The new SE iPhones, in three different colors
THE Apple started selling the new version of iPhone SE in Brazil this Thursday, 30. Announced in early April and with prices ranging between R $ 3.7 thousand and R $ 4.5 thousand, the device brings some updated specifications, with "heart of iPhone 11 ", but embedded in a design that refers to the iPhone 8, launched by the company in 2017. With physical retail stores closed, the cell phone can be purchased only on the internet, on the Apple website and also at other retailers and operators.
The device also brings the company back to small screen phones. It features a 4.7-inch panel, the size last adopted by the company on the iPhone 8 in 2017. The SE line refers to the company's "popular" cell phones the last time a SE device was launched was in 2016, when the design still made reference to the iPhone 5. The SE line, according to the company, aims to have a cheaper, high performance and smaller size device. Apple says it bet on the 4.7-inch size for noticing its popularity with customers – since the iPhone 6, 500 million units of that size would have been sold.
In the US, the device will start at $ 400, $ 50 more than the entry price of the iPhone 8, which was still part of the company's official portfolio until the beginning of the month. With the announcement, the iPhone 8 is retired – now part of the official portfolio iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, in addition to the new SE. The iPhone 8 continues to be sold only by partners with the device still in stock.
To the State, in a conference with journalists from different countries, the company stated that it intends to continue selling the iPhone XR – in Brazil, the price ranges of the device overlap with those of the SE. The idea, according to the company, to offer different screen sizes and prices. This may explain the reason for the new SE, with just one screen size, to replace both devices, one with a 5.5-inch screen, from the iPhone 8 line. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch screen.
With a known design, the main novelty of the device is the A13 Bionic chip, present in the iPhone 11 family, which guarantees high performance. According to Apple, in a presentation to journalists, the component guarantees four times more capacity than the A9 chip, present in the first generation of the SE.
However, it has older and simpler opponents, such as the Touch ID digital sensor and an LCD panel (1,334 x 750 pixels resolution), while line 11 has an OLED screen. The new device also does not have Face ID, a facial recognition feature for screen unlocking and security, present in the latest models.
The rear camera set has a single 12 MP lens – the iPhone 11 Pro has a three lens system, while the iPhone 11 has only two lenses. The last time Apple made an iPhone with only one lens on the back was on the iPhone XR, released in 2018.
The iPhone SE camera is a wide angle with f / 1.8 aperture and 5x digital zoom. The front camera has 7 MP and f / 2.2 aperture. In the software, all of the Studio mode options, popular with company customers, are available, including portrait mode. Here, Apple relies on the A13 Bionic to enhance the quality of images. The processor has a unit dedicated to the processing of artificial intelligence, a technique that can be applied to generate better pictures. That is why, the company told reporters, that the company opted for a single lens, going against the industry, which already sees intermediary cell phones with dual cameras.
Storage options include 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.