We’ve been hearing a great deal over the past few months about Apple’s supposed plans to bring forth a budget “iPhone 5C” and more recently, various leaks and sightings have put a face to the name. Today, even more, higher-resolution images of the device’s shell have emerged, as well as something of an insight into just how “budget” the low-cost iPhone may eventually be when it hits the market.
The source of this latest finding is one Sonny Dickson, who has just dropped a new bunch of interesting images, which you can check out in all their glory just below.
It has also emerged that the device will cost 3000 Yuan unsubsidized, which equates to about $490 for those in the USA. Given that this is the same price Apple retails the iPhone 4 at, and considering that said handset is now three years old, this is a very reasonable price for a brand-new Apple smartphone.
Of course, for that kind of price, you’re not going to be getting a high-end powerhouse, but we’d expect it to be able to run iOS 7 as smoothly as Apple always expects its mobile software to. Specifications are still up in the air, but it’s likely that the Cupertino based giant will use many of the parts found in current and older iOS devices. So the 8-megapixel camera of the iPhone 4S, 4-inch display of the iPod touch fifth-gen, and of course, the relatively new Lightning dock connector.
The device looks to be comprised mainly of polycarbonate, so the slick Gorilla Glass and anodized aluminum finishes of the premium devices will be scrapped to save on costs to a great extent. Still, the company always strives to create handsets with finesse, and looking at these new shots, we’d say this one doesn’t disappoint.
What do you think of the iPhone 5C and the leaks that have been surrounding the said device recently – is it worth the purported cost? And more importantly, would you make the purchase for $499 off-contract instead of going for a regular iPhone 4S, maybe? Do be sure to leave your thoughts and comments via the usual mediums below, we love to hear from you guys on such topics!