China’s biggest carriers spill specs for ‘iPhone Air’ and ‘iPhone Pro’


(Picture: China Telecom)
(Picture: China Telecom)

Days after China Mobile, aka the world’s largest mobile carrier, started taking preorders for the iPhone 6, rivals China Telecom and China Unicom (the second- and third-largest carriers in the country) have pointed out that they too will be selling Apple’s eagerly anticipated next-gen handset.

Referring to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 as the “iPhone Air” and the 5.5-inch variant as the “iPhone Pro,” China Unicom has put up a pricing list for the devices, showing how cost will vary according to storage capacity and form factor.

(Picture: China Unicom)
Picture: China Unicom

China Telecom, meanwhile, has gone even further by matching China Mobile with its own preorder page (complete with weirdly pixelated logo), describing what it thinks the spec will be for the iPhone 6.

These include an upgraded 3-megapixel front camera, better Touch ID, powerful quad-core A8 chip and longer-lasting 2,100 mAh battery. After users click through for reservation, they are also able to choose between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch “phablet” iPhone 6.

While China Telecom plays it pretty safe, it’s worth noting that the company is using what appear to be fan-made renders of the iPhone 6 in its advertising — which may not exactly suggest the most inside information available.

Source: ZDNet

Deals of the Day

  • jasonstweeting

    Better not start as 16GB for the base model. Old excuse was price. 32GB now doesn’t cost more than $10. Fed up with paying an extra $100 for 32GB model.

    • tonyadams66

      They’re gonna to start with 16GB and ends with 128GB (Just like the iPad Air). I don’t think they’re planning to drop 16GB because of the pricing which may get higher if they push 32GB model as standard and also 32GB will not be very much useful for an average user…

      I believe the iPhone 5S will still have as availability after iPhone 6 is launched but iPhone 5S will have 8GB.

  • whodakat

    I sure am hoping that 4.7″ with 416 DPI holds true. If they gimp the 4.7″ and give the 5.5″ a huge bump in resolution I’m going to be irritated. We don’t all want a giant phone.

    • Albert

      They should have gone QHD for all of the models seriously. They would just have to 4x the pixel of previous apps, which is awesome for developers and users.

      • eXoguti093

        Complete gimmick, no point if you won’t see any more detail, why? Because you simply can’t see any more detail or the UI at that density.

      • Alex Blaha

        Agree with eXoguti093, I wish for a better quality display in the area of colour and contrast, the resolution has already hit its limit, it’s not all about resolution, y’know.

  • Aannddyy

    Three iPhones stuck together into one super iPhone sandwich, me want.

  • Andrew

    16GB as a base model in 2014? LOL!

    • Tallest Skil

      And yet it sells better than any Android phone on the market. Maybe… just maybe… you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

      • Andrew

        Awe, you seem a bit hostile.

      • Tallest Skil

        No, you’re just totally wrong.

      • Andrew

        No, you do seem a bit hostile. What am I wrong about, exactly? Your replies make absolutely no sense, especially since I have nothing to be “wrong” about. I never mentioned anything that could be perceived as correct or incorrect.

      • Tallest Skil

        Guess you can’t read your own words, then. Your suggestion that 16 gigs isn’t enough anymore is patently false, as shown by sales, which I immediately said.

      • Andrew


      • Tallest Skil

        Is this supposed to be a reply?

      • Andrew

        WHO IS THIS?

      • GadgetCanada1

        You’ve been TS’d

      • Andrew


      • GadgetCanada1

        We’re the bad news
        We’re the young guns
        We’re the ones that they told you to run from
        Yeah, the player’s gonna play, and a haters gonna hate
        And a regulators born to regulate
        When it hits the fan, and it all goes down
        And the gloves come off
        You’re gonna find out just who we are

      • Andrew


      • JayF

        16 gb is an absolute joke for a new phone!!!! Because I want the new iphone and don’t want to pay the extra $100 for space, doesn’t mean it’s any less of a profit gimmick. (Very anti-android)

      • jasonstweeting

        Ok, I enjoy my apple products too, but you are being an annoying fan boy. 16GB is NOT enough. Strong sales doesn’t equate to being enough, I would say it’s more because of affordability. Imagine buying that 16GB, then you dl your apps, music, etc. Now record a nice video or two 30 days later. Out of space?! Now the 16GB owner is SOL while still contributing to those strong sales.

