iPhone SE official with 4-inch display, A9 processor, and 12-megapixel camera

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After a multitude of leaks and rumors, Apple today took the wraps off of the iPhone SE, its new 4-inch iPhone.

The iPhone SE looks a lot like an iPhone 5s, but it’s got upgraded internals that are similar to the iPhone 6s. That includes the A9 processor, which give the iPhone SE the same processing power of the iPhone 6s and twice the speed of the iPhone 5s.

Another upgrade that the iPhone SE has over the iPhone 5s is it rear camera. The iPhone SE offers a 12-megapixel rear camera with True Tone flash and support for Live Photos and 4K video capture, similar to the rear camera on the iPhone 6s. On the front of the iPhone SE is a 1.2-megapixel camera that supports 720p video capture and a Retina Flash feature that’ll flash the screen when you’re taking a selfie.

Also packed into the iPhone SE’s body is a 4-inch 1136×640 display, NFC and a Secure Element to enable Apple Pay, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and both Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE. Speaking of LTE, the A1662 model that Apple lists as being compatible with T-Mobile does include support for LTE bands 2, 4, and 12. Also included is HSPA 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100MHz and GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz.

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The iPhone SE will be available in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, just like its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus siblings. Apple will begin taking orders for the iPhone SE on March 24, and the new device will launch one week later on March 31. As for pricing? The iPhone SE will start at $399 for the 16GB model and go up to $499 for the 64GB version. Apple also says that the iPhone SE will start at $17 per month on a 24-month installment plan.

T-Mobile hasn’t announced any plans to carry the iPhone SE as of this post going up, but its name is included in the Carriers section of the iPhone SE’s specs page. Stay tuned and I’ll update this post when I hear from T-Mo itself about the iPhone SE.

So now that it’s official, what do you all make of the iPhone SE? Any small phone fans going to pick one up?

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  • JBrowne1012

    If those are out of contract prices that’s actually not too bad for Apple. $500 for 64gb’s is actually a bargain though idk if I could handle that small of a screen now that I’ve been on a G4 comparatively speaking it’ll be so small.

    • Adrayven

      Yup, off contract pricing.

  • iPhone Sucker’s Edition: why get a 5S when you can get the same for twice the price?

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Basically a 6s in a 4in shell

      It also has 2gb ram so it may be the same frame as the 5s the internals are 2 generations ahead

  • Woz

    *Yawn*…*sigh* I can hear crickets from this ‘innovative’ news…

    • I feel like you’re completely missing the point. It doesn’t have to be innovative to be a huge success.

  • Joe

    I vote for ‘Suckers Edition’ +1

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Now of it has 2gb ram I’d say awesome

  • Roger Sales

    A9=Band 12 as well?

    Edit: It does have band 12. with the right price, a decent upgrade if you prefer small phones(whenever it gets discounted from lack of sales)

  • Apple continues to dissapoint me with the 16gb.. How is it still an option… Get with it, 32gb should be the minimum

    • Alex

      Thats how they do their dirty business they force you to buy the next memory option and they charge you a premium for more memory space

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        64gb for me

    • Because most people use the cloud for everything these days?

  • leo98918

    Idk why they didn’t make it look like the iPhone 6/6s series. It’s like the red-headed step child.

    • Jason

      This design looks 100 times better. I have both a 5 and a 6s and the 6s looks like a cheap toy in comparison

  • Tom2921

    So now we have 3 iPhone models, Sucker Edition, 6s and 6S Plus? Way to go Apple make it more simple for the users.

  • Jason

    I like it!! Its cute. I missed the old iphone! And really cheap too! Triple bonus. Im all over this. Gonna party like its 2009 again :-)

  • killjoytre

    how does one use a 4 inch screen….

    • thepanttherlady

      With your pinky. :)

      • killjoytre

        Its a phone mad for people under the age of 16.

    • Jason

      Non Americans do it better :-P Theyre not all fat fu–s with obese huge fingers.

