Before proceeding any further with this article, you may want to take everything herein with a grain of salt due to the source of the report; Taiwan-based DigiTimes has developed a subpar reputation in the tech industry due to its often inaccurate Apple-related rumors. But having taken that into consideration, this may be one of the more interesting iPhone reports as of late. The site reported earlier today that as per its supply chain sources, Apple will be releasing a larger iPhone late this year, with lower-end specifications and a more affordable price point. This device is believed to be targeted at consumers from emerging markets.
According to DigiTimes, some of its sources had purportedly “seen the sample of the low-cost iPhone, which will come with a larger display, meeting the prevailing trend for the adoption of 5-inch displays for high-end models.” In addition, the budget iPhone may come with a different design, although there weren’t too many specifics on what to expect. Supposedly, this decision was also motivated by the recent success of the 7.9-inch iPad mini in China.
DigiTimes added some rumored specifications for the alleged lower-priced iPhone, and these include either one of two Snapdragon processors. The options include the quad-core APQ8064 (more commonly known as the Snapdragon S4 Pro) or the slightly older MSM8960, or the Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core. The latter processor type may seem like a more likely option considering that this device is supposed to be more affordable than the next-generation flagship iPhone, which may be known as an iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.
As the success of the iPad mini in China and other emerging markets appears to be a driver for Apple’s future plans, the rumored 5-inch iPhone with lower-end specs should end up as a similar device to Samsung’s Galaxy Grand. The Galaxy Grand is another 5-inch phone with few of the specs found on a typical device its size (dual-core processor, 800 x 480 resolution, etc.), and is mainly sold in emerging markets.