Before being discontinued in 2018, the original iPhone SE was a low-cost 4-inch iPhone, but Apple revived the brand in April 2020 with a new 4.7-inch device that looks like an iPhone 8 and has internals comparable to those of the iPhone 11. It comes in white, black, and red, and has 64GB or 128GB of storage. It has an A13 Bionic processor, 3GB of RAM, and a cheap starting price. The iPhone SE price in Bangladesh (BD) depends on some factors because Apple has no official showroom here.
By presenting the first model as a return to the small size class, Apple first led buyers to assume that “SE” signified “small.” After the launch of the second-generation model in 2020, Apple clarified that it meant “budget.” The gadget has an older design than prior versions, but with specifications that are comparable to 2019 flagships.
Apple seemed to stop making phones with smaller screens when it released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone SE, on the other hand, reclaims a diagonal from which Apple says it still sells millions of copies each year. This new iPhone is intended to either satisfy current iPhone 5s customers who prefer the diagonal and widescreen combination or to attract new iOS users who cannot afford the more diagonal versions.
How has it been beneficial for an iPhone to maintain a screen that is so tiny compared to what is popular in the price range in which it moves with only a CPU and camera update? In our iPhone SE review, we tell you what we think about the new iPhone and how our experience with it has been.
Apple iPhone SE price in Bangladesh
The iPhone SE price in Bangladesh starts at BDT 32,500, which has 64GB of storage, and BDT 39,500, which has 128GB of storage.
The iPhone SE 2 price in Bangladesh is BDT 45,000, which has 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
iPhone SE price in Bangladesh (BD price) varies in its different colors. The price of Rose Gold color is lower and gold color’s iPhone SE price is higher.
The iPhone SE price in Bangladesh (BD price) varies in its different colors. The price of the Rose Gold color is lower, and the gold color’s iPhone SE price is higher.
The iPhone SE model was released on March 31, 2016. This was a budget phone on the market at that time. People say the features of this phone are almost the same as the iPhone 11.
Main characteristics of the iPhone SE
Until now, the only way to get an iPhone at a lower price than the year’s flagship was to acquire one from a previous generation with components that were many years old. The new iPhone SE is a little different from the rest. It has a similar inside look to the iPhone 6s, but it also has some new features from the iPhone 6s.
iPhone SE, Technical Characteristics:
113 grams, 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm, 4 inch IPS SCREEN
1136 x 640-pixel RESOLUTION (326 dpi)
PROCESSOR Apple A9 (64-bit), M9 Coprocessor with Siri Voice Activation PROCESSOR Apple A9 (64-bit), M9 Coprocessor with Siri Voice Activation PROCESSOR Apple A9 (64-bit), M9 Coprocessor with Siri Voice Activation
RAM: 2 GB
MEMORY: 16/64 GB (no microSD slot)
iOS 9.3 is the current software version.
Bluetooth 4.2, LTE Cat 6, NFC CONNECTIVITY
12.2 MP rear camera, 1.22 micrometers per pixel, f/2.2 aperture.
recording at 30 frames per second in 4K and 60 frames per second in 1080p.
Front camera: 1.2 MP with Retina flash.
Battery capacity: 1624 mAh (non-removable).
EXTRAS: Fingerprint reader and Puerto Lighting
Specifications of the iPhone SE
From the previous generation, but not the last one, the iPhone SE has a lot of new technical features. Among them are the Apple A9 processor and the M9 co-processor. The phone also has a 12-megapixel camera without stabilization, WiFi AC and NFC connections, and a fingerprint reader.
In terms of internal memory, there are just two options: 16 or 64 GB. As a result, there are no 128 GB versions available for purchase. It’s also worth noting that the secondary camera is still 1.2 MP, as it was on the previous model.
Let’s see how the launch of an iPhone with current components and a well-known design went, to satisfy a market niche that was still buying the iPhone 5s, allowing them to renew equipment without going more diagonal, while also offering an iPhone with a significantly lower entry price than its 6s and 6s Plus.
Back to the 4-inch display format: a matter of preference
Let’s ignore the processor, camera, battery, and input performance. The 4-inch design is the defining feature of my initial experience with this iPhone SE. Is Apple correct in keeping it? Will it become a new craze?
The only certainty is that Apple has been left alone in a specific range and among the major manufacturers. However, it claims to have a niche to satisfy, claiming to have sold over 30 million iPhones with that screen diagonal last year, according to company data. It suggests to these users that they consider upgrading to a more modern terminal on several essential issues, such as the CPU of the camera.
The design and screen are the beginning lines for the iPhone SE and its 4-inch size. The first requires no explanation because it is the same as the iPhone 5s: a single-piece metal body that is both durable and light. Repeating a design may appear to be an offense or a show of weakness with the present velocity of market activity, but it does not have to be.
