As rumored, Apple took advantage of its spring event to introduce a new cheap iPhone, two years after the arrival of the second generation of the iPhone SE and six years after the arrival of the original model.
The 2022 iPhone SE uses the same chip as the iPhone 13 series, the powerful A15 Bionic, making it one of the best value phones around. In addition, it is now compatible with 5G connectivity and also stands out for its strength and durability.
This is everything you need to know about the new iPhone SE.
A15 Bionic, the same chip as the iPhone 13
This already tells you everything you should know about Apple’s new cheap iPhone. It benefits from the full power of the same processor that the company debuted with the launch of its latest flagship models last September, the iPhones 13.
This A15 Bionic uses a 6 core CPU (the fastest in any smartphone), with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. Thus, the new iPhone SE is, according to Apple, 1.8 times faster than the iPhone 8.
We also find a 16-core Neural Engine, capable of performing 15.8 billion operations per second. That’s great for machine learning features, as well as iOS 15 features like Live Text.
Home button stays
One of the big unknowns about the new iPhone SE was whether Apple would decide to remove the Home button once and for all. This has not been the case, since the new device continues to use the mythical button to navigate the interface, as well as to unlock the terminal with Touch ID.
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Familiar, old-fashioned, rugged design
Keeping the Home button means that Apple has gone back to the design it introduced with the iPhone 6 in 2014. It’s inevitable that the design will look a little dated, especially given the size of its screen and the thick bezels that surround it.
This is a 4.7″ screen, protected by the strongest glass in the industry (which we also saw in the iPhone 13 models). This same material is used on the back, so, although old-fashioned, it is It is a strong and durable design.
Plus, it’s IP67-rated to protect it from water and dust, and it’s available in three colors: Midnight, Star White, and (PRODUCT)RED.
Better battery autonomy
Speaking of durability, Apple ensures that the new iPhone SE will also last as far as battery is concerned. Both A15 Bionic and iOS 15 allow the autonomy of the new iPhone to be greater and improve that of the previous 4.7″ models.
On the other hand, the new iPhone SE is compatible with Qi wireless charging, and not with MagSafe (as the iPhone 13 is). Luckily, it does support fast charging.
The cameras have also been improved. In part, that’s thanks to the inclusion of the A15 Bionic, which brings features like Smart HDR 4, Photo Styles, and Deep Fusion to the 2022 iPhone SE.
We find a 12 MP wide angle and f / 1.8 aperture, perfect for all these functions mentioned above, as well as for portrait mode.
On the other hand, thanks to the use of the A15 Bionic, video recordings are better than in previous generations, as noise is reduced (especially in low light environments). They also have better white balance and more natural skin tones.
Last but not least, we must confirm one of the rumors that have circulated the most in recent months about the third generation iPhone SE. Yes, 5G connectivity comes to Apple’s cheapest model, so you can enjoy high connection speeds without breaking the bank.
The inclusion of 5G means that you will be able to download and upload files much faster using your mobile data, as well as play video on streaming higher quality, among other advantages.
Price and availability
The new iPhone SE went on sale last March 18th in Spain, after a reservation period of one week. You can now buy it from the Apple website or from stores like Fnac, Macnificos, K-tuin or El Corte Inglés.
We also know its price: €529 / MXN$11,499 for the 64 GB base model; €579 / MXN$12,999 for the 128 GB model; €699 / MXN$15,999 for the 256 GB model.
There is still no release date in Mexico, but Apple assures that “it will be available soon this year.”