November 17, 2020
iPhone SE 2020
The iPhone SE (2020) is the cheapest iPhone Apple has ever produced.
It follows on from its predecessor, iPhone SE by lowering the barrier for entry into Apple’s ecosystem. However, the dated design, poor display and bad battery, were some of bitter pill to swallow, in other to achieve this fear.
The lightweight and pocketability might not have mainstream appeal, but bringing the superior brain, added protection, wireless charging, a reliable camera, and four years of software updates into Apple’s mid-range lineup was a major statement of intent.
Design and Display
The iPhone SE may have released in 2020, but it was designed is traced back to 2014.
Apple reused parts from the 2017 iPhone 8 to produce the new SE. In a nutshell, the new SE is essentially a rebranded iPhone 8 with a new processor.
It still maintains the glass sandwich and aluminum rail setup.
The glass back, gets either the black, white, or red colourways, dominated by a central Apple logo and a single camera lens at the top left.
The same curved edges wrap around the aluminum rail, with space left for a few buttons, the alert slider, and a Lightning port for charging. The absence of headjack, paved way for IP67 water-resistance.
At 148g, it is refreshingly light coupled with 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm dimensions, which translates to a very slim, bloated, compact, comfortable and pocketable, which perhaps is another plus going for it.
On the front is a 4.7 inch screen complete with chunky black bezels above and below the display, while the front facing camera, speaker, the once-iconic Apple Home button hides within them. The home button doubles as the Touch ID for security, but in turn you lose out on Face ID.
There’s no rich OLED display here, instead you get an LCD ‘Retina HD offering 750 x 1334 resolution, which is not up to Full HD, coupled and 326 PPI density.
The display boast of 625 nits brightness, 1400:1 contrast,True Tone and is stucked to 60Hz refresh rate.
Image quality these days winds down to image processing, so with Apple’s high-end processor calling the shot and improved software unlocks superior image production.
The single rear 12MP camera, matches that of the old iPhone 8 but paired with advanced image processing, which is the game changer.
For video, which is one of Apple’s biggest strengths, and the SE 2020 is no exception. It offers 4K video recording maxed at 60fps, with stabilisation, which you won’t find in many other phones at this price tag, and the quality is as good as it high end edition.
The front gets a single 7MP front facing camera with f/2.2 aperture dedicated for selfie and For selfie, and 1080p at 30fps.
Hardware and Software
The icing on the cake for this mid-range device, is it’s processor. It breathes on Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, which is the exact same chip featured on iPhone 11 range paired with the Neural Engine equipped to process AR apps which is certainly a plus.
The chip is 40% faster than the iPhone 8, and performance-wise it’s on par with Apple’s most top-end slab, the iPhone 11 Pro.
The smaller design impact on its cooling, so it gets toasty even after 20 minutes of phone calls or social media apps.
The iPhone SE 2020 boots on Apple’s iOS 13 operating system.
Facilitating the performance is a Single 3GB RAM option matched with 64GB, 128GB or 256GB non-expandable storage option.
The single SIM device is not a 5G device. Internet connectivity caps at 4G along with Lightning port, Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and NFC. Please note there is no audio jack.
It is powered by a meager non-removable 1821mAh battery which wouldn’t last a day. You either get a power bank or charge multiple times especially if you are a heavy user.
The likes of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, does better.
The SE supports up to 18W fast charging, although Apple only ships in a slow 5W brick in box. It also support Qi wireless charging.
iPhone SE (2020) Price and Availability
The Price of the iPhone SE 2020 starts around $399/£419 for the 64GB variant, which is $50 more than Google Pixel 4a with fantastic UI, legendary Pixel camera system and OLED display and same price tag with Google Pixel 4.
In other is clime it cost about 154,213 Nigerian Naira, 42,453 Kenyan Shillings and 2,314 Ghanaian Cedi.
The 128GB variant sells for $449, while the maxed 256GB cost about $549.
The iPhone SE 2020 was announced on April 15th, 2020 and is made available for purchase on April 24th, 2020.