The much awaited Apple iPhone SE is finally here.
As expected, the iPhone SE looks essentially identical to the iPhone 5s from 2013 but packs updated hardware inside that makes it the most powerful 4” smartphone out there. The iPhone SE is powered by Apple’s latest 64-bit A9 chipset, making it twice as fast as the iPhone 5s in terms of CPU performance and close to three times as fast when comparing graphics performance. The A9 chip also includes the M9 motion coprocessor and supports the Always-on “Hey Siri” feature. Along with more powerful CPU and GPU performance, you also get updated connectivity features include VoLTE, up to 150 Mbps LTE speeds, NFC with Apple Pay support, and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
The other major highlight of the new iPhone is the camera hardware. The iPhone SE packs the same camera hardware as the iPhone 6s. You get a 12MP iSight camera at the back with focus pixels, a new ISP, True Tone dual-LED flash, up to 63MP panorama shots, and support for recording videos in 4K. Selfie fanatics will be glad to hear that the front-facing camera has been upgraded as well and includes a Retina Flash like the iPhone 6s. Live Photos is present too in case you were wondering, and so is slow-motion video capture at up to 240fps in 720p.
The new iPhone SE will start at $399 for the 16GB model, while the 64GB model has been priced at $499. If you choose to get the iPhone SE on a two-year contract, you can get it for $0 down. Pre-orders begin on March 24 while in-store availability is slated for March 31.