Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE

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Apple iPhone SE (SIM Free / UK) 

A big step for small. Since Apple has started to produce larger iPhones in the last couple of years, there have been many that miss the smaller designs of earlier generations.

Apple had to develop bigger phones to keep up with popular large screen phones in the Android market, but did they have to lose the original smaller form that people had grown to love?

In a rare backwards look, Apple has now decided to bring the 4-inch screen back with the iPhone SE, albeit with an updated design, software and cameras that mark it out as a truly modern smartphone. 

The iPhone SE is everything you loved about the iPhones of old, with everything you want from the iPhone of today.  

Reasons to buy Apple iPhone SE

  • Ships with iOS 9 for 2015 - intelligent & secure with new apps and navigation features
  • 1.84 GHz Apple A9 processor - updated technology for faster performance
  • PowerVR GT7600 GPU - excellent 3D graphics support 
  • 4" 640 x 1136 Retina Display (326 PPI)
  • 12-megapixel iSight camera - Sapphire crystal lens cover & 4K video
  • WiFi a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band) / Bluetooth 4.2 / GPS / NFC (Apple Pay only)
  • Global GSM, 3G & 4G LTE* support
  • 1,642 mAh battery 
  • 12 month Apple warranty

Box Contents

  • Apple iPhone SE with iOS 9
  • Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Overview

iPhone SE brings almost all the features of the most recent full-size iPhone 6s range into a smaller, easier to handle, package.

iOS9 is installed out of the box and the most recent Apple A9 processor with M9 graphics coprocessor is running everything. That means every app that works on iPhone 6 or 6s will work on iPhone SE. 

Apple has also seen fit to include the new 12-megapixel iSight camera, along with 4K video and Live Photos. The only feature not present on the iPhone SE is the Force Touch display mechanism, which is due to the limitations of reducing the screen size.  

Cameras

Camera performance on iPhones has always been highly regarded. Reviewers tend to agree and iPhone has generally been the most successful smartphone when it comes to taking pictures. 

iPhone SE uses the same updated camera module found in the 6s range; a 12-megapixel iSight camera with Sapphire crystal lens cover.

The updates include a new image sensor, signal processor and pixel technology. The Optical Image Stabilisation and local tone mapping have also been enhanced.

All of this means that every aspect of what it means to take a great picture has been made better. It's not all about megapixel numbers, although of course, those have gone up too for a little extra detail.

Live Photos

A new feature designed to bring your pictures to life. With Live Photos, the moments just before and after an image was taken are recorded as short videos. 

This means if you press down on a Live Photo on the 3D Touchscreen, the image will come to life so you can relive the moment. You can even set a Live Photo as a lock screen wallpaper for an interactive background. 

4K support

4K video is 4 times the resolution of normal 1080p high definition, and it's quickly becoming the standard for the best quality content around.

TVs, monitors, Blu-ray players and even YouTube now all support 4K, plus all that extra resolution doesn't go to waste on smaller screens so you might as well capture it if you can!

With the new iPhone SE, you can even edit together two streams of 4K video at the same time to create effects such as picture-in-picture or split screen. This kind of high-quality editing can be a struggle even for many home computers!

Perfect selfies

On the front of the iPhone SE is the FaceTime camera, ready for selfies and FaceTime calling all at a new higher 5MP resolution. 

Also, try out the new Retina Flash function. Rather than use a traditional flash on the front of the camera that might wash out the final results at close range, a pre-flash is used to detect the lighting levels around you.

This is then used to calculate the best ambient light for the Retina Display to shine at you, resulting in a more natural image and skin tones. 

Technology

Apple has always utilised their own technology throughout the iPhone. When it comes to the iPhone SE this remains the case, with it being powered by the custom-designed A9 processor.

It's this processor that allows for some of the newest features in iOS9 to operate smoothly and also provides up to 70% faster system performance and 90% faster graphics performance than the iPhone 6 range.

Apple A9 processor

The A9 is the third 64-bit chip from Apple, with up to 70% performance boost over the earlier A8. 

Integrated inside the A9 is the M9 coprocessor. This is connected directly to many of the sensors, such as the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and barometer. 

This helps offload specific data-intensive tasks to the dedicated co-processor, avoiding overworking the main processor and saving battery life. 

The M9 coprocessor is also responsible for making sure Siri is always ready to listen to your commands and questions.

Touch ID

With Touch ID, you can unlock your phone screen and make purchases with just your fingerprint for recognition. The system combines top-grade hardware and sophisticated software algorithms to keep your print unique and stored securely.

Integrated into the home button, Touch ID is made possible with a laser-cut circle of sapphire crystal to avoid scratching, a stainless steel detection ring, capacitive single-touch sensor and a tactile switch.

Touch ID also secures the new Apple Pay payments gateway, a secure method to authorise card payments at participating vendors, websites and inside certain apps. 

Apple Pay makes for fast and secure purchases that only need your fingerprint to authorise. For more information on Apple Pay, visit the official website.

Stock Origin & Compatibility

All our phones are SIM Free & Factory Unlocked, compatible with UK, EU & most global SIM cards, with support for global GSM & 3G networks. For 4G/LTE & 5G support outside of Europe, please check the specifications.

Clove Technology primarily obtains stock from a manufacturer's official UK supply chains. These products will be displayed as a 'UK Model'.

Occasionally Clove source products from the European mainland. These will be marked as an 'EU Model', supplied factory sealed with a 2pin EU mains charger or 'EU Convert', opened to swap to a UK charger and resealed.

EU sourced phones will have a full warranty and are compatible with all UK networks. We do not source any products from Hong Kong or other Asian markets.

Operating System
iOS
Version
9 (Update to 10, 11 & 12)
Custom Skin
Processor
Apple A9 + M9 coprocessor
Speed
Dual-core 1.84 GHz
GPU
PowerVR GT7600
Expansion Slot
No
Type
Capacity (Up to)
Internal Storage
128 / 32 GB
RAM
2 GB
Display
4.0"
Type
IPS LCD
Resolution
640 x 1136 (~326 ppi)
Other
Rear Camera
12 MP
Lens & Sensor Tech
iSight (1.22u pixels & �/2.2) with Sapphire crystal lens cover
Flash & Focus
Phase detection autofocus & dual-LED flash
Other
Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Front Camera
1.2 MP
Lens & Sensor Tech
f/2.4, 31mm (standard)
Flash & Focus
Autofocus
Other
Face detection, HDR, panorama
Battery
1,624 mAh
Type
Non-removable Li-Po
2G/GSM Bands
850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G/HSPA Bands
850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G/LTE Bands
1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
5G Bands
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth
4.2 with A2DP, LE
NFC
Yes (Apple Pay Only)
FM Radio
No
Power Port
Apple Lightning
Data Port
Apple Lightning
Audio Port
3.5mm audio jack
Video Out
Yes, wired & wireless via Apple accessories
Physical Keyboard
No
Trackpad
No
Buttons
Power, Volume, Silent switch, Home
Fingerprint Sensor
Front-mounted (Touch ID)
Other Controls
Location Technologies
GPS / GLONASS
Built-In Maps
Apple Maps
Accelerometer
Yes
Digital Compass
Yes
Gyro
Yes
Light Sensor
Yes
Dimensions
138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)
Weight
138 g (4.87 oz)
Software
Apple Apps, App Store
Other