Apple is widely expected to soon unveil a cheaper iPhone model. Dubbed the “budget iPhone,” it has now reportedly been caught in a series of photos and a video that gives us a detailed glimpse at what the upcoming device device could look like. The details come via TechDy, a company that just so happens to sell an Android version called the Basic Bear of this device.
The report adds that the budget iPhone will come with a plastic case (likely polycarbonate) and a 4-inch display (resolution undetermined). They go on to say that it feels more solid than the Samsung Galaxy S4 and describe it as reminiscent of the original iPod. On the bottom is a second microphone, the audio jack, a Lightning port, and a speaker on the right. Their conclusion: “It does not feel cheap at all.”
Down to the bottom, there’s one small hole for a second microphone, next to the headphone port, two screw holes alongside the centered Lightning port, and four holes for the speaker off to the bottom right.
If you’re interested in the Basic Bear Android version, for US$199, you’ll get a device with a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4-inch 1136 by 640 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a rear 8MP camera with LED flash, a front 2MP camera, a 2,300mAh battery and a Qi-wireless charging expansion slot.
All this make us wonder if this is a real leak. The video and pictures seem far too polished and the fact that TechDy just happens to sell an Android version only makes us wonder even more. Lastly, we could not see a power button anywhere – Did you?
For now, take this with a very healthy pinch of salt. It may well be too good to be true.