According to a tweet made by parts leaker Sonny Dickson a screen protector is present. This screen protector appears to be a smaller version of the iPhone X screen protector which is right next to it. The two appear to be identical in shape, complete with TrueDepth cutout and rounded corners. There is a subtle difference between the two. The “iPhone SE 2” protector seems to have a smaller notch.
The new device might feature a new design which reduces TrueDepth’s footprint. If not, then it might shift the loudspeaker, front-facing camera and ambient light sensor toward the top of the device. If any of these is true then the rumours regarding “iPhone SE 2” design will be confirmed.
Olixar, a case maker, hinted at a similar design in renders released this month. It shows the notch on iPhone SE will come in at about half the height of that found on Apple iPhone X.
The screen protector doesn’t feature a touch ID cutout which means the phone will feature the FaceID in order to unlock the device. FaceID wasn’t expected to be present on the budget-oriented iPhone and it is highly unlikely that phone might not feature any biometric hardware.
It appears that Apple might incorporate the FaceID using a second-generation TrueDepth sensor that is roughly half the size of the original one and cheaper to implement as well.
The original iPhone SE was launched in 2016 with the specs of the previous generation iPhone 6s in the body of iPhone 5s. The phone had some features like 5 MP front camera, 3D touch and second gen touch cut-down to lower the cost. It was also inferior to the iPhone 7 in terms of specs.
This means that ideally, the iPhone SE 2 should not feature the FaceID and A11 Bionic chip so that it might not interfere with the sales of iPhone 8 and the expensive iPhone X.