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When it comes to design, the iPhone SE is identical to the iPhone 8, featuring a 4.7-inch LCD display, thick top and bottom bezels, a single-lens rear camera, and a Touch ID Home button.

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Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 8 also looks a lot like the iPhone SE inside, as detailed in a teardown video by a Chinese YouTuber who has one of the devices on hand. The video, which has subtitles, was shared on Reddit earlier today.


Most of the components of the iPhone SE are identical to the iPhone 8, but there are differences in the modem and WiFi chip, the battery connector (which is the same as the battery connector in the iPhone 11, and the flashlight setup. There's also a different rear camera module and, of course, a different processor as the iPhone SE uses the same A13 chip that's in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.

Many of the components in the iPhone SE and iPhone 8 were able to function interchangeably, demonstrating just how similar most of the parts are. The front display of the iPhone 8, for example, can be swapped onto an iPhone SE and it fits perfectly.

The iPhone SE is priced at $399 and the first orders will begin arriving to customers tomorrow. We'll see an even closer look inside the iPhone SE once teardown sites like iFixit take apart one of the new smartphones.

Article Link: Teardown Video Compares New iPhone SE to iPhone 8
 
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Relentless Power

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Would be interesting to see if 3D Touch can work if an iPhone 8 screen is transplanted on the SE.

There’s also software functionality prohibiting the full functionality, it’s not just the 3D Touch module. But if we are looking at the 3D Touch module entirely being transplanted Without any other restrictions, it should work transversely for both phones.
 

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The most interesting bit for me is that the rear camera is different. Not that it matters (as the photos would be better because of the newer chip anyway) but I'm glad that people can now stop saying it's the same camera as the iPhone 8
Of course the rear camera is different and improved on the SE 2020 edition vs iPhone 8. I'VE said for the past 2 weeks that the iPhone SE 2020 edition is better than the iPhone 8 in almost every way. T

The new iPhone SE 2020 edition is more like an iPhone 8S/9 than an actual iPhone 8. As Apple never release an iPhone 8S or iPhone 9. The iPhone SE 2020 edition and iPhone 8 are identical in size and shape (138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm) and both weigh 148 grams. They both have a single rear camera and flash along with a glass back.

The new iPhone SE 2020 edition has the same display as the iPhone 8: 4.7-inch Retina HD 1334x750 resolution at 326 ppi, along with True Tone, P3 wide color, and 625 nits of max brightness. However, the iPhone 8 has 3D touch and the iPhone SE 2020 edition doesn’t. Instead Apple gave the iPhone SE 2020 edition Haptic Touch. Both the iPhone 8 and the the iPhone SE 2020 still use that finger print button for touch id.

The SE has Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, while the iPhone 8 is powered by the A11 Bionic chip.
The iPhone 8 has 2GB of RAM. Now, the SE 2020 edition iPhone is rumored to have 3GB. We'll find out the amount of RAM the new iPhone SE 2020 has once ifixit does a tear-down.

Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone SE 2020 edition are IP67 rated for water and dust resistance which allows them to go into water up to 1 and a half meters for up to 30 minutes. Both the iPhone 8 and the new iPhone SE 2020 edition can do wireless charging via glass back. They also both have the same stereo speakers, Apple Pay support via NFC, and Bluetooth 5. The SE 2020 edition iPhone has the new Wifi 6 standard 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac/ax. Whereas, the iPhone 8 has the old wifi 5 standard 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac.

Info on wifi 6 and why its awesome https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/21/18232026/wi-fi-6-speed-explained-router-wifi-how-does-work


The iPhone 8 and iPhone SE both have a single 12MP, f/1.8 wide camera with digital zoom up to 5x. The iPhone SE 2020 edition get a sapphire crystal lens cover (a feature not on the iPhone 8). The iPhone SE 2020 edition allows Portrait Mode (limited to people), Portrait Lighting, Smart HDR, and QuickTake video, all of which are not available on the iPhone 8. Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone SE 2020 edition can record 4K video and have the same 7MP, f/2.2 front camera. Only difference with the front camera on the SE 2020 edition is you can now take portrait videos with the front camera (couldn't do that on iPhone 8).



