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Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE deals

Released March 2016
Apple iPhone SE

At a glance

  • It’s the most compact, pocket-friendly iPhone
  • Apple’s most affordable smartphone
  • Same excellent camera and features as the iPhone 6S

Key features

OS
iOS
Screen size
4.0 inches
Camera
12 MP
Battery capacity
1624 mAh

Select your perfect Apple iPhone SE

Select your perfect Apple iPhone SE

At a glance

  • It’s the most compact, pocket-friendly iPhone
  • Apple’s most affordable smartphone
  • Same excellent camera and features as the iPhone 6S

Key features

OS
iOS
Screen size
4.0 inches
Camera
12 MP
Battery capacity
1624 mAh

Our Verdict

  • With a superb camera, crisp UltraHD video recording and Apple Pay for contactless payments, the iPhone SE is a lot of smartphone for a good price
  • At four-inches, it’s much more pocket-friendly than top-of-the-range smartphones. And it’s easier to use one-handed too.
  • Screen is bright and easy to read in bright sunlight
  • If you watch a lot of videos and films on your phone, you might find the four-inch screen a bit too small.
  • If you like to store a lot of apps, photos and videos on your phone, the entry-level model’s 16GB of storage may not be enough. So you may want to consider the 64GB version.
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Specifications

Key specifications
  • Operating system: iOS
  • Screen size: 4.0 inches
  • Camera resolution: 12 MP
  • Battery capacity: 1624 mAh
Physical dimensions
  • Height: 123.8 mm
  • Width: 58.6 mm
  • Depth: 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 113 grams
Hardware
  • RAM: 2 GB
Display
  • Screen size: 4.0 inches
  • Screen width: 640 px
  • Screen height: 1136 px
Ports
  • SD card slot: No
  • Charging port type: Lightning
  • Headphone jack: Yes
Camera
  • Camera resolution: 12 MP
  • Camera flash: Yes
  • Front camera: 1.2 MP
  • Video recording: 4K
  • Optical image stabilization: No
Connectivity
  • Network speed: 4G
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Contactless Payment support: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
Battery
  • Battery capacity: 1624 mAh
  • Wireless charging: No
Other
  • Fingerprint sensor: Yes
  • Waterproof: No

What does the iPhone SE offer?

The iPhone SE is billed as the most powerful four-inch phone ever. It's also been dubbed the cheapest iPhone ever. Both are bold claims. But they're not without foundation.

A successor to the similarly compact, now-discontinued iPhone 5c, the iPhone SE is a major improvement. And not just because it swaps the iPhone 5c's plastic exterior for a premium metal and aluminium construction.

Better camera

Highlights include a 12-megapixel camera, with a LivePhotos feature that captures motion before and after your photo to help bring your snaps to life. And it records video in lush 4K too, which is four times the resolution of standard HD for clearer, crisper footage.

Apple Pay

Like the more costly iPhone 6s, the iPhone SE is equipped with Apple Pay. That means you can use it to pay for goods and services by swiping it over a reader in shops and restaurants. To keep your details secure, it's also got what Apple calls a Touch ID home button. This means your iPhone se can only be unlocked by your fingerprint.

More power

Powering the iPhone SE is the same powerful A9 processor as the iPhone 6s. The result is that it operates with a real sense of 'zip' and can handle the most advanced games and applications.

To take some of the strain when you're multi-tasking, there's an M9 motion-tracking co-processor on board too, which is what helps the onboard Health fitness app to accurately track the amount of steps you've taken and the distance you've run.

Siri

Other features include a more advanced version of Siri voice commands app that makes it easier to control your phone just by using your voice and a better front-facing camera for video calls in HD and superior selfies.

New software features

As with the entire iPhone range, the iPhone SE also offers the smartphone market's widest choice of apps and games. Powered by the iOS 9.3 version of Apple's operating system, this easy-to-use compact smartphone features the Night Shift app that limits exposure to blue light from your screen to help you sleep, as well as a more secure version of the Notes note-taking app.

Find out more about the iPhone 5SE with our 5-point guide to its key features.

How does the iPhone 5SE compare to the iPhone 5c? Read our head-to-head comparison.

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