Coming: Cheaper, 8GB iPhone

New phone could be ready within weeks: sources
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2011 7:58 AM CDT
A salesperson at a mobile phone shop displays an Apple iPhone 4 to a customer in New Delhi, India, Friday, May 27, 2011.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

(Newser) – A cheaper, 8GB iPhone 4 is on its way, and could be available within weeks, reports Reuters. A Korean supplier has reportedly started manufacturing the new flash drive for the phone, say sources. Analysts suspect the plan may be to use this phone as a way to juice sales in developing markets, "where customers want to switch to low- to mid-end smartphones from high-end feature phones, which usually cost $150 to $200," said one analyst.

But that price point isn't too achievable in this round, says the analyst: "I think for an 8GB iPhone 4 the price is hard to go below $200, so Apple will still need a completely new phone with low specifications for the emerging markets."

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