GADGET DESIGNER Apple quietly announced an 8GB version of its iPhone 5C smartphone on Monday. This new model will retail for £40 less than the 16GB version, and Apple must be hoping that it will boost sales of the iPhone 5C, which reportedly has been outsold three to one in the UK by the iPhone 5S.
Here we compare the iPhone 5C 8GB model against the iPhone 5S on paper, to see if it can manage to turn things around.
The iPhone 5C 8GB and iPhone 5S have very different designs. The iPhone 5C sports an unashamedly plastic casing, with the handset moulded as a single piece of polycarbonate. The iPhone 5S, on the other hand, carries over the two-tone aluminium design that debuted on the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5C 8GB, like the iPhone 5C 16GB and 32GB versions, is available in blue, green, pink, yellow and white, while the iPhone 5S is available in white, gold and space grey.
The two phones are fairly equal in size, however, with both having the same 4in display. The iPhone 5C 8GB is slightly chunkier at 124.4x59.2x8.9 mm, compared to the 5S at 123.8x58.6x7.6mm, and it is also heavier than the iPhone 5S, tipping the scales at 132g, compared to 112g. That said, both the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S are small compared to the many 5in devices entering the market, and are both viewed as compact smartphones.
As the cheaper of the two, retailing for £429, the iPhone 5C is missing some of the features found on the more expensive iPhone 5S. This includes the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the handset's home button, allowing the user to unlock the device by scanning their fingerprint.
While they are world's apart in design, the iPhone 5C 8GB and iPhone 5S both have the same 4in 640x1136 resolution display with a pixel density of 326ppi.
While it's impossible to compare the identical screens, it's worth noting that the screen on both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C remains one of the best smartphone displays on the market, producing crystal-clear images and sharply defined text.
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