Does iPhone SE 2020 support long battery life and fast charging?

By April 17, 2020

[iPhone SE 2020]

Apple just announced its low-cost iPhone, the iPhone SE 2020, which is a successor of iPhone SE 2016 of the same name. It is tagged as the most affordable iPhone, starting at a price of just $399. Physically, it is identical to iPhone 8, like it continues to feature thick top and bottom bezels and include a Touch ID Home button for fingerprint-based biometric authentication. But inside the chassis, iPhone SE 2020 is somewhat different from iPhone 8. As iPhone 8 is notoriously short in battery life, just 1821 mAh (6.96Wh), some people may be asking, does iPhone SE 2020 support longer battery life? The answer is a bit disappointing.

[iPhone 8]

According to Apple, iPhone SE’s battery life will be the same as that of the iPhone 8. That is to say, we still have 1821 mAh, a battery capacity a lot lower than 3110 mAh on iPhone 11. Same as iPhone 8, we would expect up to 12 hours of internet use, about a day on a single charge. But the good thing is, the new iPhone SE packs the A13 Bionic engine that is claimed to be the most efficient chip of Apple. That way, we’ll have a faster snapping between apps, and things like video editing and computational photography are now possible. As for the display, the new iPhone SE just features 4.7-inch (compared with 6.1-inch on iPhone 11), which will also save much power for the phone.

[iPhone Wireless Charge]

So how about the charging speed? The new version supports fast charging, it can be charged to 50% battery life in just 30 minutes. It’s just you need to buy a separate iPhone USB-C fast charger to power up your phone more quickly. If you use the standard 5W USB-to-Lightning plug that comes in the box, it will take more time to get topped up. The iPhone SE also supports Qi-based wireless charging. It is compatible with any 5W Qi-based wireless charging accessory. So despite its short battery life, you have various charging methods in hand to get it charged, whether it is cable fast charging or wireless charging.

By copying the iPhone 8’s design, and refreshing it with a faster engine and the smarts that allows, Apple was able to offer the cheaper iPhone in the same way it launched the iPhone SE in 2016 – all the benefits of the older design but with more powerful internals. If you are starters, iPhone SE can be the most recommended budget phone for you. If you just miss some old features, such as the physical home button (not clickable though), you should be really considering checking the new iPhone SE out as soon as possible. 

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