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Is this the low-priced Apple iPhone or just a sales pitch for an Android flavored knock-off?

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Is this the low-priced Apple iPhone or just a sales pitch for an Android flavored knock-off?
On Saturday, accessory re-seller Techdy obtained what it claims to be the rear shell from the low-priced Apple iPhone and the display assembly from the same device. Techdy says that the two are a perfect fit and together reveal that the budget version of Apple's iconic smartphone will still have a 4 inch screen. The body is made of plastic, possibly polycarbonate, and is sturdier than the plastic on the Samsung Galaxy S4. The shape of the device is said to be similar to that of the original Apple iPod.

Some of the differences with the Apple iPhone 5 are seen with the front glass, which sticks out a tad above the body with the cheaper unit, and there are thinner bezels on the budget model. Before we go any further, it has been pointed out that the so-called rear shell for the low-priced iPhone does not include any cutouts for power controls and where openings should be for the volume controls, you will find two small drill holes. The lining of the shell has cutouts where the power and volume buttons should be. But it doesn't line up with the small holes on the outside of the shell.

Inconsistencies appear with the lack of cutouts for the shell
Inconsistencies appear with the lack of cutouts for the shell

This all could be a way to bring attention to Techdy's Basic Bear which is an Android powered phone made to look like the low cost iPhone with a 4 inch display with 640 x 1136 resolution, a quad-core 1.7GH Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor under the hood, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage. There is an 8MP rear facing snapper that takes video in 1080 x 1920,and a 2MP front-facing camera. The 2300mAh battery can recharge using Qi compatible wireless technology. Android 4.2.2 is installed. The phone comes in 5 colors and is priced at $199.

The sales pitch sort of makes us dubious about Techdy's claim that it has the low-priced Apple iPhone in its grasp, so we'll simply pass the salt and move on. Techdy's claim to fame is that it sells an open-source game controller for the Apple iPad mini, which doesn't necessarily mean it is privy to inside information. Nonetheless, we will let you decide whether or not what you are seeing is the real thing. To help you in making that decision, you might want to check out the video below.



source: Techdy via AppleInsider

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