Apple iPhone SE was recently launched in Apple’s first event of the year 2022, along with iPad Air and Mac Studio. The phone is expected to arrive in Nepal within a few weeks.
iPhone SE is the most affordable Apple smartphone. Yet, it features the powerful A15 Bionic, 5G, better battery life, improved durability, and a new camera system with advanced features. Let’s know about the phone in detail.
Weight: 144 grams
|4.70-inch Retina IPS LCD, 625 nits
|Apple A15 Bionic (5nm)
|Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
|SD card slot
|Front: 7MP, f/2.2
Rear: 12MP, f/1.8, PDAF,OIS
|Loudspeakers with stereo speakers
No 3.5mm headphone jack
Fast charging 20W
|Touch ID fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Ambient light sensor
|Black, white, red
|Minimum Rs 60,000
Design and display
The new iPhone SE has retained the same design as its predecessor. There is the presence of huge bezels on the top and bottom of the phone. There is also the home button on the phone with Touch ID support. On the back, there is a similar single camera module along with a flashlight. The phone has a build of glass front and glass back with an aluminium frame. It is also IP67 water- and dust-resistant. The phone is 7.3mm thick and weighs lightly at only 144 grams.
There is a 4.7-inch Retina IPS LCD display on the phone with a resolution of 750*1,334 pixels. The display can achieve a peak brightness of 625 nits. The company claims this phone features an aerospace-grade aluminium and glass design with the toughest glass in a smartphone on the front and back.
iPhone SE only has a single camera, both on the front and the back. There is a 12MP f/1.8 camera on the back while there is a 7MP selfie shooter on the front. With a new and powerful chip integrated into the phone, the camera on the phone offers incredible photography benefits to the users, including smart HDR 4, photographic styles, deep fusion, and portrait mode.
Other photography features include digital zoom up to 5x, portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control, portrait lighting with six effects, panorama (up to 63MP), wide colour capture for photos and live photos, burst mode and many more.
The main camera on the phone is also able to capture 4K resolution videos while the front camera is limited to 1080p only. For the video, the camera includes optical image stabilisation, digital zoom up to 3x, time‑lapse video with stabilisation, night mode time‑lapse, and cinematic video stabilisation to name a few.
Performance and storage
iPhone SE runs on iOS 15.3 and is powered by Apple A15 Bionic (5nm) chipset. This is the same chipset that was introduced along with Apple’s flagship iPhone 13 and is arguably the best chipset on a smartphone. The graphics on the other hand are handled by Apple GPU.
The phone only has a single variant of 4GB RAM onboard which is coupled up with 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. There is no option of memory expansion with a microSD card.
Battery life, connectivity and price
iPhone SE has a built-in rechargeable li-ion battery that offers a battery backup of up to 15 hours of video playback, up to 10 hours of video streaming and up to 50 hours of audio playback. The phone gets charged with a 20W fast charger. The fast charger can get Up to 50% charge in just 30 minutes.
As for the connectivity options, the phone supports a 5G network, Wi‑Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS with GLONASS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and Beidou. The phone can also be connected with other devices with a USB-C lightning vable.
iPhone SE has been priced at USD 429 for 64GB, USD 479 for 128GB and USD 579 for 256GB variant. The phone will be available to order from March 18 in the US. When it is launched in Nepal, one can expect the starting price of Rs 60,000 for the 64GB base variant.
In a similar price range, there are lots of Android phones that will give a tough fight to the iPhone SE. The Android smartphones in that price range have a lot to offer in terms of design, aesthetics and features than the iPhone SE.