Apple launches small but powerful iPhone SE

The speculations surrounding the newest iPhone that Apple will introduce to the market turned out to be true.

Apple unveiled on March 21,  a smaller  smartphone named the iPhone SE. The tech giant described it as the "most powerful 4-inch phone ever."

Apple VP Gregory Joswiak introducing the iPhone SE (Image Credit: Apple)

Except for the rumor of a hot pink variant which turned out to be false, most tech blogs pinned down the specs of the iPhone SE weeks before its launching.

First off, the iPhone SE looks a lot like the iPhone 5s since it also has a 4-inch display. It is slightly rounded and on the outside, has a satin-like finish and is assumed to be more scratch-free than the iPhone 5s.

As expected, the iPhone SE has a powerful A9 chip at its core, just like the iPhone 6s. The A9 makes the iPhone SE a very fast, responsive device, despite its compact size. In fact, Apple claims that the SE has twice the speed of the iPhone 5s when it comes to CPU performance.

Another similarity with the iPhone 6s is the SE's M9 motion coprocessor, which accounts for 3x faster GPU performance than the iPhone 5s.

Other features of the iPhone SE include Touch ID, faster LTE and Wi-Fi,  Voice over LTE,  Wi-Fi calling for wideband calls, Always-on Siri, Bluetooth 4.2 and iOS 9. 3.

The iPhone SE also features a 12MP iSight camera like the iPhone 6s. It features Live Photos, FaceTime HD Camera with Retina Flash, Focus pixels, brilliant 4K video, and 63 MP panoramas.

When it comes to security, the iPhone SE features Touch ID, making it easier to use Apple Pay.

In all, the iPhone SE may look like the iPhone 5s but inside, it's more like the iPhone 6s. It comes in silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold in 16GB and 64GB models.

Though tech blogs got it right when it comes to name, features, and variants of the iPhone SE, most were happily surprised that Apple priced it lower than expected. The iPhone SE is now tagged as the cheapest-ever smartphone at $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB.

Apple announced that orders for the iPhone SE can be placed starting March 24 and will be available starting March 31 in 13 countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the United Kingdom, US Virgin Islands, and the US.

Apple fans in about 46 other countries can get hold of an iPhone SE in early April and it will be available in 110 countries by the end of May. Sadly, the Philippines is not included in the list of 46 countries.

Filipino fans of the tech giant will have to wait a while longer for the iPhone SE, like the rest of the world. But for the reasonable price and  the powerful specs of the iPhone SE? It just might be worth the wait.
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