Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone models based on the new iPhone X design at fall event this year. One of the models is expected to be the successor to original iPhone X while the second model is tipped to be a large screen variant that might be called iPhone X Plus. However, the most interesting of the lot could be the third device with a 6.1-inch LCD display and a design similar to the iPhone X.
The new iPhone X LCD variant is being seen as the next big thing for Apple. Analysts expect this particular iPhone to be easier and create super cycle for iPhone sales during the fourth quarter of this year. Now, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says that this model could be priced as low as $550 (Rs 36,000 approximately) when it gets announced in September.
In a new investor note shared earlier in the day, Kuo said the new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could be available in two models – one with a standard single SIM connection, and another with dual-SIM setup. This means the LCD model will have two physical SIM card slots and won’t adopt the eSIM standard. The dual-SIM model has been rumored for sometime especially for markets like India and China where data connections are cheaper and consumers tend to have two mobile connections.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple is planning dual-SIM connectivity only for the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone and the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone. He says the standard 5.8-inch iPhone X will only have single SIM support. Kuo also believes that the dual-SIM option will create another price segment for the iPhone. He says the single SIM model could be priced between $550 and $650, while the dual-SIM model could sell for between $650 and $750. Kuo says the dual-SIM model could “help increase market share in China and commercial markets”.
Apple launched iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X last year as its 2017 lineup. The iPhone 8 had a starting price of $649 while iPhone 8 Plus started at $749. The iPhone X, on the other hand, started at a whopping $999, making it one of the expensive smartphones in the past decade. With a starting price of $550, the LCD iPhone could be an instant best-seller for the company.
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Kuo continues to remain bullish about the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, and predicts Apple could sell 100-120 million units between the third quarter of 2018 and the third quarter of 2019. In the past few quarters, Apple has seen strong growth in the average selling price (ASP) of iPhone owing to higher entry price of these devices. A cheaper model could lead to lower ASP this year, but significant growth in units sold during a quarter. It needs to be seen whether Apple starts new iPhone models at a lower price than in the past.