For those saying that this iPhone SE 2020 edition is an iPhone 6,6S,7,or 8
The only thing that this iPhone SE 2020 edition has in common with the iPhone 6,6S,7, or 8 is: the screen size, resolution, dimensions, touch id, and screen type LCD. Outside of those things it's way better than the iPhone 6,6S, 7,and just slightly better than the iPhone 8.

Gigabit-class LTE:was first included/introduced on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and now included in the iPhone SE 2020 edition

The iPhone 8,iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X got the LTE Advanced modem which supports theoretical speeds up to 600Mbps
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus got the LTE Advanced modem which supports theoretical speeds up to 450 Mbps
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, got LTE Advanced modem that supports theoretical speeds up to 300 Mbps
The iPhone 6/6 Plus got LTE-Advanced that supports theoretical speeds up to 150 Mbps

dual SIM (eSIM): was first included/introduced on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and now included in the iPhone SE 2020 edition

The A13 chip, 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6, Express Cards with power reserve are 3 new features first introduced/included on the iPhone 11,11 Pro, and 11 Pro MAX and now on the new iPhone SE 2020 edition.

FYI: iPhone X, iPhone 8 and previous generation iPhones do NOT get Express Card with Power Reserve.

Express Cards with Power Reserve feature which is included in the iPhone SE 2020 edition also included in the ‌iPhone XS, 11‌ and 11 Pro, allows for authentication of Express Transit cards even when an ‌iPhone‌'s battery is exhausted. It can also be used for the "CarKey" function that Apple has in the works which will let an ‌iPhone‌ serve as an alternative to a traditional car key in vehicles that support the feature.

Overall the iPhone SE 2020 is a great iPhone especially for the price.

Only the iPhone 11,11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and now the New SE 2020 edition iPhone have wifi 6.
Also the iPad Pro 2020 is the only iPad to get wifi 6 standard 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
 
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CarlJ

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Apple already neutered that on iOS 13 anyway...
3D Touch works fine on my iPhone 8 with iOS 13.
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In other words, the so-called SE is really a cost reduced iPhone 8. Why did you have to pollute the SE name, Apple? Why?
The name SE, which Apple coined, means something different to them than it does to you.
 

Relentless Power

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Let's call it iPhone 8S and call it a day. Apple could have increased top screen reducing top side thick bezel, giving new identity. But, why take risk ?

What you’re proposing is not cost effective (Which is the whole point of the SE to begin with). You’re essentially asking Apple to reformat the display/bezels, which would cost more in terms of having different manufactured parts. If they are reusing leftover stock/parts, that’s how they were able to afford the $400 price point for this phone.[ It’s The exact same course Apple used for the iPhone SE direct from the 5S parts.]
 

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Let's call it iPhone 8S and call it a day. Apple could have increased top screen reducing top side thick bezel, giving new identity. But, why take risk ?
Apple's big issue here is the naming scheme doesn't allow for out of order products, which is why they've bastardized the SE monicker. Nobody for a moment believes this is an iPhone SE given its form factor is too big. It's disingenuous of Apple to try to connive people who are actually intelligent enough to know the difference. This simply ain't an SE and nobody should call it that.
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The name SE, which Apple coined, means something different to them than it does to you.
Apple is insulting you by trying this SE stunt. It's like a flat can of soda.
 

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Apple's big issue here is the naming scheme doesn't allow for out of order products, which is why they've bastardized the SE monicker. Nobody for a moment believes this is an iPhone SE given its form factor is too big. It's disingenuous of Apple to try to connive people who are actually intelligent enough to know the difference. This simply ain't an SE and nobody should call it that.
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Apple is insulting you by trying this SE stunt. It's like a flat can of soda.
I don’t feel insulted in the least. I think you overestimate the emotional attachment people have toward the names of cellular devices.
 

Relentless Power

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For the audience this phone target, they couldn't care less. The iPhone SE is just another avenue for Apple to print money and get those remaining stubborn iPhone 5S, 6, and 6s users to finally upgrade.

So you’re telling us all something that is blatantly obvious? Of course Apple is out to make money, why do you think they revived this phone to begin with? (Both rhetorical questions.) Especially given how popular the 4.7 inch form factor is.

I think the misconception is, it’s not just about upgrading the 5s/6 owners, this is a global phone. It’s a phone that will survive in many markets, because of its low price point, which has Apple competing in a global segment, not just the North American market.
 
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