Up until now, if you wanted to own a smaller iPhone, your only viable choice was the iPhone 5S, and even though there’s nothing wrong with this particular model, it’s definitely not up to par with more recent Apple offerings, at least as far as performance is concerned. Fortunately, Apple has just announced its brand new iPhone SE, which looks pretty much the same as the 5S, but it does come with improved hardware. To be more specific, this gadget is powered by the A9 and M9 chips installed in the iPhone 6S, and that’s a lot of power for a small 4-inch smartphone.
According to its creators, the iPhone SE is twice as fast as its predecessor CPU-wise and three times as fast GPU-wise. Interestingly enough, the battery life seems to have improved as well, which is definitely commendable. Other highlights include a “Retina” front-facing flash, LTE and 802.11 AC Wi-Fi support, a 12-megapixel camera and support for Apple Pay. As far as appearance goes, not much has changed when compared to the 5S, but we did notice the phone’s matte edges, which is a nice touch.
As far as pricing is concerned, the cheapest 16GB iPhone SE will cost $399 while the 64GB version will require a $499 investment.