First Australian review: Apple's affordable 2020 iPhone SE

Yolanda Curtis
June 2, 2020

The Apple iPhone SE 2020 made its debut last week.

Our own iPhone SE review showed that the new handset didn't hit the heights of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, for example, but still managed to negotiate daily app use easily.

As we discuss below, the iPhone SE Plus does offer a couple of significant upgrades over the standard iPhone SE, which could bump the price up, but we can't imagine Apple selling the iPhone SE for anything more than £550/$550 without muddying the waters between the different models of iPhone now on offer.


The iPhone SE still has some impressive benchmarking scores considering the price of the phone, and the A13 chipset also has a clear impact on the quality of photography, so while it doesn't hit the testing scores of the more expensive models, it's still a massive step forward for phones at this price point.

Much like the release date prediction, our only source of information about the iPhone SE Plus comes from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

More interestingly, the iPhone SE did not score as high as the iPhone 11, which clocked 517400. Whether or not the company will manage to deal with them all before the September announcement is something that we will discover in just a few months.


The 2020 iPhone SE has a 4.7in Retina HD display that supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 standards. Well, word on the street suggests Apple is planning to release and iPhone SE Plus model as well... Despite starting at just $399, the device is powered by the latest-and-greatest A13 Bionic chip, the same processor found inside the high-end iPhone 11 Pro.

That's backed up by Jon Prosser, a relatively new leaker on the tech scene that leaked a lot of correct information on the iPhone SE, including its release date and pricing. Selfie camera options are also good, but limited, with the Portrait mode selfies aren't a patch on the iPhone 11 and there are no slow-motion selfies (Slowfies) though I don't think that's a bad thing. There's no way when this device was planned and mapped out Apple could have known we would be relying on technology as much as we are today.

After the long wait, reviews are coming out from experts on Apple's so-called budget smartphone SE.


Apple started taking preorders for the new SE kast week along with its retail and carrier partners.

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