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iPhone SE Spotted In 'Silicon Valley Of Hardware' In China: Is It The Real Deal?

16 March 2016, 7:13 am EDT By Sumit Passary Tech Times
iPhone SE, or the iPhone 5se, was spotted at Huaqiangbei Shenzhen, China, the so-called 'Silicon Valley of hardware' in China. Apple is expected to launch the smartphone at its event on March 21.  ( Nick Beeep | BGR )

Apple is expected to officially launch the successor of the iPhone 5s dubbed the iPhone SE or the iPhone 5se on March 21. However, the upcoming iPhone has been spotted in the "Silicon Valley of hardware" in China.

The iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch display and has a steep price tag attached. The iPhone SE will have a smaller four-inch display and will be cheaper than the flagship handset. The upcoming device is aimed at cost-conscious customers who do not like big-screen iPhones.

Many iFans are waiting eagerly to get the first glimpse of the iPhone SE. However, with just a week to go until the Apple event, the iPhone SE was caught at Huaqiangbei Shenzhen, China, the so-called "Silicon Valley of hardware" in China.

YouTube user Nick Beeep also took a video of the purported iPhone SE. The iPhone SE shown in the video could be a dummy handset, as the video does not show it running. However, a dummy model would very closely resemble the real thing.

Beeep.co is an under-construction crowdtesting website for products. Nick Xu, the founder of the website, visited a vendor at the market in Huaqiangbei Shenzhen. Xu received information of the presence of the iPhone SE in the market and approached the vendor to allow filming of the handset. Initially, the vendor did not allow it but later changed his mind.

From the video, it seems that the iPhone SE has borrowed design aspects from the iPhone 6s as well as the iPhone 5s. Unlike the flat corners found in the iPhone 5s, the iPhone SE may have round corners as found on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s.

Rumors have claimed that the iPhone SE may fit in iPhone 5s cases. However, the volume buttons on the iPhone that appears in the video are similar to the ones found on the iPhone 6s and not the iPhone 5s. The camera of the iPhone SE shown in the video is protruding, just like the iPhone 6s.

The video of the purported iPhone SE has definitely increased excitement in the smartphone space, but it is possible that the device is a knock-off rather than the real deal.

The iPhone SE is expected to pack in many impressive features, such as the A9 processor, Touch ID and more. However, mobile phone enthusiasts will have to wait another few days for Apple to officially take the wraps off the iPhone SE and confirm its hardware specs.

Check out the video of the iPhone SE below.

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