A huge number of leaks points to an iPhone XS or iPhone XSE (what will the new iPhone be called?) as the successor to the much-loved ‘cheap’ iPhone, the iPhone SE. But this ‘iPhone SE 2’ won’t be the 4in iPhone we’re hoping for; rather it’s going to be a cheaper copy of the iPhone X with a 6.1in OLED screen.
The iPhone XSE has been heavily tipped to arrive during Apple’s special event on 12 September (find out how to watch live here), despite rumours that the smartphone may have been delayed until November. We wouldn’t be hugely surprised to see Apple separate the two in order to prevent the cheaper model putting the new flagship in the shade.
When is the iPhone XSE release date?
The second-gen iPhone SE is expected to launch at the 12 September event alongside the successors to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Some sources now point to a delayed launch in November, but we’ll just have to wait and see what materialises on Wednesday.
How much will the iPhone XSE cost?
Apple typically tries to keep its pricing constant when releasing new models, so we’d expect the new iPhone XSE to come in at £349/$349.
A price rise of around £50/$50 wouldn’t be out of the question given the significant upgrades we’re expecting to see – the iPhone X is already more expensive than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, so a cut-down version of it would likely also be more expensive than what we’ve seen before.
What are the rumoured features and specifications of the iPhone XSE?
One render of the updated iPhone SE, courtesy of @OnLeaks and @TigerMobiles, is shown below. It’s a cross between iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, but missing the headphone jack and adding a small notch at the top of the display.
According to the source, “Dimensions are exactly the same as iPhone SE (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm). Due to the rounded corners on the display, it’s hard to give a precise screen size but it will be between 4.7in and 5in.”
We would be surprised if Apple persists with a design first seen in 2013, of course.
The iPhone XSE will likely see some of the design changes we’ve seen in recent iPhones. It could well have an all-screen front with that infamous ‘notch’ design, along with a glass rear panel and Qi wireless charging, and it will more than likely come without a headphone jack but a Lightning adaptor in the box. The latter has been confirmed by the leaked renders from Olixar.
BGR has published sketches of what is said to be the iPhone SE and iPhone SE 2 side by side, which it claims to have received from a previously reliable source. If genuine, the notch would appear to be here to stay.
The iPhone XSE is also rumoured to come in various bright colours, unlike the flagship line. Here it is shown in red, white and blue, courtesy of Slashleaks:
Specifications are tipped to be very much iPhone 7-standard, with the A10 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32- or 128GB of storage, 12Mp and 5Mp cameras and a 1,700mAh battery, but the same 4in screen. Apple is expected to cut down costs by dropping 3D Touch.