Next iPhone SE To Launch in 2025 with OLED Screen and Notch

The first iPhone SE was introduced in 2016 as a compact and cheaper model for those missing a small-sized iPhone. The lineup was brought back to life in 2020 with the second model, and in 2022 we had the third iPhone SE model. The company is now gearing up to introduce the fourth model, which is set to come next year with an OLED display borrowed from the iPhone 14.

Next iPhone SE To Launch in 2025 with OLED Screen

According to new information from Korea (TheElec), the iPhone SE will arrive in 2025. For the first time, this affordable lineup will get an OLED screen. Previous iPhone SE models were equipped with LCD panels upon release. Now, it’s time for this lineup to take a significant leap towards OLED technology. However, the next iPhone SE will not adopt the Dynamic Island design with punch-hole cutouts. However, the next iPhone SE will retain the notch design from the iPhone 14.

According to the latest information, three display makers are currently vying for Apple’s orders for the upcoming iPhone SE. Samsung offers the lowest price per panel: $30. BOE is offering a price of $35, while Tianma surprisingly went for $40. As Apple is currently offering only $20 per panel, no display maker has secured the contract yet, and negotiations continue.

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The panels used in the next iPhone SE will be similar to those seen in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14. The 2025 iPhone SE will retain a 6.1-inch screen with 2,532 x 1,170 pixels of resolution. There will also be a 1,200-nit peak brightness and Ceramic Shield glass on top. However, we can’t discard some cost-cutting measures to reduce the price of the next handset. After all, this device will be offered outside of the premium iPhone lineup.

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Display suppliers such as Samsung Display, BOE, and Tianma are vying for the opportunity to provide displays

Samsung Display and BOE have secured good yields for these panels. Tianma, on the other hand, is not likely to be a serious contender. However, its technology lags behind the competition, and we doubt its quality will meet Apple’s standards. Samsung has some advantages apart from the price. The company was making the iPhone 14 displays so it can continue, or even use the existing inventory for the iPhone SE. The giant can also afford to go low for the iPhone SE in a bid to snub BOE. It can make more profits off of the panels for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 series. Meanwhile, BOE needs all the additional orders it can get. After all, the company lost a good opportunity to increase its OLED panel production when it faced difficulties making the iPhone 15 panels. As a response, Apple had to move some of its orders to Samsung.

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iPhone SE (2025) will be the next notched iPhone

There are still several months ahead of the launch of the new iPhone SE, we expect more details to keep popping up in the next months. Nowadays, we get most of the details of new iPhone smartphones ahead of their release. In any case, Apple fans shouldn’t expect a cheaper iPhone model this year. Furthermore, it’s interesting to see that the next iPhone SE will keep the notch design seen since the iPhone X days. With the iPhone 15 series, Apple embraced the new design language with punch-hole cutouts (dynamic island) for all iPhones. For now, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are the last ones with the notch design. This year, the iPhone 16 series will keep the punch-hole design. In the end, the next iPhone SE will keep the tradition of the series of being an interesting look at the company’s past design.

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