Budget iPhone feels less cheap than a Samsung, says leak

The latest budget iPhone leak says the plastic Apple phone feels less cheap than a Samsung Galaxy phone. Cheeky!

The budget iPhone has seen more leaks than a civil servant's sieve, and the latest says the upcoming plastic iPhone feels nowhere near as cheap as a Samsung Galaxy phone. Ooh, controversial!

The follow-up to the Apple iPhone 5 is expected to be both a regular iPhone, set to be named the 5S , and a cheaper plastic version possibly called the iPhone Light .

A Chinese design collective claims to have got its hands on a genuine shell of the forthcoming 4-inch plastic iPhone, and have got into some chucklesome scrapes with it.

The folks at TechDy reckon the plastic-backed iPhone "does not feel cheap at all... unlike the plastic build quality of the Samsung Galaxy phones". Of course, this may all be rubbish, so take it with a pinch of salt.

The TechDy folks have then taken the alleged iPhone shell and filled it full of phone parts to make: an Android phone! And it's yours for just $199. The cheeky scamps.

Whether it's called the iPhone Light or something else, it seems almost certain Apple will release a cheaper iPhone alongside the latest model later this year. Exactly how wallet-friendly the iPhone Light is remains to be seen: it's likely to be a cheaper iPhone rather than a cheap iPhone.

Would you shell out for a plastic-shelled iPhone? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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