Apple Confirms iPhone 5C with 4-inch Retina Display and A6 SoC

We've been hearing rumors about a cheaper, lower-end iPhone for years. Finally, five years after the original iPhone was launched, Apple is giving the people what they want: A budget-friendly iPhone that doesn't break the bank and doesn't skimp on specs.

 

The iPhone 5C is wrapped in a single piece of hard-coated polycarbonate plastic as opposed to the sleek brushed metal of the iPhone 5S (and previous generations of iPhone) and it is available in white, green, blue, pink, and yellow. There's also a bunch of specially crafted colorful cases, so protecting your phone doesn't mean hiding away that lovely bright color.

As far as specs are concerned, the iPhone 5C is more than decent for its category. The iPhone 5C will run on Apple's A6 SoC and features a 4-inch retina display, integrated touch, full sRGB, an 8-megapixel iSight camera, a new Facetime HD camera with improved low-light functionality, dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and more LTE bands than any other phone.

The iPhone 5C is priced at $99 and $199 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively. Those prices come with a two-year contract. It's not clear if Apple plans to sell the iPhone 5C off-contract. We'll keep you posted on that one.

Check out LAPTOP's hands-on of the iPhone 5C.

iPhone 5C Hands-on

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  • x2ruff4u
    People still do contracts?
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  • bustapr
    "The iPhone 5C is priced at $99 and $199 for the 16 GB and 32 GB models respectively. Those prices come with a two-year contract. It's not clear if Apple plans to sell the iPHone 5C off-contract. We'll keep you posted on that one."

    I believe out definitions of "not breaking the bank" may differ greatly. If I'm not mistaken this is what most new phones cost in exchange for your soul for 2 years these days.
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  • halcyon
    Most folks in the US are fine with a 2-year contract. If not, there's retail price and I'm sure Apple and the carriers would be glad to to give it to you from behind or in front. ...gotta pay to play.
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