iPhone SE 2020 – Review

The successor to the popular 2016 iPhone SE is a powerful beast with a fantastic new camera.

iPhone SE 2020 Tech Specs

  • 4.7” screen, 1334 x 750 pixel
  • A13 Bionic chip, the third generation Neural Engine
  • Single SIM
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High-Key Light Mono)
  • Four-core GPU and six-core CPU
  • 12MP dual rear cameras and 7MP front-facing camera
  • Wireless charging
  • 1400:1 contrast ratio
  • Touch ID
  • Available in black, white and red


  • 64GB – £399/$399/399 €
  • 128GB – £449/$449/449 €
  • 256GB – £549/$549/549 €

All About the iPhone SE 2020

The iPhone SE 2020 is the spiritual successor to 2016’s “Budget” iPhone SE and as such, has a lot to live up to. The casing is made from aerospace-grade aluminium and durable glass and comes in three different colours: black, white and red. If you’re worried about dropping your iPhone in a puddle, you’ve nothing to fear. This new model is built to withstand the elements with dust and water resistance up to a depth of one meter. The iPhone SE has a Retina Display, which measures 4.7 inches from corner to corner. It’s an LCD screen, with a resolution of 1334 x 750; that’s 2.7 million pixels.

The new iPhone SE also has far better sound. Matching great speakers with capable software, the sound spectrum is greatly improved from the previous generation. This is especially welcome when playing games and watching music videos. You can enjoy them without wearing earbuds. The phone is powered by a new processor, the A13 Bionic chip, with a focus on machine learning, with a dedicated 8-core Neural Engine capable of 5 trillion operations per second, two Machine Learning Accelerators on the CPU and a new Machine Learning Controller to balance performance, efficiency and battery life.

Phantastic for Photography!

The new 2020 updated iPhone SE, has the best single camera yet in a phone, which considering the price is very impressive!

In photography, the bokeh effect refers to the blur caused by areas of the photo being left deliberately out of focus. It was used in the Portrait Mode introduced by the eleventh generation of iPhones but now, with the iPhone SE’s Portrait Mode, it’s taken to a whole new level for a single camera. Just look at the quality of these images. Advanced depth segmentation in the new iPhone’s Portrait Mode gives you even more control over your bokeh effects. Depth Control lets you dynamically adjust the depth of field, and therefore the level of blur, before and even after you’ve taken the photograph to create portraits with a beautiful background blur.

Portrait mode with Depth Control is also available on the TrueDepth camera for selfies. Below we see wonderful photograph taken with iPhones SE. This shot is straight from the camera; no professional lighting or other equipment is used. Just an iPhone SE and a keen eye for detail.

Low Price! Full iOS 13 Experience!

As Apple’s flagship “Budget” iPhone one would be forgiven for thinking the user experience may be lacking by comparison, you’d be wrong!

Although the price tag may suggest other wise, the iPhone SE gives owners complete access to Apple’s diverse array of products, services and accessories. Choose from 2 million apps on the App Store, keep up-to-date with Apple News, enjoy original content rom the world’s greatest storytellers with Apple TV+, stream over 60 million songs on Apple Music, make purchases with Apple Pay, and store data iCloud.

Using the Lightning connector, iPhone SE is also compatible with more than 25,000 Lightning accessories, including camera accessories, audio and speakers, docks, CarPlay and more.iPhone SE is built with the same industry-leading security features that protect the high end iPhone models with a new twist, Touch ID and the Secure Enclave protect fingerprint data, Intelligent Tracking Prevention on Safari helps stop advertisers that follow users and more.

iPhone SE with iOS 13 delivers a seamless experience with software and hardware integration unlike any other smartphone. iOS 13 features a dramatic look with Dark Mode, a more private way to sign in to apps and websites with Sign In with Apple, and an all-new Maps experience that delivers faster and more accurate navigation and beautiful street-level imagery with Look Around. This is an iPhone although with this purchase your bank account will be a fan too! Everything Apple has to offer is here on the iPhone SE.


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  • Overall


If Frankenstein made smartphones… The 2020 iPhone SE is essentially an iPhone 11’s brain in an iPhone 8’s body. If you are downgrading the difference will be obvious but any upgrade from the iPhone X and below will have you whooping!

+ Compact design and very light weight
+ Handles iOS 13 with absolute ease
– The return of the home button, BOO!
– The battery life is noticeably shorter


Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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