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The latest Apple rumor to surface suggests the company is planning to release a budget version of the popular iPhone handset known as the iPhone mini. Such a rumor would have easily been squashed previously but since Cupertino released a smaller and more affordable version of the iPad late last year, is the thought of a cheaper iPhone really that farfetched today?
The idea behind a smaller iPhone is simple – make it more affordable which in turn will open it up to a much larger user base. It’s no secret that Samsung is winning the proverbial smartphone battle as recent data shows the Korean electronics giant is expected to account for one third of all smartphones sold this year. Apple’s iPhone, on the other hand, is forecasted to capture 21 percent of the market, just a single percentage point more than last year.
Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics told CNET that he believes Apple will launch an iPhone mini at some point within the next three years to cater to prepaid users that can’t afford the current iPhone.
Peter Misek from Jeffries echoed those sentiments, adding that we could see a cheaper iPhone from Apple as early as this summer priced between $200 and $250. He believes the project hasn’t gotten the go-ahead from Apple yet, however, because they are concerned that such a product could eat into their gross margins.
Either way, 2013 is shaping up to be another exciting year with regards to the smartphone market. Samsung will release the Galaxy S IV at some point, a revised Nokia Lumia line is rumored to be in the pipeline and it’s a safe bet that Apple will release some sort of iPhone later this year.
At this point, which new handset are you looking forward to the most?
The Apple iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
The Nokia Lumia 920 features a Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.5" IPS LCD with 768 x 1280 resolution (332 PPI). It packs an 8.7MP rear camera with a 2MP front-facing camera. The Lumia 920 runs Windows Phone 8 and is compatible with charging products based on the Qi wireless power standard. Other specs include, NFC, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of memory with 7GB of free SkyDrive storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is actually slimmer and thinner than its predecessor. The Galaxy Note II has a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16 to 64GB of internal storage to handle your daily activities. A microSD slot adds even more memory by providing the option of supporting an additional 64GB of storage.
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