Purported low-cost iPhone model spotted; Jelly Bean knockoff packs Snapdragon 600 CPU, sells for $199

July 6, 2013
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 Low-cost iPhone - Basic Bear

Low-cost iPhone-based Basic Bear knockoff | Image Credit: Techdy

The low-cost iPhone has reportedly been spotted, with a peripherals maker revealing design details for the device in an in-house produced video – but there’s a twist: an Android-running smartphone has already been adapted to fit inside that iPhone chassis.

According to Techdy, which had access to actual hardware, the low-cost iPhone that Apple is supposedly going to launch later this year looks like the device shown in the image below (also see video below). The handset seems to match a device spotted in similarly leaked photos that have been recently posted by a different publication.

Low-cost iPhone

Purported Low-cost iPhone | Image Credit: Techdy

We’re apparently looking at a 4-inch device that resembles more or less the iPhone 5. A Lightning port is also present, but the case is not made of aluminum. Instead, it’s plastic, with the company showing a white version of the device. According to Techdy, the device doesn’t feel cheap, although it’s too early to see this particular iPhone design confirmed.

The low-cost iPhone is rumored to be available in a variety of other colors once it launches, including red, green, blue and yellow – or at least these are the colors that appeared in a different leak, alongside a white version.

But Techdy went a step further, building an Android handset inside this leaked low-cost iPhone case. The resulting handset is called Basic Bear, which will retail for just $199 unlocked. The low-cost iPhone is rumored to sell for over $300 off-contract.

The low-cost iPhone-based handset will feature 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 running the show. Since we’re at it, we’ll also remind you that you’ll be able to customize Android in order for it to look like iOS 7.

A Bear Pro looking like the HTC One is also listed on the site and packs a 4.7-inch display, microSD card support and pretty much the same specs found in the Bear Basic version. But it retails for $249. Both models will start shipping on July 31 according to the company.

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