The decision to use the design of the previous iPhone 5s for the iPhone SE is entirely rational. Except for the bevel that was nearly stared at and lost its immaculate polish, the iPhone 5s’ well-designed metal body was a reference for Apple products, and it worked. That is precisely where they have improved, with the edges now having a matte coating similar to the rest of the body, which appears to help them endure the test of time. Everything is as it was at the beginning of our test unit, which is stunning rose gold, something we couldn’t tell when we tested the iPhone 5s, for example.
Keeping a previous design should not be a sign of weakness because the old one worked. But it needed some touches that have only reached the edge that is now matte to better resist the passage of time.
In a format like the 4-inch, the removal of the curvature at the edges, a hallmark of the new iPhone, does not appear essential to me, because not having curves aids grasp in this more compact size. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have liked the new SE’s finish to be the same aluminum as the previous iPhone 6s, which would have provided the new SE with an extra layer of grip that appeared to be quite appropriate on the previous iPhone.
The iPhone SE seems tremendously comfortable in hand, very light, thin, and handy, and conveys the feeling of being very robust. There are no changes to the controls, and if you come from a more current iPhone, it becomes strange that the power button returns to the top.
This non-design change will please old iPhone 5s users who want to switch straight to an iPhone SE because all its accessories will do the trick, even the covers.
The screens on the iPhone SE are the same as they were in 2013.
That said, opting for an older design also benefits Apple, which better amortizes all the development, although they could have made an effort to improve aspects such as the use of different colors and materials in the upper and lower bands. Here, it will depend on the tastes of each one to think that they could have given it at least the same tone or that it is a success because of the personality it gives to the terminal. What has changed are the colors, which include the range of the superior iPhones, especially the rose gold model.
Using an old design has had two direct consequences for the iPhone SE: the positive is being able to increase the battery capacity slightly, and the negative is having to maintain a 4-inch diagonal with the same dimensions, which leaves us again with some frames. These do not benefit the screen/dimension ratios, especially at the top and bottom.
It seems unlikely to us that a user accustomed to diagonals of at least 5 inches could be satisfied with the 4 inches of the iPhone SE, but if your ideal diagonal is reduced, there are no alternatives at this level on the market and it is Apple’s great asset.
The screen size is something that each user has to decide for themselves, but in the upper-middle range, the iPhone SE is a total outlier. It will be interesting to see if this gamble pays off for Apple and if it is copied by other Android manufacturers. We found it both comfortable and unusual to move down more than an inch in comparison to all the terminals of a similar level we’ve tested in recent years, but we realize that for some users, the 4-inch diagonal is all they’ve been waiting for in an iOS terminal. Or even from other platforms, because there are presently no alternatives on the market at the level of the iPhone SE.
Using the iPhone SE with its small (for me) screen during the test time has made me enjoy the ease of reaching any part of the screen with one hand and how comfortable it is to carry. It’s little more than 100 grams of weight, which is almost like not wearing anything.
However, a part of consumers (and this is what has happened to me) may feel a little diagonal for the use they make of a smartphone in their day to day. In general, four inches seems like a lot to consume content comfortably, from text to video, as well as for communication, where the keyboard already occupies a large part of the screen.
The improvement of the iPhone SE screen is not it’s diagonal, something personal, but the quality of the panel, which is below what we would expect at this level and today.
Regarding the screen, it is not only about the number of diagonals. The quality of the panel also counts, and many more doubts arise and they are no longer so subjective. The iPhone SE panel is another aspect where Apple has cut the level to reduce the price. In both brightness and contrast, it is not at the level of the current Apple panels in its iPhones, but it can compete in quality with most screens in that price range, especially in outdoor visibility or color reproduction.
Regarding the quality of the IPS panel of the iPhone SE, it would also have to be added that a pixel density of just over 300 dpi remains below that offered by all the smartphones with which we compare it, both for price and for range, according to your specifications. That’s true, but the so-called “Retina display” should be out of date by now, right?
Finally, we have 3D Touch technology. In any case, the iPhone SE lacks a pressure-sensitive screen, though some features, such as Live Photos, have crept into its menus, necessitating a long press on the screen.
Excellent battery performance for the iPhone SE
If Apple could not motivate the renewal of the iPhone 5s for current users or attract potential users of other platforms who are comfortable with a 4-inch screen, it would not be able to update key elements for the user experience. The first was the processor.
With so little resolution to move, the raw power of the A9 and the 2 GB of RAM make any action on the iPhone SE instantaneous, without waiting of any kind.
There have been no compromises here, and the protagonist of the iPhone SE is the same as the one found in Apple’s higher-priced and higher-level smartphones. The A9 SoC, along with the M9 coprocessor and 2 GB of RAM, is the basis of the interior of this new iPhone.