      • killjoytre

        You’re right, their poor. lol jk

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Fat people don’t usually have fat hands

    • One handed?

  • killjoytre

    Apple releases a NEW iphone with the same design as the last generation iphone.

    • Enrique Escobar

      *as two generations ago*

  • Snapple

    SE = 5C, just improved internal parts and limited colors.

  • Andrew Singleton

    that awkward moment when you try to re-release your old products

  • Daniel

    What about battery size/life?

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Most likely the same as the 5s

      • Apple says 13 hours on LTE, an hour more than the 6S b

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          smaller battery

  • Mike

    It’s kinda funny that people are complaining about the size of the new iPhone. They must have forgotten that this was the size of the iPhone for many years. While it may look like a previous iPhone those making fun of the new phone must have forgotten to read the new specs. I for one am seriously going to get this phone! Not at all inclined to pay more than 500$ for a cell phone.

    • David

      Not at all inclined to pay more than $300 for a phone. iPhone even at $500 is overpriced.

    • williejackbrainer

      It’s going to be an adjustment for me, as I have a Nexus 6. I can’t wait thought, this will be the first time trying out an iPhone. I’ve always had phones running Android software and now I get to see how it stacks up against the Apple iOS.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    2gb ram yay

  • Potter

    What would next year’s phone be called for this model? SES?

  • Elier Ruiz

    I want to get the 64 GB Space Grey when it comes out. I hope my my otterbox case I have for my 5S fits on the new one. Can’t wait! :-) :-)

  • FILA

    I hate apple, but I think they should of went with the 5C plastic shells instead of this dull metal colors

  • NardVa

    It’s 2016 and entry level smartphones have a bigger screen than 4 inches. Why would anybody in 2016 waste $400 on a phone with a 4 inch screen with 16GB storage.

    • Steve Hester

      Android guy here. Personally 5.5-6” is my preferred screen size. That said, my wife has an iPhone 6 (not the Plus) and says she wishes it were smaller. So, Apple is going after a market here. I would never choose to use an iPhone, but I suspect it will sell well.

      On a different note, being the ONLY person in my family (Parents, Kids, Grandkids) without an iPhone, just gives me license to NOT be their tech support.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      There is plenty of demand and a surprising lack of options for small phones with high end performance and features. This is definitely a smart move from Apple

      • Andrew Singleton

        except iphone customers don’t care about performance, let alone knowing how to discern between what is and is not a “good” performing phone. i don’t see it.

    • Small hands?

      • aceofspades

        There is a few people with disabilities like carpal tunnel, cerebral palsy, and dwarfism that this iPhone is going to benefit. Just because not everyone wants a 5.5 inch phone doesn’t mean they have “small hands” syndrome. Please respect individuals with disabilities and be happy we all have OPTIONS!

        • Mario Muriel

          I agree I have the 6S plus and probably will switch to this, because I am tired of big screens, plus my secondary phone is a big screen as well so no need for 2 big ones.

    • Timbo1

      If Sony knew anything about marketing their phones they could have a huge hit here with the Xperia Z5 compact, far superior specs on paper but I have not used one yet so I couldn’t vouch for it.

  • Melissa Cardenas

    Omgg im soooo getting rid of my brand new galaxy S7 for this!!!! LOL ….NOT.

    • Bud

      A “not” joke in 2016? thanks grand ma

      • VN

        What!? I didn’t know not jokes were old. Thanks grand pa.

  • Enrique Escobar

    or you could get a Nexus 6p for the same price

    • I have a Nexus 6P (rendered almost useless with Android N) and I gotta say the SE will be way faster and have way better battery life. Better choice imho.

      • Enrique Escobar

        Well, you must take in consideration that Android N is in its preview phase and is not customer ready yet, i have mine running on marshmallow and it literally couldn’t be any better and i also have a nexus 5 running N and yes, i agree is basically useless.
        But to say that the iPhone SE will be a better choice i think, in my opinion i too much, although i respect your opinion.

