Apple iPhone SE 2016 Review, Specs and Price

The Apple iPhone SE is a smartphone in the eyes of everyone, it comes with astonishing specs/features and its price is awesome. This device is pretty nice in its configuration, setups and can be easily configured by anyone irrespective of technical knowledge.

iPhone SE is the first-generation iPhone in the SE series, this smartphone was designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. The phone came as part of the higher-end iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

It has the same physical design and dimensions as iPhone 5S with an upgraded internal hardware as the newer Apple A9 phone based on system chip and shoots Live Photos like the iPhone 6s.

iPhone SE has a greater battery with a capacity of 1624 mAh with Qi wireless charging. The phone’s back camera features a 12-megapixel rear camera that can record up to 4K video at 30 frames per second.

In this article, we’ll cover basically all the information you may need to know about the iPhone SE such as review, specs, price, and others. Let’s get started as soon as possible.

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Apple iPhone SE Review

The smartphone iPhone SE which is also known as iPhone SE 2016 was announced on 21th of March, 2016 by Apple Company, it was finally launched and became available in the mobile market on 31th March, 2016. It also has twin (the Apple iPhone SE 2020) which features higher specs.

Apple iPhone SE is available in the following colors, Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Rose Golda. It comes in three (3) different models; the A1662 model, A1723 model, and the A1724.

General review on Apple iPhone SE 2016, Specs, and Price

The SE iPhone has dimensions of 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in), weight of 113 g (3.99 oz) and its build with glass front (Gorilla Glass), aluminum back, and aluminum frame.

Talking of the hardware and software side of it, the iPhone SE is been featured with the mid-range latest OS setups. It feature iOS 9.3.2 operating system which can be upgradable to iOS 14.4, a chipset of Apple A9 (14 nm), a dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister CPU and has its GPU to be PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics).

The internal memory comes in four (4) different capacities and all has the same RAM size. Apple iPhone SE has its internal memory to be 16GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 2GB RAM, 64GB 2GB RAM, and 128GB 2GB RAM.

iPhone SE Key Specs and Features

See the key specifications and features on the iPhone SE in brief:

  • SE iPhone has Li-Po battery with 1624 mAh capacity and a non-removable type with Qi wireless charging.
  • It operating system (OS) is based on iOS 9.3
  • It has a single SIM slot (GSM) i.e smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM card.
  • The internal memory includes; 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, all with 2G RAM size.
  • It comes with a 4.00-inch touchscreen display
  • The iPhone SE has resolution of 640×1136 pixels at a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi).
  • Apple iPhone SE is powered by an one-core Apple A9 processor.
  • The Apple iPhone SE on the rear packs 12-megapixel camera on the back and sports a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.
  •  iPhone SE measures 123.80 x 58.60 x 7.66mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs of 113.00 grams
  • On the iPhone SE released date, it was launched in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Grey colours.
  • Supported connectivity for the Apple iPhone SE include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth v4.20, NFC, 3G, and 4G.
  • Available sensors are; ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass/ magnetometer.

Design

In design, the iPhone SE is nearly identical to that of iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, with an exclusion not shiny edges and a stainless steel rear Apple logo. It also shares the same physical sizes and dimensions.

Therefore, the cases designed to fit the iPhone 5 and 5S will also fit an iPhone SE smartphone. Apple iPhone SE measures 123.80 by height, 58.60 by width, 7.66mm by thickness and has its weighs to be 113.00 by grams.

On one side is a single SIM slot that accepts a Nano-SIM card while on the other side is the volume and power button.

Display

Talking of the Apple iPhone SE display, it features a 4-inch Retina display with alongside multi-touch support like the new iPhone 5S. The resolution of the LED-backlit touchscreen is measured 640 x 1136 pixels.

It has an impressive pixel density of 326 ppi and it is protected with scratch-resistant oleophobic coating. iPhone SE has similar image-capturing capability with iPhone 6S.

iPhone SE also has 12-megapixel iSight rear camera, which helps in delivering highly-detailed shots and record stunning 4K videos using its rear camera.

With the iPhone SE, you’ll get a FaceTime HD camera on its front for selfies, with the Retina display serving as flash.

Camera

As far as the main and selfie cameras are concerned, they all play a great role on the iPhone SE 2016 smartphone.

On the back, the Apple iPhone SE has a rear camera packs with 12-megapixel to capture beautiful moment. While the selfie camera sports a 1.2-megapixel on the front for beautiful selfies.

