Apple is rumored to introduce three new iPhones with edge-to-edge displays, and notch for Face ID later this year. Two of the models are said to feature OLED display, while another model is expected to sport LCD display, making it the replacement to iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next iPhone with LCD display and a design similar to iPhone X will be cheaper than OLED models. He says Apple will achieve the cheaper price point by changing some of the materials used on the device. Kuo says the LCD iPhone will have an aluminum frame, single-lens rear camera, and lack 3D Touch.
In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo says the LCD model with sport a 6.1-inch display, which makes it larger than the 5.8-inch iPhone X but it won’t house a stacked logic board or L-shaped battery design. It is said to use a standard non-stacked logic board seen on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 and pack a rectangular battery pack.
It is not immediately clear whether the 6.1-inch iPhone model with LCD model with have a glass back or use aluminum to cut cost. Apple is highly unlikely to drop metal and glass design since it is aggressively selling wireless charging for existing iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X models.
Kuo predicts Apple will launch the second-generation iPhone X and a Plus model with 6.5 OLED display alongside the cheaper LCD model in September this year. He expects the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to be a mid-range device with a retail price between $700 (approximately Rs 45,000) and $800 (approximately Rs 51,000) in the United States. The estimated price is up from his previous estimate of $650 (approximately Rs 41,500) and $750 (approximately Rs 48,000).
“Development schedule of new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone slightly behind 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED models, but it may enjoy extended longevity into 1H19F, boosting slow season outlook. We revise up our price projection for the 6.1-inch model from $650-$750 to $700-$800, and remain positive on shipments momentum,” the research note by Kuo reads.
Apple iPhone X has already become the best selling smartphone model for the quarter ending December 2017 with shipments reaching 29 million units, according to Canalys. However, there are reports that the demand for the redesigned iPhone is tapering off due to its high retail price in markets where the device is sold without operator incentives.
Kuo had recently predicted that Apple will discontinue sales of iPhone X later this year if the demands are not met. In the new note, Kuo says the 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD screen will account for around 50 percent iPhone shipments with strong sales extending into 2019 due to its cheaper price tag.