More iPhone Rumors : iPhone 5 could be Sprint Exclusive .. but at what cost?

By: t-marco October 4th, 2011

According with BGR, Sprint could be the first and only carrier ( at least until the first quarter 2012) to carry the iPhone 5.  Today, Apple will announce 2 iPhones, the 4S and the new iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S will be available at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. On the other hand, the iPhone 5 will be available at Sprint exclusively after paying $20 billion to Apple and assuring a good sell.

That is a big and risky move of Sprint. Here is the information from BGR:

“I have been told that Sprint will be getting the iPhone 5 — yes the real iPhone 5, not the iPhone 4S — as an exclusive. And it will be a 4G WiMAX device. AT&T and Verizon would launch the iPhone 4S and get the iPhone 5 some time in the first quarter of next year as an LTE device. Globally, the iPhone 5 might be available as a 4G HSPA+ device. The iPhone 4S Apple will introduce tomorrow will feature the following:

  • A low voltage Apple A5 CPU (it won’t be the same as the iPad 2 chip, clock for clock).
  • Updated front and back camera sensors. FaceTime HD in the front, 8 megapixel 1080p HD video recording in the back.
  • Multiband 3G Qualcomm chipset — North American & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for AT&T and Global carriers, North American CDMA & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for Verizon and Sprint.
  • NFC support
  • Metal or “premium” plastic on the back case.

Here is what my source said about the iPhone 5 that will launch as a Sprint exclusive:

  • Faster CPU.
  • Larger 4-inch screen, similar to LG’s NOVA display but higher resolution.
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • Slightly larger design overall but thinner, and a larger battery.
  • 32GB
  • iPhone 5 exclusive software and APIs (Assistant).
  • Dedicated Assistant button, possibly integrated with the new home button, “think gestures or a two-stage button like a camera shutter key)”

Source

Picture thanks to MacRumors

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