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Pictures claim to represent a lower-priced iPhone offering with polycarbonate case

The last time Apple dabbled with a polycarbonate case for its iPhone family was back in the 3G/3GS days. Back then; the cases were notorious for developing cracks, especially around the dock connector and headphone jack. Since that time, Apple has experimented with other casing materials such as steel/glass and even aluminum.
 
These days, evidence is mounting that Apple is looking to revisit the use of a polycarbonate case, this time in a "budget" iPhone model. New images from Techdy claim to show a fully assembled model, complete with its 4” Retina display.

 
As for the quality of the aforementioned case, Techdy claims:
 
When we hold the budget iPhone in our hands, the plastic chassis does not feel cheap at all. Unlike the plastic build quality of the Samsung Galaxy phones, the plastic material used on the budget iPhone feels more sturdy.
 

You can view video footage of the claimed budge iPhone here.

Source: Techdy



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RE: Bear phone?
By cyberguyz on 7/8/2013 10:07:25 AM , Rating: 2
From the article:

quote:
Based on the design of Apple’s budget iPhone, we have made a budget Android smartphone called the Basic Bear.


RE: Bear phone?
By cyberguyz on 7/8/2013 10:15:31 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry Jimbo - should have elaborated. The video shows 2 phones:

1. The first bit shows the proposed Budget iPhone (only seeing back cover and display - no motherboard shown for that). They are not showing the whole phone or a clone. They are representing that as apple's prototype case.

2. Their bear phone which is a look-alike of the proposed budget iPhone case - it has different markings. They don't hide that their bear phone is an android phone.


RE: Bear phone?
By drycrust3 on 7/8/2013 12:12:40 PM , Rating: 3
Quote from the Vimeo website with the video:
quote:
One more thing: The Basic Bear. It's a low-cost iPhone-based handset featuring a 4-inch display with 1136 x 640 resolution, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording, 2300mAh battery, Qi wireless charging support, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Just $199

To me, "iPhone-based" means it uses iPhone hardware. I'm not sure if that is what the writer meant, but if it is it then the question becomes: is it licenced by Apple? As strange as it sounds, maybe this is Apple sticking its toe in the Android waters (complete with carrier branding). Nah! Can't be. Hmmm. I hope Tony doesn't find out.


RE: Bear phone?
By cyberguyz on 7/8/2013 1:39:23 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, they say 'iPhone-based', yet go on to list a whole load of non-iPhone-Based hardware details.

Give them a break bro -- I suspect that the writer of that does not use English as a first language ;D


RE: Bear phone?
By drycrust3 on 7/8/2013 11:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're right: Apple easily make a ton of dosh with their current exclusive hardware and OS arrangement, testing the Android waters is only going to make people laugh at them.
About the only think that is really interesting about this phone is it seems to have the Apple connector and not the mini-USB connector that Android phones usually use.


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