It looks like we’re going to be seeing a so-called iPhone X Plus in 2018. It’s just one of the three new Apple handsets likely to launch in the new year, according to KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors).
According to the analyst, Apple’s prepping an all-new 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus” next year alongside a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X. Additionally, the company’s expected to unveil a lower-cost 6.1-inch model that will still use LCD.
All three models are expected to feature a full-screen design and include a TrueDepth camera.
As Kuo explains:
Two new OLED models target high-end market; new TFT-LCD model aims at low-end & midrange markets: We believe the major hardware difference in the two new OLED models is size, in a bid to satisfy various needs of the high-end market. The new TFT-LCD model will differ significantly from the OLED models in hardware and design specs (for instance, the PPI will be lower). The primary selling points of the TFT-LCD model may be the innovative user experience of an integrated full-screen design and 3D sensing with a lower price tag (we expect it will likely be US$649-749).
Two things stand out here.
First, it’s interesting Apple is once again planning to increase the iPhone screen size. This suggests we could soon see the 4-inch iPhone SE replaced by the 4.7-inch iPhone 7/8 as the company’s smallest handset.
Second, continuing to produce iPhones with large LCDs shows Apple’s commitment to the lower end of the market remains strong.
The 2018 iPhone lineup should be announced next September.
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