Kuo: Apple to Launch 'iPhone SE 2' in Early 2020 With Similar Design as iPhone 8, A13 Chip, and 3GB RAM

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Apple plans to release a lower-priced "iPhone SE 2" in the first quarter of 2020, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


In a research note with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said the device will feature a similar form factor design and specifications as the iPhone 8, with a faster A13 chip and 3GB of RAM:
We forecast that Apple will launch the more affordable iPhone SE2 in 1Q20. For the most part, the form factor design and hardware spec are similar to iPhone 8's. The most significant hardware spec upgrade will be the adoption of the A13 processor and 3GB LPDDR4X. iPhone SE2 will likely increase iPhone's market share and benefit Apple's promotions for service and content. We expect that the iPhone SE2 shipment will reach 30-40mn units in 2020.
Kuo believes the "iPhone SE 2" will be the "best upgrade choice" for an estimated 100 million remaining iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, serving as a "key growth driver" for Apple in 2020. He believes these customers have low desire for new features like Face ID and multiple cameras, suggesting the "iPhone SE 2" will stick with Touch ID and a single-lens rear camera.

Kuo's prediction lines up with multiple other sources that have claimed Apple plans to release a new lower-cost iPhone 8-esque device next year, including the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, Japanese publication Nikkei Asian Review, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu.

Those earlier reports indicated the device will sport a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button like the iPhone 8. Apple continues to sell the iPhone 8 from $449, while the iPhone SE was $349 prior to being discontinued. When new, the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE started at $699 and $399 respectively.

Article Link: Kuo: Apple to Launch 'iPhone SE 2' in Early 2020 With Similar Design as iPhone 8, A13 Chip, and 3GB RAM
 
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recoil80

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So it would be better than iPhone 8, but with a similar design. What's the point in having both? If they just want to sell a "cheap" iPhone they can cut the price of 8 and call it a day.
It would be great to have a true SE 2, either with the old chassis or with a new notch design with a smaller display.
 

Relentless Power

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Watch this phone preorder sell out in minutes. This will be my next phone, I don’t need a larger display phone like I used to, anything for more of a viewing experience, I can resort to my iPads and laptop.

Plus, if this rumor proves to be true that it will incorporate the A13, that’s pretty exciting given it will have the latest processor/with 3 GB of Ram.
 

mashdots

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This is really exciting! Its not likely that I'll get one but if they revisit smaller devices, it would be cool to see. I know a lot of people have been itching for that.

Hell, if they have a phone smaller than the 11 pro that has one or two decent cameras and the latest chips inside, I might consider it.
 

JPack

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So it would be better than iPhone 8, but with a similar design. What's the point in having both? If they just want to sell a "cheap" iPhone they can cut the price of 8 and call it a day.
It would be great to have a true SE 2, either with the old chassis or with a new notch design with a smaller display.
The iPhone 8 has a few features not intended for the price-sensitive SE crowd. 3D Touch, wireless charging, DCI-P3 and TrueTone.
 

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It has always seemed a bit weird to me that Apple seems to assume buyers of small phones are looking for something other than a premium experience. Why not make something in a format similar to the existing SE, but with an edge-to-edge screen?
they should have gone with the smaller enclosure like the iphone SE and then edge to edge which would give large display in small enclosure.

If the SE people wanted a iPhone 8 sized SE, they would likely have bought an iphone 7/8.
Not enough people want small phones, and even fewer would pay $599 for an LCD or $899 for an OLED.
 
Isn't that too big to be considered an SE? Seems like they are just recycling leftover inventory.
....which is exactly what the iPhone SE was.... You realize that right? SE is basically “one last hurrah” for an old form factor which can now be extremely inexpensive due to quantities of scale.
 

Olz

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Now you people can finally shut up.
SE fans should rejoice.
I feel like comments like these miss what people, at least those I speak to, like about the SE...the fact that it’s small, not that it’s cheap! An SE based on an iPhone 8 is just a cheap big iPhone. If I wanted that I’d buy the iPhone 8 that’s already on the market.