iPhone 5C 8GB version goes official

NEW DELHI (TIP): The 8GB version of Apple’s iPhone 5C is official. The company has launched the 8GB version of iPhone 5C, the cheaper plastic body variant of the iPhone, in several countries in Europe. The 8GB iPhone 5C model (unlocked) has been priced at 429 pounds in the UK, 40 pounds cheaper than the 16GB variant of the same phone.

The phone is also being offered at zero upfront cost in UK and France through telecom operators O2 and SFR, as part of multi-year contracts. Apple is expected to list the 8GB version of the phone in the US, as well. The only difference between the 8GB model and the existing variants of the phone is reduced storage space, other specs of iPhone 5C remain same. Apple iPhone 5C sports a 4-inch Retina IPS LCD display (640x1136p, 326ppi).

The phone is powered by Apple’s A6 chip, that also powers iPhone 5. iPhone 5C features an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 1.2MP front-facing camera. According to reports, iPhone 5C has not done too well when it comes to sales. Apple’s decision to introduce a cheaper variant looks like an acknowledgement of the same.

A report by DigiTimes had reported that there were warehouses in Taiwan that had 3 million unsold iPhone 5C units in them. Umeng, China’s largest app analytics platform, reported that after four months of the phone’s launch, iPhone 5C activations remain way below those of the 5S. The 5C is on only 2% of devices on Umeng,while the 5S is on 12% of devices. It draws its data from 75,000 developers and 210,000 apps on its network.

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