iPhone SE 4 to steal Android’s most special title 9 years after the first Android flagship-killer!

As we find out from old and recent information leaks, Apple appears to be on track to unveil a brand new iPhone! That’s according to leaks shared by Ross Young (dating back to January) and Jon Prosser (more recently). Note that the former said there is a chance the new iPhone will also be unveiled in 2024.

Anyway, we’re not talking about a flagship iPhone, but a flagship killer iPhone! The phone in question is, of course, the upcoming iPhone SE 4!

As discussed later in the story, the last three iPhone SE models have sold out a ton (almost all) of the Android flagship phones and even some of Apple’s flagship iPhones. However, I dare say that the iPhone SE, despite its flagship-level sales record, never has watched like a flagship killer – thanks to the iPhone 6-inspired front, of course.

But apparently this is about to change as Tim Cook & Co gears up for an early iPhone SE 4 release, expected to take place in Spring 2024.

Anyway, here’s everything we know so far about the iPhone SE (2023) and why this new, old iPhone may be the biggest challenger of all Android flagship phones in 2023-2024 and even some iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models.

Presumably this is the iPhone SE (2023), and it looks great compared to the current iPhone SE (and if you liked the iPhone XR)

Correct! The iPhone SE 4 is very similar to the 2018 iPhone XR (actually maybe a 1:1 copy of it), which is great! Sure, Apple didn’t set the bar high, but even so, the new SE would be a huge upgrade over the old-fashioned looking iPhone SE (2022). While less flashy than the premium iPhone XS series, the iPhone XR easily outsold Apple’s expensive offerings and certainly didn’t go unnoticed, especially by the average consumer. Funnily enough, the elephant in the room is the same one who “bothered” everyone. in 2018 – the iPhone XR featured a 6.1-inch 720p LCD display, which is expected to make a comeback on the new iPhone SE. No OLED, no 1080p and certainly no high refresh rate.

Unlike phone nerds like me (and probably you), 95% of users tend not to notice or are bothered by a slightly lower resolution, less contrast screen. In fact, the screen on the iPhone SE 4 should be sufficiently sharp, bright and colorful anyway, since Apple expected to use a high-end LCD. When it comes to a high refresh rate, I’ve already written a long story, proving that 60Hz on iPhones feels more like 90Hz compared to 60Hz on Androidwhat feels like… 60Hz.

Controversy aside, according to leaks and what we’ve seen from Apple’s previous iPhone SE releases, the iPhone SE 4 is expected to arrive with the following:

  • The iPhone 14 Pro’s A16 Bionic chip with 5G (although I personally see the iPhone SE 4 using the iPhone 14’s A15 Bionic instead)
  • A single 12MP rear camera and a 7MP selfie shooter on the front (per Apple’s SE strategy, these should be the exact same sensors from before, but with the iPhone 15’s image processing)
  • About a 3000mAh battery (which is on the bigger side for an iPhone) with 20W wired and 7.5W wireless charging (my guess is that MagSafe is being omitted)
  • 64/128/256 GB storage and 4 GB RAM
  • IP67 dust and water resistant

iPhone SE 4 – why does it exist and why is Apple rushing so quickly after the iPhone SE (2022) and iPhone 14 series to launch another iPhone?

While I find it bizarre that Apple is about to give us two iPhone SE models two years in a row, since the first iPhone SE refresh arrived after four years and the second after two years, Cupertino has some good reasons to to do the release. the iPhone SE 4 in 2023:

  • The current iPhone SE (2022) has the old iPhone design, meaning the new iPhone SE (expected to look a lot like the iPhone XR) won’t clash with last year’s SE
  • Both iPhone 14 and especially the iPhone 14+ seem to be underperforming in terms of sales, further justifying the appearance of a new iPhone (surprise, surprise – Apple likes to make money)
  • An affordable iPhone that looks relatively new could be the perfect phone to sell in the midst of a global economic crisis like the one we’re in right now, and (unfortunately) probably will be in the near future
  • Last and least in this case, the truth is that phones love discounts Galaxy S21FE, Pixel 6Aand Pixel 7 have made the “flagship-killer” segment more competitive than it’s ever been, so… Apple may be feeling some pressure to try harder and faster with the most affordable iPhone

It’s really not rocket science – Cupertino’s new old design, coupled with lengthy software support and a super-powerful chip, should sell like hot cakes. The question is actually why should not Apple will launch an iPhone SE 4 as soon as possible…

The numbers speak for themselves: the iPhone XR (77.4 million units sold in 2018) easily managed to surpass the iPhone XS and XS Max (48 million units sold) combined, showing that people really aren’t bothered by the slightly thicker bezels and an HD show if it comes at a good price!

The remaining question is how much the new iPhone SE will cost, so let’s move on to that topic…

Can Apple establish itself as the new flagship killer and is the iPhone SE 2023 really going to outsell the iPhone 14?

To answer both questions right away: I think the iPhone SE can be the new “flagship killer” and I really believe it has a great chance to sell more units than the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus combined! But, of course, the real elephant in the room here is how Apple is going to price the “affordable” iPhone SE 4.

As of now, we have zero leaks and rumors on the topic of price, so I’ll have to speculate. And my Apple price radar tells me…$529! I know this seems almost too specific, but I have my reasons to believe it…

  • The iPhone SE (2022) costs $429
  • The iPhone 12 costs $599
  • The iPhone 13 costs $699
  • The iPhone 14 costs $799

As romantic as this may sound, it is absolutely impossible that Apple will replace the (still recent) iPhone SE (2022) with the iPhone SE 4 and sell the new one for the same price of $429. On the other hand, switching from the iPhone 12 with the iPhone SE 4 unreasonable as both the iPhone 12 and the new iPhone SE are said to have some great selling points over each other. Anyway, the real “surprise” will be for UK and European users, who, according to Apple’s most recent pricing strategy (and given that the iPhone SE 4 really debuts at $529 in the US), might be looking at a slightly more expensive “budget” iPhone SE 4, starting at £549 and €549 for the 64GB variant.

That would set the more usable 128GB version at £599 and €619, entering Pixel 7 territory (unless, of course, Apple gives the base iPhone SE model 128GB of storage). Tim, please?

So that’s about all there is to know and consider when it comes to the unreleased iPhone SE 4! The device is expected to arrive this spring at (well…) Apple’s spring event.

Try to put yourself in the shoes of the average consumer and tell me what you think about the supposed iPhone SE 4! If you ask me, this will be the perfect iPhone replacement for my aunt, who still uses an iPhone 8. On the other hand, as a phone nerd, are phones like the Galaxy S21 FE and Google Pixel 7 more appealing at this $500-600 price point? Shoot a comment!

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