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Apple iPhone SE 2020 price in Kenya and features

Apple iPhone SE 2020 smartphone review

Apple iPhone SE 2020

Apple iPhone SE 2020

Depending on storage option, the Apple iPhone SE 2020 price in Kenya is in the range of 52,500 to 69,000 shillings. The phone runs on iOS v13.0 operating system. It is powered by Hexa Core (2.65 GHz, Dual core, Lightning + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Thunder) processor. It also has the Apple A13 Bionic Chipset, 3 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.

Apple iPhone SE 2020 features and price in Kenya

PriceKsh. 52,500 (64GB);

Ksh. 58,500 (128GB)

Ksh. 69,000 (256GB)

Display4.7″ inch Retina IPS LCD touchscreen
Processor2.65GHz Hexa-core Apple A13 Bionic
Sim CardNano-SIM and/or eSIM
Operating SystemiOS 13
Memory Card SlotNo
Rear Camera12 MP (wide)
Front Camera7 MP
3.5mm JackNo
USB Port2.0, proprietary reversible connector
Fingerprint SensorFront-mounted
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh
Fast battery charging18W, 50% in 30 min (Quick Charge)
Wireless ChargingYes
ColorsWhite, Black, Red


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iPhone SE 2020 v iPhone 8

Apple has revived the iPhone 8 and with a few tweaks it’s being released as the iPhone SE 2020, and just KES 58,500. It may entice a lot of people to go Apple. But is it a competitive option for a mid-ranger or just a trip down memory lane? A lot of phones these days look pretty similar to their large tall glass designs and thin bezels.

The iPhone SE 2020 brings you back to a time when phones were more compact and shrinking those bezels. Wasn’t such a priority. It’s made of gorilla glass with an aluminum frame and it’s super small, light, and comfortable to wield in the hand. Pretty much all of the hardware in the SE is the same as what we had in the iPhone eight. And that includes the IP67 waterproofing.

Design and display

The product red finish we have here is striking and just the Apple logo itself can be enough to turn some heads. From an angle, all that separates the SE from the expensive models visually is the modest bump for the single camera. Flip over to the front, however, and you’ll immediately see the difference from the newer iPhones.

The bezels above and below the screen give you a 2014 sort of vibe. At least you won’t have to worry about a cut-out for the selfie camera and face ID hardware. This is complete with the home key slash fingerprint scanner down at the bottom in an age where many manufacturers have moved on to under-display readers, this phone takes us back to having it to below the screen.

Display and audio

The screen itself has a 4.7-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1334 by 750 or 326 PPI is sharp enough and because of its 16 by 9 aspect ratio, video content fits easily on-screen without stretching or black bars. Maximum brightness is very good too up to 670 nits and contrast is good though. Black levels leave more to be desired. Colors are very accurate and there’s an option for true tone color correction adjustments to adapt the white point on the fly based on ambient lighting.

For your audio, the iPhone SE 2020 has a pair of stereo speakers. It’s a hybrid setup with a bottom-firing loudspeaker and the earpiece acting as the second one. They’re balanced enough and loudness is very good. The quality is nice too, with good bass. They’re not quite at the level of the iPhone 11 pro

User interface

Apple iPhone SE 2020’s interface is Apple’s iOS 13.4 and there should be support for five years of uninterrupted software updates. One of the neat new features here is a system-wide dark mode. The UI is pretty much what you’d expect from an iPhone these days, except for navigation, since you only rely on the home key, and there are no swipes. Multimedia is handled through photos, music, or Apple TV apps. You also get Apple’s digital assistant Siri, which is easily accessed by holding down the home key. You can assign almost anything to a shortcut accessible through Siri.


What’s inside?

Just to remember that storage is finite on this device. You have options for 64, 128, or 256 gigs. And it isn’t expandable. The major feature that sets the iPhone SE apart from the iPhone eight is the new chipsets. It runs on the 7nm Apple A13 bionic. The same as the premium iPhone 11 pro. Performance is awesome, topping both the Apple and the Android charts. It blows the iPhone eight away and is the better device for running heavy games.

It’s more future-proof too. Unfortunately, cutting-edge performance doesn’t extend to battery life. The battery small capacity is the same as the iPhone eight’s, 1820 mAh. The Apple iPhone SE 2020 scored an endurance rating of just 59 hours in battery tests. It seems you can only do so much with such a small cell. You won’t even be able to charge it fast either with the bundled five-watt charger, it only gets from zero to 27% and half an hour in comparison in 18 watt Apple charger refills about 57% of the empty battery.

Apple iPhone SE 2020 Cameras

The benefits of upgrading to a faster charger are obvious. And while you’re at it, you can grab a wireless charger since there’s support for that too. Now moving onto the camera singular here, which is a rarity these days, even though it’s the same 12-megapixel camera found on the iPhone 8’s, the advances in image processing are noticeable. In daylight. the iPhone SE takes very natural-looking photos. The contrast is superb the colors are spot on and noises non-existent.

Dynamic range is really wide too thanks in part to Apple’s Smart HDR. The detail levels are very good, even excellent. In some spots, the phone does have some trouble with intricate details, but for this price point, the quality is superb. Portrait mode is available and since there’s just one camera, it creates the blurred background effect totally through a software-based step map. The subject separation is far from flawless, but these are decent for not having a depth sensor.

Camera features

The camera’s low-light performance is a big improvement over the iPhone 8 thanks to better processing. There’s enough resolved detail, generally balanced exposure, and gray color saturation. Dynamic range isn’t the best though. And it’s too bad that there’s no support for night mode here to improve on that.

iPhone SE 2020
iPhone SE 2020

The front-facing camera is the same 7-megapixel unit we saw on the iPhone 7 and 8, and it provides awesome quality. There’s outstanding detail, great contracts, and a wide dynamic range. There’s also support for portrait selfies, and these are pretty decent. Similar separation wise to the portraits from the main camera. Videos can be recorded with the main camera at up to 4K at 30 or 60 FPS. 4K video has a great quality that is quite similar to that of the still images. There are great colors in contrast wide dynamic range and pretty good detail, except in some complex areas.

There is a setting for a lower 24 FPS frame rate meant to lower the shutter speed for better low-light video capture. The result is brighter than regular video at nighttime, but the quality is still isn’t flagship worthy it’s just fine. There is video stabilization and it works in all resolutions and frame rates and the result is the flagship level.


That’s the Apple iPhone SE 2020. It brings a compact and waterproof bill, a bright and contrast the LCD screen, loud stereo speakers, outstanding chipset performance, great daylight photos, and awesome selfies. Plus, you get Update software support all for just KES 63,500. So does that mean the iPhone SE is a flagship killer? Maybe, but keep in mind that a lot of things do feel outdated. The biggest defender is battery life, which just isn’t competitive these days.

iphone SE
iphone SE 2020

The design is maybe too retro, but those big vessels eating into what could have been the screen and the missing night-mode. That would help make the camera a lot more competitive in today’s camera-centric markets. Overall, the iPhone SE 2020 will get a lot of customers. It’s a good device and the cheapest new iPhone you can buy, but from a pure value perspective, there are Android phones at this price, which pack more competitive features.

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