IPhone SE 2: Apple announces $399 phone with an iPhone 11 chip

IPhone SE 2
IPhone SE 2 [Apple image]

Apple has announced a cheaper iPhone model, iPhone SE 2. This will be the first the time the company has launched a new phone without one of its ostentatious in-person events amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The online announcement has become needful because most countries remain under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new, second-generation iPhone SE carries the same name as the original iPhone SE that launched in 2016. It costs $399, and pre-order begins on Friday and arrive by April 24.

The iPhone SE 2 launching comes at the time most Apple stores have been shut down in most countries. Workers have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic so it makes sense that Apple introduce a budget phone to make up for the lost profit.


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Already in February, Apple warned on revenue guidance for its second quarter, citing weak demand in China as a result of the spread of coronavirus and lower iPhone supplies. However, Apple is optimistic it’ll meet the markets for the new baby.

IPhone SE
iPhone SE red colour

Since most Apple stores are closed, people aren’t able to try it in person before buying it.

This isn’t going to be a problem. The iPhone SE 2 looks identical to the iPhone 8. It’s also a better phone than the iPhone 8, which until Wednesday, started at $449. The iPhone 8 will be withdrawn due to the arrival of the iPhone SE.


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Furthermore, for peoples who don’t want to pay a lot for Apple’s flagship devices, the iPhone SE is essential. The faster processor means it should be able to run all the apps and games that Apple’s more expensive phones run. That’s a big plus considering the price cut.

Apple iPhone SE 2 specs

Display

The Apple iPhone SE 2 comes with a brilliant 4.7-inch retina HD display. It has a durable glass and aluminium design. It also features a fingerprint sensor built into the home button.

It has 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 PPI with a true tone display, wide colour display [P3], haptic touch and 625 nits max brightness (typical).  Apple also included the fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating and display zoom.

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Apple iPhone SE 2 Chip

Running iOS 13 iPhone SE comes with A13 Bionic chip. A similar processor, which is used in the iPhone 11. Rated IP67 [maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes] under IEC standard 60529 splashes, water and dust resistant, this means the device can withstand water splashing up to 30 minutes.

IPhone SE
iPhone SE white colour

Camera

iPhone SE 2 feature a 12 MP rear f/1.8 [wide], OIS with dual-LED dual-tone flash. The 7 MP selfie camera supports face detection, HDR, panorama and capable of recording a 1080p@30fps; gyro-EIS HDR video. It can produce an HDR, OIS sign stereo sound recording.

Battery

The built-in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery also supports quick charge. 18W adapter or higher [sold separately] powers the phone up to 50% charge in 30 minutes. iPhone SE 2 also supports wireless charging.


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