Just as the leaks predicted, Apple launched the iPhone SE a few weeks ago, as an affordable handset that marries powerful hardware with a familiar classic design. The iPhone SE 2020 (not to be mistaken for the 2016 phone of the same name) gives up the full-screen, notch-embracing design of the current-gen iPhones, and goes for the kind of housing that the iPhone 8 has. This means that the front portion has sizeable bezels and even a Touch ID fingerprint scanner that acts as a home button. On the rear is a single camera and glass casing that facilitates the device’s wireless charging capability.

The corner cutting in the design department allows the iPhone SE to be priced at just Rs 42,500 for its 64GB variant. The 128GB and 256GB versions will be seen selling at Rs 47,800 and 58,300, respectively. That makes it the cheapest among the new breed of iPhones available in the market. But if you’re wondering what makes this handset so special, let us explain.

The most striking aspect of the new iPhone SE is the fact that it adopts the Apple A13 Bionic chip. For context, this is the same chip that you can spot in the iPhone 11 range, which is far more expensive than the said device. The A13 is built using a custom 7nm process, and is considered the fastest mobile chipset available in the market right now. Having it put inside such an inexpensive device in itself a great incentive to buy it.

On its front is a 4.7-inch Retina HD display that’s targeted towards those who adore smaller displays. While all other current-gen iPhones have panels that are around 6 inches in size, the iPhone SE provides some good respite to those who don’t want to carry around a large handset in their pockets.

Coming to the camera, there’s a single 12MP camera sitting on the back of this device, with a six-element lens. While the absence of multiple cameras prevents you from capturing ultra wide-angle photos or telephoto shots, the SE does have a few other tricks up its sleeve. It ships with Apple’s software-based Portrait mode that artfully blurs the background to put the focus on your subjects.

Moreover, you even get access to Depth Control, which lets you blur the background with a simple slider, even after an image has been clicked. Smart HDR and Portrait Light effects are some of this camera’s other abilities. As for video, you’d be pleased to know that 4K clips are indeed captured by the iPhone SE at 60fps.

A big advantage of the iPhone SE is that it’s IP67 rated, which means it can survive being under 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes. That means splashes of water or using the device during the rains shouldn’t affect it one bit. Augmented Reality is also something Apple has focused on. The handset lets you access all the latest AR apps for doing stuff like measuring real-world objects, mapping constellations over the stars and much more.

Black, white and red are the three colours the iPhone SE will be sold in. Expect the device to start shipping in India as soon as the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted.