Apple launched the iPhone SE back in the year 2016. The smartphone quickly became one of the best compact devices of its time. Apple has been long awaited to launch its successor which has not yet happened. Pleasingly, a new report claims Apple may finally launch its successor, allegedly called the iPhone XE later this year. Noteworthy, the smartphone may be produced by Wistron, which has massive production plants in India. 

iPhone XE
iPhone XE

Sources claim the iPhone XE will have a similar design to the original iPhone SE, which suggests an aluminium back. Since metal doesn’t let current pass through the induction method; the possibility of the device supporting wireless charging is ruled out. Reports claim the smartphone will feature a 4.8 inch OLED display with a wide notch and minimal bezels. The notch will feature the components used for FaceID, Apple’s signature biometrics security technology. This suggests the handset will ditch the TouchID in favour of FaceID in comparison to its predecessor.

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The reports further claim that the iPhone XE will run on the current 7nm Apple A12 Bionic SoC. This processor is also present on the iPhone XS, XS Max and the iPhone XR. In terms of optics, a single rear camera is expected. This may an f/1.8 aperture equipped 12MP sensor last seen in the iPhone XR. For selfies, a 7MP camera is expected to be housed in the notch on top of the display. Although the report of a smaller iPhone has been rife for quite some time, there has been no announcement from Apple. It may be the case that the Cupertino giant may surprise everyone by launching the aforementioned smartphone.

Pricing & Availability

The reports claim the iPhone XE might launch in the third quarter of this year. The price of the smartphone is expected to start at around US$ 600 (Rs. 41,400).