3G Rumors: iPhone 3G to be Smaller and Lighter?!

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Apple Insider brings word that Taiwan Economic News's sources are claiming that:

"[The iPhone 3G] weighs only 110 to 120 grams versus its first generation cousin's 158 grams. Much of the weight reduction is said to have come from a material swap that will see handset adopt a plastic casing instead of aluminum-magnesium one. In addition to weight advantage, the latest version is also more energy efficient and externally smarter. LCD screen on the phone measures 2.8 inches diagonally, a downsize from first generation`s 3.5 inches."

We already covered that Foxxcon may be producing upwards of 25 million of Apple's next generation handset, but this rumor seems to contradict Engadget's insider who claimed we'd be seeing a fatter, not thinner iPhone, and would score one in Chad's column (see the upcoming Phone Different Podcast #17 for background on the Dieter/Chad size throwdown).

And a 2.8" screen? I know I was asking for something higher density than the current 160dpi -- more along the lines of the Nano's 202dpi -- but I was hoping for more pixels, not just tighter. C'mon Apple, give me 720p already!

Besides, trying to type on a vertical soft keyboard that skinny? (And don't even joke about virtual SureType! Yikes!!)

What do you think?

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3G Rumors: iPhone 3G to be Smaller and Lighter?!

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IMHO, I think moving to a smaller screen is unfortunate. A big seller for me is the real estate. Take that away and my "old" iPhone is looking just fine.

I think this rumor is crap. From the original Taiwanese article:
Industry watchers pointed out that the casing-material change has helped Hon Hai lure the orders away from Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd. and Catcher Technology Co. Ltd. with its profession in manufacturing of precision plastic components for information-technology products. Foxconn and Catcher were contracted to supply aluminum casing to first-generation iPhone.
Wa-huh? Hon Hai is Foxconn, so how can they be luring orders away from them? So the journalist doesn't even realize that Hon Hai and Foxconn are the same entity. That doesn't bode well for the veracity of this rumor.
At best, this may be the size of a new, smaller, and cheaper iPhone nano. I would be ok with the smaller size and cheaper (crappier) plastic casing on a nano model as long as they keep a 3.5" (or bigger) screen with aluminum casing on the the main, top-of-the-line iPhone model.

If Apple switches to a smaller screen I'll just stick with my current iPhone. Even if they made the horizontal keyboard a standard across all apps that typing wouldn't be fun. I just don't see the need to reduce the screen size. For that reason I'm calling BS on this rumor. Dyvim makes an excellent point as well, no fact checking and the fact that the author doesn't know the two companies are the same doesn't make this any more believable.

What I'd *love* is 202dpi (Nano res) at 3.5". Gimme 640x480! (actually, give me 720p, but I'll settle for VGA...)
Cue Surur in 3... 2...

What I'd *love* is 202dpi (Nano res) at 3.5". Gimme 640x480! (actually, give me 720p, but I'll settle for VGA...)
Cue Surur in 3... 2...
Instead of cue-ing me, why don't you just link to my previous post about this already?
Surur

Your link fingers busted from trying to get WinMob tic-tactile typing already?
If memory serves, some upcoming, unreleased, vaguely leaked HTC may have VGA, but not yet at 3.5" sometime in the possible future, but proper video drivers will be anyone's guess or user class action? :)

Wa-huh? Hon Hai is Foxconn, so how can they be luring orders away from them? So the journalist doesn't even realize that Hon Hai and Foxconn are the same entity. That doesn't bode well for the veracity of this rumor
Neither does the fact the 'journalist' reckons the current version is 158 grams (Apple think it's 135).

Please do not confuse bloggers with the facts. Broken telephone is nothing compared to the meta-mess that results from posting about a posting about a posting...