Latest rumor has Apple's 4-inch phone named the iPhone 5e; device will launch in March with the A8 inside

Latest rumor has Apple's 4-inch phone named the iPhone 5e; device will launch in March with the A8 inside
Last month, we passed along a roadmap for the world's largest carrier, China Mobile. The map included a release in April for the rumored 4-inch iPhone that was labeled the iPhone 7c. Other names we've heard for the handset include the iPhone 6c. Out of China today comes a report stating that the actual name of the new 4-inch Apple smartphone will be the iPhone 5e. The e  reportedly stands for "enhanced." The report dovetails with earlier speculation that the phone uses the design of the Apple iPhone 5c, albeit with a metal casing.

Today's report revises some of the specs we have heard previously. Instead of being powered by Apple's current A9 chipset, the iPhone 5e will feature the A8 under the hood, along with 1GB of RAM. The device will support Apple Pay, NFC and VoLTE. It will come with an 8MP rear-camera, and retail for the equivalent of $500 USD.

The Apple iPhone 5e is supposedly being assembled right now at Foxconn facilities, and will be launched in March with 16GB and 64GB versions available. The report adds that Apple is aiming the phone at emerging markets, hoping to spread the use of Apple Pay.


source: MyDrivers (translated) via CultofMac

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48 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's right around the corner.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So this is really an iPod touch 6th gen with NFC, LTE, and Apple pay because of NFC for an extra $300. If anyone buys this device, then they deserve to be fleeced by Apple. This is a joke. You can buy an iPod touch and purchase another smartphone that has better specs for a combined price of $500 or less.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't care what it is, I'm not buying one. Troll elsewhere.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree bro. sdgodsell does this all the time constantly making provocative comments in Apple articles.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly Mx. All I said is, "that's right around the corner" I didn't need the trolling. It's like, get a life man.

48. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just like what you do on Android articles. I'm not siding with him, I hate trolls on both sides.

38. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I was just stating some facts. Does it not have the same guts as an iPod touch 6th gen? It certainly does. You think its trolling, yet everything I said was a fact.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well based on Apple overpricing habit this sound like a cheap price lol. But yeah a moto G 2015 is already better all around for cheaper and thats with a brand if you go chines brand...

24. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I won't buy it if it has 1GB of ram, but at this point I would be more than happy to pay extra bucks for smaller package.

49. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Even with these rumours I expect that this new compact iphone will have 2gb of ram with a A8 prosscessor and the same 8mp camera as in the iPhone 6, probably (almost for sure) 5mp front camera, improved battery and hopefully the iPhone 5s design :3 that's my prediction, I might be wrong with the ram but I hope I'm not :P

30. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

@sgodsell, yup basically an ipod touch with sim tray. @darkkjedii he's just telling the truth no need to say troll. I admit it I hate apple for their overpricing and false advertisement (most of the time), still apple will be apple. History will always remember them as the one who revolutionize smart phone and tablet.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bro, his response was completely unnecessary for my comment. As I said, he can troll elsewhere.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Don't buy one. It's really that simple. This gives iPhone users more choice, and that can't be a bad thing.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right bro, if someone wants...why should I have an issue with that? It's their money, their choice, their purchase. Not everyone's a techie, chasing top flight specs, some just want a good phone/ecosystem.

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

More choice is always good. However it comes at a ridiculous price. Can you not see that this new phone has basically the same guts as an iPod touch 6t gen. Only the iPod touch is only $200. Where as this phone is $500. So you are getting LTE, NFC, and Apple pay because of the NFC. So you are paying an extra $300 more for the communication parts. So for $500 you could get two devices. Get and iPod touch and have $300 for a great mid range phone with even a higher resolution display. If people buy this device. Then I will stick with what I first stated, they deserve to be fleeced by Apple.

39. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Basically an iPhone 5S with an A8 instead for 500. Maybe same camera optics in the 6 too... Good luck selling, Apple.

2. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

this might sell a lot in india

6. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

If they sell it for 500 INR, instead of 500 USD...

4. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

WOW how many sheep will run out and buy a $200 phone for $500 just because of that little fruit on the back.

45. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Millions for sure, similar to the bunch that bought a whole lot more iPhone 5c, especially in the UK...

5. geordie8t1

Posts: 287; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

while you can buy a samsung A9 for less then $500 and it is a much better allround phone albeit bigger, or a microsoft 950XL for $550, or a oneplus2 with 64gb storage and 3gb ram for $389, just shows how guilable people will be to buy apple merchandise lol

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

And if you actually want a 4 inch phone? I'm not saying that this is a good deal (it really isn't), but the options available aren't exactly staggering. Odds are that somebody looking to purchase a 4 inch device isn't the same person that it's in the market for a 5.5 + inch device.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

lots of nice device in 4.3 to 4.7 inch with very small bezel so about same price but better all around. So no 500$ is way too much for this.

35. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I don't suppose you can name them, because I can't think of any that fall into the same size category. There really isn't much available for somebody looking for iPhone 5-esque size (with good performance and build).

40. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Z3 compact and z5 compact have the same dimensions as the iPhone 5 with 4,6 inch screens. Killer specs as well.

42. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No they don't. They are a bit taller and a good bit wider. Great choices for sure, and I'm still not advocating this rumoured device, but there really isn't anything in the same size bracket. The audience is probably small, but I do know a few people that think the 4 inch iPhone remains the perfect size.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Oh no another letter Just give us A9 with 2GB, how hard is that? Why every manufacturer feels the need to cripple smaller phones? And the biggest irony is that back in the day Apple was proud of itself that it released small phones with flagship specs

9. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

OMG Apple is being so cheap if they really put the A8 with 1GB of Ram inside it, that would be the same specs as the new iPod. That would be really stupid of their part to do something like this!! I truly hope that this new rumour is wrong because these specs are ridiculous. They could at least put 2GB of ram in the phone with the A8, this way it stays acceptable and futerproofes it for a good 2 years.

13. shady_maniac

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

1 gb ram in 2016? epic fail.

16. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

It didn't prevented iPhone 6 from becoming the best selling thing of all time, so it definitely wasn't a fail. Then, why would you expect an smaller iPhone 6 to have 6S spec ?

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