Apple’s Low-Cost iPhone to Feature Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC

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A rumor from the Far East emerged last Friday, saying that Apple will use a version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon system on a chip for its so-called low-cost iPhone. In relation to this, there were claims that manufacturing of the said device is expected to start in the second quarter of the year.

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Citing an unnamed industry watcher, the China Times reported that Apple is planning to use TSMC’s 28 nm process to build the Snapdragon SoC for the low-cost iPhone. In case it’s true, the switch from Samsung will be a first for the company, who also took for themselves the responsibility of designing the latest A6 and A6X processors.

Although nothing is verified yet, the rumor is not without merit. That’s because the 28 nm-based Snapdragon chips, especially the 400 and 800 series, offer on-board communication. This includes cellular modem, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It’s also noteworthy that the use of SoC processors could save on component costs—that is if the Cupertino-based company indeed plans to release a cheaper iPhone model.

In relation to this, China Times reported that Renesas Electronics will produce the purported handset’s LCD drivers, while Elpida, Micron Technology, SanDisk, SK Hynix, and Toshiba will source its NAND flash memory.

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