The ‘affordable’ iPhone is back! Apple launches latest iPhone SE using A15 Bionic chip, prices start from RM2,099

Source: Apple

When it comes time to upgrade your mobile phone, most consumers will look to two obvious options: buying an Android from any of the larger mainstream manufacturers such as Samsung or Xiaomi, or buying from Cupertino’s iOS family made by Apple. And if you’ve ever stepped into an Apple retail outlet, you will no doubt be familiar with the exceedingly steep prices that their iPhones are being sold at, with the current iPhone 13 lineup starting at RM3,399 for the mini.

Apple’s iPhone SE finally makes a 2022 comeback

But Apple has been known to produce one line of iPhones for those who are truly looking for an iOS experience on a budget, and find the iPhone 13 mini to still be a little too expensive: the iPhone SE. Introduced in 2016 to offer consumers the cheapest entry-point into the iOS ecosystem, many consumers have gravitated towards the iPhone SE for its considerably more palatable price-point.

Apple has officially launched the third-generation iPhone SE at its 'Peek Performance' event. Source: The Guardian
Apple has officially launched the third-generation iPhone SE at its ‘Peek Performance’ event. Source: The Guardian

And while we didn’t see a new iPhone SE being introduced in 2021, (the second-gen was introduced in 2020), Apple has finally taken the wraps off the third generation iPhone SE at its ‘Peek Performance’ event held yesterday (8th March 2022). Featuring an incredibly familiar design that harkens all the way back to the iPhone 6 with beveled corners and rounded edges, the newest generation of Apple’s most affordable smartphone is instantly recognizable as an iPhone.

A recognisable design with a complete spec overhaul

The new iPhone SE comes in a familiar package but with completely reworked internals. Source: Apple
The new iPhone SE comes in a familiar package but with completely reworked internals. Source: Apple

But while it may look pretty dated given its lack of a bezel-less screen that measures only 4.7 inches, the internals of the newest iPhone SE come toe-to-toe with even the most capable iPhone 13 models. Here are a list of key specification highlights:

  • 4.7-inch Retina HD display with LCD technology (no AMOLED)
  • Screen resolution of 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • A15 Bionic Chip as seen on the iPhone 13 lineup
  • 5torage starts from 64GB, 126GB to 256GB
  • Touch ID home button
  • Rated IP67 dust and water resistance
  • 5G enabled
  • Runs on iOS15
  • 12-megapixel camera system
    • ƒ/1.8 aperture
    • Digital zoom up to 5x
    • Optical image stabilisation
    • LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
    • Panorama (up to 63MP)
    • Sapphire crystal lens cover
    • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
    • Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos
    • Deep Fusion
    • Smart HDR 4 for photos
    • Auto image stabilisation
  • 7-megapixel front selfie camera
    • ƒ/2.2 aperture
    • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
    • Deep Fusion
    • Smart HDR 4 for photos
    • Photographic Styles
    • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps or 30 fps
    • Time-lapse video with stabilisation
    • Night mode Time‑lapse
    • Retina Flash
    • Auto HDR for photos
    • Auto image stabilisation
    • Burst mode
    • Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p)

The new iPhone SE will be available at launch with three colours, namely midnight, starlight, and of course, (PRODUCT)RED. Prices will start from RM2,099 for the base 64GB model, RM2,299 for the 128GB model, and RM2,799 for the 246GB model. Pre-orders are slated to begin at 9.00am Malaysian time on 18th March 2022, with store availability on 25th March 2022 via Apple’s official online store or through the Apple store app.

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