Last year, rumours were high for a successor to the iPhone SE. Expected to be called the iPhone SE 2, the smartphone was expected to offer a compact iPhone for a much lesser price than the iPhone X. Later, the speculations lowered the expectation for just an internal upgrade to the old form factor of the iPhone SE. However, none of that happened and Apple’s budget offering for the masses was the iPhone XR a $750 flagship grade with some compromises.
Lately, rumours for a successor to the iPhone SE have re-surfaced. Expected to be called the iPhone XE, the handset is expected to bring the premium features from the iPhone XS in a compact form factor and at a much cheaper price. There’s a pool of information about this rumoured iPhone SE successor and if you are even remotely excited for a compact iPhone, then here’s all you need to know about this mystical iPhone model.
iPhone XE: What we know so far
–The iPhone XE is speculated to be a successor to the iPhone SE. Hence, the dimensions will be compact. How compact? The speculations suggest that the phone will come with a 4.8-inch display with extremely narrow bezels and a notch on top. This means that it won’t be as tiny as the iPhone SE but it will be close the size of an iPhone 7.
–Since we have discussed the display, the iPhone XE is expected to feature an OLED display. Yes, the same OLED panel from the iPhone XS, albeit in a slightly smaller size. The iPhone XE is expected to ditch the Liquid Retina display of the iPhone XR. For those who love high contrasts and deep blacks, this is good news.
–The iPhone XE’s display is rumoured to have a notch, albeit slightly smaller. There will be a FaceID system.
–Since the E in the iPhone XE could represent the essentials or economic model, the smartphone is expected to come with an iPhone SE-inspired metal unibody. The iPhone XE will have flat edges similar to the 2018 iPad Pro. The metal body translates to no wireless charging and cost savings for Apple.
–The iPhone XE is also expected to feature a 12-megapixel single rear camera. The camera will most probably be lifted off from the iPhone XR. Considering the iPhone XR’s photography capabilities, the iPhone XE could be a decent shooter on the move.
–While information about the battery and chipset is unavailable at the moment, it is expected that Apple will build the iPhone XE around the next generation A-series chip that’s supposed to power the iPhone XI.
iPhone XE: Will this become a reality in the future?
It’s difficult to pass a definitive conclusion for now. Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who’s tips are reliable always, suggests that Apple will stick to updating the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR. The 2019 iPhones are expected to gain additional cameras and under-the-hood improvements.
That said, the report from PC Tablet can’t be ignored completely and if there are even the slightest chances of the iPhone XE becoming a reality, Apple could have a winner on its hands.