4-inch iPhone with A8 chip under the hood rumoured to launch in March – to be called “iPhone 5E”

Back in December, a leaked road map from China Mobile (the largest network operator in China and the world) revealed that a 4-inch iPhone called the “iPhone 7C” will be released in April. Other reports claim that the smaller iPhone will be called the “iPhone 6C.” A new report out of China is claiming to know what the device will actually be called, plus a few more details about the smaller iPhone.

Apple iPhone 5E with A8 chip?

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According to a new report from Chinese-speaking MyDrivers, Apple’s 4-inch iPhone will be called the “iPhone 5E.” The “E” in “iPhone 5E” reportedly stands for “enhanced.” Although the report goes against what previous reports are claiming regarding what the smaller iPhone will be called, it does confirm what we’ve heard in the past, which is the iPhone 5E will look a lot like the Apple iPhone 5C, but will be constructed out of metal.

This new report, however, goes against what we’ve heard about the 4-inch iPhone’s processor. According to the report, the Apple iPhone 5E will feature the A8 chip, which is the same processor found under the hood of the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Previous reports claimed that the smaller iPhone would feature the A9 chip, which is found under the hood of the Apple iPhone 6S and the Apple iPhone 6S Plus. Other specs revealed by this new report is 1 GB of RAM, support for Apple Pay, NFC, and VoLTE. In the photography department, the Apple iPhone 5E is said to feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Storage options are said to include 16 GB and 64 GB versions. It is said to cost around £350, and is said to target emerging markets. Apple is reportedly aiming to spread Apple Pay in emerging markets.

So when do we get to see the Apple iPhone 5E in stores? According to the report, the device is currently being mass produced and will be launched sometime in March.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this information with a pinch of salt.

Do you think the 4-inch Apple iPhone 5E will be available in March? If it does arrive in March, will you get your hands on one? Let us know through a comment on our Phones LTD Facebook page.

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