Apple's new 4K iPhone launches

iPhone SE
Neal Romanek
March 31st 2016 at 9:08AM : By Neal Romanek

The compact smartphone is similar to the iPhone 5s, but has longer battery life and 4K video

Apple's new iPhone SE becomes available for purchase today in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and the US.

The new "Special Edition" four-inch smartphone features the ability to shoot HD video with support for 4K at a resolution of 3840x2160 at 30fps. The camera has a 12 megapixel iSight rear camera (same as the camera on the iPhone 6s) and a 1.2 megapixels front-facing camera with 720p video recording. Two simultaneous streams of 4K can be edited using the latest version of iMovie for iPhone.

Other camera features include the ability to capture up to 63 megapixel panorama photos, video capture up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, time-lapse with video stabilisation and cinematic video stabilisation.

The display is a four-inch Retina (1136x640, 326ppi) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with 800:1 contrast ratio and 500cd/m2 brightness.

The iPhone SE contains the same A9 processor used in the iPhone 6s and includes more LTE bands for better roaming and supports Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi calling for high-quality wideband calls. The phone is available in 16GB and 64GB models.

A Wall Street Journal review praised the phone's battery life, saying that, in tests, "the SE lasted 10 hours - more than two hours longer than both the iPHone 6s and iPhone 5s, and nearly three hours longer than the Galaxy S7."

iPhone SE will be rolled out in 110 countries by the end of May. 

Chipworks features a full tear-down of the iPhone SE hardware. Their verdict: "What is becoming clear is that this is not your typical Apple release."