Rumor: iPhone SE 2 coming in the first half of 2018

Apple is again rumored to be working on a second-generation iPhone SE model that should release some time in the first half of next year.

Chinese-language Economic Daily News reported Wednesday (Google Translate) that the smartphone will be assembled exclusively at Wistron’s factory in Bangalore, India.

Wistron already assembles existing iPhone SE models in India.

The new iPhone SE 2 will cost about $450 and will be aimed at sales in emerging markets, according to the report, which did not cite sources. Focus Taiwan said in August that a next-generation iPhone SE would be shipping in the first quarter of 2018.

Prior rumors claimed that the tentatively named iPhone SE 2 will run Apple’s A10 Fusion chip like the iPhone 7 series and include 2GB of RAM, a larger 1,700 mAh battery, 32GB and 128GB storage capacities, a 12-megapixel camera out the back and a five-megapixel selfie shooter.

The current iPhone SE, now starting at $349, runs Apple’s A9 chip and includes 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, Touch ID and other features.