Apple launched the iPhone SE 2020 which is a successor to the iPhone SE launched in 2016. OnePlus also launched the OnePlus 8 handsets but increased prices drastically year over year. But that didn’t happen with the iPhone SE which has the same price as the original iPhone SE.
We’re living in strange times. When people be looking to spend less on a new phone, it’s not OnePlus, but Apple, which has the most “affordable” new phone release of the year. Apple revealed the iPhone SE yesterday, a device that has the same processing power as the iPhone 11 (with an A13 Bionic chip), a TouchID sensor, and the same “main” camera as the iPhone 11.
Not only that it has an IP67/68 rating for water resistance, wireless charging, and most importantly has an Apple logo at the back which still matters to a lot of people. But above all of that, the single most reason why this 4-year-old looking handset is breaking the internet is its price.
The iPhone SE is a $399 phone that features the world’s fastest processor, wireless charging, IP rating, a flagship-grade camera, and more. Something that we have NEVER seen on a budget phone. Of course, OnePlus used to do that back in the days, I mean OnePlus started their smartphone brand journey as a low-cost, high-value “flagship killer” manufacturer.
But now even their most affordable device starts at $700 and the company has forgotten their roots and the motto of never settle. I even made a video about this a few days ago telling how OnePlus forgot their ideals and missed the plot but a lot of people disagreed saying OnePlus added wireless charging and IP rating so the improvement in the price is justified and I don’t get to complain about the price.
Well, what are you going to say about the iPhone SE that has both of them and still costs the same as the original iPhone SE? Kinda ironic for OnePlus fans to justify the increase in the price of the one plus 8 and 8 Pro because for years OnePlus itself has been telling their fans to “never settle”. But it looks like in the whole process of never settling not only OnePlus but their fans have conveniently forgotten about the company’s roots and ideals.
Of course, I totally understand the iPhone SE and OnePlus 8 is not an apple’s to apple comparison, there’s a huge difference in display and design. The iPhone SE looks outdated, I mean the design goes back to the iPhone 6 days and that’s 5 years ago but if you keep the display aside for a moment then this new iPhone just steals the thunder from the OnePlus 8 handsets or any other Midrange Android handsets.
I mean I’m having a really hard time finding anything not to like about a $400 device that should be able to keep pace with even the highest-end flagships. Of course, as I’ve mentioned I’m not interested in a phone with a 2016 design with a tiny 720p display and giant bezels.
But there’s one reason I’m really happy Apple launched this handset and I wish this sells in tens of millions if not in hundreds and it’s the price. I mean Phone prices have gotten completely out of control and something needs to change. This step from Apple will be beneficial for the whole market and even the Android ones which are getting prices over $1000 in the past 2 years.
I dislike Apple’s closed ecosystem and their grip on people’s weird tendency for brand loyalty for a long time, but I really hope the SE becomes a massive hit in terms of sales and gives the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, etc a much-needed kick up the arse and force them to lower their prices or make better midrange handsets. With that said, let me know what do you think down in the comments and as always I’ll see you tomorrow…peace out!