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iPhone 5C: a cheaper, more plastic iPhone

Sterling Keys
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Well, the iPhone 5C has been confirmed by Apple has arrived in all its plasticy glory. One the new iPhones presented today by Apple, the 5C will be available in a multitude of colors and falls into the mid-range smartphone niche that Apple was rumored to be trying to get into.

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Apple is very proud of the design of its customized cases and didn't use any silly names for the colors. © Apple

The iPhone 5C has a hard-coated polycarbonate body with a reinforced steel frame inside, providing a continuous body (the entire back and sides are made from one piece of plastic) and one that will hopefully perform better than their glass and metal counterparts. The iPhone 5C will be available in five colors: Green, yellow, blue, white, and red. From the looks of it, the iPhone 5C design has been modeled around the iOS 7 design and it the pastel colors of it matches compliments well with the new operating system.

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© Apple

As for specs on the device, despite obviously being categorized as a mid-range smartphone, it does have some impressive features. The iPhone 5C will have a 4-inch retina display on it with full sRGB standards. As well, inside will be an A6 chip as well as a “higher capacity battery”, which unfortunately, doesn’t give us much insight into what exactly the battery capacity will be.  As well, there will be a 8 MP iSight camera built inside of the device and an “Facetime HD camera” on the front that will boast a better sensor for low light conditions.

The iPhone 5C will have LTE connectivity built inside it and support Bluetooth 4.0 and a board spectrum of dual-band WiFi.

You’re looking at dropping $99 US Dollars for a 16 GB version of the iPhone 5C or $199 for the 32 GB version. The iPhone 5C will be available in a certain amount of countries on September 20th including: United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, German, Japan, Singapore and United Kingdom. It will be available for pre-order on September 13th. 

Technical Specs

  iPhone 5C
Display 4-inch Retina Display, sRGB standards, Widescreen Video, 640 x 1136 pixels
Processor Apple A6
Internal Memory 16 GB / 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
Connectivity LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n @ 2.4 and 5 GHz
Colors Green, Yellow, Blue, White, and Red
Operating System iOS 7
Camera 8 MP iSight Camera (Rear) and 1.2 MP Facetime HD Camera (Front)
Battery Lithium-ion battery, Up to 250 hours standby
Dimensions 124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm
Price $99 for 16GB / $199 for 32 GB on 2 year contract

We will update this article as we get more information for the iPhone 5C. 

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  • Ben Lall Sep 11, 2013 Link

    im glad that apple is finally bringing colors to ios devices and that they finally have a cheap phone

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  • krunal Sep 11, 2013 Link

    Apple now onto the footprints of Samsung concentrating on all the ranges of phones. This will definitely grow Apple. in INDIA.

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  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Sep 11, 2013 Link

    you could have also said that it is available off contract for 599€ 16GB and 699€ 32GB meaning that the 32 Gigabyte mid-range smartphone with nothing new costs the same as the Note flasgship of Samsung of 2013 with also 32GB but also with microSD, S-Pen, Android 4.3 and whatnot... you are probably better off with an iPhone 4 which is still cheaper and gets an update to iOS7...

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  • Anna F. Sep 11, 2013 Link

    What?! €700 off contract?! In what planet is that considered cheap??

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  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Sep 11, 2013 Link

    as I said same price as Note 3 and the fun continues, I just seen the off contract prices for 5S, same shit, but 100€ more meaning that the 16 GB 5s version is 699€, just like 32GB 5C and Note 3...

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  • ahmad hassan Sep 12, 2013 Link

    This just shows you where is apple mindset there mindset that a BUDGET phone is more than 500$ of contract well I guess then phones like a Lumia 520,620 or even the mid ranged phone 720 are for hobo's in apple's point of view

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  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Sep 12, 2013 Link

    what is hobo???

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  • Katsoulakis Dimitrios Sep 12, 2013 Link

    plastic?

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  • jean mora Sep 12, 2013 Link

    what everybody is talking about is over the US Market but they cannot see that this phone more than for the US Market is targeted for the emerging markets like China, Africa and latin America where an Iphone 5 can come up to1,500 USD, the future of the smartphones is not on the US where the prices are fully subsidized.

    At the end and Iphone is an Iphone I have been seen many many Chinese clons of the Iphone but very very few of the GalaxyS phones..... a matter of status or technology

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  • ahmad hassan Sep 12, 2013 Link

    A hobo is a man with no home look it up

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  • Dean Sep 14, 2013 Link

    matter of status or tech! do you think India China and the other markets are going to choose this i5 in plastic or a note hell I'd rather have the fist note than this crap!

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  • David D. Sep 16, 2013 Link

    I thought Apple was like Rolex. They even said on their website that their iPhone 5 is like a meticulously crafted Swiss watch. And now with the iPhone 5C I doubt whether Apple can ever reach its high standards again.

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  • ahmad hassan Sep 16, 2013 Link

    No they can't they are stuck, people are bored of the same design (tough it looks luxurious) but there is nothing new so they threw in the 5c it would have been a hit if was in the 200$ range but instead apple thought, lets make a 500$ plastic phone and call it budget

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