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Apple iPhone SE: return to the 4-inch era

Apple Iphone SE photo

Come March 31st, Apple is set to release iPhone SE and return back to the era where the iPhone was all about being a small and nifty gadget.

Is there still a market for the smallish device? Yes, there is. According to a survey, close to 40% of pre-iPhone 6 model are still using the small iPhone 5 (and its variants) as well as iPhone 4. One of the reasons cited why they did not make the upgrade just yet, is due to the big and clunky feeling of the iPhone 6. The base model iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s stood at 4.7-inch, while iPhone 6s Plus came in at 5.5-inch.

Apparently, there is still a gap not being serviced – hence, the reason for Apple to release the iPhone SE. Mind you; there are a lot of loyalist from Apple iPhone users who are gearing up for this release.

Therefore, let’s check out what iPhone SE is all about:

  • 4-inch HD LED-backlit IPS LCD display with 640 x 1136 pixels or ~326 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor with Apple Pay
  • Apple A9 chipset (same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s), Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister processor, PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics) and 2GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 1.2MP secondary camera with f/2.4, 31mm, 720p@30fps, face detection, HDR
  • 16GB or 64GB of internal storage with no expansion slot
  • iOS 9.3
  • Non-removable Li-Po 1642 mAh battery
  • 4G LTE

It is without a doubt, one of the most powerful 4-inch device you will ever wield for this year. In fact, you can say it has almost all the characteristics of the iPhone 6, bundled with a 4-inch screen. iPhone SE takes an incredibly popular design and refines it even further. Crafted from bead-blasted aluminum for a satin-like finish, this light and compact phone is designed to fit comfortably in your hand. A matte-chamfered edges and a color-matched stainless steel logo gives an outstanding look to it.

On the camera side of things, yes it may seem to have only a 12MP primary camera – but the photos that were taken with it sure looks nice.

One of Apple’s strongest points is in its slew of apps and games choices that are available in the App Store. With over a million and a half apps in the App Store, you will be able to make your phone your own.

iCloud Photo Library stores every photo and video you take and keeps them up to date on all your devices. Any edits you make are automatically updated everywhere, so you can view a photo from last week or last year no matter where you are.

Coupled with a personal assistant called Siri, it lets you use your voice to send messages, search the web, get guidance on public transportation, and more. You can even ask Siri to search your photo library to find just the photo or video that you are looking for.

The downside to all this is as usual, all iPhone devices do not have an expansion slot. Best if you can stretch your budget and get the 64GB model, or you will rue the day when you can constantly run out of space. Also, the Li-Po 1642 mAh battery might be a little bit too small these days as well. A higher-rated battery sounds nice.


It may seem to be a step backwards for Apple, but the iPhone SE is set for big things. Going down from a 4.7-inch of iPhone 6 & iPhone 6s or the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus to just 4-inch, might just be the breakthrough Apple is looking for to entice its loyal customers to upgrade. But it won’t be cheap though, as with other Apple products.

The Apple iPhone SE is set to be released on March 31st. The 16GB variant will be available for $399 USD while the 64GB variant will be available for $499 USD. You got to choose from Space Gray, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold.

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