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New iPhone SE has a tiny 1,821 mAh battery, just 3 GB of RAM

The iPhone SE has a great chip, but just 3 GB of RAM and a tiny 1,821 mAh battery. (Source: Apple)
The iPhone SE has a great chip, but just 3 GB of RAM and a tiny 1,821 mAh battery. (Source: Apple)
Apple's new iPhone SE might have some serious chops at its price point, but it isn't all great news. A China Telecom listing shows it is fitted with a small 1,821 mAh battery and just 3 GB of RAM.
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Apple’s new iPhone SE has been listed on a Chinese carrier website with details about its specifications that can’t be found on the Apple website. According China Telecom, although the iPhone SE is packed with Apple’s state-of-the-art A13 SoC, it is mated to just 3 GB of RAM and a tiny 1,821 mAh. This is the same battery size as the now deprecated iPhone 8 and, in fact, Apple claims the iPhone SE delivers “about the same” battery life as the former model. The iPhone 8, however, only had 2 GB of RAM, making the new SE an upgrade in this regard.

As a point of comparison, the flagship iPhone 11 Pro features a 3,046 mAh battery and 4 GB of RAM. Admittedly, the iPhone 11 Pro also features a larger 5.8-inch OLED display and is also considerably more expensive than the US$399 4.7-inch iPhone SE starting at US$999 for the same 64 GB of storage. Realistically, it would have been too much to expect more RAM or even a larger battery on an iPhone priced as sharply as the new SE.

The new iPhone SE has been eagerly awaited by fans who have longed for a bang-for-your-buck replacement for the iPhone 5s-based 4-inch iPhone SE which launched in 2016. Given Apple’s iOS optimizations as well as the general efficiency and performance of the A13 SoC, it should prove to be an excellent device. It will certainly be a significant step up over the iPhone 8 which launched at US $699 and was powered by an A11 chipset.

[Updated to correct iPhone 8 RAM figure]

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1262 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-04-16 (Update: 2020-04-17)