Just few days ago, Apple made it possible to own an iPhone without breaking a bank – for less than RM2,000. Apple’s latest model released is called iPhone SE, the cheapest and smallest smarphone ever created. Apple’s baby in the family is equally powerful to it’s bigger siblings, you’ll see why if you read further.
The iPhone SE takes the best features and designs of the older models and refines it to the tee. The phone fits and falls comfortable and tightly into your hands, weighs at a light 113g and is made of bead-blasted aluminium to give a satin like finish, smooth as any expensive satin or silk lingeries. Sleek and elegant, the device also has a 4-inch Retina display which adds brightness and sharpness to the phone. The edges are curved, matt-chambered with a color-matched stainless steel logo. Many smartphones are getting bigger in size though big is not necessarily a favourite to some. It is Apple’s first line up to produce a phone smaller than 4.7-inch since the iPhone 6 which was launched in September 2014.
Apple didn’t shortchange it’s audience by tuning down it’s performance in exchange for lesser volume and size. Unlike other smaller phones from Motorala, HTC and Samsung who aims for more budget conscious buyers with weaker phone components, this is not the matter with the iPhone SE. In fact, it is just as fast and powerful as the iPhone 6S using Apple’s A9 processor with a dual-core 1.85 GHz Twister processor, Power VR GT7600 six-core graphics and a NFC chip with support for Apple Pay. Hopping quickly from page to page on screens and webpages is not deterred for a plunge it it’s size. Apple’s claim as the most powerful 4-inch phone ever is backed by it’s 64-bit desktop-class architecture, console-glass chip performance for rich gaming and app-ing experience with a CPU performance two times faster than iPhone 5s. The phone also has a M9 motion coprocessor that is linked to the accelerometer, compass and gyroscope for fitness freaks to measure their steps and distance for enhancing and monitoring their fitness abilities.
The 12-megapixels camera specs of this mini did not only withdraw it’s competence and strength but has improved with the ability to take 63-megapixel panaromas and supports 4K video and 8MP recording at 30 FPS. The rear camera has a f/2.2 aperture, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash, 1/3” sensor size, touch focus and face/smile detection. In the selfie department, the front camere is 1.2MP, 31mm and f/2.4. The FaceTime HD camera equipped with Retina Flash has a custom display chip that enables the display to flash three times brighter than normal. Your selfies can lighten up whether in low light or in the dark at night. True Tone flash helps to balance ambient light to give more natural looking skin tones and textures as the flash name suggests.
At the heart of the phone that gives life is the iOS 9.03, most advanced mobile operating sytem with friendly user interface, brilliant features, amazing battery life and security. The iOS 9.03 is revolutionized at every level from the Home Screen down to the support system. The food bank of the phone is a non removable Li-Po 1642 mAh battery. There are two variants – the 16GB and 64GB internal storage with no expandable memory slot. There is no certainty on the case with RAM but according to Apple, there is a strong possibility of the iPhone SE coming with a 1GB LPDDR3 RAM.
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The phone comes in four colors with matte chambered edges which are silver, gold, space gray and rose gold. Communication features include 2G/3G/LTE Cat 4 (150Mbps/50Mbps), Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/A-GPS and Apple Lightning Connector.
The price for this robust cutie will be around US$399 (estimated RM1,616) for the 16GB capacity and US$499 (RM2,031) for the 64GB model. The iPhone SE availability in Malaysia has not been confirmed yet though Apple has mentioned the availability in over 100 countries is expected by the end of May.
Iphone SE 64GB price has been slashed with the announcement of Iphone 7. Price of Iphone SE 16GB remains
Official Price for Iphone SE
16GB RM 1949
RM 2449 RM 2,199
iPhone SE plans Malaysia
The first company to express and launch it’s iPhone SE registration of interest on March 23rd was Maxis. However, it is not a registration of pre-order but collecting your email addresses and Maxis will notify you as soon as the iPhone SE is available to order along with its MaxisONE and iValue plans unquestionably. It is not too difficult to predict that Maxis will probably offer the iPhone SE together with its Zerolution ownership program.
One of the most unanticipated news comes from U Mobile who most is commonly the last in line to place an iPhone assigned to offer its customers. However, around March 25th, U Mobile launched its registration of interest for the iPhone SE. U Mobile’s iPlans provides customers both postpaid and prepaid services. U Mobile suggests customers who are looking for convenient ownership to go for the Upackage installment plan with “no interest rate” for those with a card. For those without a card, U Mobile’s U MicroCredit is an installement plan that is free from having to swipe the card. However, it does have a “low’ interest rate.
Digi trails behind U Mobile by just one day making its own registration of interest for the iPhone SE available on March 26th. Digi sticks to it’s regular Easy Payment Plan (EPP), an installment plan to purchase a device tied to Digi Postpaid. There is the recently release of Digi Postpaid pitching a broad range of options of 12 plans altogether from as low as RM28 per month to RM238 per month offering a massive 20GB monthly internet. It’s good to note that all Digi Postpaid plans come with internet rollover where part of unused data quota is carried over to the next month.
In the meantime, Celcom refuses to stick out like sore thumb and thus has an unclickable banner display announcing that it will ofer the iPhone SE shortly as well. NewPhone is Celcom’s own device ownership program and we’re certain that as the time draws near, it is possible to get the iPhone SE through this. In terms of plans, Celcom’s FIRST Blue and FIRST Gold post paid plans stay the same, while FIRST Gold is now cheaper at RM80 per month and RM100 per months with bigger data (5GB all-day data starting from 4GB) and extra data rollover to the following month (5GB from 4GB). Unfortunately, Celcom FIRST Gold promotion ended on March 31st 2016 but we hope to see it continue till the iPhone SE it out.