Another sketchy claim iPhone 9/SE 2020 launching today as major retailer preps

A Chinese site claims that the iPhone 9/iPhone SE 2020 is launching today, and will begin shipping on April 22. It echoes an earlier ‘finger in the air’ report which was likewise made without credible sourcing …

CNTechPost references steps taken by major electronics retailer Suning to ready customers for the launch.

Suning.com, the Chinese e-commerce platform, has launched several iPhone 9 related warm-up activities today.

Suning.com’s personal consumer loan department “Renxingfu” sent text messages to some users today, claiming that the iPhone 9 is coming soon. The messages said if customers start Renxingfu service, they can enjoy new products and interest-free discounts.

Suning.com’s official Weibo said that the iPhone 9 is coming and added the words “iPhone 9” to today’s Suning Tesco’s live event warm-up poster.

The Weibo post also said viewers of the live event will have the chance to get an iPhone 9.

The company’s marketing materials, however, merely say that the iPhone 9 is coming ‘soon.’ Other retailers have been ramping up their own marketing over the past few weeks.

Our own source suggests that the new entry-level model, based on the iPhone 8 but with updated internals, may be called the iPhone SE 2020.

Based on the new information 9to5Mac has learned, Apple will simply call the new entry-level model “iPhone SE” while referencing the new hardware as the 2020 version.

Apple originally used the iPhone SE marketing name for the 4-inch model that use the iPhone 5s body with the camera and processor from the iPhone 6s.

We expect the new model to use the same chip as the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Plus: Apple’s A13 processor. That’s two generations up from the A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 8.

We’re expecting it to be available in white, black and PRODUCT(RED), and to have 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage tiers.

It’s been suggested that the new model will be priced at $399, $50 cheaper than the iPhone 8.

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