The sequel to 2016’s huge-selling iPhone SE is finally about to arrive. How budget-friendly will it be, though? Will it retain the SE’s compact dimensions? And what new features will it offer? Read our round-up for the answers.
When will iPhone SE 2 launch?
Apple has yet to announce a concrete release date. But reports suggest it’ll debut between now and June and could even be here as early as March.
So if you’ve been holding fire with a view to making the SE 2 your next smartphone, the good news is that you may not have too much longer to wait.
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Will it definitely be called the iPhone SE 2?
There’s a good chance that Apple will opt for the title SE 2. However, there’s also talk abroad that Apple will opt for the name iPhone 9.
As we’ll see, there’s a degree of logic for that. But for the purposes of clarity, here we’ll be referring to the phone as the SE 2. Until we hear otherwise.
How much will the SE 2 cost?
The original SE came in at £400 SIM-free and off-contract. The SE 2 is rumoured to be priced between £400-£480.
Which is great news in a world where the cost of top-of-the-range smartphones now regularly nudges £1,000 or more.
For an iPhone SE 2 contract with a decent amount of data, expect to pay £20-£25 per month.
iPhone SE 2 design and dimensions
Image source: iGeeks.
If images based on leaked blueprints from Apple are to be believed, the SE 2 doesn’t look an awful lot like its predecessor.
In fact, it bears a much stronger resemblance to the iPhone 8, which adds heft to rumours that the phone will actually come to market as the ‘iPhone 9’.
In turn, the SE 2 appears to be bigger and slightly less pocketable this time around. Height and width are 138.5mm and 67.4mm respectively. Those are the exact dimensions of the standard iPhone 8.
However, the generally reliable device-leaker @Onleaks claims that it’ll come in 0.5mm thicker than the iPhone 8.
What we can say for some degree of certainty is that it’ll sport the pairing of large bezels and physical home button that were feature of every iPhone until Apple ripped up the formbook with the iPhone X.
The presence of the latter means that the phone won’t have Apple’s Touch ID facial recognition technology, so you won’t be able to unlock it just by looking at it.
iPhone SE 2 screen
Word is that the iPhone SE 2’s display will be 4.7 inches. Once again that’s the same as the iPhone 8, but much larger than the 4-inch display on the original SE.
Naturally, that’s quite a big jump. But will still be pretty pocketable compared with new, higher-end smartphones.
The screen is apparently LCD rather than the OLED technology in the iPhone 11 range, which should mean it’s about on a par with the iPhone 8 for brightness and clarity.
iPhone SE 2 camera
The SE 2 will apparently feature a single-lens main camera, presumably to keep costs down. We don’t yet know how many megapixels it’ll pack in.
iPhone SE 2 processor and battery
Rumours indicate the SE 2 will be powered by the same might A13 processor as the iPhone 11 range. Which means it’ll be a very fast phone indeed.
iPhone SE 2 storage
The SE initially launched in 16GB and 32GB storage iterations. But as it became apparent that wasn’t anything like enough capacity, Apple replaced them with 32GB and 128GB variants.
We don’t have any inkling just yet about how much room you’ll have to play with on the SE 2. However, if we were betting men we’d put our money on the phone-maker plumping for two phones with a choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage.
iPhone SE 2 colours and 5G connectivity
Pencil in space grey, red and silver colour options. As you might expect, it seems none of the iPhone SE 2 iterations will be compatible with 5G.