The iPhone SE went on sale on 31 March 2016, and since the iPhone 7’s launch in 2016 it has been the only 4in iPhone you can buy new direct from Apple. It’s also the cheapest iPhone you can buy from Apple. We’re hoping to see an update in March 2018, though the new iPhone SE 2 might not be quite what consumers wanting a small and cheap iPhone had in mind.

Sources have previously suggested that there will be no iPhone SE 2, especially after Apple upgraded the storage on its original SE in 2017. But a report from Tekz24 suggests a new model is in the works after all, while Economic Daily News suggests it will be here in early 2018. 

We’re now hearing talk that it will feature an iPhone X-like design, though it could see a size increase. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says the iPhone X SE will feature Face ID and the famous ‘notch’ screen design, but its panel will be a 6.1in LCD rather than OLED panel. Apple is also expected to cut down costs by dropping 3D Touch, swapping in a single-lens rear camera, and using an aluminium frame. 

Wistron, an India-based company that manufactures the original SE, is said to be onboard again for the SE 2. The firm is allegedly growing its production base in Bangalore in preparation.

Tekz24 reports that hardware will be similar to that of the iPhone 7, which means we could see an A10 chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB/128GB of storage, plus 12Mp/5Mp cameras and a 1,700mAh battery. A more recent rumour suggests that battery will be able to charge wirelessly thanks to Qi tech and a rear glass panel.

Also see: iPhone SE review.

When is the iPhone SE 2 release date?

The iPhone SE 2 is expected to launch at Apple’s Spring Event, during the first quarter of 2018. We’d expect to see this take place in March.

How much will the iPhone SE 2 cost?

Kuo says the iPhone X SE will be sold between $649 and $749, which may translate to £649 to £749 in the UK.

Read next: Best new phones coming in 2018

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