As stated earlier in the introduction, the camera of 2016 iPhone SE is designed with similar image-capturing capability as that of the iPhone 6S and can shoot 4K videos with its 12-megapixel iSight rear camera on the back.

Hardware and Software

Apple iPhone SE operating system (OS) is based on iOS 9.3 which can be upgradable to iOS 14.4. And its packs 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of inbuilt (internal memory) storage, all with 2G RAM size.

The Chipset is powered by Apple A9 (14 nm) processor alongside CPU featuring dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister and GPU that is been powered by PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics). All this put together make its operation smooth and fast.

With the iPhone SE, gaming times is awesome as it promise good gaming experience with its console-class graphics performance. It also features Siri voice assistant activation language.

With the SE 2016 iPhone, 4-incher Touch ID is achieved with a fingerprint sensor integrated into its Home button offering support for Apple Pay. Apple iPhone SE comes with faster LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac which also support for Wi-Fi calling alongside Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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iPhone SE Price and Availability

In general, iPhone SE price varies in respect of the built-in storage, country, or condition (i.e UK use or brand new) of the SE 2016 iPhone you’re buying.

During the Apple iPhone SE released date, Apple stated that iPhone SE price should start at US$399.00 to US$549.00.

In Nigeria, the Apple iPhone SE price start around N50,500 to 250,500 depending on the condition (UK use or brand new), your location (Abuja, Lagos or others), or built-in storage. This price may vary in countries like India, Kenya and others.

Also, iPhone SE is available in most leading, reliable and trusted online stores as well as gadget store around the world.

Apple iPhone SE Full Specifications

Contain in this sections, is the Apple iPhone SE full specs below:

NETWORK

  • Supported Network Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

LAUNCH DATE

  • Announced: 2016, March 21
  • Status            Available (Released date): 2016, March 31

BODY

  • Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 113 g (3.99 oz)
  • Build: Glass front (Gorilla Glass), aluminum back, aluminum frame
  • SIM: Nano-SIM

DISPLAY

  • Type: IPS LCD
  • Size: 4.0 inches, 44.1 cm2 (~60.8% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 640 x 1136 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)

SUPPORT PLATFORMS

  • Operating System (OS): iOS 9.3.2 and can be upgradable to iOS 14.4
  • Chipset: Apple A9 (14 nm)
  • CPU: Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
  • GPU: PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)

MEMORY

  • Card slot: No memory card slot
  • Internal Memory: 16GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 2GB RAM, 64GB 2GB RAM, 128GB 2GB RAM

MAIN CAMERA

SELFIE CAMERA

  • Single: 1.2 MP, f/2.4, 31mm (standard)
  • Features: Face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Video: [email protected]

SOUND

  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes at 16-bit/44.1kHz audio

CONNECTIVITY

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC: Yes (Apple Pay only)
  • Radio: No
  • USB: Lightning, USB 2.0

AVAILABLE SENSORS              

  • Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

BATTERY LIFE

  • Type: Li-Po 1624 mAh, non-removable
  • Stand-by: Up to 240 h (2G) / Up to 240 h (3G)
  • Battery Life Talk time: Up to 14 h (3G)
  • Battery Life Music play: Up to 50 h

Other Apple iPhone SE Specs

  • Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
  • Models: A1662, A1723, A1724
  • Payment: Apple Pay (which include; Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
  • Language: Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • Specific Absorption Rate (SAR): 1.17 W/kg for head and 1.19 W/kg for body
  • SAR EU: 0.72 W/kg for head and 0.97 W/kg for body

TESTS           

According to tests performed on iPhone SE, the following was observed:

  • Performance: Basemark OS II 2.0: 2163
  • Display: Contrast ratio: 804:1 (nominal), 3.681 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 66dB / Noise 65dB / Ring 69dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -93.0dB / Crosstalk -72.9dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 73h

Conclusion

With the above review, the iPhone SE smartphone worth buying, it a mobile device that meets user’s demands as regards phone. What are you still waiting for; place your order now to start enjoying all the specs that Apple iPhone SE got for you.

Njoku Valentine

Hi! Am Njoku Valentine Ernest popularly known as ValErnest, am the admin of GenGuide blog, I love sharing general guides ranging from tech gist, updates, reviews, latest happening, and listing in any area that may interest my audience. Am a graduate of The Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State in the Computer Science department.

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