Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday September 10, 2013.
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Apple today confirmed that it will introduce a lower-cost iOS handset known as the iPhone 5C. Composed of a single-body hard polycarbonate shell, the iPhone 5C will add more color to the iPhone and presumably take away some of its price. Apple introduced the iPhone 5C not as a "cheap" iPhone but as one that has different hardware and is more accessible to price-conscious consumers. The device is steel-reinforced to provide an antenna and a more solid feel. Color options include a bright Blue, pink, yellow, green, or white.
The iPhone 5C has a 4-inch Retina display and an A6 processor similar to the iPhone 5. The camera has an 8-megapixel rear camera with BSI, Hybrid IR, and a FaceTime HD front camera that also has BSI and improved audio. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0, and up to 100Mbps downloads with LTE bands supporting numerous carriers.
The phone will cost $99 for 16GB of internal storage and $199 for 32GB on a two-year agreement. Apple has not announced off-contract pricing, which is odd considering that the point of the iPhone 5C was originally believed to be related to the need to reach developing and middle markets in places currently dominated by Android. Apple cannot do that if the phone is considerably more expensive. UPDATE: An unlocked iPhone 5C will cost $549. The pre-order process begins Friday, September 13.
iPhone 5C Specs
- Height: 4.90 inches (124.4 mm)
- Width: 2.33 inches (59.2 mm)
- Depth: 0.35 inch (8.97 mm)
- Weight: 4.65 ounces (132 grams)
- 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- 1.2-megapixel front camera
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology source: Apple
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