iPhone SE (2022)

Last week, at it’s peak performance event, Apple launched it’s most affordable 5G enabled third generation of iPhone SE (2022). The iPhone SE (2022) comes at a price of $429 and is the best option for those who want an iPhone but can’t afford the flagship iPhone 13 series devices.

The phone does come with great internals which matches the internals of The  iPhone 13 and it also achieved good scores in the benchmarking apps. But there are some things that as a buyer you need to know before buying this affordable iPhone.

Here are the four things that you need to know before buying iPhone SE (2022).

iPhone SE (2022) comes with 4GB of RAM:

At it’s official presentation, the company didn’t reveal the RAM count of the device. However, it was revealed later that the device comes with 4GB of RAM which is similar to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. It is a much-needed upgrade considering the fact that it’s predecessor comes with 3GB of RAM in 2020. Regardless of what storage option you choose, you will get the 4GB of RAM with the third-generation of the budget iPhone.

No mmWave 5G and Wi-Fi 6E in iPhone SE (2022):

At the moment, the mmWave 5G band is the fastest 5G band that gives unparalleled speed. However, there is no mention of the mmWave 5G band in the iPhone SE (2022). As per official details, the device only comes with 5G NR (Bands n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n29, n30, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79) bands in the United States. The company also did not mention the inclusion of the mmWave 5G band on its “Tech Spec” page. So, it only means that this iPhone only comes with sub-6GHz 5G support.

This sub-6GHz 5G is faster than the LTE 4G and has a longer range than the mmWave 5G band. Considering the fact that this device comes at $429, the company has to make cuts in the specifications and this may be the reason that Apple did not add the mmWave 5G band to this phone. Also, the device does not come with the latest Wi-Fi 6E which is the wireless standard these days and again this may be done to reduce the cost of the device.

No Dual eSIM support:

The iPhone SE (2022) does come with a combination of a Nano-SIM and an e-SIM. But there is no support for the Dual eSIM so if you are someone who wants to carry this device without any physical SIM then you are out of luck. This may be because the company wants to sell this device in different countries, especially developing ones.

Most of the countries have yet to adopt and develop the standard for the eSIM so that is why there is no dual eSIM support. Even the flagship iPhone launched with physical SIM support in developing countries.

Low core A15 Bionic Chip:

The device comes with Apple’s latest and greatest A15 Bionic chip which also powered the iPhone 13 family but here is a catch. The flagship iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max came with an A15 Bionic chip with 5 core GPU. The iPhone 13, 13 Mini, and the iPhone SE (2022) came with an A15 Bionic chip with 4 core GPU. However, all these devices came with the same amount of CPU cores.

Normally, the users would not feel any difference in day-to-day performance as the CPU cores remain the same in all devices. But there is a slight difference in GPU performance as 5 core GPU has a 55 percent in graphics performance improvement as compared to the A14 Bionic chip while the 4 core GPU has only 15 percent graphics performance improvement.

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