Do these leaked documents confirm the existence of several different versions of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) so-called “iPhone Lite?” PhoneArena has discovered some iPhone documents that were recently posted on a Chinese social media site. These documents purportedly describe at least two different versions of Apple’s rumored budget smartphone. The site also obtained a new picture of some plastic iPhone casings in various colors, which appear to be similar to previously leaked images.
The documents use the codenames “Zenvo” and “Zagato/Bertone” to refer to the devices. The Zenvo iPhone appears to be the cheaper of the two versions. It features Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) HP5 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, support for FDD 4G connectivity, and a Bluetooth 4.0 capability.
The Zagato/Bertone version features an H6P processor and support for TDD 4G LTE connectivity. According to PhoneArena, the Zagato/Bertone iPhone models will cost more than the Zenvo, and will be geared towards the Chinese market.
According to Apple Insider, the documents indicate that the Zenvo model is already in production, or about to begin production. On the other hand, the Zagato/Bertone models seem to still be in the prototype phase. There appears to be few differences between the Zagato and Bertone models, which may indicate that they are the same iPhone, but with minor alterations based on specific market requirements.
A lower-cost iPhone model may be Apple’s answer to the increasingly saturated high-end smartphone market. Many analysts have long been calling for Apple to release a budget iPhone, which would help the company better compete in emerging markets like China.
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