With this combination of processor and RAM, coupled with the lower screen resolution than the higher iPhones, everything in the iPhone SE “flies.” Any action is instantaneous, multitasking does not have any wait, and we can edit photos or modify documents quickly. Loading tabs and tabs in browsers without bottlenecks is the most faithful reflection of how good it feels to have all the power you need. As long as the user experience is as good as that of any high-end range, it’s a good thing.
The choice of such a powerful processor and 2 GB of RAM also meets the needs of the service. In other words, for the fluency of use of Touch ID, a camera with more megapixels and a better focus system, NFC connectivity, or the possibility of using Siri by voice, it requires the most current technology possible.
If we take the 3D Mark Ice Storm test as a reference, the iPhone SE scores 28271 points.
The other component that has benefited the most from the improvement of the A9 processor while keeping other elements intact has been the battery. This increases its capacity very slightly, up to 1600 mAh, which, together with the low demand of the screen and the greater efficiency of the processor, results in a significant improvement in autonomy.
In our test this week with the iPhone SE, we managed to overcome the day of intensive use in a very solvent way, remaining on average over 30% battery at the end of the day. I’m not just talking about the working day but about that time before going to bed when we spend time on social networks. In that time, we have managed mail, messaging, web browsing, videos, camera use, calls, and about the time of streaming music. In total, with this iPhone SE, we can say that we get a day and a half of autonomy without problems. Even more, depending on your usage profile.
Going solvent for a day and a half of use is a reason for buying this iPhone, but the little attention that Apple pays on charging its batteries is already desperate.
In our test, we have not managed to achieve the autonomy that we achieved with the iPhone 6s Plus, but we have exceeded that of the iPhone 6s on many days. This data corresponds quite closely with other tests. Along with the screen size and the camera, the battery will be one of the keys for those who choose this iPhone SE as their main terminal.
What we didn’t like about the iPhone SE battery was the charging time. Despite its low capacity, the charge takes more than two hours to reach 100%. In this regard, Apple lags far behind other manufacturers who have taken fast charging seriously. Even to reach the first 50% charge, we need more than 50 minutes with the iPhone SE. Thereafter, charging slows down even more.
iPhone SE storage: 16GB ROM as a starting point – a common blunder
In the rest of the technical characteristics, we must return to the discomfort that the most basic model, which we could consider more attractive in price, only offers us 16 GB of internal memory. There may be users capable of adapting by controlling which applications they install or making frequent backup copies of their photos and videos, but it seems to us an unworthy capacity for a model at this price.
The sensible choice would be the 64 GB one (there is certainly no possibility of going to 128 GB), but in that case, the price has already shot up to 589 euros. And that is already too close to an iPhone 6s (if we talk about iOS users) or very solvent alternatives on Android (if we think of potential “switchers”).
In the case of those who maintain or bet on iOS, the price difference does not compensate for losing what superior models offer us, such as the screen, 3D Touch, or a more current design. Unless you are fully convinced to bet on 4 inches,
The starting price of a new iPhone is now 489 euros, but only if we choose the 16 GB internal memory without the possibility of external expansion. And it’s a ridiculous ability.
One of the most appreciated improvements in this iPhone SE is the fingerprint reader. Once you get used to using your fingerprint to identify yourself safely, both when accessing the terminal and when making purchases or accessing applications, there is no going back. Touch ID repeats after its premiere on the iPhone 5s but is not present in the latest iteration.
Despite this, the fingerprint identification on the iPhone SE works reliably and quickly. The iPhone’s sensors have achieved this since the first generation, and despite improving Touch ID in the last iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple still uses the previous one in the home button of this iPhone SE. Of course, in reality, the difference in access speed is practically negligible.
Camera performance of the iPhone SE: excellent images and videos
Power, autonomy, and a camera. They are the three pillars of the iPhone SE once you assume that you will get along with a 4-inch diagonal. And the one with the camera seems to be the most relevant. Apple has given its new iPhone SE the qualitative and quantitative leap that the camera had in the last iPhone.
The sensor has a resolution of 12 megapixels, and due to the greater thickness of the iPhone SE, it is housed in the case without any protrusion of any kind. The two-tone flash also comes with this iPhone, which certainly improves flash photography somewhat but does not work miracles. I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times I have used it.
In terms of photography, this iPhone SE remains at the high level of Apple terminals. The results are great in good light, and it will be a joy for those who choose this iPhone SE to know that they will have a high-end camera with all the guarantees, both in results and in focus and shooting speed, largely due to the power of your processor.
