The new iPhone SE will go on sale in Malaysia next week
Local Apple retailers have also confirmed the release date on their Facebook pages
Recent Facebook posts by Mac City and Switch have indicated that the iPhone SE will go on sale next Friday, 13 May. According to both retailers, more details like colour choices and online purchases will be made available to the public before the release date.
Design wise, the iPhone SE uses the same body as the iPhone 5s, but it features a powerful A9 processor and a 12-megapixel camera.
The iPhone SE is the most entry-level smartphone with premium specs Apple has right now and it is likely to be priced from under RM2,000 when it releases.
22 MARCH: Apple has just unveiled its latest phone, the iPhone SE at its annual Keynote event on Monday, 21 March
The Keynote event was held at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
The new 4-inch smartphone features a 64-bit Apple A9 processor, the same as the iPhone 6S. The 12-megapixel camera is also inherited from the 6S.
Note that the iPhone SE also bears a resemblance to the iPhone 5S with its 4.inch size. However, the SE boasts better battery life, faster Wi-Fi and Apple Pay.
Other new specs in the iPhone SE include faster LTE, voice over LTE support, Wi-Fi calling, Bluetooth 4.2, and improved battery life over the iPhone 5S. You’ll also now get support for Live Photos and always-on “Hey Siri”. And the device has new microphones as well as an NFC chip, which means Apple Pay will be supported unlike with previous 4-inch iPhones.
The iPhone 5S has since been discontinued and removed from the website.
Speaking at the Keynote event, Apple vice-president Greg Joswiak emphasised that the SE is the company's best compact-sized smartphone to date
As for pricing, the iPhone SE is set to be one of the cheapest Apple smartphones to date. No pricing has been confirmed yet in Malaysia, but it is expected to retail under RM2,000.
The iPhone SE is very likely to be priced from under RM2,000 when it gets to Malaysia. This enables those on a budget to enjoy the very latest hardware from Apple.
In Singapore, the iPhone SE 16GB is priced at S$658 (RM1,954), which is lower than the iPhone 5S 16GB at S$728 (RM2,162). It is also the same in Australia, with the iPhone SE 16GB priced at A$679 (RM2,083) versus the iPhone 5S 16GB at A$749 (RM2,298).
Pre-orders for phone have started in certain countries, it is expected to arrive in Malaysia by end of May 2016