We’ve been hearing for a while that Apple might change the design of the iPhone SE 4, and now unofficial renders have shown us what that design might look like.
You can see some of these renders below, created by Ian Zelbo and based on information from an anonymous source; supplied to famous leaker Jon Prosser, from front page technology (opens in new tab).
They show a phone with a notch (the wider notch iPhones introduced before the 20% reduction introduced in the iPhone 13 series), no home button and small bezels. So this is a big – but widely publicized – change from the iPhone SE (2022). The phone will apparently come in Midnight (black), Starlight (white) and Product RED (the only three colors available in the last two generations of the SE as well), all of which can be seen here, and is said to have a 6.1 inches.
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You can also see that there’s a single-lens camera on the back, but no details have been provided. This new SE is likely to feature a 12MP sensor, as most iPhone cameras do, outside of the 48MP primary snapper on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
No other specs have been included, but visually this phone will look remarkably familiar if you’ve been keeping up with Apple’s handset releases in recent years.
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Given the presence of a notch and the apparent 6.1-inch screen, the iPhone SE 4 – as shown here – has a lot in common with the iPhone 14. But where this phone has straight sides, here they are curved, making it almost indistinguishable from the iPhone XR.
That 2018 phone – which you can see at the top of this article – also has a 6.1-inch screen, a notch and curved sides, as well as a single-lens camera on the back.
However, under the hood, the iPhone SE 4 should be better, as the iPhone SE (2022) already has a more powerful chipset than the iPhone XR, as well as 5G support, which this older phone lacks. For the iPhone SE 4, we’re expecting an even newer chipset and there’s no chance 5G support will get anywhere.
Given the visual similarities and updated internals, it looks like this might be more of an iPhone XR 2 than an iPhone SE 4. Not least because with the increase in prices for the SE lineup in general and Apple’s recent trend of pushing prices even further outside the US, this is likely not going to be as affordable as SE phones once were.
The iPhone XR itself has been positioned as a budget iPhone, but it still costs a fair amount; so from price 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 best cheap phones, but it could at least have a slightly less dated design than the current SE.