Oliz Store has officially launched the iPhone SE in Nepal. The base model of 16GB is priced at Rs. 57,950 and the 64GB model of the smartphone cost Rs. 13,000 more at Rs.70,950. It is available for booking from the official oliz website and will be available starting 19th May.
The iPhone SE was globally announced on March 22 alongside the 9.7-inch iPad pro. It looks similar to the 2-year-old iPhone 5s but packs powerful specs under the hood. It’s very much an iPhone 6s internals in an iPhone 5s body with little compromise and lesser price tag.
Key Highlights iPhone SE:
- 4-Inch Retina Panel with a Resolution of 640 x 1136 Pixels
- iOS 9.3 Operating System
- 2 GB RAM
- Apple A9 SoC with M9 co-processor
- 12 MP iSight camera with a dual-tone flash and 4K Recording
- 1.2MP Front Camera with f/2.4
- Touch ID sensor First gen
- Faster LTE, faster Wi-Fi (802.11ac), better battery life, New microphones, and the significant addition of Apple Pay support.
My Early Impressions on iPhone SE:
Although iPhone SE packs a lot of good specs from the iPhone 6s like the powerful processor, back camera, latest iOS, and touch ID, however, there are some decisions from Apple which I am not very fond of. Let’s start off with the design. The iPhone SE design is exactly the same as the 4-year-old iPhone 5s. I expected little more from Apple in its design. Although I am not a big fan of 4- inch display, but I understand there are lots of users who likes a small form factor in a smartphone. But, in this case, Apple cared to save a lot of time and money in Reseach and development in designing a new look.
Secondly — the iPhone SE’s 16GB base model is an insult. With no microSD slot, the 16GB version will soon run out of storage. Moreover, there are compromises in some areas like the front camera which are becoming more useful these days, No forced 3D touch which someone can live without, and the outdated version of Touch ID sensor.
Don’t get me wrong here, as much I like the concept behind the launch of iPhone SE — an affordable compact phone with serious power underneath. However, I expected much from Apple, the tech leader in new innovations and strategies.
For a price of Rs. 57,950, you can get a Samsung Galaxy S6, Xiaomi Mi5 or the Huawei Nexus 6P. However, if you want a phone with smaller form factor with an awesome camera and performance, and can live with a low-resolution display and front snapper the iPhone SE might just be right for you.