Apple iPhone SE
The price of the Apple iPhone SE 2020 in Kenya is 51,000 shillings and Ksh 58,000 shillings for the 64GB and 128GB versions respectively. It features 3 GB RAM, an 1821 mAh battery, a 4.7-inch display, and a 12 MP main camera. The phone has widely been searched for in the country as iPhone SE 2 price in Kenya.
Apple iPhone SE 2020 price in Kenya and key features
|Price||Approx 51,000 (64 GB); 58,000 (128 GB)|
|Storage||64, 128 GB|
|Chipset||Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+)|
|Back Camera||12MP, f/1.8 (wide)|
|Front Cameras||7 MP, f/2.2|
Apple has a long history of producing straight-up flagship devices every year which often go for an arm and a leg. This year, however, we get a special edition, the Apple iPhone SE, a somewhat budget device that offers a mix of specifications iPhones are generally known for. But with compromises in some elements of the hardware. A flagship A13 Bionic chipset, fast wireless charging, and a cheaper price.
Design and display
The Apple iPhone SE looks like the earlier iPhone 8 that came out a few years back. It has a 4.7 inch IPS LCD that has a very big chin and forehead. The forehead houses the front-facing camera and the earpiece grill. On the chin is the classic iPhone fingerprint scanner that also doubles up as the home button. On the bottom are a double speaker grill and a lightning cable connector. For a budget device, it’s conspicuous to find the head jack missing. The build is premium, with an aluminum frame and a glass back. It has a single camera module at the back, in addition to the recognizable Apple logo.
The Apple iPhone SE’s biggest selling point is most definitely the flagship chipset. It the Apple A13 Bionic chipset, with a Hexa-core 2.65 GHz Lightning/Thunder CPU and the 4-core Apple GPU. This is the same chipset that is in the flagship iPhone 10, which means a lot of raw power for such a budget device. The memory configurations available include 3 GB for RAM and 64/128/256 GB internal storage, with no expandable storage options. The chipset onboard really shines, and coupled with Apple’s software, is unarguably the fastest device in this particular price range.
The Apple iPhone SE might not look like it but the camera department is no slouch. It comes with a single 12 mp wide camera that supports HDR and Panorama. Despite it having a single camera lens, the iPhone SE takes some very awesome pictures. This largely because of the post-shoot digital processing that iPhones are popularly known for, making it the best camera in the mid-range segment all across the board – follow the link.
The pictures are crisp, clear, and rich in detail. The portrait is surprisingly good and many of the photos are very well exposed. The video can support up to 4k in 60/30/24fps and 1080p at up to 240fps, supported by optical image stabilization and stereo sound recording. The selfie is a 7 mp shooter, with HDR, Panorama, and Face Detection. It can shoot 1080p video up to 30fps with gyro assisted image stabilization – product official website.
The iPhone SE comes with a rather small 1821 Li-ion on a removable battery. Coupled with the very fast processor, this battery is not optimized for long day use. The possibility of running out of juice is very probable, and that’s where the 18W fast charging capability, with the right brick, comes into play, able to charge up to 50% in 30 mins. Also, we have Qi-certified wireless charging. It’s a blow to go back to smaller batteries, the iOS battery management will certainly extend the range for a little while longer especially when it’s in idle mode – see SE 2020 256 GB.
If there a department where the Apple SE 2020 truly shines, it is the OS. It comes with IOS 13 which has very tight integration with Apple products and services, making one of the best optimized OS in the industry. The phone has better app support and updates are almost guaranteed for the life of the device. It doesn’t have an app drawer and notifications aren’t grouped either. So in actual use, it will always take a few extra steps to access things like settings as shortcuts aren’t the focus of this OS. However, there is no 3rd party bloatware, making the ecosystem rich and virus free.
All dynamics considered, the Apple iPhone SE is the true king in its own right. You do get AMOLED or a decent battery, but the Bionic A13 makes up for everything. So better performance, great camera, and very intuitive iOS with great support and integration. That is in addition to a smaller phone factor and a bowl of cheaper introductory price as compared to the rest of the 2020 Apple flagships. Is it worth it? The debate is truly one based on opinion.
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