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iPhone SE 2 Release Date, Price, Specs, and Leaks

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"iPhone SE 2" Apple has for years been trying to attract budget-conscious shoppers to its iPhone lineup with a variety of devices. Most recently, the company introduced the iPhone 11 for $699, making it more affordable than the $749 iPhone XR the device replaced.

But according to recent rumors, Apple is now eyeing the possibility of bringing back the iPhone SE, a budget-friendly device Apple discontinued in September 2018.

The iPhone SE was a decidedly underpowered device that came with a design reminiscent of old iPhone models. But what it lacked in design, it made up for in affordability, thanks to its $349 price tag. Apple ultimately discontinued the device to make room for higher-end options, but now there’s the talk of an iPhone SE 2 making a comeback in early 2020.

 As time has gone on, more and more rumors have surfaced about Apple's next smartphone. Here's everything we've heard so far about Apple’s budget-friendly iPhone SE 2.

iPhone SE 2 Release Date

Most of what we know about the iPhone SE 2 comes by way of an October investor note from TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said recently that he anticipates Apple releasing the SE 2 in the first quarter of 2020.

Kuo didn’t provide any more insight into an exact date, but an early 2020 launch would give Apple enough time to sell its existing models before touting a new version. For what it's worth, MacRumors spied a report from a Barclays analyst based on interviews with companies in Apple's supply chain claims that the SE 2 will go into production in February, which would fit in with that first-quarter release rumor.

Another report from the Korean site The Elec says Apple's new budget phone will ship in early 2020, but it doesn't offer a more specific iPhone SE 2 release date.

iPhone SE 2 Price

Trying to determine a price for Apple’s upcoming iPhone SE 2 could be difficult, but considering Apple has been using the SE branding to keep prices down, there’s a good chance it’ll be the cheapest model on store shelves.

Apple’s current cheapest model, the iPhone 8, costs $449. The iPhone SE had a starting price of $399 at launch, so it's possible Apple could keep the price at $349 or bridge the gap with a $399 price tag.

Another note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo puts the price of the iPhone SE 2 at $399, the same as the launch price for the original iPhone SE. That’s $300 cheaper than the basic iPhone 11, and would be a $50 discount on the iPhone 8, the phone that the SE 2 is allegedly based on. It also happens to be the same price as the Google Pixel 3a, another cut-down version of a premium phone, and likely the device Apple is trying to target.

Design and Display

Ming-Chi Kuo's October analyst note claimed that Apple's iPhone SE 2 will look nearly identical to the iPhone 8. Kuo also said that Apple will maintain a 4.7-inch display in the iPhone SE 2.

That would suggest that Apple is going to keep the hefty bezels around the screen, as well as the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the front.

According to the Korean website The Elec, LG Display will be the likely supplier for the screen. The report said that the panel was undergoing last-minute quality checks ahead of production.

However, there have been some other reports that have surfaced in recent months that call into question Apple’s design plans. Chief among them is this video from Weibo that suggests the will look more like the iPhone X, complete with a notch.

BGR also recently obtained images of what the site said could be the design. It looks nearly identical to the iPhone X.

But alas, Apple hasn’t confirmed a design plan, so we don’t know which version is most likely to launch

iPhone SE 2 Specs

On the other way, Apple does not want to cut the power in its. According to Kuo, the company will bring the same A13 processor that powers its iPhone 11 lineup to the. Add that to 3GB of RAM, and it might have solid performance.

Aside from that, Kuo didn’t have much to say about Apple’s spec plans. There’s a possibility of Face ID making its way to the handset, but aside from that, the rumors are so far scant on Apple’s specs plan.

Finally, iPhone SE 2

Although Kuo has given us a good sense of what we can and cannot expect from Apple is apparently planning to launch next year, there are still some things we’d want to see.

Although rumors point to Apple using an iPhone 8 design, it would make sense for Apple to bring Face ID to the. The company has been offering this feature for years, and it’s proven to be easy to use. Offering it in the could boost the handset appeal.

Apple should also be careful not to skimp on the camera. Sure, it won’t have the same sensors as the iPhone 11 Pro, but it should at least offer a good-enough experience that the pictures won’t look out of place against other iPhones.

Ultimately, the need to take as many cues as reasonably possible from the higher-end iPhone 11 lineup and offer plenty of colors for those who care about style. And when it’s all said and done, it should be a device that can last and perform well for at least a few years without becoming obsolete.
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