iPhone SE 3 5G to enter trial production phase soon: report

Highlights
  • iPhone SE 3 is reported to enter the trial production phase in the near future.
  • iPhone SE 3 might come with A15 Bionic and X60 5G baseband modem.
  • Apple is expected to sell around 30 million units of iPhone SE 3 next year.

Apple’s affordable iPhone SE has been due for an update for quite some time now. In 2020, iPhone SE got refreshed for a second time with a new design, camera, and chipset. The Cupertino giant is expected to launch the third generation of iPhone SE sometime in 2022. A recent report suggests that the iPhone SE 3 (or SE 3rd gen or SE 2022) could launch in the first quarter of 2022, most probably in March. The phone’s specifications have been tipped several times, and now a recent report from ITHome corroborates the same, even suggesting that the upcoming iPhone SE 3 will be entering the trial production phase soon.

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The new report contradicts an earlier report from DigiTimes that suggested Apple would be reducing the orders for the iPhone SE 3. Instead, ITHome reports that production quantity for the upcoming iPhone SE has not decreased. It further claims that multiple component vendors are preparing for the iPhone SE 3 shipments. 

iPhone SE 3 specifications (expected)

The iPhone SE 3 would look much like its predecessor. It is reported to feature a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display, and the fingerprint sensor would be embedded inside the Home Button, meaning there might be no Face ID in the upcoming iPhone SE. Further, it is expected to come with an improved 12MP rear camera. The iPhone SE 3 would be powered by the A15 Bionic paired with an external X60M 5G baseband chip, bringing 5G support onboard. The chipset would be paired with 3GB of RAM. 

The report also suggests that Apple might launch a bigger iPhone SE next year dubbed iPhone SE Plus. We don’t know much about the alleged big-screen iPhone SE, but ITHome suggests that it would have 4GB of RAM. 

Analysts at JP Morgan say that the upcoming iPhone SE 3 can lure nearly 1.4 billion mid-range Android smartphone users and around 300 million old iPhone users. The firm estimates around 30 million iPhone SE 3 units to be sold in 2022, with annual iPhone shipments expected to reach 250 million.

Key Specs

Apple iPhone SE 3
Apple A15 Bionic | 3 GBProcessor
4.7 inches Display
12 MP + 12 MPRear camera
12 MPSelfie camera
2821 mAh Battery
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Apple iPhone SE 3 Price, Launch Date
Expected Price:Rs. 45,990
Release Date:24-Mar-2022 (Expected)
Variant:3 GB RAM / 64 GB internal storage
Phone Status:Rumoured