Low Cost iPhone to Feature 4-Inch Display, Super-Thin Plastic Casing?

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple's upcoming low cost iPhone will feature a 4-inch display and a strong, thin, and light plastic casing, report AppleInsider.

Kuo says the specs for the device were decided in 2011 and are "unlikely to abruptly change" due to the popularity of 5-inch devices.

The new phone is said to have a "super-thin plastic casing mixed with glass fiber" that makes it stronger, thinner and lighter than typical plastic casings. The plastic case is expected to between 0.4 and 0.6 millimeters thick compared to the average case at 0.7 to 1.0 millimeters thick. It will come in a range of four to six colors, similar to the iPod.

Apple is said to have contracted with Foxconn as well as Green Point of the Jabil group for its strong and thin iPhone plastic casings. Hon Hai will both build casings and assemble the phones, while Jabil is expected to provide its casings to Pegatron, which will assemble the remaining iPhones. The analyst reported earlier this week that Apple was likely to diversify manufacturers for both its low-cost and legacy iPhones.

Kuo recently predicted that Apple would unveil the low cost iPhone and an iPhone 5S with fingerprint scanner in June.

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Trollspray - March 15, 2013 at 6:18pm
I admit, i'm an apple fanboy and I DO NOT like apple making a "budget iphone" plastic... They can dress it up all they want, its STILL PLASTIC.
DavidG - March 15, 2013 at 5:14pm
The iPhone is my going plastic. Only one of the cheap and lower quality version of it is. This way people with lower budgets wont be forced to buy androids. Now they can enjoy iOS too in a cheaper hardware like Samsung. I would like a larger iPhone as well. I haves the manly hands and couldn't handle those feminine petite versions. I love my iPhone though and have used other phones so I made a good choice. All other phones started to look like iPhones except larger.
John sperm - March 15, 2013 at 4:06pm
More advanced maybe in 1 thing. Better looking ? The first phone to look flat and square was the iPhone why all phones look the same now ? Why blackberry looks iPhone now ? Anyways back to galaxy that phone is so big I rather buy me a laptop and Carrie it around I'm not hating just being real as much as I hate the new people in charge of apple I don't see my self buying me Boeing 777 as a phone damn it its huge smh no thank you.
Tony - March 15, 2013 at 5:17pm
When I meant advance in talking about hardware wise. Yes its always better for the phone to be made of metal. Cause of the impact and more stronger. But you know what. If lets say want to change the metal band around the phone because its dented or scratch and you decide to do it yourself. You need to take apart the whole entire phone to change one bezel. Stupid design. At least with the Samsung Note II you can take it apart and and replace the plastic whole back housing including the bezel in under 5-8 minutes. Me too I prefer metal. That being said, Samsung has already moved up to 8 cores for the international and 4 cores for the USA/Canada versions. Apple is still using dual core, we are in 2013 this innovation existed since the iPhone 4S. Just abit faster on the iPhone 5 my friend has it. For the screen, I rather have a comfortable 5 - 5.5 inches screen when is easier on the eyes, then to have a screen which is 4 inches long and that I have to see the tiny little words like you need a microscope to read. Everyone who has an iPhone is so close to the screen of their device why, cause the text and everything else on it is so small you can barely see it. The iPhone 5 was the biggest mistake apple did. Not only its ugly, its the same exact design since the iPhone 4 with it being abit smaller and minor upgrades over the 4S. Not to mention the black coated bezel peeling away. Plus gaming experience on the bigger screen is much better, the colors are more accurate and ever since I owned a NOTE II never ONCE has it slowed down on me. I know for a fact that the iPhone 5 does slow down after loading apps and using it for awhile. Quad Core, 2GB and phone with EXPANDABLE MEMORY. iPhone your stuck with a crappy fixed memory. If your talking build quality, yes iPhone is stronger and all, but if you talking about specs, the NOTE II wipes the dust with the iPhone 5. Why do you think Samsung pulled ahead? Because they give better hardware specs. Watch the iPhone 5S is going to come in with various colors. Now that they know men are not buying them they are targeting women more because they know they love colors. That being said, it fits in my pocket perfectly my NOTE II. Anyone would prefer a bigger screen to play games and do everything on it, then a crappy 4 inch display which is not EVEN 720P how pathetic. The new Samsung S4 , it full 1080p HD. Apple innovation went with Steve Jobs.
Joey - March 16, 2013 at 2:38am
hahahahaha Samsung fanatics maybe your eyes got problems and want a bigger display wahahaha c'mon apple is apple and we apple user's understand why Samsung user like you hate apple cause it's expensive and you people cannot afford to have one of it so sad.....hahahahaha
Milkman - March 17, 2013 at 5:56am
My Galaxy Note II has better specs and is more expensive than your so called fancy iphone 5. Go buy some maturity and sense.
Lee - March 15, 2013 at 4:03pm
Apple iPhone has got boring and old Technology
Tony - March 15, 2013 at 3:58pm
Looks like all the Apple fans can now take back what they said about samsung devices being cheap plastic lol. Looks like your pretty little iPhone is going plastic too. ;) Ive been an apple lover since the original iPhone and bought every iPhone till the 4, but sorry to say after they released the hot dog designed iPhone 5 I moved on to Samsung Galaxy Note II which is far more featured and advance then any iPhone on the market. I rather have a device that gives me a majority of OS devices to install, then to be stuck on that same stupid home screen since the original iPhone. Mark my word on this, iPhone is going down by Samsung, you will see ;)
tommy - March 15, 2013 at 5:04pm
plastic for low price model. Apple always design hi-end model with glass and aluminium. Apple ios is far more superior in term of stability. samsung note2 has os crashes frequently. Broken parts in few months as I've experienced with multiple times at samsung service center. Battery drain faster after few weeks is another issue too.
Tony - March 15, 2013 at 8:11pm
Samsung Galaxy Note II using the latest android version. Has never crashed on my not even once. I think you had several faulty units maybe. Dont even go there when it comes to battery, you kidding me. Try opening your 4G connection with an app running in the background all the time, and see how long it goes for. The iPhone 5 with 4G open, cannot last more than 4-5 hours max. My friend has the iPhone 5 like I said, ill I see him is carry the charger on him everytime. The battery sucks on the iPhone 5. I charge my NOTE II once in the morning at 9:30am I take out the charger. From that hour all the way up too. past midnight. This battery goes 16 hours with regular use. With everything open, intense gaming and all that, I get up too 12 hours. More then tipple with normal day to day use. And double from hard core use. I do admit that apple care is far better then Samsung, but I would rather have faster hardware then how nice the phone looks an build quality that's based on years and years old the same old design. Apple IOS is boring and dull, it has no features. No innovation, ok you have a OS that is stable but for what, just regular apps that are limited to do certain things, if it wasn't for the jailbreak, apple would just be a piece of junk. They didnt even have calling over 3G with facetime. How lame is that. No NFC. No IR connectivity. You can even control your tv,vcr and all that with it, how cool is that. Its the same home screen over and over again, nothing new. Just added some more apps small features and that makes it an amazing OS, I had the iPhone 4 and my friend has the iPhone 5 brand new. Do you have any idea how many times the apps crash on that, or how it slows down after filling it up with apps. Including the scrolling to browse apps. Note II never had that issue, you can have 30 apps open, and yet still runs like full speed. You will see Samsung will take over apple, its already has with the NOTE II
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