Cheaper ‘iPhone XC’ leaked ahead of Apple's announcement this week

Angelica Greene
September 10, 2018

Last year, Tim Cook and Co entered unchartered territory when the decade-anniversary iPhone X was priced at $999 (64GB) and $1,149 (256GB), the first time a mainstream device topped the 4-digit dollar mark. However, a recent leak on Chinese social media platform Weibo claims to know final price, specifications and names of the upcoming products, according to technology portal Mysmartprice. Imaging is expected to be taken care of by a dual-lens setup with FaceID on the front.

In the UAE, the device has price tags of Dh4,304 and Dh4,965.50, respectively - although this was after 5 per cent Value-Added Tax kicked in; they were originally Dh4,099 and Dh4,729. While several leaks have locked down to the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xc monikers, there are some who are coming up with new information related to the iPhones. The button layout seems to lifted off straight from the iPhone X - a large power button on one side while the volume rocker and slider on the other end.

However, being a cheaper variant, it will feature an LCD screen, an aluminum casing, glass back and a single rear camera. According to 9to5Mac, the slides give a price in Chinese Yuan for each of the three primary iterations of the successor to the iPhone X lineup, ranging from 5888 Yuan for the iPhone XC to 8388 for the iPhone XS Max.

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And while there are bump-ups indeed, reports say that Apple was able to keep the price at the same levels by going with cheaper components. Well, that's also not possible as the company is still in a mindset that the feature is not yet ready for the mainstream audience. All of the new iPhones will include the iPhone X's new design, along with Face ID for unlocking the device. While actual United States prices might differ, Goldman Sachs has revised its own estimates, saying that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, a.k.a. iPhone XC, will actually sell for $849, instead of the expected $699.

We can also see a red colored iPhone in the leaked images which catches our attention. What remains to be seen is whether facial recognition can work as well on a tablet with its multiple orientations as it does on the iPhone X, which is primarily used when held in portrait orientation in the hand.

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