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Chinese tech news site EMSOne cites Barclays Capital analysts claiming that a “cheap edition” of the iPhone will be built this year by Foxconn and Pegatron.
The report states that the iPhone models will each be released in two versions: one for the traditional market, supporting the standard frequency-division duplexing (FDD) technology, and one supporting the time-division duplexing (TDD) used by China Mobile, the most important mobile operator in the world.
In addition, it is claimed that Pegatron has received orders for the FDD version of the lower-cost iPhone.
The iPhone 5S will be entirely produced by Foxconn and it will be an upgrade to the iPhone 5.
Rumors suggest the presence of a special chip that will make it the first LTE world smartphone, as it will make it compatible with all networks worldwide including China Mobile.
All models could be available as early as August or September 2013.