iPhone SE 2020: detailed specs, price and reviews
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The second-generation iPhone SE is the first new iPhone of 2020. Its arrival was anticipated several months earlier. Doubt persisted, however, on the date of its appearance on the Apple site.

The second-generation iPhone SE is the first new iPhone of 2020. Its arrival was anticipated several months earlier. Doubt persisted, however, on the date of its appearance on the Apple site.

Specialist analysts from Apple and various reports had initially counted on a presentation on stage during a spring keynote, something to which the Californian firm had accustomed us. But the Chinese coronavirus pandemic obliges, Apple had no choice but to cancel the event to announce its new device via written press release.

Since Wednesday April 15, 2020, this new generation iPhone SE has been integrated into Apple’s smartphone range. It enters through the small range however, or in any case that of the low price, indeed displaying a low price for a yet attractive technical sheet. This is precisely what we are going to see in detail below.

The main features of the iPhone SE 2020

Design and case

For the record, the iPhone SE was released in 2016. It took up the design of the iPhone 5, with a 4-inch diagonal screen, while the iPhone 7 was released the same year, then presenting a 4-inch screen. .7 inches diagonal. The iPhone SE was positioned as an entry-level model with a base price of €489 in France.

Well, in the same way as its predecessor, the new iPhone SE of 2020 takes up many characteristics of an old model, including the design. It is on the side of the iPhone 8 that you have to look to see how similar the two terminals, iPhone 8 and iPhone SE 2020, are.

We are therefore entitled, for the new SE model, to a device with glass front and rear faces, held by an aluminum body. The case is identical to that of the iPhone 8, to the nearest mm. Thus, the dimensions of the iPhone SE 2020 are as follows: 138.4 mm x 67.3 mm x 7.3 mm. The beast weighs 148 grams.

No Face ID, Lightning always present

At the front, we find the Touch ID on the lower edge, and the speaker and various sensors, including that of the camera, on the upper edge. On the back, the apple symbol is centered, unlike the iPhone 8, and only the mention iPhone is visible at the bottom of the device.

On the sides, we are still entitled to the classic ignition, volume management and silent mode buttons. On the underside, there is a Lightning socket and the grilles of the stereo audio system.

We are ultimately far from the first iPhone SE of the name, you will have noticed. 

© Apple

Screen

The screen measures 4.7 inches diagonally . This is an IPS Retina HD LCD panel. It incorporates the following technologies: True Tone, wide P3 color gamut, as well as Haptic Touch simulating force feedback after a long press and allowing additional actions in iOS.

The resolution is 1334 x 750 pixels at 326 pixels per inch, for a contrast of 1400 to 1 and a maximum brightness of 625 nits.

Processor and RAM

To date the amount of RAM remains unknown. It should be 3 GB according to the first information available. But only the first benchmarks will reveal it. For comparison, the iPhone X and XR are equipped with 3 GB of RAM, while the 11 and 11 Pro models include 4 GB.

On the CPU chip side, you have to rely on this new iPhone SE 2020 on an A13 Bionic processor, also present on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

Autonomy

Apple guarantees autonomy equivalent to that of the iPhone 8, ie 13 hours in video playback, 8 hours in video streaming, 40 hours in audio playback. The first official reports mention 1,821 mAh regarding the battery capacity. By itself, this last figure does not mean much, only the tests in real use conditions offer the best insight into the autonomy of the device.

The battery is compatible with Qi wireless charging, and fast charging. With an adapter of 18 W or more (not included), it would be possible to recharge the iPhone SE 2020 up to 50% in less than 30 minutes, according to the technical sheet of the device.

connectors

The wired connection is reduced to the bare minimum, as on the recent iPad and iPhone. Thus, only the Lightning is present, with no nearby jack port. Besides, AirPods Lightning headphones are provided in the box.

On the wireless side, the beast is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6.

© Apple

The photo and video capabilities of the iPhone SE 2020

Front camera

On the front, the iPhone SE has a 7 megapixel ƒ/2.2 aperture photo sensor equipped with a Retina flash and capable of filming in 1080p at 30 fps. Portrait mode is there, with the 6 effects of the Portrait Lighting feature appreciated by selfie lovers.

Rear camera

At the back of the case, while the 2019 iPhone 11s have 3 photo sensors, this model only includes one. The iPhone SE 2020’s camera is still wide-angle with an ƒ/1.8 aperture, for 12-megapixel prints.   A True Tone LED flash with slow sync, Smart HDR and Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting are also included. In video, this camera can shoot in 4K at 60 fps, or in slow motion in 1080p up to 240 fps.

Note that it is possible to take 8 megapixel photos during 4K video recording and to take advantage of an optical stabilization function in video.

Portrait mode with iPhone SE © Apple

But still ?

Note also the presence of eSIM technology, which offers the iPhone SE 2020 the possibility of using two SIM cards simultaneously, but also many sensors, accelerometer, barometer, ambient light, not to mention the iBeacon microlocation function.

Also, be aware that the iPhone SE 2 benefits from the Express Transport function allowing you to pay for your public transport trips quickly in a handful of major cities around the world.

Finally, it is IP67 certified , which guarantees it waterproof for a dive to a maximum depth of 1 meter for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Capacity, colors and price of the iPad Pro 4th generation

Colors and storage: a bit sparse?

Only three versions are offered by Apple: white, black and red with the (PRODUCT)RED edition. Ditto on the side of the storage capacity, only three possibilities are offered: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.

iPhone SE 2020 © Apple

iPhone SE 2020 prices

  • 64 GB : 489 dollars
  • 128 GB : 539 dollars
  • 256 GB : 659 dollars

Pre-orders, availability and release date

The 2020 iPhone SE has been announced for release on April 24, 2020. The first deliveries will therefore be made this day, for those who ordered the device among the first.

Conclusion and opinion

A second iteration of the iPhone SE has been long overdue, several years in fact. The first model of 2016 was appreciated for its small size and good capabilities.

So certainly, this new 2020 model must disappoint many lovers of small smartphones, with its 4.7-inch diagonal screen identical to the iPhone 6, 6s, 7 and 8. But its format is, for the ive experimented on several models, including the 6 and the 6s, in our opinion an excellent compromise between small size and comfort of use.

iPhone SE 2020 © Apple

In addition, its power underpinned by an A13 Bionic chip and its photo capabilities will suffice for most users. And then its price, less than 500 dollars for the 64 GB version, will not fail to attract the eye of the most economical.

Finally, the icing on the cake, this new iPhone SE has the advantage of remaining compatible with cases for iPhone 6, 6s, 7 and 8.

In the end, the iPhone SE of 2020 should sell in large quantities without difficulty. It has the potential to reach a very wide audience, and above all, to establish itself in emerging markets where Android smartphones reign supreme.

This iPhone SE 2020 is therefore an excellent deal and a very good vintage for anyone looking to renew an aging smartphone without breaking the bank. Of course, tech fans attracted by the latest technological innovations will pass their turn and will have to wait until next September and the new range of iPhone 12, the Apple brand’s flagship.

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