Apple iPhone SE Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Full Specs, Key Features

After months of rumors and speculations - some, eerily on-point and most, horribly inaccurate - Apple Inc. has finally announced its new 4-inch iPhone slated for release within the first half of this year.

Update as of May 10, 2018: Apple iPhone SE is still available in the Philippines through the Cupertino company's official online store as well as Apple's authorized retail outlets nationwide. The 32GB version sells for PHP 22,490 while the 128GB variant goes for PHP 28,990.

The Apple iPhone SE is the natural follow-up to the best-selling iPhone 5S from 2013 -- something that many users (who still prefer to own a small handset that fits perfectly in one hand, in the pocket, or in a purse) have long been waiting for.

Interestingly though, the 2016 iteration looks almost identical to its predecessor, making some Apple fans (including me) feel that the company merely recycled the chassis of the older model in crafting the update.

Apple iPhone SE

I mean, just take a look at the handset.

It's iPhone 5S through and through, right?

I love Apple but let's not kid ourselves; The company obviously tried to cut corners here and there in making this new version.

And it's alright, really.

I mean, with SRP starting at $399 for the 16GB version (versus the 64GB model that goes for $499), Apple iPhone SE is now officially the most affordable metal-clad iPhone ever (upon launch, that is). And this is made possible by Apple's decision to just use that old shell design and construction. So it's not that bad.

Apple iPhone SE
Although it looks largely the same as the iPhone 5s, iPhone SE has one distinguishing design characteristic: It was matte chamfered edges in lieu of shiny ones on its predecessor.

Based on its price tag in the US, my guesstimate for the local SRP of this model is around Php 18,500 to Php 19,000 for the 16GB model and Php 23,000 to Php 23,500 for the 64GB variant. Donning a relatively low retail price, iPhone SE is ideal not only for fans of the Cupertino company who prefer the smaller footprint of the iPhone 5S but also for young consumers - including students and yuppies - who may be a bit low on budget but are not keen betting their money on any other electronic brand apart from Apple.

Apple iPhone SE

Now, here's what's totally cool about the iPhone SE. Despite looking like iPhone 5S' long-lost twin, this new model packs the same power and imaging capabilities of the bigger and more expensive Apple iPhone 6S!

Yep! iPhone SE also runs iOS 9 along with the most specs-intensive 3D games for the platform with the beastly Apple A9 processor with M9 co-processor, has the same 12 MegaPixel iSight camera at the back with Dual Tone LED flash that supports Live Photos, and comes with 4K video recorder with slo-mo capture support! Heck, it even has the same 2GB of RAM for ultra-smooth multitasking. Given all that, you can think of the Apple SE as but a compact version of the iPhone 6S; Same power in a smaller form factor. Sweet!

Two notable features of the iPhone 6s, however, failed to make it to the iPhone SE: The higher resolution 5 MegaPixel front facing camera and 3D Touch pressure sensitive touchscreen.

Apple iPhone SE

The Apple iPhone SE will be up for purchase in the company's key markets (including the US, UK, and a few others) starting later this month. American technology giant as well as its network partners in our country have yet to disclose its official launch date in the Philippines but I'm guessing that it should land here just in time for our back-to-school season. Just keep checking TechPinas for more updates regarding this cool device's local availability; TP will be keeping you posted for sure.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Apple iPhone SE
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Upper Midrange (Flagship Level)
Dimensions123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
Weight 113 grams
Available Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold
Operating System iOS 9
Display Retina display, 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display, 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, 800:1 contrast ratio (typical), 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical), Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front, Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Processor Apple A9 Processor, M9 Motion coprocessor
Memory 16GB and 64GB storage options, non-expandable
Camera Main iSight: 12 MegaPixels, 4608 x 2592 pixels resolution, Autofocus with Focus Pixels and True Tone Dual LED flash, Features: 1.22µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, LED flash, Backside illumination sensor, Five-element lens, Burst Mode, Hybrid IR filter, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Improved local tone mapping, Improved noise reduction, Sapphire crystal, lens cover

Live Photos

Front FaceTime HD camera: 1.2 MP photos, Retina Flash, Backside illuminated sensor
Video Capture Main: 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) @ 30 fps, 1080p Full HD @ 60 frames per second, 720p @ 240fps Features: Cinematic video stabilization, Continuous autofocus video Take still photo while recording video, Improved Face Detection

Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Front: 720p up to 30 frames per second, Facetime over Wifi or Cellular, Auto HDR for photos and videos
Audio and Video Playback Video: AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable maximum volume limit
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, new 9-pin Lightning dock connector
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, LTE, NFC
Network GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Barometer, 3-axis Gyroscope, Fingerprint identity sensor
SIM Card Type Single NanoSIM
Battery Built-in Rechargeable Non-removable 1,642 mAh Li-Po
Uptime Talk time: Up to 14 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 10 Days
Internet use: Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 13 hours on LTE, up to 13 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 13 hours
Audio playback: Up to 50 hours
Notable Features Apple A9 Chipset with M9 Co-Processor, Higher Resolution iSight and FaceTime cameras, Hey Siri, Retina Flash, Fingerprint Sensor
Announcement March 22, 2016 (1:30 AM Manila Time)
Availability Apple's Key Markets: March 24, 2016,
TP Guesstimate for the Philippines: Back-To-School Season
Price Official Retail Prices in the US: $399 for the 16GB, and $499 for the 64GB
Official Retail Price in the UK: 359 GBP for the 16GB, 439 GBP for 64GB

TP Retail Price Guesstimate:
Apple iPhone SE 16GB w/o contract - around Php 18,500 to Php 19,000
Apple iPhone SE 64GB w/o contract - around Php 23,000 to Php 23,500

Official Prices of Apple iPhone SE in the Philippines 
as of May 10, 2018:
Apple iPhone SE 32GB w/o contract - PHP 22,490
Apple iPhone SE 128GB w/o contract - PHP 28,990