Pocket-lint is supported by its readers. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

(Pocket-lint) - Making history, Apple has for the first time announced a plastic iPhone. And, as months of rumours have claimed, it's officially called the iPhone 5c.

Apple's iPhone 5c - a smartphone aimed at developing markets like China and customers on a budget in the US, UK and other areas - will be available in green, white, blue, pink and yellow colour options. As for pricing, it will cost $99 (£63) for 16GB or $199 for 32GB. That's on a two-year contract.

"It's made with all the incredible technology of the iPhone 5," says Phil Schiller, senior vice-president of worldwide marketing at Apple. "You won't see seams, or part lines, or joins... The entire back and sides are made from a single part."

Pocket-lintiphone 5c apple goes budget and brings back plastic image 4

The iPhone 5c features a hard-coated polycarbonate body, though it has a steel-reinforced frame on the inside. It also sports a 4-inch Retina display with integrated touch, full RGB standard and support for widescreen video. In a promotional video for the iPhone 5c, Apple's design chief Jony Ive called the handset "beautifully, unapologetically plastic."

Apple Watch Series 7 reviewed, Sonos interview, and more - Pocket-lint Podcast 125

Apple has also clarified that the iPhone 5c's battery is slightly larger than the iPhone 5's - and it has the same processor (A6 processor) and rear-facing camera (8-megapixel) as the iPhone 5. Other specs include support for more LTE bands, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a new FaceTime HD camera on the front, backside illumination, etc.

To complement the all-new iPhone 5c, Apple unveiled soft, matte, microfibre-lined cases with circular patterns that let "splashes of colour show through". They are available in the five iPhone 5c colours and cost $29 each. The 5C will also be available on 20 September in stores, presumably alongside its custom cases.

Pocket-lintiphone 5c apple goes budget and brings back plastic image 7

Pocket-lint is live from Apple's 2013 iPhone event. Stick to our Apple hub for the latest, where we'll bring you a hands-on of the new devices very soon.

Writing by Elyse Betters and Jake Smith. Originally published on 9 September 2013.