      • GadgetCanada1

        I should have realized everybody’s usage of their iPhone is exactly like yours. Hence we should all pay more so the minimum storage is 32GB instead of you simply buying a higher capacity model

      • Tallest Skil

        Rule number… what, five? Great job invalidating your statements. 16 GB is perfectly fine, again, as I have now said three times, as the sales numbers prove. You are not everyone. Strong sales of which Apple approves indicates that they approve of them. Pretty simple to comprehend. The people buying a 16GB model know exactly what they’re purchasing, you utter dunce. If they want more space, they’ll buy more space. You’re behaving as though it’s the only model. Frankly you should be embarrassed.

      • jasonstweeting

        Ahh I now understand what you think I am saying. I do not want to get rid of the 16GB model so that we can all pay $300 (+2yr commitment) for the 32GB version. I want apple to get rid of the 16GB model and make 32GB the base $200 model. Going from 16GB to 32GB should be relatively cheap! What I don’t understand is why someone would complain about getting more memory for the same amount of money.

        This issue is a serious concern for myself and many of my friends and family. With an android that has a microsd slot, I can buy a 128GB for ~$50. Why the heck should I pay an extra $100 to get a lousy extra 16GB? I hope the iphone 6 will have something like: 32GB $200, 64GB $300, 128GB $400. Is that really too much to ask for??

      • Tallest Skil

        Yeah, I know what you’re saying. I’m telling you that this doesn’t matter, otherwise something would have already been done. Get over it. Either pay more or buy garbage from someone else. I’m sure Apple will eventually see how wrong they are and do what you want earlier than needed. They won’t, but feel free to tell yourself that.

      • TeeJay1100

        I’ve been trying to understand this for years: Why the heck should I pay an extra $100 to get a lousy extra 16gb? You have to understand Apple’s profit margin per phone they sell. The more you pay to get a iphone higher than 16gb, the more profit they get when in reality the storage is costing them little to nothing. It’s all about their profits!! It’s such a shame because the consumer get shafted every time. I’m glad you noticed others Micro SD slot prices. 128Gb for $50 and sometimes it’s cheaper than that.

      • TeeJay1100

        Calm down. It’s only a phone. Something tangible that does not mean nothing. Why are you so serious over nothing?? No one cares about sales but Apple, their banks, and shareholders!!

      • Tallest Skil

        Why would you waste your time replying when you have absolutely nothing to say?

      • TeeJay1100

        What is your point? Because you obviously have nothing to say other than following me around in these threads raising aimless questions.

      • Tallest Skil

        No, no one is following you.

      • jasonstweeting

        I’ve concluded that this person is a troll and should not be fed anymore. I contributed to the discussion and it turns out my point of view is meaningless according to this trolls own words. Let’s move on and look forward to and complain about tomorrow’s announcement.

  • Tallest Skil

    Hey, CultofMac! That image? Not official. It’s a render from August or earlier.

    Nothing to do with Apple. The prices may be right, but the image and everything else is wrong. Thanks, China!

  • aaloo

    Man, these Chinese folks are just asking for apple’s wrath. Just posting fake photos and taking pre-orders. It’s so common for Chinese businesses to deceive customers.

  • Brandon Franklin

    Awsome the 5.5 rumor seems more legit everyday. And what’s with everyone getting butthurt about the possible upgraded specs of the 5.5? If they don’t utilize the extra space what’s the point of making it? Personally I hope it has extended features in the same vein as the SG note. Not necessarily the same features just more capabilities ala apples brain trust and the extra screen and chassis real estate

  • Sourish


  • I hope this is wrong, because its freakin 2014, I want 128GB builtin memory already.

    • TeeJay1100

      That will cost you $1,000. Apple will make sure of that. They are pushing their icloud for those of you who want more storage. Even that is overpriced compared to competition.

      • Screw the cloud.

      • TeeJay1100

        After this nude picture leak debacle, I’m sure you aren’t the only one saying that.

      • iFuck


  • Still no iWatch… :(

  • JBinCalifornia

    …annnnd cue WWIII.