iPhone 6 to be cheaper than iPhone 5S?

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Eyeing Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6? Here’s some good news for you, as latest news reports in Chinese media claim that iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch screen may be priced cheaper than the company’s current top model iPhone 5S.

According to technology website Laoyaoba.com, the 32GB variant of iPhone 6 will cost CNY 5,300 (approximately $850), while the corresponding iPhone 5S model is officially priced at CNY 6,088. The 64GB iPhone 6 model is said to cost CNY 6,300 ($1,010), lesser than the CNY 6,888 price tag of the 64GB iPhone 5S.

Going by these prices, it is likely that the 16GB iPhone 6 will be cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 5S, which costs CNY 5,288. However, there are rumours that Apple would not launch a 16GB variant at all this year.

What’s more interesting is that buyers would get the 32GB iPhone 6 at the current price of 16GB iPhone 5S.

In India, the 16, 32 and 64GB variants of iPhone 5S cost Rs 53,500, Rs 62,500 and Rs 71,500, respectively.

What makes this pricing a possibility is an internal Apple slide that was made public as part of its trial against Samsung. The slide showed thatĀ customers want smartphones with bigger screens and cheaper price tags. With iPhone 6 widely expected to get a 0.7-inch larger display than the current top model, the cheaper price tag would make it a more appealing to customers.



Along with the 4.7-inch iPhone, Apple is also expected to venture into the phablet segment with a 5.5-inch handset. Chinese website Feng.com has said that it will offer 128GB storage option, along with 32 and 64GB; there will be no 16GB variant in this model as well. So far Apple has only offered 128GB storage in iPads only.

According to earlier reports, iPhone 6 will hit the shelves on September 19 this year. The 4.7-inch model is said to run on the 64-bit A8 processor and pack 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, solar charging, better battery and faster Wi-Fi. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is said to get more features in the next model, mainly focussing on health.

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