Furthering its efforts at keeping budget-minded fans and gaining new ones, Apple premiered its new iPhone SE for 2020 and it goes for USD399 (about NGN155,000). The iPhone SE shares similar specs and looks with 2017’s flagship – the iPhone 8 – for which Apple has now withdrawn support – along with the 8+.
3 years ago at launch, the iPhone 8 cost a lot more than the iPhone SE’s current price at a whopping USD699. The price, however, keeps going down and finally came to rest at USD449 before it was discontinued in April. For this sole reason, I won’t recommend you buy the iPhone 8 despite the fact that it sells even lesser than USD399 (USD349 from Walmart). Besides, the iPhone SE offers certain features not found on the iPhone 8.
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At a glance, the iPhone SE looks exactly like the iPhone 8. Both phones feature 4.7 inches Retina HD displays (Apple’s way of referring to their display technology but really, it’s IPS), same resolution and the same pixels density. Both phones also come with a physical home button which incorporates the fingerprint reader for unlocking the phone and authorizing digital payments. While the iPhone 8 comes in white, black and gold though, the iPhone SE comes in white, black and red.
The iPhone SE comes furnished with Apple’s latest A13 Bionic chip. The same chip found on the iPhone 11 flagship and according to CNET, “the iPhone SE clocked in similar results with the iPhone 11” on GeekBench 5 and 3DMark. This obviously means it performs just to the same extent as the iPhone 11 and undoubtedly loads better than the iPhone 8. The chip is supported by Hexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning + 4×1.8 GHz Thunder) processor and Apple quad-core GPU. Storage options include 6GB, 128GB and 256GB. All having 3 gigabytes of RAM.
Although Apple is not the type to disclose their mobile’s battery capacity during its announcement. They did mention, however, that the iPhone SE was the same as the iPhone 8 and certain features were listed and have been confirmed. We assume it also comes with the same battery capacity as the 8 and that will peg it at 1,821 mAh. However, you should expect better battery performance since you’ll be working with a better chip and processors.
While both phones come with 12MP rear camera and 7MP front-facing camera, the iPhone SE comes with certain features which were not present on the iPhone 8. They are:
- Portrait Mode and Depth Control for taking and adjusting bokeh photos
- Smart HDR, to improve highlights and shadows
- Red-eye correction
- Quicktake, which lets you quickly record video without tapping out of Photo mode
- Video improvements: Extended dynamic range for 30fps; 3x digital zoom (the iPhone 8 has 2x); cinematic video stabilization for 4K video (the iPhone 8 has it only up to 1080p) and stereo recording
- Front-facing camera: Portrait mode and cinematic video stabilization up to 1080p (the iPhone 8 has none)
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For networks, the iPhone SE features GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO and LTE and you can have nano sim + e-sim. That’s dual sim support. Not something we see on Apple devices and it’s a very awesome addition. However, Apple still leaves out 3.5mm jack and SD card support. Not sure they would ever opt for those (again – for 3.5mm jack). Its connectivity gives us WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot), Bluetooth 5.0 with A2DP and LE, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, NFC and USB 2.0, proprietary reversible connector.
In case you didn’t do the math, the iPhone SE is just USD50 more expensive than the iPhone 8. Buying the iPhone 8 at s time like this may end up not being one of the decisions you’ll be proud of at the end of the year. It is such an obvious fact that the SE is better than the 8, it almost had a face.
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