After a lot of speculations, Apple iPhone SE has been launched at an event in Cupertino, USA. Available at starting price of Rs. $399, it is most affordable Apple Smartphone till date. Apple has confirmed that the device will arrive at the Indian shores on 8th April, 2016 with an initial price of Rs. 39,000 while earlier it was speculated to price at Rs. 30,000 but later company issued a fresh press release with new price tag.
When it comes to specifications SE has a lot of similarities with 6s while its design is based on iPhone 5s. The SE might stand for ‘Special edition’ and it is probably the enhanced version of previous 4-inch success story i.e. iPhone 5s.
The new iPhone special edition (SE) will be offered in two storage variants- 16GB and 64GB, though the price of 64GB version hasn’t been disclosed yet. The iPhone SE is available in four conventional color shades- Space Grey, Silver, Gold and Rose gold. In addition, Apple is offering new leather cases in two colors- midnight blue and black, priced at Rs. 2900, there is also a ‘Lighting dock on offer available at Rs. 3700.
Coming to the core part which is specifications, it sports a 4-inch retina screen with a display resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels and 2.5D glass. Though it misses out on 3D touch display so it remains exclusive to Apple iPhone 6s and 6s plus.
The SE runs on the latest iOS 9.3 out of the box while touch ID with fingerprint sensor feature has been retained. Powering it is an A9 processor assisted by M9 chipset.
The SE features a 12 Megapixel iSight fixed focus rear camera with true tone flash, live photo and 4K video recording support. At front, it gets 1.2MP Selfie camera with Retina flash, f/2.4 aperture, auto HDR, exposure control, face detection etc. Apart from NFC, the Smartphone offers bluetooth 4.2, 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac as connectivity options.
According to the company, the device provides improved network performance as compared to 5s. It boasts with decent lithium ion battery as it is rated to deliver 12 hours of usage on 3G and 13 hours on Wi-Fi and offers 14 hours of talktime on 3G networks along with 10 days of standby time.