wait, Apple is today revealing the next-generation of its most affordable iPhone. The company is launching the new iPhone SE, and it will be available for pre-order this Friday, starting at $399.
Apple’s new iPhone SE includes the “fastest chip in a smartphone.” And that’s no surprise — the iPhone SE actually includes the same processor as the iPhone 11 line, which is a big deal for a phone that costs only $399. Apple says the A13 Bionic on the iPhone SE will allow for improved photography, gaming, and AR experiences.
The new device features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone. It doesn’t include Face ID, so you are only getting Touch ID here. But more importantly, the device is IP67 water (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes) and dust resistance.
The camera on the device is a single 12MP wide camera sensor on the back with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. Apple says the camera makes use of the A13 Bionic’s Neural Engine for features like Portrait Mode and Depth Control. It also includes Smart HDR and QuickTake support, just like the iPhone 11. The camera is capable of recording 4K video @ 60fps as well. The selfie camera is a 7MP lens.
Apple says the new iPhone SE’s battery lasts about the same as the iPhone 8, promising up to 13 hours of video playback. The device includes fast-charging capabilities and can charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes when charged with an 18W adapter. The device offers dual SIM capabilities with eSIM.
Apple has not disclosed how much RAM there is on the new iPhone SE, but there are three different storage options: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Pre-orders open this Friday, and shipments start on April 24.