After all the anticipation, hype, endless leaks, and rumors, Apple finally released the new iPhone SE (2nd Gen). And well let’s get through the easy stuff first.
- Screen: 4.7-inch True Tone display
- Rear cameras: 12MP single 6-element lens, features OIS, focus pixels, HDR, and portrait mode for people, video recording at 4K/60fps
- Selfie camera: 7MP camera
- Processor: A13 Bionic
- Memory: 3 GB
- Storage: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
- Battery: TBD
- OS: iOS 13
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit LTE, Dual SIM with eSIM
- Second-Gen Touch ID
- Wireless Charging, Lightning connector, 5W charger included in box
- IP67 Rating
- Colors: White, Black, Red
And to describe this phone in a nul-shell it’s basically an iPhone 8 retrofitted with iPhone 11 internals. And if this weird frankenstein of a phone is something to go by then it’s safe to say that times are changing and it’s changing everyone with it.
Now first thing first, can’t just ignore the elephant in the room i.e. the Indian pricing, I mean I’m just speechless after seeing the pricing here in India like seriously Apple why??? Even though the phone is quite good and it comes with a well balanced set of features, it all means nothing if you’re in India because the pricing here in India is just ridiculous, I mean the phone’s good and all but it’s not ₹42,500 ($555) good, at that price it ain’t anymore budget for anyone.
And frankly speaking at that price, buying that doesn’t make any sense….but if you happen to get the phone at a low price or it gets a price cut then here’s my take, have a look…
Now with reference to past events Apple isn’t particularly good, in releasing affordable phones. But their SE lineup always made an exception to that rule and this year it’s no different with new SE (2nd Gen). The phone starts at $399 in the USA for the 64Gb variant and goes up by $50 for the 128GB one and another $50 for 256 GB. But truly though two things that really makes it stand out more than the rest of the competition is the A13 Bionic SOC and iOS, Well how? Let me explain….
A13 Bionic — The Fastest Chip in a Smartphone
First the A13, which is hands-down THE fastest processor you can get on any smartphone at any price, right now. Like you can spend literally $1450 on a maxed-out iPhone 11 Pro Max, and guess what that has in common with the SE, the A13 Bionic. The inclusion of that chip alone makes this phone a hell-lot better than anything, it’s truly like getting luxury at a budget and for the icing on the cake there’s iOS, well in my opinion it’s the most underrated feature of any Apple product.
The software support that comes with iOS is really unprecedented, like 4-5 years of software support kind of good, now I understand that not everyone likes iOS and that’s fine but you can’t just ignore that fact that at this low price if you’re getting that good of a software support with THE fastest chip in any phone right now, that comes out be a pretty good deal.
And if you’re still not convinced, well the new SE also comes with the iPhone XR’s camera system with some additional new features all thanks to the A13, and at this price there’s really nothing else to beat this right now, also considering that it has a 4.7inch 720p screen coupled with the A13 chip inside, it should provide you with some good battery life too.
And now speaking of disappointments, the design, I mean given the quarantine life that everyone is living now I’d rather live in nostalgia of 2016, when times & things were normal but on the other hand, I definitely wouldn’t like to pay $399/₹42.5K to live that nostalgia for additional 2-3 years from now.
I mean, like seriously Apple that new SE’s design is the same from 2016 as the iPhone 7, and its old like really really old, And I get that the true target demographic of people who’re going to get this phone really don’t care about the design in any way, but still it would’ve been nice if they revamped the design a bit. But nonetheless it’s good to see Apple focusing on more affordable phones, which is definitely a good step in the right direction but if they want to establish a strong foothold in the budget segment, then they have to do more than just combining two phones.