Apple is rumoured to launch three variants of iPhone this year. While the company is expected to launch flagships, there’s a chance that Apple might renew the budget-oriented iPhone SE.
Apple’s compact smartphone, the iPhone SE had a mixed response from the critics and users, mostly because of its price tag. However, it went on to become a hit after a price cut, making it the most affordable iPhone. Now, the successor to the iPhone SE has been the part of the rumor mill for a quite a long time, and a fresh rumor is floating around suggesting that Apple might be planning to launch the iPhone SE 2 this year.
Apple saw a dip in iPhone sales, especially with the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, which is due to the high price tag associated with them. Apple is also considering to lower iPhone prices in certain markets to booth sales. Currently, iPhone XR is performing much better in the market than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max when it comes to the sale numbers. The company may also launch an affordable iPhone SE 2 to target those customers that are looking for a compact iPhone on budget.
Rumors are rife that the second generation of iPhone SE could feature a full screen notched display. The alleged handset is said to sport a slightly bigger 4.2-inch display. However, analysts believe that the positioning of the iPhone SE 2 makes it unlikely to have a notched display as it may not come with support for Face ID. The iPhone SE 2 could house the A11 chipset under the hood, paired with 3GB of RAM. In the photography department, the smartphone could come with a single rear camera.
Analysts also believe that sequel to the iPhone SE won’t be a major upgrade in order to keep the price tag low. Several reports claim that the handset could sport a glass back, which would further help offer support for wireless charging. The company might take the wraps off its iPhone SE 2 at its annual iPhone event in September this year.
iPhone SE 2 release date
The iPhone XR confirms the original rumours of the “budget” version of the iPhone X poised for a launched in 2018, but as we explained above, the XR is no replacement for the iPhone SE. So, could an iPhone SE 2 launch?
It’s possible that an iPhone SE 2 could arrive in Spring 2019, which would be three years after that handset first launched.
iPhone SE 2: Price
Until September 2018 the iPhone SE was available in 32GB and 128GB versions. In the UK the 32GB model cost £379; 128GB is £479. (For comparison, in the US the iPhone SE cost $399 for 32GB and $449 for 129GB.)
It would be reasonable to expect the iPhone SE 2 to be similarly priced when (and if) it launches.
iPhone SE 2: Availability
If the SE 2 is launched, it may not launch where you live. Some reports in 2018 suggested that a new SE handset might launch, but not be available everywhere.
According to the Economic Daily, a Chinese-language site, Apple is working on a low-end iPhone codenamed Hangzhou. This low-end, lower-priced model will apparently be launched in an attempt to “seize the low-end market” in China and India.
Another report claims that the SE 2 will launch in India prior to launching in other territories. This sounds dubious to us, although it might fit with Apple’s plans to offer a cheaper handset to certain territories (normally Apple does this by offering an older version of the iPhone to certain countries).
iPhone SE 2: Design
Amide the rumours of the LCD iPhone, which turned out to be the iPhone XR, in 2018 there were still some reports suggesting that there might be an iPhone SE style new iPhone in the pipeline.
However, back in 2018 the idea that Apple would redesign the iPhone SE didn’t get a lot of support from analysts, who, like Ming-Chi Kuo, believed that Apple was too busy with the successors to the iPhones X and 8 to dedicate time and resources to this entry-level handset. That certainly seems to have been the case.
A Chinese report from February 2018 said the new iPhone SE 2 will have a similar design to the current iPhone SE. However, it will have a larger 4.2in display, apparently. The bigger display won’t be due to it having an all screen display like the iPhone X, though. The report states that it will still maintain the classic iPhone shape and the front Home button to support fingerprint recognition.
Another prediction comes from a Macotakara report, which says that the headphone port is going to disappear. This claim was based on assertions by a case maker – and ports are exactly the kind of thing that case makers need to know about.
A complete redesign aside, one thing that is likely to change is the colour options.
The iPhone SE was available in silver, gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold options. The iPhone SE 2 is likely to be available in silver, gold, and Space Grey – like the iPhone 8. The Rose Gold and gold version kind of merged in the iPhone 8 so it is likely that the new iPhone SE will also offer this new brassier gold colour option rather than two gold options.
Alternatively, we could see a new iPhone in iPhone 5C-style colours – as is the case with the iPhone XR handset.
The iPhone SE had a 4in screen (that’s 4 inches measured diagonally). The handset itself measures 123.8mm by 58.6mm and it’s 7.6mm thick. It weighs 113g.
The new iPhone SE dimensions may slim down further. For example, the phone might be as thin as the iPhone 8 at 7.3mm. If Apple was to ditch the iPhone 5s-esque design for the iPhone SE, in favour of mimicking the iPhone 8 design, this could be feasible.
iPhone SE 2: Leaked photos
Despite the lack of certainty about whether Apple will update the SE, we’ve seen a number of iPhone SE 2-related leaks. One posted on 31 May 2018, shows screen protectors for the SE 2 and the iPhone X, and appears to confirm that the former will have the same notch design as the latter. (According to OnLeaks, accessory makers including Alibaba are also preparing for a notch design.)
Images appearing on 26 April show a design featuring a new glass back for wireless charging – and a 3.5mm hole for a headphone jack. The latter news will come as a surprise to some, given that just days earlier another image appeared that appeared to show no headphone jack.
The images appeared on a Chinese social network site, and it’s not clear how trustworthy they are.
Slashleaks has posted an image allegedly showing the chassis of the iPhone SE 2 in two colours – gold and Rose Gold. And they fairly clearly have glass backs, which suggests support for wireless charging.
Beyond that, we move into the realm of concept illustrations: images and videos created to explore design concepts rather than actual leaks.
Here’s a factory CAD shot from OnLeaks, who warns that he is “still unable to confirm this”:
The case maker Olixar has created a render of the iPhone SE 2018 for a screen protector product it plans to sell; the image was provided to us by Mobile Fun. The firm says this is based on information from the supply chain.
Here’s a idea of what we could expect from Concept Creator, imagining what the iPhone SE 2 might look like if Apple was to give it an iPhone X-like redesign and some vivid new colour finishes:
Concept Creator previously made another iPhone SE 2 video with an iPhone X remake theme:
iPhone SE 2: Specifications
As for the components inside the new iPhone SE 2, here’s what the rumours are indicating:
According to a Tekz24 report back in August 2017, the new iPhone SE 2 We could see a 5Mp or 7Mp FaceTime camera with Retina Flash replace the 1.2Mp FaceTime camera in the current model.
Other than that, it is likely to keep many of the features of the current iPhone SE, such as:
- 12Mp camera: The current SE offers 12-megapixels with an f/2.2 aperture.The iPhone 8 has an f/1.8 aperture.
- No bump: One key difference between the iPhone SE and 8 is the lack of camera bump on the bigger model. Hopefully the new iPhone SE camera on the back of the iPhone will also be flat.
The battery will also have a slightly raised rating from 1,640mAh to 1,700mAh – this might be necessary to power the slightly larger display, if that happens.
iPhone SE 2: Features
The new iPhone SE won’t be a flagship, so you shouldn’t expect any totally new features – it’s more a question of which features will trickle down from the top-end iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.
This is the biggie, and if we’re looking at an iPhone SE with Face ID it would imply that we’re also getting an edge-to-edge screen and no Home button.
The new iPhone SE 2 could offer wireless charging thanks to the rumoured glass back. Tekz24 cites a “very reliable source” who says the new iPhone SE 2 will have a glass back panel and “might support wireless charging”.
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Display- 4.5″ (11.43 cm)
Storage- 32 GB
Camera- 12 MP
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Gps- Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
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