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Is this the Budget iPhone? See a Fully Assembled iPhone in all its Plastic Glory

You’ve been hearing about the “budget iPhone” for months now, and while it’s interesting to catch glimpses of component parts here and there, this is the leak we’ve been waiting for (if it’s real, of course). From case maker Tactus, we’re supposedly getting a look at a fully-assembled budget iPhone–and spoiler alert, it looks like an iPhone 5, only plastic.

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When we first heard Apple would try to hit an unsubsidized price of $300 (rumored) with the budget iPhone, it was puzzling to figure out where they would cut corners. While the plastic devices surfacing lately definitely carry a less-expensive look about them, I’m pleasantly surprised to see we’re looking at affordable iDevices that just might have 4-inch Retina displays, as well as camera and flash components. Apart from the plastic body, there are rumors that the budget iPhone will differentiate itself by coming in many different colors. This, and the slight increase in thickness forced by the plastic, make the budget iPhone resemble an iPod Touch almost more than an iPhone.

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Some have doubted the authenticity of Tactus’s “leaked” budget iPhone images.  It could just be a model Tactus built themselves with the information available to them. The plastic shown in Tactus’s model looks a little too cheap, even if this iPhone is supposed to be on a budget.

Assuming this budget iPhone is real and it’s not the only handset Apple plans to unveil later this year, we’re set for a marked shift away from the usual release schedule. But there’s more in it for Apple than catering to those in the market for a mid-tier device, as a brand-new device made of wholly different components should lessen the materials constraints that usually come along with the launch of, say, an iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.

 

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What do you think–is Apple on track in pursing a handset that’s anything but the super-high-quality we’ve come to expect? See the video below for another representation of how the plastic budget iPhone is supposed to look like.

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