Report: Apple Will Use A Low Budget Plastic Body For The iPhone 5 Mini
There is a ton of speculation regarding the debut of Apple’s next smartphone, the iPhone 5 Mini. While there seems to be very little difference in terms of features and capabilities between this phone and the regular iPhone 5, rumors are circulating that what will truly set the mini apart from every other iPhone will be its cheap, plastic body.
The low cost of this covering is intended to compete with cheaper smartphones such as Samsung’s most recent releases. The device will reportedly be available under $250.
CNET explains the biggest differences between the iPhone 5 and the rumored low budget Apple iPhone 5 Mini:
“Like the current iPhone, the low-cost version would sport a 4-inch 1,136×640 pixel Retina Display and use the new Lightning interface. The sensor, camera, and button arrangement would all match those found on the iPhone 5. The screen itself would stick with Gorilla Glass, say iLounge’s sources, but the body would be made of plastic.
“The bottom of the phone would take its design from the iPod Touch. Like the Touch, the volume buttons would adopt an elongated pill shape instead of the more circular design from the last few iPhones. The back of the phone would be home to the camera, microphone, and rear flash with the same layout as that on the latest iPod Touch.”
Same phone, much smaller body. An interesting experiment, but will anybody really buy this thing? Not sure if this is the kind of risk Apple should be taking following their drop in stocks as of late.
Sean Levinson | Elite.