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Apple Rumoured to Be Using Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC in Low-cost iPhone

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An unnamed industry watcher has been cited by the China Times (Via AppleInsider), claiming Apple will opt for a version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC for the rumoured cheaper iPhone, which will allegedly enter the production line in the second quarter of this year.

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The source says Apple has plans to use the Taiwan-based TSMC’s 28 nm process to build the cheap iPhone’s Snapdragon SoC. This also means the previously rumoured Apple–TSMC talks have resulted in a partnership, and the Cupertino company has started to move away from Samsung.

Although we have no official confirmation of the above claims, it is worth noting that two 28 nm-based classes of Snapdragon, the 400 and 800 series, include a cellular modem, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and if Apple is indeed looking to cut costs in order to manufacture a low-cost iPhone, using all-in-one solutions could be a likely scenario. The industry watcher also claims that the low-cost iPhone will stick with 3G instead of 4G.

The Chinese newspaper has also named Renesas Electronics as LCD driver manufacturer; and Toshiba, Elpida, Micron Technology, SK Hynix and SanDisk as NAND flash memory providers.

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