Apple’s next-gen iPhone prices are expected to go way up. But the good news for millions of fans is it looks increasingly likely that the size of one of these models is going way down.

Following reports Apple is testing a 5.42-inch iPhone to complement the 6.1-inch iPhone XR and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, exclusive news the company may shrink it down even further with a modern iPhone SE replacement of just 4.8-inches. The name? iPhone XE.

And while the report for the 5.42-inch model was light on detail, specs this spiritual iPhone SE2 are a lot more specific. Citing a source “closely associated with Foxconn’s manufacturing facility in India”, the reports claims the XE will feature the same bezel-less design as the X and XS with a notch for Face ID, a single 12MP rear camera (the primary shooter from the XS/XR) and an A12 Bionic chip.

Yes, the latter two details suggest Apple would be pushing the XE as a new entry-level device (they will be last-gen at the claimed September 2019 release) but with a mooted $600 starting price, I doubt many will care. The A12 Bionic is faster than any current Android chipset and the primary iPhone XS camera would be a head turner at this midrange price point.

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