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Smaller iPhone SE packs the same power as a 6S, for less

Can't wait for the iPhone SE? Pre-order it now at Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint

The new iPhone is here, and it’s the iPhone SE. No, it’s not the anticipated iPhone 7 — that’s probably coming later this year — but a replacement to the iPhone 5C. That means it’s not a powerhouse, right? Wrong. The iPhone SE is a miniature iPhone 6S, and it shares many of the same features and technical components that make its bigger sister phone so popular.

Why has Apple updated the old 4-inch iPhone model? Because, the company says, a lot of people are introduced to the iPhone using the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 5C. In China, the majority of iPhone users first iOS experience is on a 4-inch phone. Plus, a lot of people just don’t want a giant screen. Therefore, Apple has squeezed the same cool tech from the iPhone 6S into a smaller body.

Related: Read our review of the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus right here

Here’s everything you need to know about the new phone, including how to get it.

Same specs as the iPhone 6S and an old-school design

The Apple A9 processor powers the iPhone SE, and it’s joined by the M9 co-processor for motion tracking and other tasks including always-on Siri. The 12-megapixel iSight camera is on the rear, complete with the true tone flash unit, the new image signal processor, and Live Photo support. It’ll also shoot 4K video, and take massive 63-megapixel panorama photos. On the front, the selfie cam uses the display as a flash unit.

Mobile payments are supported using an older Touch ID sensor, and payments are made using the NFC as well as the secure element hidden inside the phone. Additionally, there’s the same 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi calling, and VoIP features, plus the battery has been tweaked for enhanced usage and standby time.

In terms of design, it looks just like an iPhone 5S with the white glass section at the top for the antennas and good reception. It’s less rounded and more chunky than the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, which gives it a retro vibe. It’ll be available in silver, rose gold, gold, and space gray.

Here’s how to get yours

Apple started selling the iPhone SE on March 24, and it’ll cost you $400 for the 16GB model, or $17 per month on Apple’s 24-month installment plan. It’ll be sold in the U.S., the UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Singapore.

Related Offer: The iPhone SE. A big step for small.

Carriers have now begun to offer deals on the iPhone SE, too. T-Mobile offers the 16 GB iPhone SE for $16.67 a month for 24 months with $0 upfront, and the 64GB model will be just a few dollars more at $20.84 a month for 24 months. You can get it on T-Mobile’s website.

If you’ve got an AT&T Next plan, you’ll pay $0 up front and $13.30 a month for 30 months, $16.63 a month for 24 months, or $19.95 a month for 20 months, assuming you buy the 16GB version. The 64GB model will cost you $16.67 a month for 30 months, $20.84 a month for 24 months, or $25 a month for 20 months. You can get it on AT&T’s website.

At Sprint, you’ll pay $0 down and $16.67 a month for 24 months, if you buy the 16GB version or $100 down and $16.67 a month for 24 months. You can get it on Sprint’s website.

Verizon also has the iPhone SE available on its website. The 16GB model will cost you $16.66 a month for 24 months, while the 74GB model runs $20.83 a month for 24 months. You can get it on Verizon’s website.

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Updated on 03-24-2016 by Malarie Gokey: Added pre-order info and pricing for all the major carriers.