Apple has officially reintroduced the 4-inch iPhone, iPhone SE, after it shifted to 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes about two years ago. More than just creating buzz for reintroducing a smaller iPhone, the Cupertino giant is making a history, as it disrupts company’s tradition of launching iPhone upgrades once every year. Now if you’re among the users who didn’t want to upgrade after iPhone 5S, when the company increased the display screen, then, this is your chance to get that tiny dream iPhone you always wanted.
But before you do that, we recommend you to read the comparison between the latest iPhone SE and iPhone 5S. So that you know what you’re getting into, I’m pretty sure you’re also interested in getting a comparison between iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE, we will get to that later on.
Apple iPhone 5S sports aluminium body and measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, the handset, come in silver and space gray colors only, no Rose Gold, it weighs 112 grams. Whereas the iPhone SE also comes with the aluminium body and feels a mixture of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6s, and it is actually similar in height at 123.8mm, but only 1 gram heavier at 113 g. Meanwhile, the latest handset from the company comes in Rose Gold color, but not the two three-year-old models.
The first thing that we hoped to see on the latest iPhone SE was the 3D Touch 2D curved glass display similar to the iPhone 6s. But unfortunately, it isn’t the case, as the display is quite akin to the iPhone 5S. The pixel resolution is at 1136 x 640 giving it a pixel density of 326 PPI, as well as an oleophobic coating just like the three-year-old iteration. But the company promises better fingerprint resistant screen. It’s called retina display.
There is a huge improvement regarding the camera when compared to the iPhone 5s, which sports only 8MP module while the new iPhone SE packs 12MP iSight Camera that was introduced last year in the 6S and 6S Plus. As well as the pixel size is increased to 1.22-micron pixels, which collects the light while capturing the shots. Other features of the new module include Panorama shots up to 63MP, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, True Tone Flash, but aperture rather is same at f/2.2. Regarding video recording, it can shoot 4K while the 8MP module on the 5S is stuck at 1080p. Though, the front module is same at 1.2MP with f/2.2 aperture.
Regarding performance, the new iPhone SE packs similar horsepower as the iPhone 6S, so expect the swift performance of the 6S. That means it will give tough competition to the 5S. With 2GB or RAM against 1GB and A9 Chipset against the A7 Chipset, 5S doesn’t really have a chance at winning when it comes to multitasking. Though, they both have dual-core but differ in the technology generation as well as at lock speed. The 5S clocks the 64-bit processor at 1.3GHz while the SE does that at 1.8GHz. All thanks to the latest A9 chipset, this is embedded with M9 motion coprocessor, helping speed up the graphical work.
With such small-sized devices, the battery capacity is sure to be quite small as well, but considering the optimization, it is only the Apple that can pull off a day’s battery life. The company didn’t’ disclosed the battery capacity on the iPhone SE yet, but they have claimed that it would give up to 14 hours of talk time on 3G while an audio playback of up to 50 hours. It is quite the claim when we compare what is mentioned for the iPhone 5S, which packs a 1560mAh capacity battery. The battery on the 5S claims to offer up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G while the 40 hours of music playback. Now if that is any indication, the battery capacity on the SE would be slightly larger, or maybe Apple has done a better job in optimizing the iOS and Processor to power usage, and we will see the same capacity battery. Of all this, one thing is clear; iPhone SE will have better battery life than the 5S.
It is understood that the new iPhone SE is faster and feature better chipset, increased RAM, as well as the most powerful iSight camera Apple users have ever seen, which was placed on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6s Plus. Though, all these upgrades comes at a heavy duty pricing of $399 for 16GB variant while for 64GB you will have to fetch $499. Now if we compare that to the launch price of the iPhone 5S, it was available at a retail price of $199 for the 16GB while the 32GB was available at $299, while the 64GB model would cost $399. Do we think all that upgraded hardware is worth it? Well, it is too early to say that, but if you were looking for such combination of specs and pricing is not an issue then, you can look forward to buying this device coming March 24th, which is when the booking of the handset starts.