Third representative of the range, the iPhone SE released in 2022 generally takes up the codes of the previous version. We are talking here about a small format but with big muscles and a price more attractive than all other Apple mobiles. The technical characteristics of the product are however worth studying in detail so as not to miss anything of its value proposition: decryption.
Always the same design
To begin with, the iPhone SE 3 is therefore a compact smartphone given its dimensions of 138.4 mm high, 67.3 mm wide and 7.3 mm thick only. Its weight, meanwhile, is limited to 144 grams. It’s not much, but such characteristics give it a definite advantage: it fits in almost any pocket and is suitable for the smallest palms.
Still on the design side, the third generation iPhone SE is currently available in three colors: red, white or black. The first donates part of its profits to the fight against AIDS and tuberculosis, via partner associations.
As for the materials, Apple has chosen a glass back and front while the frame that surrounds the iPhone SE is aluminum, not surprisingly. The manufacturer also offers some water resistance with IP67 certification, guaranteeing immersion up to one meter deep and for thirty minutes without danger.
Unlike high-end iPhones, the screen-to-size ratio here is quite low as the home button has been kept with Touch ID just below. Advantage: no notch.
Let’s say it without hesitation: the strength of the iPhone SE of 2022 is its chip. It is indeed an Apple A15 proprietary processor, the same that is also found under the hood of the iPhone 13 Pro. However, the amount of RAM is not equivalent, since here the technical characteristics noted by disassembling the mobile only reveal 4 GB of RAM.
Everything is there to vigorously propel iOS 15, the iPhone SE 3 operating system also compatible with its predecessor released two years earlier. This software offers many basic applications such as the Safari browser, which is particularly fluid but still far behind Chrome in terms of functionality, or the various services available with Apple One (TV+, Arcade, Music, etc.).
The graphics card, on the other hand, has four cores and allows you to play many video games without lag. However, the iPhone SE 3 may heat up a little, and the screen refresh rate does not reach 120 Hz as on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
According to the official technical characteristics published by Apple, the third generation iPhone SE is capable of holding up to fifteen hours in a row in video playback. A reduced duration of five hours when streaming is from an online source. And as far as music is concerned, the proposed autonomy reaches fifty hours.
But all of this is above all on paper. Indeed, our complete test of the iPhone SE 2022 has proven that relatively classic use causes it to run out of battery around sixteen or seventeen hours depending on the day. Of course, these are our own estimates and if they differ from those of the manufacturer it is because their own laboratory tests are carried out under different conditions.
Finally, for charging, users are entitled to two different solutions with the iPhone SE 3. The first goes through the Lightning port, while the second uses induction on the back.
A screen too small?
If the format of the iPhone SE 3 is interesting for some, its Retina screen may however put off more than one. Indeed, with its 4.7 small diagonal inches it only offers a limited surface for gaming or watching series and films but without rounded corners. The resolution, 1,334 by 750 pixels, does however display good quality images.
In direct sunlight, the 625 nits of brightness are sufficient. Moreover, the panel of the third generation iPhone SE is therefore quite “limited”: do not expect to work on it in multitasking without seriously losing productivity. The features of iOS 15 are all there, but it is therefore quite difficult to exploit them to their maximum in some cases.
Finally, note that the technology used here is LCD: hello energy consumption, much heavier than with OLED. While we find them at the same price, with other more advantageous technical characteristics, from other brands.
No Face ID
On the front of the iPhone SE, there is no TrueDepth sensor or easy recognition. The manufacturer, instead, preferred to honor us with a fingerprint scanner installed under the home button: this is Touch ID, whose data is encrypted for security reasons.
At the top of the screen, the front camera is limited to seven megapixels with an f/2.2 aperture. Everything can shoot in 1080p up to 120 frames per second, and the image quality offered goes up to HDR. The technical characteristics of the iPhone SE 3 for the photo are on the other hand much better at the back, since we find here a lens of twelve megapixels. This has the advantage of being able to capture wide-angle shots with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS stabilization.
The third generation iPhone SE also includes a flash to capture night scenes, powered by LEDs. As for the video, it goes up to 4K at 60 frames per second or 1080p @240 fps still for the back module.
The iPhone SE 2022 is the first in its collection to be compatible with the 5G network, which allows it to reach theoretical speeds of several hundred MB per second. Perfect for downloading series before flying. The official technical specifications mention other advantages in terms of connectivity, including AirPlay to play music on third-party speakers or AirDrop to share files very quickly via Wi-Fi.
Of course, Bluetooth is also included, to pair the iPhone SE 3 with accessories such as the AirPods Pro or an Apple Watch Series 7 .
Conclusion: you don’t change a winning team
With the latest edition of its iPhone SE, Apple does not really surprise us. But this is not a defect for all that: the technical characteristics of this mobile such as 5G or the A15 Bionic chip are real assets and limit slowdowns as much as possible. What’s more, we are here at a price much lower than that of the iPhone 13 since you only have to pay 529 euros to afford the mobile. A price that rises to 579 euros for 128 GB or 699 euros for 256 GB.
For us, the iPhone SE 3 is therefore clearly the best choice from Apple if you have a reduced budget but do not want to skip iOS 15. A choice that can be very wise when the rest of his equipment is also signed Cupertino: Mac, headphones, etc.
In conclusion, let’s also remember that the third generation iPhone SE is one of the few on the market to offer such technical characteristics in such a compact package. However, it turns out that many users are precisely looking for an all-purpose smartphone that is unlikely to slip out of their pocket at the mercy of thieves.