iPhone SE 2 − Price, release date and all the biggest leaks
Nearly four years have passed since the original iPhone SE first arrived, but lately we’ve had a flurry of leaks about a potential sequel to the popular small handset.
In the following article we’ve gathered all of the key leaks and rumours about the iPhone SE 2 to let you know the latest info regarding its release date, price, and specifications.
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iPhone SE 2 release date – When could it come out?
The first iPhone SE was launched back in March 2016, and ever since its debut there has been eager speculation about a potential sequel. While it seems unlikely that we’ll see iPhone SE 2 unveiled this year, a 2020 launch is looking increasingly likely.
A multitude of recent reports, some from renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, have now pointed towards an early 2020 launch. These rumours tend to pin the launch date in first quarter of the year — so, by March (but take that with a pinch of salt until the hard evidence comes in).
Keen observers of Apple’s recent hardware activities have found reasons for optimism as well. Firstly, there’s the fact that Apple put the iPhone SE back on sale in January 2019, just months after it had withdrawn the petite device. Is the brand testing the waters for demand for a smaller iPhone? If so, the fact that it sold out in super-quick time is encouraging. Similarly, Apple’s revival of the long-dormant mini-tablet range with the iPad Mini 5. is another potentially promising move towards compact devices.
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iPhone SE 2 price – How much will it cost?
The original iPhone SE only cost £379 at the time of launch, which seems very reasonable compared to today’s phone prices. Of course that was way back in 2016, when the price of the year’s flagship handset (the iPhone 6S) was still only £539.
These days the base model iPhone 11 will set you back by £729, while the top-spec iPhone 11 Pro Max is more than double that sum, at a maximum price of £1499. We’re confident that the price of the iPhone SE 2 will fall comfortably short of these sums, likely making it the cheapest iPhone on offer.
In October 2019, a TF Securities report from Kuo, which was seen by 9to5Mac, predicted that the iPhone SE 2 will start at just $399 (~£320).
That seems surprisingly affordable, as it’s even less than the price of the original all those years ago; but take care to temper your enthusiasm if you live in the UK. After all, while the iPhone 11 starts at £729 in the UK, it only costs $699 in the US (as a direct conversion, that equates to roughly £545). UK customers have suffered disproportionately high prices for some time, but the issue seems to be getting worse, meaning that means the iPhone SE 2 could weigh in closer to the £450 mark when it reaches these shores.
iPhone SE 2 colours
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 2 will be available in just three colours: red, silver and space grey. That’s pretty underwhelming compared to the six shades on offer for the iPhone 11 — but it’s at least an improvement on the original iPhone SE’s bland colour selection: silver, space grey, gold and rose gold.
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iPhone SE 2 design and display
The iPhone SE looked exactly the same as the iPhone 5S, which in turn looks really similar to the iPhone 4. Nikkei reports that the iPhone SE 2, however, is expected to look more like the iPhone 8 (pictured above) − and yes, that should mean we’ll see a comeback for the physical home button and Touch ID.
Size is the main factor in this design decision. The body of the iPhone 8 measures 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm and features a 4.7-inch display. The original iPhone SE, by comparison has just a tiny 4-inch display, which seems quaint nowadays given the recent trend for enormous, unwieldy screens as large as seven inches.
There’s no word yet on the resolution of the iPhone SE 2’s screen, but it will likely follow the example of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11, being equipped with an 720p LCD panel rather than OLED.
iPhone SE 2 specs and features
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the SE 2 will pack the same A13 chipset as the 2019 iPhones. Essentially that means you’ll get a comparable performance but in a smaller and slightly more dated looking frame. Apparently it will pack 3GB of RAM, rather than 4GB.
It’s expected to have just the one single rear camera sensor, and some sources have even claimed that it will see the return of the headphone jack to Apple’s handsets. We struggle to believe that, but not having to use expensive wireless headphones or an adaptor would be very welcome.