(Pocket-lint) - Apple's cheap iPhone isn't the iPhone 9, but the iPhone SE (Second generation), released in early 2020. 

It's a well-priced, mid-range phone that's based on the now-discontinued 2017 iPhone 8 on the outside and the 2019 iPhone 11 on the inside. It sticks with Touch ID as with older generations of iPhone and still has a Home button. Face ID is not supported. 

The iPhone SE features the same 4.7-inch Retina display with True Tone from the iPhone 8 and can fit into older iPhone 8 cases (well, it is the same size and weight). It's also waterproof and has wireless charging.

The phone is available in black, white, and Product(RED), with storage sizes starting at 64GB like the other iPhone models. However, the other sizes available are 128 and 256GB - there's no 512GB model. 

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iPhone SE SIM-free price

The iPhone SE (2020) costs $399 in the US and £419 in the UK. Purchasers of the new device will also get a year of Apple TV+ free.

In the US Apple is selling the new phone for $9.54 per month without a contract or £10.99 per month in the UK.

Writing by Dan Grabham.