Apple has officially launched the new iPhone SE, a second-generation model some four years after the original SE was first released. Running on the A13 Bionic chip, the iPhone SE 2 has the same processing power as the iPhone 11, but in most other aspects it closely resembles the iPhone 8.
Featuring a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, the iPhone SE 2 is slightly bigger than the original iPhone SE model. The classic home button is retained, equipped with Touch ID fingerprint sensor, but the new iPhone SE does not support the Face ID biometric unlock feature. Like all the iPhone models of late, the iPhone SE 2 will not have a headphone jack.
In terms of the camera, the iPhone SE 2 comes with only one 12MP f/1.8 camera on the back which supports 4K video capture up to 60fps – Apple touts it as having “the best single-sensor camera ever fitted on an iPhone”. The front features a 7MP FaceTime HD camera that can record 1080 HD videos. Both cameras support portrait mode and depth control effects, but unfortunately not night mode.
The new iPhone SE’s battery life also mirrors the iPhone 8’s, with Apple stating that it can reach up to 13 hours of video playback on a single charge. The iPhone SE 2 supports wireless charging as well as 18W fast wired charging, with the adapters for both sold separately.
Lastly, the iPhone SE 2 supports the dual SIM function (nano and e-SIM), Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology, and Wi-Fi 6. It is also IP67-rated for dust and water resistance.
The new iPhone SE comes in three colours: black, white, and (Product)Red. It is not yet known when the latest iPhone model will be released in the Malaysian market, although Apple has already revealed its Malaysian pricing. The 64GB variant will cost RM1,999, the 128GB model will be priced at RM2,199, and the 256GB model will be sold at RM2,699 – giving consumers a wider range of choice with the iPhone 11 starting at RM3,399.