Tuesday, August 30, 2011

iPhone 5 to carry sub-4-inch screen, metal back design: report

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Despite the trend toward big (4.0-inch), bigger (4.3-inch) and biggest (so far, 4.5-inch) smartphone screen sizes (let's leave out the tweener Dell Streak, shall we?), the iPhone 5 will still have a sub-4-inch screen when it launches, according to a new report.

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DigiTimes says its upstream suppliers are reporting that rumors of a 4.2-inch screen, which have been circulating since a leak from Apple's Swiss website are false. Its sources said that the iPhone 5 will be relatively unchanged from the iPhone 4, and that the screen will still be less than 4-inches in size.

The sources added that the iPhone 5's screen sport a 3.5- to 3.7-inch screen. The current iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch screen, in comparison. However, the iPhone 5 will be designed with a thinner bezel to make the screen appear larger. Rumors that the iPhone 5 would carry an edge-to-edge screen design appeared earlier this year.

Unlimited Online Backup $4.95 120x120In addition, sources said that iPhone 5's back design will be changed to a metal chassis instead of reinforced glass. A report by third-party warranty site SquareTrade noted that the iPhone 4 was significantly more vulnerable to breakage than past models.

Other rumored specs for the iPhone 5 include the A5 dual-core processor that currently ships in the iPad 2, an 8-megapixel camera, and full HD video recording. The world still awaits Apple's launch, however.

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