The compact size of the iPhone SE helps us use its camera more: it is more discreet, and that in point-and-shoot photography is a great value already almost forgotten by today’s large smartphones, anything but suitable to go unnoticed when it comes to taking pictures.
In automatic mode, the only option that Apple gives us without having to resort to third-party applications, the photos we obtain in good light have enough detail to make it clear that Apple is still one of the best in processing raw snapshots and that there are no problems with high dynamic ranges. It is very easy to achieve balanced scenes without burning or too dark areas. And the HDR, while not being the best, is very balanced and never exaggerated.
For fans of Live Photos, this iPhone SE can also do them, and the processor does its job in taking 4K videos with the quality that an iPhone always assures us of. The panoramas are also very good, exceeding 60 MP of resolution, and are united in the best way we have seen on a smartphone.
A pleasant surprise is that, due to the compact size, I have encouraged myself to take even more photos than I usually take. Speed and, above all, discretion are perfect allies for this iPhone SE.
When there is less light, this is where the results are no longer so spectacular, but in any case, they are among the three best cameras on the market today in these situations. Except when there is hardly any light, which is not the situation in which you usually take photos, and where this year the Galaxy S7 has surpassed everyone, the results are quite acceptable. There is noise, we lose details, but the scene works and is at the level of the best on the market. As with the iPhone 6, there is no optical stabilization.
Regarding the interface, no news. In iOS 9.3, Apple maintains its idea that the camera works without having to think or control anything, so there is no trace of control of any kind, for which it will be necessary to resort to third-party applications. In this aspect, and with the results of other terminals, Apple is no longer the reference.
One last point in the photographic section of the iPhone SE is related to the secondary camera and is a reflection of the absurd things that the company sometimes grabs onto: it places the same main iPhone camera above but is unable to do the same with the secondary sensor, which stays at 1.2 MP, which is practically testimonial and for video calls, but not for photos with it with a level of detail or performance in night scenes. And be careful because it is a camera that is gaining prominence among users, some of them even seeing the potential for this particular model.
Despite what it might seem due to its size, the iPhone SE also includes the ability to record 4K video and slow-motion video with excellent results.
FAQs about the iPhone SE
Is the iPhone SE a 5G device?
According to display analyst Ross Young on Twitter, the iPhone SE variant with an LCD will be called the iPhone SE Plus. It will have the same 4.7-inch screen as the iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone 8, but owing to the A15 Bionic chipset, it will offer a 5G connection. On the other hand, the iPhone SE 3 is expected to have a 5.7-inch to 6.1-inch display. The iPhone SE 3 is expected to look similar to the iPhone XR and include an LCD. However, according to Young, the iPhone SE 3 may now be released in 2023.
Does iPhone SE have a dual sim?
The iPhone SE has a dual-SIM capability, which allows two phone numbers to be used at the same time. The presence of one physical nano-SIM slot and one e-SIM enables dual-SIM capabilities.
Is iPhone SE the same as iPhone 11?
The SE is essentially an iPhone 8 body with the iPhone 11’s chipset. The A13 chip puts fresh life into Apple’s 2017 hardware and demonstrates the company’s silicon capability. The processor improves the quality of images and videos taken with the SE’s cameras over those taken with the iPhone 8.
Remarks on the iPhone SE
It seemed that Apple would not return to screens below 4.7 inches after the successful launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014. That diagonal, which even for the high-end is smaller than the vast majority, has been reduced with the arrival of the iPhone SE.
Of the two “reasons” to buy an iPhone SE (Apple smartphone with the lowest price ever and preference for the 4-inch diagonal), only the reason for the diagonal is real.
We believe that this new terminal reaches the market with two clear objectives: to offer itself as a renewal for those who come from an iPhone 5s and prefer a terminal with a 4-inch screen but with the power and camera of the best, and to raise reasonable doubt for those who do not. They entered iOS because of the high price of their more diagonal models. Or maybe a combination of both.
In this strategy, Apple has opted for a mixture, to say the least. The 4-inch diagonal is not for everyone at all, and few believe that they can return to that format with satisfaction. But if you prefer, Apple has nicely recycled a 2013 design with some 2016 components.
The screen is not, where panel quality and, above all, the resolution should have been at a higher level given the price of the 64 GB terminal, close to 600 euros, and the one we would recommend given that 16 GB of the basic one seems very scarce. No microSD slot, of course.
The iPhone SE price in Bangladesh is perfect if we judge by the overall features and performance. Especially for those who are looking for a brand-valued, excellent performance, small-sized phone.
Where we are very satisfied is with the performance of the equipment, the battery, and the camera. Who is convinced that with 4 inches, there are more advantages than disadvantages and that the iPhone SE has enough arguments to convince you? And for now, with hardly any competition on other platforms at this level. We will see for how long.