Kuo: Apple to Launch 'iPhone SE 2' in Early 2020 With Similar Design as iPhone 8, A13 Chip, and 3GB RAM

Apple plans to release a lower-priced "iPhone SE 2" in the first quarter of 2020, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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In a research note with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said the device will feature a similar form factor design and specifications as the iPhone 8, with a faster A13 chip and 3GB of RAM:

We forecast that Apple will launch the more affordable ‌iPhone‌ SE2 in 1Q20. For the most part, the form factor design and hardware spec are similar to ‌iPhone‌ 8's. The most significant hardware spec upgrade will be the adoption of the A13 processor and 3GB LPDDR4X. ‌iPhone‌ SE2 will likely increase ‌iPhone‌'s market share and benefit Apple's promotions for service and content. We expect that the ‌iPhone‌ SE2 shipment will reach 30–40mn units in 2020.

Kuo believes the "‌iPhone SE‌ 2" will be the "best upgrade choice" for an estimated 100 million remaining ‌iPhone‌ 6 and ‌iPhone‌ 6 Plus users, serving as a "key growth driver" for Apple in 2020. He believes these customers have low desire for new features like Face ID and multiple cameras, suggesting the "‌iPhone SE‌ 2" will stick with Touch ID and a single-lens rear camera.

Kuo's prediction lines up with multiple other sources that have claimed Apple plans to release a new lower-cost ‌iPhone‌ 8-esque device next year, including the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, Japanese publication Nikkei Asian Review, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu.

Those earlier reports indicated the device will sport a 4.7-inch display and a ‌Touch ID‌ home button like the ‌iPhone‌ 8. Apple continues to sell the ‌iPhone‌ 8 from $449, while the ‌iPhone SE‌ was $349 prior to being discontinued. When new, the ‌iPhone‌ 8 and ‌iPhone SE‌ started at $699 and $399 respectively.

Related Roundups: iPhone SE 2020, iPhone 12

Top Rated Comments

Eagle1337 Avatar
19 months ago
they should have gone with the smaller enclosure like the iphone SE and then edge to edge which would give large display in small enclosure.

If the SE people wanted a iPhone 8 sized SE, they would likely have bought an iphone 7/8.
Score: 70 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bluespark Avatar
19 months ago
It has always seemed a bit weird to me that Apple seems to assume buyers of small phones are looking for something other than a premium experience. Why not make something in a format similar to the existing SE, but with an edge-to-edge screen?
Score: 62 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Olz Avatar
19 months ago

Now you people can finally shut up.

SE fans should rejoice.
I feel like comments like these miss what people, at least those I speak to, like about the SE...the fact that it’s small, not that it’s cheap! An SE based on an iPhone 8 is just a cheap big iPhone. If I wanted that I’d buy the iPhone 8 that’s already on the market.
Score: 58 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baymowe335 Avatar
19 months ago
If it happens, people here will still find a way to complain.
Score: 55 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Merode Avatar
19 months ago
It's astounding that:
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* Apple still doesn't get why people loved SE.
* People here still don't get it as well.

Apple thinks that SE is a phone for those on the budget. A lot of people here probably agree.. What SE fans wanted was a SMALL, premium phone. iPhone 8 form factor is NOT small. That's why we complain. Just go to previous articles and try to find one SE fan saying: man, I wish they did SE in 8 form factor. Nobody EVER said that.
Score: 55 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ruka.snow Avatar
19 months ago
The iPhone 8 design is too big for my fiancé, its not a cheeper phone we want.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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