29 March 2022
Apple has debuted the latest iPhone SE during the first event of the year. It is the third-gen model and succeeds the iPhone SE (2020) which is now about two years old. The new model comes with 5G connectivity and an upgraded processor, the same one we saw on the iPhone 13 lineup. These improvements make it costlier than the previous-gen but still the most affordable latest iPhone you can get.
The iPhone SE 5G continues with the 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 1334 x 750 pixels resolution. It is a True Tone panel with a P3 wide color gamut and 625 nits of peak brightness. The overall design is still the same as the iPhone 8 which means those thick bezels and Touch ID are here to stay. It is powered by the A15 Bionic processor and will be sold in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options.
On the back, it has a single 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, and LED True Tone flash. The camera has support for features like 4K video recording, Smart HDR 4 for photos, Deep Fusion, and various image filters. The selfie camera is a 7-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture and portrait mode for selfies.
The exact battery capacity is unknown but as one would expect, Apple is touting significant battery life improvements on the new model. It is said to last for up to 15 hours on video playback, up to 10 hours on streamed video playback, and up to 50 hours on audio playback. The new model supports 20W fast charging that can give 50% of the juice in about half an hour. However, the fast charger will need to be purchased separately. It also has wireless charging support through any Qi-compatible wireless charger.
The all-new iPhone SE 5G has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It will boot the latest iOS 15 out of the box. It will cost you $429 for 64GB, $479 for 128GB, and $579 for 256GB. The available color options are Midnight, Starlight, and Product Red. It will go on pre-orders from March 11th with sales beginning March 18th.