Thursday, July 25, 2013

iPhone lite images and video galore leak to the Internet

It has been rumored for months that a budget, or at least, lower-cost iPhone was coming. On Thursday, a case manufacturer, Tactus, leaked an image of the fully assembled product, dubbed by the media as the iPhone lite.

Tactus earlier leaked the rear shell, which -- as we said -- is old news. Seeing the fully assembled case, though, gives us a look at buttons and openings that were not previously available.

It is expected that the device would be more mid-range in price, and not compete with the lowest cost Android phones popular in emerging markets. It's assumed that the iPhone lite will use the same 4-inch Retina display as in the current iPhone 5.

Othered rumored components are 1GB of RAM, an A6 processor, dimensions of 120mm x 62-065mm x 9mm, an 8MP rear-facing camera, and multiple colors, as with many Lumia phones.

Meanwhile, although a number of images of components and shells have been uploaded to the Internet, not so with videos. On Tuesday, Michael Kukiela posted a video, embedded below, showing one of the plastic lower-cost iPhone shells that have been leaked numerous times on the Web.

Also known as theDetroitBorg, Kukiela displayed the rear shell, which isn't really anything new. However, he also showed it right next to other shells, including the iPhone 3GS and the iPod touch. In doing so, he gave prospective buyers -- and they will probably be many -- a good perspective on the size of the device and its appearance vs. other iDevices.

Many analysts are predicting a $300 - $400; one recent report indicated there would be two versions, not just one iPhone lite.

A slideshow of images is here.

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