First look at iPhone SE: The Little Giant of Smartphones

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After weeks of rumors and leaks, it’s official: Apple has introduced the new iPhone SE, the smallest and most economical Apple smartphone. iPhone SE is a hybrid model between the iPhone 5S and 6s at an intermediate price: starting from $399.



The new iPhone SE is literally a mix of iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6s. It is impossible to call this smartphone as a new Phone. Outwardly it is not. It is exactly the same in design to the iPhone 5S. That’s strange. When the entire industry (including Apple) has moved to rounded shapes and thin bodies, maintain the thickness and feel of rectangular “brick” iPhone 5 seems a mistake or not?

Why spend millions to develop a new design when you can transfer existing technology to an existing design and sell as much or more? The reason for keeping the design of the iPhone 5 is partly explained by everything that goes inside: virtually the same specifications of the iPhone 6s. Apple has taken the guts of the iPhone 6s (processor, RAM, camera …) and grafted on a much smaller mobile, with 4-inch screen.

The iPhone SE has an appearance very similar to iPhone 5S . Its exterior is polished with aluminum unibody, giving it a very elegant look. It also comes with Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor, which will give an extra point to mobile security. Its dimensions are 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weighs 113 grams, so it will be especially light. The star features of the iPhone SE is that, it features a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels, which will offer a pixel density of 326 ppi.

iPhone SE Camera

The main camera of the iPhone SE will be an 12 megapixels iSight camera. In addition, it will also be able to record videos in 4K. It also allows panoramic photos up to 63 megapixels, 1080p video recording up to 60 fps or up to 240 fps for slow motion, time-lapse video stabilization and cinematic video stabilization. The Front camera of the iPhone SE is 1.2MP (FaceTime HD), it can shoot 720p videos and can capture ​​selfies or video calls at acceptable quality.

Hardware and Software

When it comes to performance, we can not complain. The iPhone SE comes with a A9 dual core processor with 64-bit architecture, running at 1.84 GHz. This is the same chip that incorporates the iPhone 6S, current flagship smartphone of the company.

iPhone SE houses the 64 bit A9 chipset with embedded M9 motion co-processor and 2GB of RAM. This combination ensures, on paper, total fluidity of iOS on the iPhone SE, current features like Live Photos, plus the ability to use Siri at any time with voice activation.


As to its internal memory, the smartphone will be available in two configurations: 16GB and 64GB, again skipping the 32 GB version. LTE mobile connectivity will have up to 150 Mbps, which means it will be 50% faster than the iPhone 5S. In addition, it comes with other features like 4G LTE, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, Siri, GPS with GLONASS and NFC, which will allow mobile payments, thanks to Apple Pay. iPhone SE will come with iOS 9.3 pre-installed. iOS 9.3 have a new feature called NightShift, it will change the temperature of the screen to limit the blue light and provide more gold colors.

3D Touch in iPhone SE?

One of the biggest omissions in the iPhone SE is the 3D Touch interface. You can not use gestures pressure on the screen to navigate, previews of your apps or shortcuts for menus as you can do on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.


iPhone SE will be available in the ​​space gray, silver, gold and rose gold colors. You can buy iPhone SE from Thursday of next week in the United States. And in May, in more than 100 countries. Apple iPhone SE will be launched in India in May 2016 – the 16GB version will be priced at ₹39,000.


Vishal Gaikar

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