iPhone 5C is here. It’s $100 cheaper iPhone 5, wrapped in plastic
Well, just as we expected, the cheaper iPhone 5C is here.
It’s basically iPhone 5 inside a plastic chassis, and it’s $100 cheaper.
As Tim Cook Put it: “This year we are going to replace iPhone 5”. And they did exactly that – instead of discounting old iPhone 5, they replaced it with iPhone 5C and priced it by $100 less.
iPhone 5C specs include:
- 4” Retina display
- A6 CPU (the same as in iPhone 5)
- 8mpx camera with BSI, hybrid IR filter and 5 element lens
- Facetime HD front camera with 1.9 micron pixels and BSI
- LTE connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
It will cost $99 for 16GB version and $199 for 32GB.
And here we have a problem. iPhone 5C may be a cheaper iPhone, but it certainly is not cheap. Unless Apple is giving some discounts to U.S carriers, not reflected in $99 contract price, unsubsidized iPhone 5C is at least $499 device. Which still leaves 5C in the high end smartphone category, and is way too expensive if Apple wants to reinvigorate its growth, especially outside U.S.
Let’s see what tomorrow’s event in China brings us. How high iPhone 5C is priced over there, and what carrier subsidies Apple was able to extract this time. For now, things doesn’t look too good.
I guess, we’ll have to wait until iPhone 6, when 5C price drops another $100, for Apple to finally have a device that can compete in higher volume upper mid range of the market.
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