We’ve been hearing for a while that Apple could change the design for the iPhone SE 4, and now unofficial renders have shown us what that design could look like.
You can see some of these renderings below, made by Ian Zelbo and based on information from an anonymous source; provided to the famous leaker Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech (opens in new tab).
They show a phone with a notch (the wider-notch iPhones that debuted before the 20 percent reduction in the iPhone 13 series), no home button, and small bezels. So that’s a big – but widespread – change from the iPhone SE (2022). The phone will apparently be available in Midnight (black), Starlight (white) and Product RED (the only three colors also available for the last two SE generations) hues, all of which can be seen here, and it’s supposed to one have 6.1 inch screen.
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You can also see that there’s a single-lens camera on the back, but no details were given for that. However, it’s likely that this new SE will rely on a 12-megapixel sensor as most iPhone cameras do, outside of the 48-megapixel primary snapper on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
No other specs have been included either, but visually this phone will look remarkably familiar if you’ve kept up with Apple handset launches over the past few years.
Analysis: an iPhone XR with more power
Given the presence of a notch and the apparent 6.1-inch screen, the iPhone SE 4 – as shown here – shares a lot in common with the iPhone 14. But where this phone has straight sides, here they are curved, rendering it almost indistinguishable from the iPhone XR.
This 2018 phone – which you can see at the top of this article – also has a 6.1-inch screen, a notch and curved sides, and a single-lens camera on the back.
Under the hood, however, the iPhone SE 4 is certainly better, as the iPhone SE (2022) already has a more powerful chipset than the iPhone XR, along with 5G support, which this older phone lacks. For the iPhone SE 4, we’re expecting an even newer chipset, and there’s no chance of 5G support going anywhere.
However, given the visual similarities and upgraded internals, it appears to be more of an iPhone XR 2 than an iPhone SE 4. In no small part due to the rising prices of the SE line in general, and Apple’s recent trend of pushing prices outside of the US, this probably won’t be as affordable as SE phones once were.
The iPhone XR itself was positioned as a budget iPhone, but it still cost a lot of money, so from pricing to design to specs, the iPhone SE 4 is likely to follow in that phone’s footsteps. In other words, this probably won’t qualify for our list of the best cheap phones, but it could at least feature a slightly less dated design than the current SE.
https://www.techradar.com/news/iphone-se-4-renders-suggest-this-might-be-the-iphone-xr-2-in-all-but-name iPhone SE 4 renders suggest this might be the iPhone XR 2 in all but name