Rumor: $330 Polycarbonate 4.5″ iPhone Coming in 2014

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iPhone 5 not large enough for your taste? Or — more likely — is the hefty price tag just a bit too much to swallow? Apple may be working on something to appease even the more price-conscious buyers.

According to Japanese Apple blogĀ Macotakara, Apple is developing a polycarbonate iPhone. The iPhone will have a 4.5″ display, and will be on sale in 2014 for a very fair price of $330 (I’d assume this is an off-contract price, for U.S. buyers). The polycarbonate material is likely cheaper to produce and manufacture. The display of this rumored product is larger than that of the 4″ iPhone 5, which is strange: usually, larger displays mean a higher-end product.

There may be sacrifices in the quality and features of this device, given its low price, though there could very well still be an excellent device here. For example, one of (if not the) best Android devices is Google’s Nexus 4, which ships for just $299 off-contract in an 8 GB variant. Apple could perhaps pull a similar move, though the slightly higher price could be a sign of Apple’s traditionally higher margins taking their toll.

[Macotakara via MacRumors]

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