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14 Nov 2017

Apple to launch 3 full-screen iPhone X-style phones in 2018

Three new all-screen iPhones coming in 2018

It's been only a few days since the iPhone X release, and rumors about its successors have already started to emerge.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Apple will release three new all-screen iPhones in 2018.

The company is expected to launch an iPhone X Plus, a full-screen version of the current Plus iPhone, and another full-screen "low-end" iPhone.

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Three new all-screen iPhones coming in 2018
Two big-screen iPhones to be launched


Two big-screen iPhones to be launched

Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple would launch two high-end OLED display iPhones, one with a 5.8-inch screen and another, a giant 6.5-inch model, and one low-end 6.1-inch screen phone with LCD display.

In a research note, he wrote the Cupertino tech-giant wants to "satisfy various needs of the high-end market" with more full-screen devices.

Kuo is well-known for his predictions about Apple's products.

Ming-Chi Kuo's predictions

Kuo said: "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."

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Display specifications of rumored iPhones

The 6.5-inch OLED iPhone (presumably the Plus version of iPhone X) would be the most premium of the trio with 480-500 PPI (pixels per inch), followed by the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone (possibly an upgraded iPhone X model) having 458 PPI.

And the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone would have 320-330 PPI, meaning it has a less dense screen resolution with a slightly inferior picture quality.

Devices will have the notch: Kuo

Kuo predicted that all the three iPhones would have an edge-to-edge display design. They would come equipped with TrueDepth Camera system just like the latest iPhone X. Also, the devices would also have an iPhone X-style notch at the top.

"Low-end" model to cost $649-749

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"Low-end" model to cost $649-749

Kuo said significant differences between the high-end OLED iPhones and the low-end model include low resolution LCD display and downgraded hardware and design specs.

Factors like these would help Apple keep the price of the 6.1-inch iPhone low. It would target low and mid range markets.

He expects the "lower price tag" model to start at $649-749 (approximately Rs. 42,500-49,000).


Kuo upbeat on new iPhone shipments

The latest report doesn't reveal anything about the price of the two high-end iPhones.

iPhone X starts at $999 (Rs. 89,000 in India), so the two rumored "premium" iPhones would cost more than $1,000.

Kuo said Apple would ship all the three models without any delays in 2018, as the company's supply chain would have gained experience with iPhone X production by next year.

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