Today, a renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared some new research notes about the upcoming 2018 iPhones. He states that Apple will launch three iPhones this year: a second generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, and a long-awaited 6.1-inch iPhone X SE. The first two iPhone models are anticipated to feature OLED display while the third one may boast LCD display.
Kuo says that the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will come with a 2-cell L-shaped battery between 3,300 and 3,400mAh. On the other hand, the 5.8-inch OLED model is said to include a 2,700-2,800mAh battery, while the 6.1-inch LCD model is expected to boast a 2,850-2,950mAh battery. This is larger than the iPhone 8 Plus battery, though it has the same rectangular and single-cell design.
According to Kuo, the second-generation iPhone X and a larger 6.5-inch version namely iPhone X Plus will have an increased 4GB of RAM. All three of the new iPhone models will come packed with an edge-to-edge screen and a TrueDepth camera system that supports Face ID.
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Kuo has previously predicted that the 6.1-inch model will be priced between $700 and $800. However, the iPhone X Plus will be the premium model, carrying a 6.5-inch OLED display, 4GB of RAM, and a battery pack between 3,300 and 3,400mAh.
In accordance with Kuo’s data, Apple’s suppliers – Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron will be the key assemblers of the 6.1-inch phone with 60%, 30%, and 10% allocation of EMS respectively. Around 70% of LCD panels for the device will be supplied from Japan Display. Rumors indicate that Apple will use the Full Active LCDs that only require ultra-slim 0.5mm bezels on all four sides. The iPhone is said to feature the same notch design as the iPhone X but will lack 3D Touch and a rear dual-camera system.
With the launch of a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X and a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, rumors suggest that Apple will flat out discontinue the current iPhone X instead of decreasing its price and selling it as a lower-cost older-generation smartphone.
The new iPhone X and iPhone X Plus, beyond the larger screen size, won’t be significant upgrades. A renowned Apple analyst Kuo doesn’t anticipate enhancements to be made to the TrueDepth camera system until 2019. However, he expects the devices to sell well, especially the lower-priced 6.1-inch iPhone X SE.
It’s unclear how accurate the rumors behind the upcoming 2018 iPhone models are. So, it would be wise to take rumors with a grain of salt.
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