A very reliable source may have given us our best look at an exciting model from the upcoming iPhone-line up. Case maker Olixar, which previously nailed designs for the iPhone X, iPhone 7, Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 7 has released detailed renders of Apple’s all-new budget-friendly iPhone X successor.
Olixar has listed a screen protector that shows the notch design of the iPhone SE 2. The render featured in the online listing shows not just the notch cutout but also the ultra-thin bezels, similar to the ones featured on the iPhone X. Further, there isn’t a home button at the bottom.
The design shows an iPhone X-style front with a bezel-less display, Face ID sensor, and metal chassis. Olixar stockist Mobile Fun provided internal schematics which show the phone as being 4.8 x 2.2-inches (121.04 x 55.82 mm). For reference, the 5.8-inch iPhone X measures 5.65 x 2.79-inches (143.6 x 70.9 mm).
This is almost identical to the 4-inch iPhone SE which measures 4.87 x 2.31-inches (123.8 x 58.6 mm). It would imply Apple cannot squeeze in a bezel-less display any larger than 5-inches.
Currently, Apple is expected to release a total of four new iPhones this year. Firstly, an iPhone SE2, expected to look identical to the iPhone SE. Second is the budget-friendly ‘iPhone X SE’ which will look like an iPhone X but have a metal chassis. Also, it will have a retail price of just $550. Thirdly, a second generation iPhone X. At last, a much larger iPhone X Plus.
From Olixar’s information, this design should be the ‘iPhone X SE,’ but Mobile Fun lists it as the iPhone SE2. Which means either the customers are in for the greatest entry-level iPhone of all time, or the iPhone X SE is a lot smaller than expected.
Mobile Fun confirmed the iPhone SE2 branding is due to uncertainty about what Apple’s new iPhone SE and iPhone X’s budget models will be called. But the company did stress on the part that it was confident in the information, which was obtained through their team in China. It supplied me with factory shots of the new display glass beside an iPhone SE for a direct comparison.
Whether the information is entirely true, partially true or completely baseless, we will know only at the time of launch. Apple has been very successful in keeping the product designs and specifications a secret until the company itself decides to reveal it to its audience (at the launch event).