iPhone SE (2020): overview and specifications

They wait­ed for him for sev­er­al years, but he came out quite casu­al­ly, even with­out a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion. iPhone SE (2020) — the main dis­ap­point­ment of the year or a best­seller? Per­haps this and that
iPhone SE (2020): overview and specifications
iPhone SE (2020)

The con­cept of “iPhone for the poor” has long been worked on by Apple. At first, they arti­fi­cial­ly extend­ed the life of frankly out­dat­ed smart­phones, as was the case with the 2009 iPhone 3GS. Then they released a plas­tic iPhone 5C, which seemed to be on sale, but the fact that it had no con­tin­u­a­tion speaks elo­quent­ly about its “suc­cess”. Final­ly, in 2016, in Cuper­ti­no, they did what the suf­fer­ers expect­ed from them — they packed the stuff­ing of the then-cur­rent 6S into the 5S case and called it all iPhone SE. That mod­el gained immense pop­u­lar­i­ty, and users were even upset when the smart­phone was dis­con­tin­ued at the end of 2018. But even before this sad moment for poor apple fans, rumors spread about the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of SE. He was expect­ed in 2018, in 2019, and, final­ly, he appeared to the world in 2020. So what did the sec­ond com­ing bring us?

iPhone SE review (2020)

Release date and prices for iPhone SE (2020)

It turns out fun­ny, because it was Apple that made it fash­ion­able for elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ers to hold “qui­et pre­sen­ta­tions”, when even the expect­ed prod­uct just appears on the company’s web­site. In 2019, there were still those who were dis­sat­is­fied with this, but the sad real­i­ties of 2020 rec­on­ciled them with this prac­tice. The iPhone SE (2020) page appeared on the Apple web­site on April 15. That’s the whole pre­sen­ta­tion. In some coun­tries, the smart­phone will become avail­able for pre-order on April 17, in Rus­sia it will hap­pen on April 23. And the very next day, on the 24th, sales of SE will start in more than 40 coun­tries.

Insid­ers who promised a smart­phone from Apple for $250 turned out to be far from the truth. In the US, iPhone SE (2020) will be sold from $399 (29.9 thou­sand rubles at the rate of April 15) for the base 64 GB, $449 (33.6 thou­sand rubles) for 128 GB and $549 (41.1 thou­sand rubles). rubles) will be asked for 256 GB. For a Russ­ian buy­er, the phone will cost even more — 40, 45, and 54 thou­sand rubles. Well, what can I say, the price tag for us has clear­ly been adjust­ed by eco­nom­ic real­i­ty and the falling ruble. How­ev­er, in 2016, for a 16 GB SE, they asked for 38 thou­sand rubles at the start.




Dis­play 4.7 inch­es, 16:9, 750×1334 pix­els, IPS, True-tone
Chipset Apple A13 Bion­ic, 6 cores, 2.65 GHz, 7 nm, quad-core Apple GPU
Mem­o­ry built-in 64/128/256 GB
cam­eras rear: 12 MP (f/1.8, OIS), front: 7 MP (f/2.2)
Food 1821 mAh, 18W fast charg­ing, Qi wire­less charg­ing
Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and inter­faces LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Blue­tooth 5.0, GPS, A‑GPS, NFC, Light­ing
Oper­at­ing sys­tem iOS 13
Safe­ty Touch ID fin­ger­print scan­ner
Dimen­sions, weight 138.4×67.3×7.3mm, 148g


Cost is not the only fea­ture of the SE series. Among fans of Apple prod­ucts, there are many who are nos­tal­gic for rel­a­tive­ly com­pact devices. Here they will have the iPhone SE (2020) just right — the dis­play diag­o­nal is tiny by today’s stan­dards of 4.7 inch­es. The res­o­lu­tion of the IPS pan­el is 750 x 1334 pix­els with an “archa­ic” aspect ratio of 16:9. Actu­al­ly, this is still the same matrix that was in the iPhone 8 of the 2017 mod­el. And in gen­er­al, if you notice, in the iPhone SE (2020) a lot of things migrat­ed from the G8.


For exam­ple, the cor­pus. Yes, here the net­work infor­mants turned out to be right and the new SE received a design exact­ly like that of the iPhone 8. What a design, the lin­ear dimen­sions of the case are the same up to tenths of a mil­lime­ter. In oth­er words, it is glass in front and behind, an alu­minum frame and good dust and mois­ture pro­tec­tion accord­ing to the IP67 stan­dard. In place was the good old Touch ID sen­sor, the loss of which many have been griev­ing since the iPhone X. The smart­phone is avail­able in three col­ors — black, white and red (Prod­uct RED).

Processor, memory, communications

Apple did not save on the “heart” of the smart­phone and installed its lat­est A13 Bion­ic proces­sor into it. It debuted in Sep­tem­ber 2019 in the iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max. A mod­ern six-core chip will pro­vide bench­mark per­for­mance for years to come, as will iOS updates.

Apple nev­er dis­clos­es the amount of RAM in its smart­phones, but numer­ous dis­man­tling devices reap this infor­ma­tion. And if the iPhone SE (2020) received the actu­al stuff­ing, then it should have RAM, like the “eleventh” — 4 GB. How­ev­er, this is just spec­u­la­tion. But the vol­ume of the dri­ve is known for cer­tain. Mem­o­ry in the smart­phone can be 64, 128 or 256 GB.

With com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the new SE, every­thing is in order — there is Wi-Fi 6, and Blue­tooth 5.0, and an NFC chip, with which Apple Pay works famil­iar to many. Of course, there is no 5G, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and the pro­pri­etary Light­ing in Cuper­ti­no does not dare to send it to the “tech­no­his­to­ry dump”.


Apple does not skimp on flat­ter­ing epi­thets to the main and only pho­to­sen­sor. Tech­ni­cal­ly, it’s a 12-megapix­el cam­era with f/1.8 aper­ture and opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion. But for now, one can only guess who got the iPhone SE (2020) sen­sor, because sim­i­lar num­bers can be found in the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 11. And these, as we know, are cam­eras of dif­fer­ent lev­els. But the SE video will def­i­nite­ly write bet­ter than most flag­ships on Android — so far, accord­ing to this indi­ca­tor, Apple prod­ucts are out of reach for com­peti­tors.

Final­ly, a few words about the self­ie mod­ule. It’s just there, with a res­o­lu­tion of 7 megapix­els.

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And again, Apple is stingy with the num­bers — the vol­ume of the bat­tery of the nov­el­ty is not indi­cat­ed. But it is said that auton­o­my remained at the lev­el of the G8 (in which 1821 mAh bat­ter­ies were installed). It is grat­i­fy­ing that fast charg­ing (albeit only 18 W) and wire­less Qi have been “brought” to the SE. True, Apple was greedy and put a 5 W pow­er sup­ply in the pack­age.