The new Apple iPhone SE 2020 is here, and it has all the ingredients to become one of the best phones for the money especially if you prefer a smaller phone.
Starting at $399, the new iPhone SE packs a fast A13 Bionic chip, a 4.7-Inches Retina display, a Touch ID sensor and wireless charging. And while there’s only one camera on the front and back, they get a boost from Apple’s machine learning tricks to capture portraits.
The iPhone SE 2020 involves some trade-offs, which you’d expect for this price. There’s no Face ID, no fast charging in the box and there’s no night mode for the camera. But overall the new iPhone SE looks like a winner and one of the best cheap phones yet. Here’s everything you need to know.
New Apple iPhone SE 2020 design & colors
The new iPhone SE should look familiar, as it’s based on the iPhone 7/iPhone 8 and it’s 4.7-inch display(750×1334 pixels). In fact, the new iPhone SE is replacing the iPhone 8 in Apple’s lineup. The device is made of aluminum and glass, and there’s a familiar Touch ID button for the screen for unlocking the device, authorizing app downloads and using Apple Pay.
The iPhone SE 2020 is available in three simple colors: (Product) Red,black and white. Apple says it uses a seven-layer color process in order to achieve a precise hue, and the aluminum band is color matched.
One thing that’s nice to see at this price is that the iPhone SE is IP67-rated for water resistance. That means the phone can withstand being submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.
New iPhone SE 2020 camera
This is not just some old camera experience. The new iPhone SE features a 12MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture, which is similar to the iPhone XR, but Apple says that this is its best single-camera system ever. That’s because the iPhone SE leverages the image signal processor and Neural Engine in the A13 bionic chip to offer computational photography benefits the iPhone 7/iPhone 8 and even iPhone XR can not match.
For example, you get Portrait Mode along with six portrait lighting effects, and you can adjust the depth control. Apple can do this without two lenses because of semantic rendering. You’ll also get other advanced camera features, including Smart HDR, which can render clear faces even with bright backgrounds, optical image stabilization, auto-white balance and auto focus up to 3x faster in low light versus the previous iPhone SE.
The front 7MP camera can take portraits with bokeh effects as well, thanks to a technology called monocular depth estimation. Last but not least, the iPhone SE can record 4K video at 60 fps, and it offers cinematic stabilization for smoother looking footage.
The only major camera bummer on the new iPhone SE is the lack of a Night Mode; for that you’ll have to step up to the iPhone 11. But Apple says that you should enjoy better low-light performance overall.
iPhone SE 2020 display
The iPhone SE 2020 features a 4.7-inch Retina Display with a wide color gamut True Tone technology, which means it can adjust the white balance to match the ambient light. The resolution is the same as the iPhone though, at 1334 x 750 pixels, so this is not a full HD panel. Still, you get Dolby Vision and HDR 10 support.
There’s no 3D Touch here as there was on the iPhone 8. Instead the iPhone SE supports Haptic Touch for performing various Quick Actions. This includes previewing messages and rearranging apps, as well as moving the cursor around in text fields.
iPhone SE 2020 A13 Bionic Chip
The A13 Bionic chip in the iPhone SE 2020 has plenty more benefits than just boosting the camera. Apple claims that this chip offers 2.4x faster performance than the A9 processor in the original iPhone SE, and it’s 40 percent faster than the chip in the iPhone 8’s A11 Bionic.
Graphics should also see a dramatic improvement, as the iPhone SE is rated for up to 4 times the graphics might as the iPhone SE and twice the performance of the iPhone 8. All of the above should result in faster app launching, smoother scrolling through apps and better game play. You’ll also be able to take advantage of a wide range of iPhone augmented reality apps.
iPhone SE 2020 battery life & charging
The iPhone SE should offer the same long battery life as the iPhone 8, which was rated for 12 hours of Internet usage. But we’ll have to see how long the device lasts on our own battery test, which involves continuous web surfing on 4G LTE, to see if the new iPhone SE can make our best phone battery life list.
The good news is that the iPhone SE 2020 supports fast 18W charging, but you’ll need to spring for the adapter, as the in-box charger supports only 5W. The iPhone SE also supports Qi wireless charging, and there’s plenty of great options on our best wireless chargers list.