Apple iPhone SE (128GB, 2020)  +2 variations

price₹ 47,799 onwards

launchMay, 2020

79.2

excellence score

63.6

value for money score

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Design

  • Compact design - the iPhone SE (2020) has exactly the same form factor as the iPhone 8 from 2017 - if you like smaller, comfortable phones, you'll like this
  • Extremely light-weight - there's no other phone at this price as light as the iPhone SE (2020)
  • IP67 water and dust resistant
  • The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is very, very good
  • The front design is polarising - the chunky bezels above and below feels like it belongs to the past

Display

  • Though the 4.7-inch LCD display on the iPhone SE (2020) is very good, it certainly doesn’t match the incredible contrast levels of modern OLED displays
  • Because of the low maximum brightness, it is fairly difficult to see the screen on a bright sunny day

Software

  • Apple knows how to do software well, and iOS continues to be an intuitive, and smooth experience - this as refined and polished a software experience on a smartphone as you can hope for
  • One of the best things about iPhones, of course, is that you are pretty much guaranteed updates for many years to come (even the best Android phones top out at about 3 years), so as long as you take care of your phone physically, the longevity factor here is really high!

Performance

  • Breathtaking, lightning-fast performance powered by Apple’s latest A13 Bionic processor - this makes it just as fast as the pricier iPhone 11 series and gives the SE access to features such as AI-enabled portrait mode

Camera

  • A very good single 12MP camera - iPhone SE (2020) features the same camera found on the iPhone 8
  • The iPhone SE (2020) shoots excellent daylight photos - the photos are very natural-looking, the dynamic range and the contrast are superb, the colours are simply spot-on, and the detail levels are very good
  • Decent low-light photos - the low-light performance has improved since the iPhone 8 by a lot even if the same camera takes the images (though, it's nowhere near the best at this price)
  • Portrait are decent too - the subject separation is far from flawless, but the faux bokeh is quite nice
  • Excellent selfie camera - the iPhone SE (2020)'s 7MP images come out with outstanding detail, contrast, and even dynamic range - overall this is one of the best selfie cameras at this price
  • The iPhone SE (2020) selfie shooter can also do excellent portraits - both subject separation and simulated bokeh are remarkable
  • Video recording one the iPhone SE (2020) is class-leading - plenty of detail, jaw-dropping dynamic range - these are among the best videos a smartphone can do
  • Overall, the single camera on the iPhone SE (2020) gives the multi-sensor camera phones a run for their money (though, the low-light images could have been better)
  • The new Night Mode is missing from the iPhone SE (2020)

Battery

  • Decent battery life from the 1821 mAh battery - a well-optimised iOS and the new processor together help the SE get through a full day
  • Included wireless charging
  • Though, the iPhone SE (2020) supports 18W fast charging, the fast charger isn't included in the box and you only get a 5W brick, which is even slower than the 10W charger you get from the basic Android phone at Rs 7000

Verdict

  • If you are coming from an older iPhone or just want a compact phone, the iPhone SE (2020) has a lot to offer - it has fantastic build quality, great cameras, and one of the fastest processors currently available
  • However, if you want the latest and the greatest for the price, the iPhone SE (2020) isn't for you - if you want an iPhone at a similar price, the last year's iPhone XR is still a great phone with better display, even better camera and battery life - and the Android world has a lot of options too, the new OnePlus 8 offers a great display, multiple cameras and great battery life

Expert Reviews

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  1. The second SE is a small and powerful phone, water-resistant and beautiful, with a capable camera and great iOS support
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The iPhone SE (2020) is a compact phone with the same chip and performance that you get on flagship phones and one of the best cameras in this price range
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. iPhone SE (2020) looks like an iPhone 8 but works like Apple's top-of-the-line iPhone 11 Pro
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. This cheap iPhone is as practical as it is powerful
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A brand-new iPhone, with Apple’s fastest smartphone chip
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good deal
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Fast, capable, reliable, and familiar
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The 2020 iPhone SE is lightweight, and future-proofed
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Not for gadget geeks, but the mainstream user
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The iPhone SE (2020) features Apple's latest processor, an excellent camera, Touch ID, plus all-day battery life... but it's not for everyone
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The iPhone SE offers the power of Apple's latest and greatest, at cheaper
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Everything you need at lightning speed
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The best value iPhone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. The iPhone SE 2020 is an outstanding phone, delivering fast performance and very good cameras in a compact design
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. An iPhone for people who don’t like new iPhones
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The 2020 iPhone SE packs in a top-spec processor and flagship features at a bargain price, but dated design and bad battery hold it back
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. Great power with a limited battery
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  18. This Is the iPhone to Buy Right Now
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The new iPhone SE nails the important stuff and gives you the build quality of an iPhone Pro for lesser price
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Incredibly appealing to all those iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 7S, and iPhone 8 users who want to upgrade
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The 2020 Apple iPhone SE is a petite powerhouse with no-compromise performance for thousands of rupees less than other recent iPhones
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. The new SE is a great phone with only a few drawbacks
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  25. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. newatlas.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
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  32. arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  33. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »

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Apple iPhone SE (128GB, 2020) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSApple iOS 13Expected update to next Apple iOS version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size4.7 inches
Screen Resolution750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen DesignClassic (No Notches)
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • Retina HD Display
  • Wide colour display (P3)
  • True Tone display
  • Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating
  • Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously
  • Display Zoom
  • Reachability
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.66 GHz, Hexa Core, Apple A13 BionicRanked #1 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUApple GPU
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity1821 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min), Standard (non fast) charger included
Dimensions
Weight148 gmLight
Thickness7.3 mmSlim
Width67.3 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera12MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • f/1.8 Aperture
  • Optical Image stabilisation
  • 6P Lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • Sapphire Crystal Lens Cover
  • Backside Illumination Sensor
  • Hybrid IR Filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels
  • Live Photos with Stabilisation
  • Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos
  • Improved Local Tone Mapping
  • Body and Face Detection
  • Exposure Control
  • Noise Reduction
  • Auto HDR for Photos
  • Auto Image Stabilisation
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Geo-tagging
  • Full HD Video Rec. at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • Slow-motion Video: 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time-lapse Video with Stabilisation
  • Cinematic Video Stabilisation (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous Autofocus Video
  • Take 8MP Still Photos while Rec. 4K Video
  • Playback zoom
Secondary Camera7MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.2 Aperture
  • Full HD Video Recording
  • Retina Flash
  • Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos
  • Auto HDR
  • Backside Illumination Sensor
  • Body and Face Detection
  • Auto Image Stabilisation
  • Burst mode
  • Exposure Control
  • Timer mode
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortLightning
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + GALILEO + QZSS
CompassYes
TV OutYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreApple App Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Water ResistantYes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
  • Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers)
  • Siri
  • Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content
  • AirPlay Mirroring
  • Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video Mirroring and Video Out Support
  • AirDrop
  • AirPlay
  • AirPrint
  • Control Centre
  • Handoff
  • HomeKit
  • iCloud
  • iCloud Keychain
  • Multitasking
  • Night Shift
  • Notification Centre
  • Siri
  • Spotlight Search
  • iMovie
  • Pages
  • Keynote
  • Numbers
  • iTunes U
  • GarageBand
  • Apple TV Remote
  • iTunes Remote
  • Music Memos

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