• Arjun Prasad Sarkhel


So Apple just launched it's new iPhone SE 2020 2 weeks back on 15th May 2020. The original iPhone SE was a budget 4-inch iPhone before being discontinued in 2018, but Apple revived the name in April 2020 with a new 4.7-inch model that looks like an iPhone 8 with internals similar to those of the iPhone 11. It features an A13 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM, and a low starting price of $399 in US. Some were very happy with the launch as they preferred the old design of the SE and some were disappointed with the bezels. Now, at an aggressive pricing of 399$ in US it's a great price point, but in India the price comes to near RS 42,500 (due to several taxes), so is it worth it? Let's talk about the different features of the new iPhone SE 2020.



  • 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display

  • A13 Bionic chip

  • iPhone 8 design

  • Touch ID

  • Single-lens rear camera

  • 3 GB RAM

  • Red, white and black colors

  • $399 starting price

  • IP67 water and dust resistance

  • Wireless charging

Now coming to some more details about the various features, Because the iPhone SE is physically identical to an iPhone 8, it continues to feature thick top and bottom bezels. The top bezel houses the 7-megapixel front-facing camera and microphone while the bottom bezel includes a Touch ID Home button for fingerprint-based bio-metric authentication.

There's a single-lens 12-megapixel rear camera in the iPhone SE, although it doesn't support Night mode but there is Smart HDR, Wide color support, optical image stabilization, and support for Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting.

Sample photos:-

The iPhone SE's camera can record 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. Coming to the front-facing camera it supports Portrait Mode as well using the image signal processor and Neural Engine of the A13 Bionic.

A-13 Bionic chip

Inside, the iPhone SE is equipped with modern chip technology, featuring the same A13 Bionic chip as the iPhone 11, which Apple says is the fastest chip in a smart phone to date. Although it's not meant for gaming, but any modern day and upcoming game can smoothly run without any issue. The A13 Bionic has a dedicated 8-core neural engine that can perform 5 trillion operations per second, two Machine Learning Accelerators on the CPU, and a Machine Learning Controller for better performance and efficiency.

Now coming to one of the most important feature i.e the battery life, some say it is good some say it's worst, although the A 13 is underclocked still it takes a toll on the battery life. According to some of the big youtubers who conducted a stress test on the iPhone SE's battery life found out that it lasted near about 3 hours. It should server one well as a daily driver. Although out of the box it comes with a 5W power adapter but it can go upto 50% charge in half-an-hour with a 18 W power adapter.


Now coming to the real question, is it really worth it, well at the launch of the old iPhone SE it was also priced at 399$ and had a price tag of near 36,000 INR, but the price was slowly reduced few weeks/months after it's launch. So as of now it's best to wait for some time before purchasing it. There are alot of better phones which packs a punch in this price range, some of them are One plus 8 , One plus 7 pro, Samsung Galaxy S10E etc. So it's not really that budget friendly as of now.

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