        • I have 6S Plus and a Nexus 6P. The performance and battery life is just so much better on the 6S I tend to prefer it. Because the new iPhone SE is the same hardware I can pretty safely say it’ll be as fast, and the battery life is supposedly even better. I like Android too, but the 6P was laggy for me with Marshmallow, despite having a lot more ram.

        • Enrique Escobar

          well, i must be honest and say that i have not tried an iphone since the 5s although i play around with my girlfriend’s 6s from time to time and while i do like it, i like android way better, that’s not to say that iphones are bad but i’ll stand my ground and say it again, i think the Nexus 6p is still a better choice specially for the price.

        • There are definitely things to like better about Android. Either way, it’s a compromise. But Nexus 6P vs iPhone SE? I think most people would be better off with the iPhone.

        • As a side note, I had the first iPhone, then the first Nexus, and have been all Android ever since. I only recently got the 6S Plus, and I have to say that even as an Android fan it won me over. There are Apple annoyances to be sure and some tasks are less efficient but over all the experience is smoother. Try it. I’d be interested in your experience.

        • Enrique Escobar

          i am actually quite tempted to jump to whatever next iPhone comes out, it will really depend on the design tbh, i hate that the 6s plus is as big if not a little bigger than a nexus 6 yet the screen .5′ smaller, that doesn’t make any sense while i won’t argue of the quality and quickness of iOS

        • Timbo1

          6P was laggy? What did you do to it to make it laggy? My 6P is just as “snappy” if not snappier than my 6s. That being said, if Sony knew how to properly market a phone in the U.S. the Xperia Z5 compact is a far superior device(spec wise, as I have not used one) in the small phone class.

        • In my experience Android is super fast out of the box until you get all your apps loaded. iPhone amazingly doesn’t suffer from that… my conclusion is iOS multitasking and memory management just works better… at least for now. I may downgrade my 6P back to Marshmallow. Can’t decide.

        • SAM FERNANDEZ

          Totally agreed .. as an Android user for many years I use to have every high end android device that you can think or imagine … now I have the IPHONE 6S PLUS GOLD and you are right the ram management on IOS is far superior than Android and the battery life on this phone is amazing … my Note 5 i purchased on December and after 2 month of usage it slow down big time … my IPHONE 6S PLUS is running like a champ .. I’m really happy

        • It’s amazing that an iPhone is so much faster an Android smoother than a phone with twice the ram. Then again, Windows Phone is the same way. Android seems to suck up resources.

        • Timbo1

          Idk my windows phone I had used to lag big time, seeing those dots go across the top of the screen gets annoying fast.

        • By lag I mean delays or stutters in the UI while entering text or scrolling through menus. Sounds like you’re talking more load times?

        • Timbo1

          Note 5 there you go! Every Samsung device will get that touchwiz lag, my Note 4 did, that’s why I went back to Nexus, no issues at all.

        • Timbo1

          Oh OK so you are running N beta. I have not tried N because it’s a beta and I use my 6p as a daily driver. I have no issues with Marshmallow, I have been trying desperately to get it to lag but it won’t. I have run everything from MIUI Lite (which is somewhat of a resource hog) and another home replacement from Asus, another resource hog along with opening apps and games and switching apps and so far it has performed admirably. Don’t forget also that iOS has nifty ways of hiding hickups and slowdowns so don’t think it doesn’t happen on iOS because it happens quite frequently, at least Android tells you when something goes wrong and doesn’t hide it behind a façade. With all that being said I enjoy the 6s as a toy because that’s what it honestly feels like to me, I can just get more done with Android and customize it the way I want and not be stuck with the same ugly icons all the time on iOS. I am not rooted BTW, completely stock.

        • Mthe lag that annoyed me was entering text, jumping back an forth between forums and messaging accounts entering text would lag. Even the little keyboard sounds would lag. This was on 6.01. I even did a restore and has the same issue. Stock and mostly ordinary apps. My conclusion is that Android tries to make up for the OS by throwing hardware at it… not unlike Windows. The fact that iOS is so smooth on less hardware is amazing to me, facade or not. With that said I hate being stuck with Safari as a default. On the other hand on Android I hate not being able to add an ad block extension. Like I said, compromises everywhere.

