During today’s Apple event, the Cupertino firm finally announced the iPhone SE, that has been in the rumors for at least 3 months or more now. The iPhone SE remains its final name, after period of rumor mongering, when it was called iPhone 5SE.
The device basically keeps the body of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5, with circular volume buttons and unibody metal chassis. Inside we get the Apple A9 dual core processor, clocked at 1.85 GHz and the PowerVR GT7600 six core graphics. The 4 inch display on board has a 1136 x 640 pixel resolution and this iPhone also brings a Retina Flash, that makes the screen three times brighter in order to light up the selfie.
There’s no trace of 3D Touch here, but we do get Touch ID and a 12 megapixel iSight camera, the same one from the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, with 4K video recording. This model will be available in black, white, gold or rose gold and Apple motivated its choice to launch yet another 4 inch phone, by saying that they sold 30 million units with this diagonal last year.
The handset is priced at $399 in the 16 GB version, or $499 for the 64 GB one. It can also be purchased for free with a 2 year contract in USA, with $17 monthly installments. Preorders start on March 24th and sales from March 31st. The core power of this model is said to be double from the one of the iPhone 5S and the battery is also promised to have been improved, although no details were given.
The GPU is said to be 3 times faster than the iPhone 5S and back to the camera, we’re still getting the Live Photos feature. Apple Pay is supported, as well as faster LTE and WiFi, with 19 LTE bands and up to 150 Mbps download speed over LTE, plus up to 433 Mbps via WiFi. The device should come with the new iOS 9.3. Will you buy this phone? Does it mean the end of the iPhone 5S?