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  • 2020 iPhone SE starting price set at $399
  • 2020 iPhone SE shipments start on Apr. 24
  • Apple wary of demand for 2020 iPhone SE

The 2020 iPhone SE is finally out, Apple's budget-friendly offering for folks wanting an affordable phone. The successor of the iPhone SE will come in different configurations. The base version is the 64 GB model priced at $399.

Looking a lot like the iPhone 8, the 2020 iPhone SE sports a familiar 4.7-inch Retina HD display with the biometric security Touch ID located at the Home Button. It will run on Apple's A13 Bionic chipset, the same one used on the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro.

Being a budget-friendly phone, the built-in cameras may not be high-end compared to the ones that expensive phones carry right now. The 2020 iPhone SE comes with a 12 MP main camera and an f/1.8 aperture lens. The camera comes with support for Portrait mode, six Portrait Lighting effects, and Depth Control. It also comes with a Smart HDR system for better balancing of light and dark selections.

The 2020 iPhone SE can also take decent videos of up to 4K 60 fps recording. At the front, the device comes with a 7 MP front-facing selfie shooter. Like most recent iPhones, the 2020 iPhone SE will come with a Lightning connector. The phone is water-resistant (IP67), has dual-SIM capability (Nano-SIM and e-SIM) and has provisions for wireless charging, CNet reported.

The 2020 iPhone SE will be available in black, white and (Product) red variants. The base model will be the 64 GB variant with prices starting at $399. The cost of higher storage iPhone SE models goes up from there. The 128 GB will retail for $449 while the 256 GB version is priced at $549. Pre-orders will comment on Apr. 17 with shipments starting on Apr. 24.

With the COVID-19 pandemic in the air, folks get a chance to help out by buying the (Product) red iPhone variant. According to Apple.com, a portion of proceeds from the sales of this variant will go directly to the Global Fund's newly established COVID-19 Response and the HIV/AIDS grants that provide testing, counseling, treatment and prevention programs with a focus on eliminating transmission of the virus from mothers to their babies.

Related to the coronavirus issue are questions on how well the 2020 iPhone SE will be received. Demands for it are expected to fall short of expectations with most prioritizing the purchase of essential goods like food and medicine. The actual numbers should be revealed in the coming weeks.