Apple iPhone SE confirmed and it is powered by the A9 chip

21 March, 2016 Apple

The iPhone SE has just been announced, confirming what rumors had been saying for months. The good news is, the rumors were spot on and Apple is indeed blessing its latest smartphone iteration with the mighty A9 chip. The 64-bit A9 chip is a combination of the dual core Twister processor clocked at 1.85 GHz and the PowerVR GT7600 hexa-core GPU. In case you did not know already, this is the same chip that powers the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone SE looks very similar to the iPhone 5 and 5s, while sporting a resolution of 1136x640 pixels on its 4-inch display. The 326 ppi is not very impressive but on a 4-inch display, it should be enough. Apple seems to have gone to great lengths to ensure that the SE remains as similar to the 6s as possible in terms of features. They have fitted the same 12-megapixel iSight camera on the SE that is being used by the 6s and the 1.2-megapixel front camera actually has a retina flash to assist the user while taking selfies in particularly dim lighting conditions. If you are wondering what the retina flash actually is, then let us inform you that it's when the display itself acts like a LED flash by becoming three times brighter than its maximum allowed brightness.

The in-built fingerprint scanner within the Home button now supports Apple Pay and Touch ID, but there is no 3D Touch and unfortunately, you will feel the difference if you are already used to it on the 6s. This is a mid-range device and Apple has kept the pricing somewhat affordable at $399 and $499 for the 16GB version and the 64GB version respectively. If you want one, get ready to pre-order it on March 24. You can also wait a week and buy one from the stores on March 31, when it officially goes on sale. There will be four color variants for customers to choose from; Rose Gold, Gold, Silver and Space Grey. Depending on where you live, you can also buy the iPhone SE with a monthly instalment scheme or get into a contract with one of the network providers.



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