iPhone 5C scratch resistance

Apple’s rumored mid-tier handset called the iPhone 5C is said to feature a plastic body much like the iPhone 3GS, only sturdier. Using polycarbonate plastic in place of the iPhone 5’s sensitive two-tone aluminum + glass combo should yield some much-needed advancements in the scratch resistance department, as shown in a video posted by Taiwan’s Apple Daily.

The clip also gives us the exact measurements of the iPhone 5C’s rear shell which, despite rocking the same four-inch screen as the current iPhone 5, appears to be just slightly taller and thicker than its high-end counterpart…

Taiwan’s Apple Daily has gone all out conducting a stress test of the purported iPhone 5C shell by shaking it in a plastic bag together with a bunch of keys and coins – the items you’d typically find in your pocket.

The website cites its sources as claiming that the plastic iPhone sports a surface hardness of 8H on the pencil hardness test, or three times stronger than the regular PET film used to protect the iPhone’s display from scratches.


Another thing to glean from the clip: colors.

If the video is an indication, the iPhone 5C will be offered in red, green, white and blue, matching up previous rumors pretty nicely. There could also be a yellow iPhone 5C variant, according to a recent backplate leak.

iPhone 5C (colors, Apple Daily)

As for the dimensions, the rear shell is 59.33mm wide, 124.55mm tall and 8.98mm deep.

This compares to the iPhone 5 which measures 58.6mm wide, 123.8mm tall and 7.6mm deep. The slightly wider and taller and a tad thicker iPhone 5C enclosure could be contributed to the use of polycarbonate plastic instead of aluminum.

The video briefly shows a comparison shot of the iPhone 5 backplate versus the blue iPhone 5S rear shell which we actually spotted earlier today on Sina Weibo (but can’t vouch for its authenticity).

Blue iPhone 5S backplate closeup (Sina Weibo 001)

The blog corroborates earlier claims in terms of internals, reiterating the device will include an improved back camera with dual-LED flash for better low-light performance, as well as pretty much the same internals as the iPhone 5 – again, in line with analysts’ expectations of the iPhone 5C replacing the iPhone 5.

Considering the iPhone 5 attracts scratches and dings so easily, the iPhone 5C’s scratch-resistant body and more affordable price should make it a hit with cash-strapped buyers.

Apple should reveal the iPhone 5S and 5C at a media event on September 10.

  • theGODofmyBATHROOM

    oh… i lost my mommy

  • abdullah575

    i think the iPhone 5S would be the best ??!!

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    the blue,green,red is just plain wrong. I am not again’st colours or anything but apple choice of colours is atrocious. That is if the clip is to be believed.

  • rasengan720 .

    you sure thats a iphone and not some iphone clone they usually bring up in china?

  • Cameraman skills of a wild monkey. I hate people who can’t focus for shit.

    • Marcos Frazão

      totally agree

    • rosssimpson

      LMFAO best comment i’ve seen in a while and so agree!

  • seyss

    scammers use the shitty filming technique on fake products

    • Stephen Michael Simon

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Marcos Frazão

    what a stupid video, now ask this chinese to put strength in the key rubbin, lol
    and you see what will happen

    • Kurt

      Yeah, he looked like he was trying not to scratch it.

  • Adam Bowman

    Yeah, but the music was awesome.

    I started dancing.

  • lemonhead

    Probably a fake iPhone 5C…
    Probably a fake Camera too :p

  • Kurt

    hope the bezels wont be that massive

  • felixtaf

    Stupid test and stupid camera! U need to scratch it idiot… Not jus rub it like butter n bread!!!

  • Marnix Robyns

    this test wouldn’t even scratch butter

  • Gus Me

    At some point in the video I was expecting to see someone tied up and blinded in what looked to be a basement. Wow that was bad!

  • blcbs@yahoo.com

    Learn how to FOCUS a camera and than make a video. All i could hear is stupid rock music. Dang deng danggg thaang.

  • Cyber Jethro

    That moment when Apple figured out that plastic is more durable than aluminum.

  • Zaidan Umar

    If this was recorded by an iPhone 5C, then theres no way im buying it!

  • Donna Evans

    it’s down to either getting a case or a screen protector, though to be honest I prefer having a screen protector than a case because i don’t like bulking up my phones plus cases can be so pricey too. In the other hand, screen protectors are lightweight and inexpensive if you know which one to get. You can pick a GEARMAXX screen protector for cheap…They sell on ebay and are high quality, lightweight and durable!