The smartphone market can be divided in many ways, from price ranges to hardware manufacturers, and such. But there is one divide that will never disappear, no matter how much technology advances: by the operating system running on a smartphone.
From this point of view, the market is divided into two: Google dominates with its open-source operating system Android and Apple is holding strong with its exclusivist iOS platform. For a long time, iPhones had an exclusivist, almost elitist flair, especially because of their price point – usually above the average Android smartphone’s price tag. The biggest Android handset manufacturers did release their own flagship handsets that cost an arm and a leg but they always maintained a complete range of phones for every pocket.
Things have, in turn, changed a lot with the release of the new iPhone SE, Apple’s cheapest iPhone to date, with a price tag of around $400. Some consider this to be the first salvo in the Cupertino giant’s war against Android.
iPhone SE: An improved iPhone 8
If you take a good look at it, you’ll see that the iPhone SE looks and feels almost identical to the iPhone 8 released three years ago. There are a few key differences, in turn, especially when it comes to what’s under its hood: the new iPhone SE
comes with the processor released last year with the iPhone 11, making it one of the highest-performance phones you can buy for its price.
The phone also comes with upper-mid-range specifications: it has loads of RAM, loads of internal storage, a high-profile camera, and makes no compromise – at least compared to the current Android lineup in a similar price range. And let’s not forget that it’s an iPhone, something that’s still seen as a status symbol in many parts of the world.
What Android phones you can buy for $400?
A price similar to the one of the 2020 iPhone SE can buy you a series of great Android phones.
Among others, it’s enough to buy Google’s Pixel 3a, a handset with an excellent camera, 4GB of RAM, and a 5.6” screen, the Samsung Galaxy A51 (the 8GB RAM edition) or, with a small difference, the A71 (8GB RAM edition), and many others.
Note, in turn, that all these phones usually have chipsets that are not the top of their line. The Pixel 3a comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset that’s by far not flagship category, and Samsung’s options also come with similar chips. At the same time, Apple’s 2020 iPhone SE comes with last year’s flagship CPU – the A13 Bionic – that easily outperforms its competitors in every benchmark.
Did Apple just attack Android?
Apparently, it did. In a recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook even told shareholders that he expects large numbers of users to switch from Android to the iPhone SE, especially in areas with a lower median income.
All things considered, we have interesting times ahead of us.