After months of rumours and many part leaks, it appears that things are starting to come to a head with these high-resolution photos of a plastic iPhone. Plastic shells for the device, which is rumoured to be for those users that want the iPhone experience on a budget, have been appearing for a few months now. Now, techdy.com has pulled together the shell of a pre-production plastic iPhone and a display expected to be for the device and placed the two together to give an idea of what the finished device will look like. According to Techdy:
“The budget iPhone will be made substantially from plastic (we can feel it’s actually polycarbonate material). It will have a 4” screen, like the iPhone 5, and interestingly, the budget iPhone actually has a shape that’s similar to Apple’s original iPod. When we hold the budget iPhone in our hands, the plastic chassis does not feel cheap at all. Unlike the plastic build quality of the Samsung Galaxy phones, the plastic material used on the budget iPhone feels more sturdy.”
The budget iPhone is expected to launch in multiple colours later this year, alongside the iPhone 5S. This early casing leaks seems to have simple pinholes where the volume and lock buttons should be, and the Home button is clearly not in place as the internals of the device aren’t present. Still, the casing appears to match a number of previous leaks, so unless Apple is pulling an incredible fake, this is likely to be the final design. We’ll have to wait until September to find out for sure, but for now, check out more of the shots in our gallery below, and over at Techdy’s website.
Oh, and if you just can’t wait to get a pre-order for a device that looks like this, you can now put your name down for the Android version of the budget iPhone based on the designs here. You can preorder it now (yes, this isn’t a joke) fr $199 over at Techdy’s store.