In what has turned out to be the fastest ever India roll-out of a newly launched Apple product, as compared with its global launch, the iPhone SE starts retailing in India today. The launch comes just 2 weeks after its global launch, highlighting India’s rising importance as a major market for Apple, as smartphone sales saturate in other parts of the world.
As for pricing, I would say its still on the higher end — keeping in mind the Indian market and the buying capacity here. The 16 GB model retails for ₹39,000 while the 64 GB model retails for ₹49,000 — there is no 32 GB model in here too, similar to how it was abandoned in the entire iPhone 6 lineup.
As for specs, iPhone SE features a 4-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. These two together flaunt an excellent pixel density of 326 ppi. The smartphone is built over an Apple A9 chipset (64 bit) which is a dual-core CPU rated at 1.8 GHz with a complementary PowerVR GT7600 GPU.
We also get the ‘Hey Siri’ functionality, thanks to the motion co-processor. It will come in either 16 or 64 GB storage with a gigabyte of RAM. The SE will be running iOS 9.3 out-of-the-box. The shooter on this bad boy is an 12 MP iSight camera with True Tone Flash and a new image processor while the front of the phone houses a 5 MP FaceTime camera.
It comes in with LTE support, which Apple claims, is 50 percent faster than the iPhone 5S. The new phone also supports Live Photos. It is powered by a non-removable Li-Po battery rated at 1642 mAh. Other important specifications include TouchID, Secure Enclave and Apple Pay support via NFC.
The phones are available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold options and can be bought directly via Apple’s India website or through its online/offline retail partners.