Alongside the iPhone 5S, Apple officially announced the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C is Apple’s attempt at getting attention in the mid-range market, and features a plastic shell and almost identical specifications to that of the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5C ships with the previous Apple A6 CPU found in the iPhone 5, along with the 8 megapixel iSight camera with LED flash, and more. That said, the biggest changes that comes with the iPhone 5C are the materials used and the multiple color options of the device. The iPhone 5C will be priced at $99 for 16GB version, and $199 for 32GB. Off contract pricing is not available at the moment.
Official specs for the iPhone 5C are as follows:
- 4-inch Retina display with integrated touch layer
- Apple A6 Processor
- “Slightly larger” battery life than iPhone 5
- 8 megapixel iSight camera
- Improved FaceTime HD camera
- Steel re-enforced inside
The 5C rocks a polycarbonate shell, which seems to be a back step in Apple’s products. Of course, this particular unit is aimed at a lower-end market, so the materials used make sense. As far as color options are concerned, the iPhone 5C will come in green, blue, red, yellow, and white, landing in the pastel range. No black version of the handset will be available for the 5C, and this is likely intentional on Apple’s part, leaving the black model for the 5S only. Apple is offering colorful iPhone cases as well, with six options available for $29 a pop.
The iPhone 5C is quite an intriguing device for what it is and stands a chance to take a nice chunk away from the mid-range Android smartphone market. The device should also make quite a splash in markets like China. Pre-orders for the iPhone 5C begin next Friday, the 13th of September, and will be available for purchase on September 20th.
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