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Review: iPhone SE (2020)

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If you don’t like bigger display smartphones, the iPhone SE (2020) is made for you. It comes with a great display and in a compact size. It equipped with most of the latest features of Apple’s flagship phone. The smartphone runs Apple’s latest A13 Bionic chipset that Apple used last year’s flagship models (iPhone 11, ii Pro, and aa Pro Max). Moreover, iPhone SE also gets you shot portrait mode of a human being. And top of that you are getting all those features at a very reasonable price.

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Design & Display:

The design-wise phone is a clone of the iPhone 8. If you place both smartphones side-by-side then you won’t able to spot the difference between two. iPhone SE (2020) features curved edges with a glass back. The top and bottom bezels are very thick and the bottom bezel also houses a Touch ID. The Touch ID also acts as a Home Button. The smartphone measures 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm in size and weighs 148 grams. On the back of the phone, there is a 12-megapixel single camera with an LED flash. For me, the biggest disappointment is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. So you need to use a charging port to listen to music or wireless earbuds. It comes in three colors: black, white, and red.

The top bezel houses a speaker and a 7-megapixel selfie camera. On the left side, and volume controls and a mute switch while on the right side is a sleep/wake button. The SE (2020) is IP67 certified that makes it water-resistant at a maximum depth of 1m for up to 30 mins.

The smartphone sports 4.7-inch Retina HD display with a resolution of 1334*750 pixels at 326 PPI (Pixel per Inch). The display is decent and the screen is bright. The phone equipped with a True Tone feature that helps it to adjust the screen colors based on ambient lighting. iPhone SE comes with a Haptic Touch sensor.


iPhone SE 2 is powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chip. It means new SE has the same processor as the latest iPhone 11-series. In terms of RAM, iPhone 8 has 2GB RAM while iPhone SE has 3GB RAM. iPhone SE also equipped with Neural Engine for well-optimized performance. The phone is very fast you won’t notice any lags while watching high-quality videos or playing high-configuration games.

Based on the Geekbench test result, the phone is even faster than some of the flagship smartphones. On the Geekbench test, iPhone SE scored 3,326 on the multi-core test and 1,387 on the single-core portion. In comparison Samsung Galaxy, S20 Ultra scored 3,219 in the multi-core test and 950 in single-core.


iPhone SE features a single 12-megapixel rear sensor and a 7-megapixel selfie camera. It offers features such as Smart HDR and QuickTake, flicker detects sensor, auto white balance, and more. The biggest addition to iPhone SE is the ability to take portrait photos of humans. iPhone SE allows users to take portrait shots both from the front and rear sensors.

iPhone SE and iPhone 11 feature the same 12-megapixel sensor but iPhone SE’s sensor is a bit small compared to iPhone 11. The small sensor would capture less light so photos captured in dark or low light, won’t be as sharp as taken from iPhone 11. Still camera of iPhone SE is pretty decent and managed to capture quality photos with lots of details.

The front sensor is also able to shot photos in portrait mode. But capturing shots in portrait mode is not a nice experience. While taking portrait shots, it makes the edge of your faces slightly blur and that looks unnatural and sometimes awful. Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t come with the ‘Slofie’ feature which we seen in last year’s iPhone models. In terms of video, it can shoot 4k videos at 40 fps (frame per second). The phone is designed to shot videos in good light conditions. If are shooting at a dark place or a low-light condition then, you will be disappointed.

Camera Samples:

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Battery & OS:

Despite smaller display and size, iPhone SE’s battery disappoints most of the time. Apple claims that the SE battery can last up to 13-hours in a single charge. In comparison, the iPhone 11 battery lasts for up to 17-hours. During our test for a day, we used the phone for a regular web browser, sends some emails, check social-networks notifications, click some outdoor shots, and watched movies on Netflix. After the end of the day, we still left with a 20% battery life.

iPhone SE ships with Apple’s standard 5-watt Lightning charger. It supports 18W charger from Apple but you need to buy it separately from the Apple store. iPhone SE also supports 7.5W wireless charging and supports the Qi standard. During our test, we managed to charge a 30% battery in 25-minutes with Apple’s standard charger.

iPhone SE runs Apple’s latest iOS 13 and comes with a free subscription of Apple TV+ for a year. iOS 13 has lots of improvements over the predecessor and it includes a dark mode as well.


iPhone SE: 64GB: Rs. 42,500
iPhone SE: 128GB: Yet to announce the price
iPhone SE: 256GB: Yet to announce the price


There is no doubt that iPhone 11 is a bit expensive than iPhone SE but it much more features than iPhone SE. iPhone 11 has a bigger battery life, bigger display, and of course Face ID. Nd if you will compare the camera, then there is no match for iPhone 11.

iPhone SE has an old design like the iPhone 8. In fact, if you just leave out the latest processor, iPhone SE and iPhone 8 are similar to each other. So if you think iPhone 11 is a large phone then you can buy an iPhone 8 instead of iPhone SE. iPhone 8 is cheaper than iPhone SE and battery and performance-wise, it is par with iPhone SE.



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