The plasticky iPhone 5c hasn’t been as successful as Cupertino was hoping and new proof to that, besides sales number, is the fact that Apple is now releasing a cheaper version of the iPhone 5c – the new 8 GB model. Without too much fanfare and not even a proper press release, the 8GB iPhone 5c is now available at UK operator O2 and French provider SFR, but it will soon make its way to other European carriers, such as German carrier O2 where it was initially leaked.
The 8 GB iPhone 5c has been officially made available for purchase to its European online stores. The smartphone is priced at £429 for the unlocked version in the United Kingdom, which represents a difference of £40 between it and the 16 GB model. The new version is also showing up on wireless carrier O2’s UK webpage with prices ranging from free to £409.99, or about $680. The 8 GB iPhone 5c will be £60 cheaper than the 16 GB model. Obviously, besides storage, the device is identical with the older 16GB version, featuring a 4-inch Retina display, Apple’s A6 processor, and an 8-megapixel camera.
Despite the fact that the new iPhone 5c version is slightly cheaper, it will still have a fierce fight to take in emerging markets against other middle-range smartphones. At the moment, the 8GB version of the iPhone 5c isn’t available in the United States, but it should be available later today.