Chinese carrier reveals RAM and battery spec of 2020 iPhone SE

Apple announced its new handsets yesterday.
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Apple’s technical specification webpage spills many of the details about the new iPhone SE, announced Wednesday. But there are some details that Apple hasn’t shared — with two of them being the RAM and battery capacity for its new device.

Thanks to a listing on China Telecom’s website, however, we may have some answers.

When it comes to RAM, the carrier claims, via a Thursday report from GSM Arena, that the new 2020 iPhone SE has 3GB RAM. That’s an increase of 1GB from the 2GB RAM on the iPhone 8 and original iPhone SE. However, it is lower than the 4GB found on the most recent iPhone 11 devices, including the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Max.

Generally speaking, the more RAM the more apps your iPhone should be able to handle without slowing down. RAM holds data for active applications. More RAM should therefore mean a faster experience using your iPhone. (Although not as zippy an experience as the top-of-the-line flagship iPhones.)

Considering that the iPhone SE is one of Apple’s cheapest ever iPhones, it’s not too surprising that it wouldn’t quite measure up to the far pricier iPhone 11. But it does mean that this phone has the smallest amount of RAM of any A13-generation iPhone.

On its tech spec page, Apple notes that the iPhone SE “lasts about the same as [the] iPhone 8” when it comes to video and audio playback. That means up to 13 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio. Based on China Telecom’s listing, “about the same” makes a whole lot of sense — since the new handset has the same 1,821 mAh battery as the iPhone 8.

For more about how the 2020 iPhone SE stacks up with the iPhone 8, you can check out our comparison post here.

Do you plan to get your hands on one of the new, improved iPhone SE handsets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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