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Apple unveiled the iPhone SE 2nd generation last week, and everyone is talking about the company’s new, affordable handset. Even those in the Android camp can’t resist picking apart Apple’s new phone. Their conclusion? Apple’s cheapest phone is more powerful than the most expensive Android phone.
The iPhone SE 2nd generation gets its boost from the A13 Bionic chip used in the device. The A13 outperforms Android’s most powerful processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
Yes, the iPhone SE has a lower resolution screen and no 5G but, when it comes to everyday tasks, the A13 overshadows its competition, as pointed out by Android Central.
Apple’s Homemade Advantage
One reason for the stellar performance of the A13 Bionic processor is Apple’s development and manufacturing process. Apple controls both the chipset and the operating system which gives the company a significant advantage over its Android competition.
Many Android phones, like those from Samsung, use software from Google, a processor from Qualcomm and hardware sourced by the manufacturer. The software and processor components are designed to be compatible with a variety of devices and are not optimized for a single device. Because of this plug-n-play architecture, among other limitations, performance isn’t as strong as it could be.
Optimization and Longevity
Apple, on the other hand, develops its software with its chipset in mind, optimizing the code to take advantage of the processor’s capabilities. As a result, Apple can eke out as much performance as possible from its hardware. It also means Apple can easily support its older hardware as it revises and improves its iOS codebase.
This tight integration between the software and hardware gives the iPhone SE 2nd generation longevity. Because the SE 2020 has the same processor as the flagship iPhone 11 series, Apple can continue to support the budget phone for years to come. Knowing that their phone will be updated is a significant bonus to consumers who plan to keep their phones for a long time.
How to Buy the iPhone SE
Apple’s iPhone SE 2nd generation goes on sale starting April 24th. Customers can buy the new phone online from Apple and from authorized retailers like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart. Walmart offers the best deal by taking $200 off the price of the phone with payment plans starting as low as $6 a month. The iPhone SE also will be available at wireless carriers at a discount if you don’t mind agreeing to a multi-year payment plan.