iPhone SE 2: Release Date and Feature Rumours

by Rob Duke | Mar 30, 2020
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Will the new ‘budget’ iPhone rule the mid-price mobile market? Read on to find out…

When will the iPhone SE 2 be released?

Apple has apparently delayed the release of the iPhone SE 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic; however, we do still expect to hear an official announcement about it in the coming weeks.

Rumour has it, the new handset could be available to pre-order as soon as the 27th of May, and then shipped a week later, on the 3rd of June.

Will it be called the iPhone SE 2?

There’s speculation it could be called the iPhone 9. It did strike us as odd that Apple skipped that number in the sequence a couple of years ago, but we don’t think it’s their style to double back. 

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How much will it cost?

We reckon the iPhone SE 2 will retail at around £399 (which would make it the most affordable phone Apple has released in years). If we’re right, it’ll have some stiff competition from the likes of Huawei, Google, and Samsung at that price.

What features will it have?

Like its predecessor, the iPhone SE 2 won’t have all the same bells and whistles as the most recent premium Apple handsets. However, word has it that it’ll utilise the stonkingly fast A13 chipset from the iPhone 11. If that’s the case, Apple’s handset will almost certainly be the most powerful phone available under £400. Big tick.

With a 4.7-inch display, it’ll also be one of the smallest iPhones available – an appealing prospect for people tired of lugging large devices around.

In terms of aesthetics, we reckon it’ll look like a compact version of the iPhone 8 (which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all – particularly if you like the classic home-button setup). This would mean a return to large bezels and a notch-less design. Also, it’ll likely be available in the same wide range of colours as the standard iPhone 11 (black, green, purple, red, white, and yellow).

Of course, there’ll be some compromises. The rear camera might only have a single lens, and the display is likely to be low resolution compared to the flagship iPhones.

While Apple has made real progress with their batteries in recent years, they are likely to use less advanced energy management tech in the SE 2, so you might not get a full 24 hour charge out of it.

Finally, even though they are inevitably going to use some components similar to the ones from previous iPhones, there probably won’t be a standard AUX headphone jack on the SE 2. A touch disappointing.

Will it be worth a purchase?

If you currently have an iPhone 6 or below, and you’re looking for a replacement, but you don’t want to break the bank – this could be right up your street. 

We’ll need to see the final specs to determine what it can offer compared to other mid-range smartphones, but when does Apple ever miss a step? We’re expecting big things from their new budget handset.

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