Apple announces 4-inch iPhone SE; starts at $399

As expected, Apple today introduced a new 4-inch iPhone for the first time in over two and a half years. Called the iPhone SE, Apple’s new 4-inch smartphone will give users who have been pining for an advanced device in a more compact form factor a whole a lot to get excited about. And with approximately 1/3 of iPhone users still using an iPhone 5s or previous model, it stands to reason that the iPhone SE will provide a strong impetus to upgrade.

But for now, we’ll focus on the value proposition the iPhone SE brings to the table, and suffice it to say, there’s a lot to like. For starters, the iPhone SE is a speedy device, packing Apple’s state of the art 64 bit A9 processor under the hood with an embedded M9 motion coprocessor. As a result, the iPhone SE will allow users to take advantage of the always helpful “Hey Siri” feature.

During the iPhone SE presentation, Apple made a point of noting that the iPhone SE is as powerful as the iPhone 6s and incredibly more powerful than the iPhone 5s

Camera wise, the iPhone SE sports a 12 megapixel rear facing camera with focus pixels, true tone flash, and support for Live Photos. Just as compelling, the iPhone SE is capable of capturing 63 megapixel panoramas and video in full 4K quality at 30 fps. What’s more, the iPhone SE now has the Retina Flash feature Apple introduced with the iPhone 6s. This feature allows users to take high quality selfies in low light environments by utilizing the display as a pseudo-flash.

Also notable is that the iPhone SE packs Apple’s most advanced communication components. The device can support LTE speeds as fast as 150 mbps and now includes support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Further, the device comes equipped with an NFC chip for Apple Pay support.

Price wise, the device will retail for $399 for a 16 GB model.

Apple indicated that pre-orders for the device will begin on March 24 with widespread availability slated for March 31. The device will be available in 110 countries by the end of May, and as some have pointed out on Twitter, the device’s low price point may make it a compelling device in emerging markets such as India.

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