        • Timbo1

          Very interesting indeed they is no keyboard lag at all for me. Have you tried different keyboards? Everything has been smooth sailing for me and most everyone, except for the March security update effected my fingerprint sensor when I am charging the phone but a fix is being implemented now, if this was Samsung we would be waiting months for a fix. The only real plus to the 6s for me is it plays nice with my Macbook Pro and Apple TV when I am actually using the iPhone. I can’t stand it’s layout and lack of options and customization. Apple needs to “invent” an app drawer with their next phone. Oh and about the Microsoft OS my experience has been atrocious, lag everywhere from switching apps and even going home from an app, one can only take so much of the scrolling balls while it’s thinking. Cortana hasn’t been bad, not as good as Google Now though.

        • I just use the Google keyboard. My perception is the lag is in multitasking or memory management… it’s persistent enough to be annoying. Plus the 6P battery life is significantly less than the 6S Plus so most days I go with the iPhone. I think in going to go back to Marshmallow. The new features in Android N are underwhelming for now and too many apps don’t work with it.

      • Andrew Singleton

        they are not comparable phones on any scale, really

        • I agree. I didn’t make the comparison, see previous post

        • That’s not fair, the Nexus 6P isn’t bad… I like mine. But you’re right it’s not Apple quality ether. It’s definitely going to be interesting.

  • vinnyjr

    IMO the iPhone 5s was the best looking iPhone to date. The SE will do great. I also will probably pick one up with 64gb of internal storage.

    • williejackbrainer

      I agree and I just pre-ordered mine. It’s going to be interesting going from a Nexus 6 to an iPhone SE. This will be the first iPhone ever for me. I’m more about the experience and as long as it is a great one I may just stick with the iPhone for awhile.

  • This thing is going to do really really well.

    • MisterSuperGod

      i think it will too.

    • Andrew Singleton

      I’m curious why you think so

      • Well the size was a reason a lot of people, particularly women, didn’t upgrade to the 6/6S. Plus I think it’s SO cheap a lot of people will buy it for their kids, and a lot of kids can now afford it as a prepaid phone. I think the price point is a game changer. It will canabilize 6S sales for sure, but I think it’ll really grow the user base… especially internationally. What do you think?

  • SeeThroughYou

    Apple, lol

    I moved to a rural area my old cell service did’t work in. I went to best buy and bought a no contract Samsung and 128gb SD card for under $200.

    I don’t miss my iPhone 5s even a tiny bit after less than a month on Android.

    I feel like a kid who finally outgrew training wheels and got my first real bike.

    • Spanky

      See, I went the other way around. I got tired of Android (bloatware, OEM overlays, carriers meddling in software updates and lack of timely updates in general) and switched to the iPhone. Although there are some things that I miss about Android, I’m enjoying the user experience far more than I did with Android. Sure, I could have gotten a Nexus device, but I think I’ve simply grown tired of Android.

      • SeeThroughYou

        You do know that you can literally change everything you disliked about your Android in 10 minutes once you root your phone, right?

        • Yes and no, there’s still stuff you can’t remove. Then again, same on iOS.

        • Mario Muriel

          if you dont know what you are doing it wont take 10 minutes either, and you might end up bricking your phone.

        • AS118

          He probably does know, but wanted to try something new. I changed from iOS to Android to try something new, and to be fair, being able to change everything (even to make it look like iOS) was pretty cool.

      • williejackbrainer

        That is what I’m about, is the user experience. This will be my first iPhone and if the experience is as great as I’ve been hearing for years then I may stick with iPhone phones for a while. Just to use something different…

    • Andrew Singleton

      This.

      • SeeThroughYou

        When they talk about 64gb iphones I laugh my butt off. I just ordered a 256gb SD card for my Samsung and will literally be able to have copies of every work and personal document from my home and work computers right there on my phone and all of the mobile apps needed to view them and modify them right in my pocket.

