Apple’s low-cost 2013 iPhone is all but confirmed, with one source being able to get its hands on both the rear shell and the front panel from Chinese manufacturers. The two parts are a match made in heaven, as the video linked below shows.
Techdy reports, “we got Apple’s budget iPhone in hands,” and while many others can claim the same, these folks are flashing around an extremely high-quality video of the thing, as well as a nifty gallery of high-res photos.
The video (available on Vimeo, as the publisher hasn't given permission to have it embedded) shows the assembled piece sans electronics, but we hardly care about that since it will look exactly the same with the chips and battery inside.
These plastic iPhone cases have long been circulating on the web, but the front panel is somewhat of a new addition to the stream of iPhone leaks this year.
According to the people behind this video, “all the rumors about the low-cost plastic iPhone seem to be true.”
The shell is made from “polycarbonate material” (read “plastic”), it will have a 4-inch Retina display, just like the iPhone 5, it has a shape that’s similar to Apple’s original iPod, and it sports a few changes around the Lightning port / speaker / headphone jack.
It’s also a tad thicker than the iPhone 5 and, according to the people who’ve held it in their hands, the front glass sticks out a little.
Moreover, the bezel is thinner all around the display and, best of all, “Unlike the plastic build quality of the Samsung Galaxy phones, the plastic material used on the budget iPhone feels more sturdy,” says the source.
After the photo shoot, the folks at Techdy couldn’t help themselves and put some electronics inside the shell to create a budget Android smartphone called the “Basic Bear,” as a one-more-thing to complement the leak.