Apple’s newly announced iPhone SE is the company’s first 4-inch iPhone to be released in a little while, and it’s shaping up to be quite the little powerhouse. With the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c being the last two 4-inch handsets to live in the Apple Store, customers have perhaps gotten accustomed to the small iPhones being less capable than their bigger counterparts. With the iPhone SE, that all changes.
Carrying internals that have been ripped straight out of the iPhone 6s, the iPhone SE is actually looking like it will be quite the capable little smartphone. Initial reports from those using the device at Apple’s unveiling event suggest that the new handset is nippy to say the least, blowing existing 4-inch iPhones out of the water. Now, with real benchmark figures having come out of tech journalist Matthew Panzarino, we have a more concrete understanding of just what the iPhone SE is capable of.
Using the same A9/M9 CPU and 2GB of RAM, the iPhone SE could be expected to perform similarly to the current flagship iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and that expectation isn’t far off. In fact, things seem to be even better than that, because the benchmark numbers provided by Panzarino show that not only can the iPhone SE go toe-to-toe with Apple’s flagships, but in these tests, at least, it can actually best them.
As photos show, the iPhone SE scored better in benchmarking tests than both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, which is quite the achievement for a device that costs $399 compared to $650 iPhone for 6s and $550 for iPhone 6. Who said small iPhones can’t be powerful iPhones?
iPhone SE benchmarks
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 benchmarks
Pre-orders for the iPhone SE begin this coming Thursday, with the device going on sale the following week. We don’t expect demand to be as high as it would be if this was a new flagship handset, but if there was ever a pent-up demand for a small, powerful iPhone, then things could get interesting come pre-ordering time.
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