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Apple iPhone SE: Back In the Game!

Apple iPhone SE is here again after the launch of its generation back in 2016...

For the first time in history, we heard something unheard of from Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. He said, “We have higher prices because we consider ourselves in a luxury bracket,” concerning the iPhone SE. Unlike the iPhone 5C which was inexpensive because of its cheap plastic body, iPhone SE was launched back in 2016 when people were enjoying the iPhone 6S which had been one of the most successful iPhones across the world.

Apple ecosystem

The original mobile carried the form factor of iPhone 5S, which was appreciated by several people back then because of its pricing, better hardware, and smaller build. For some, it was their entry into Apple ecosystem while for some, it was a secondary mobile with their larger devices. It had a 4 inches 640×1136 pixels IPS LCD with A9 Chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB to 128GB storage option, an aluminium frame, 12 MP rear camera with a 1.2 MP selfie camera combined with 4K video and battery life of approximately 14hrs.

Fast forward 4 years and Apple has launched iPhone SE2 or as they call it iPhone SE 2020 with the same marketing point of inexpensive price tag, smaller form factor, and latest hardware. Apple iPhone SE 2020 is built upon the older 2017 iPhone 8 body with iPhone 11 hardware. It has a 4.7 inches 750×1334 pixels Retina IPS LCD with an A13 Bionic Chipset, 3GB RAM, 64 to 256 GB storage option, 12 MP camera along with 4K video up to 60 fps rear camera module and 7 MP camera with 1080p video front camera module, 1821 mAh battery with fast and wireless charging while bringing back the notch and front mounter fingerprint sensor.

Let us now see, who is it meant for and whether it is worth buying or not. The iPhone SE is priced around Rs. 42,500 for 64GB, Rs. 47,800 for 128GB, and Rs. 58,300 for 256GB variant putting it right below the 2018’s iPhone XR.

Bigger and better

Apple iPhone XR carries a bigger and better screen, better battery life, no notch, face unlock with fingerprint and modern feel. If you compare both the mobiles side by side, Apple iPhone XR seems like a better option both visually and on paper if we exclude the A13 Bionic chipset for A12 Bionic chipset which is quite powerful as well. While we have iPhone X, XS, 11, and 11 Pro in the market today with 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max launching later this year, at the pricing, it sounds quite weak.

Less options

Originally, when iPhone SE was launched back in 2016, apart from that, the only options were either iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s and the older 5 and 4 series, when it made sense as the minimal option and higher price tag, made it work. But, today with competition from the Android side and Apple having a plethora of options still available since iPhone 7 to iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE doesn’t fit anywhere. Only if it was approximately Rs. 10,000 cheaper than the current price, it would have a stronger status. It sounds like a hybrid between iPhone 8 and iPhone 11 Pro, which was done at the wrong time.

Do we have a better option? Yes, in a slightly higher price, you’ve iPhone XR from 2018, even though 2 years old, in terms of generation, it is just one generation old with a 6.1 inches Liquid Retina IPS display with A12 Bionic Chipset, 3GB RAM, 64GB to 256GB storage option, 12 MP camera along with 4K up to 60fps rear camera and 7 MP camera with 1080p front camera module with a depth sensor for bokeh control, 16 hours of battery life with fast and wireless charging which makes it more powerful than iPhone SE on paper with a slightly higher price tag. Apart from that on the Android side of the planet, you have both Samsung Note 10 Lite and S10 Lite at the same price along with OnePlus, Vivo, and Oppo, which we would avoid because of the ongoing boycott spree of Chinese products that might lead to their ban.

Anyone possessing iPhone 6, 6s, 7 or 8 and not wanting a bigger device, anyone desiring the features & power of iPhone in an affordable price range, and anyone who wants a secondary iPhone in their apple ecosystem for the ease of work and data transfer along with the bigger Pro and Pro Max models can make the most of iPhone SE.

Overall, it’s not a bad smartphone; rather, it’s a powerful one just like any other Apple Smartphone. It’s pricey and wrongly timed against the Android planet. If Amazon or Flipkart forces the retailers or Apple drops prices due to slow sales, then it might be a game-changer. But what everyone wanted and expected was the same mobile with a price tag of Rs. 30,000-35,000.

Ankur Bagai
Ankur Bagai is a Professional Fashion & Travel Photographer alongside trying to be a Romantic Author. He has been watching movies for most of his life while Football has been his first love. While sticking to his judgmental and critical aura, he channelizes it into his articles.

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