iPhone SE 2 release date, specs rumors update: Latest budget-friendly handset to launch at WWDC 2018 with A10 Fusion chip

The rumors are rife that Apple will showcase a next-generation iPhone SE 2 handset this year. The Cupertino-based tech firm has yet to confirm if the budget-friendly iPhone version, which was first launched in 2016, will undergo a major hardware and design refresh. Per the latest scoop from tipsters, the iPhone SE 2 will make an appearance at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018, powered by the A10 Fusion chip.

Apple websiteOfficial render of the iPhone SE

According to the latest iPhone SE 2 leak from the Chinese website QQ, Apple is set to unveil the iPhone SE 2 at this year's WWDC event in the first week of June. Furthermore, the iPhone SE 2 will make the jump from the original SE phone's A9 chipset. The handset will now have the same A10 Fusion processor of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus model, suggesting that the iPhone SE 2 will be no slouch in terms of performance.

The A10 Fusion chip to be used in the iPhone SE 2 is made of a quad-core processor configuration. Of course, the A11 Bionic chipsets found in the more recent iPhone models are superior compared to the A10 Fusion. For one, the A10 chip is not capable of running all the performance cores and power-efficient cores at the same time.

Apple is not expected to use the latest A11 chip in the next-gen SE handset, as it would make the cost exceeding its budget-friendly Regardless, the A10 Fusion is still a great choice for the iPhone SE 2, as it is faster and more efficient compared to the latest Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810 processors in 2018 Android flagships, WCCFTech reported. The smartphone is also tipped to include 2 GB random-access memory (RAM) and two built-in storage variants, 32 GB and 128 GB. 

It was also rumored that the iPhone SE 2 will sport a 4.2-inch display, which is slightly bigger than the original SE's 4-inch panel. However, this part of the leak sounds questionable to some tech analysts, as a 0.2-inch increase in display size has nothing significant to offer the users. Doing this will just add unnecessary workload on the side of Apple, which in turn will cause an unnecessary increase in price.