        All Apple has to do is open the user interface up so people can configure it how they want and put in an SD card slot to stop being a laughable hipster toy and become a serious work and communication tool but they think the $30-$100 they charge for upping tiny levels of fixed onboard memory is going to make them more money but we are about to see the advent of the Terrabyte SD card in the next 6 years and they will be left in the dust if they don’t change.

        • Mario Muriel

          I see myself with no need of extra storage I use google photos which clears space on my phone and provides unlimited cloud storage, so peace of mind.

        • mavricxx

          Until your account gets hacked that is…

        • Mario Muriel

          Yeah of course is more unlikely, more likely that the SD card fail first, like I have seen it happened before

  • Jose Campos

    Apple just went three steps backwards and one step forward. +1 for the worlds worst innovators.

  • Spanky

    Not everyone wants a gigantic phablet. I have an iPhone 6S Plus and it’s just too cumbersome at times. I frequently find myself wishing that I could comfortably use the phone with one hand, but the large screen and the larger battery do have their advantages. Apple knows exactly what market they are going for and will make a killing with this device.

    • I have an Alcatel Idol 3, 5.5″ screen, in a slim case, and I saw someone with a 6 plus in a case; it was ginormous (and it has the same size screen).

      • AS118

        Yeah, I have a G4, and the Plus is huge even though it has the same screen size.

  • Apple

    Never mind the haters, this going sale really well especially for those that don’t like big phones.

    #HatersGoingHate

    #iPhone4EveryKing

  • Borimg shrinkage, no originality

  • Andrew Singleton

    The G4 is $349, full price. Like, are you kidding me? Sucker is being nice.

    • Fuuuuuuuuu

      The G4 is an inferior phone in almost every way. Inferior camera (still and video), inferior performance (the latest A9 SoC runs CIRCLES around the G4 in every single category), inferior interface, inferior speaker, inferior headphones voltage output, and much more.

      But hey, go ahead and tell me how that sub-par 1440×2560 display (also inferior in every way…color accuracy, brightness, contrast distortion) is somehow its saving grace.

      • Andrew Singleton

        Cool dude enjoy.

  • Fuuuuuuuuu

    No 3D Touch. That was a major selling point for the 6s and 6s Plus. Having 3D Touch on my 6s Plus has fundamentally changed my expectations when I interact with a mobile device’s screen. The omission is most unfortunate.

  • Hoppysport

    The iPhone 5s is still the most beautiful of Apple’s designs. However, big omission leaving 3D Touch out. I have a 6s Plus 128 gb and love it. 3D Touch quickly becomes a go-to feature.

    I switch from a Note 3 to the iPhone 6s Plus after Samsung stopped updating an $850 phone and eliminated the removable battery & memory…and crippling it with only 32gb of storage. I was an Android fan up to that point.

    Coming off of the Note 3, I don’t find the 6s Plus cumbersome, but many do. My niece loves the size her iPhone 4s and didn’t even want to upgrade to a 4.7″ iPhone 6s. The SE is her perfect phone.

    Apple should have included 3D Touch and a minimum of 32gb. Why do they insist on this outdated memory size?

    • AS118

      I don’t understand the 16gb either. It’s 2016, 32gb should be minimum now, especially since Apple doesn’t offer microSD storage.

      Hopefully people will complain about it enough and stop buying until they just make 32gb standard.

  • AS118

    I probably said this before, but 4″ is too small for me now. 4.3″ to 4.5″ would be more reasonable, imho. And with proper 16:9, not the odd “tall” resolution that the 4 had.

    That said, I hope smaller becomes an industry trend again. I want to see a one-hand friendly 4.7″ like the original Moto X.

    Seeing more 4.3″ to 4.7″ flagship-quality (or at least midrange quality) phones for all OS’s (although it seems increasingly more likely that BBOS and WinMobile will die off) would be good.