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Apple's $399 'iPhone SE 2' pegged for March 2020 release

The original iPhone SE

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the so-called "iPhone SE 2" will begin mass production in January, ahead of a launch at the end of March 2020.

In research materials seen by AppleInsider, regularly reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is claiming that Apple will begin mass production of what's referred to as the "iPhone SE 2" in January. It's not know what the model's name will be, but Kuo says that it will launched at the end of March.

He expects Apple to sell between two and four million of the "iPhone SE 2" per month, similar to the volume of the original iPhone SE. Other analysts have also predicted strong sales.

Kuo is confirming his own previous reports of a launch at around this timeframe. In those earlier notes he said that the "iPhone SE 2" would resemble an iPhone 8 style of design, and would retail from $399.

The iPhone SE 2 is expected to have the same 4.7-inch display as the iPhone 8, but utilize the A13 processor that's currently in the iPhone 11 paired with 3GB of application RAM. Kuo has said that it will feature an updated antenna design that uses Liquid Crystal Polymer.

However, Kuo does not expect the phone to have Face ID, both because of the desire to make it low cost, and because he says there's low demand for it at that price point.