Analysts: curved-screened iPhone 8 to come in 5″ and 5.8″ varieties with bezel-free design

By , Nov 11, 2016

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After analyzing the latest chatter in Apple’s supply chain following a trip to Asia this week, Barclays Research analysts predicted the Cupertino firm will offer a next-generation ‘iPhone 8’ in 2017 in two sizes, one with a screen measuring five inches and the other featuring a 5.8-inch display.

Because the handsets will utilize curved screens, they’re expected to have a bezel-less design allowing them to increase display size while retaining the same overall size as the current 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones.

Barclays’ research says only the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will use OLEDs while the five-incher would presumably use the same LCD screens as prior iPhones. The analysts think the larger iPhone 8 screens will “extend vertically as well as horizontally”, with Apple moving to an in-screen Home button solution for the forthcoming handsets.

OLED panels for the 5.8-inch device are said to be initially supplied by Samsung Display and LG Display, with Foxconn-owned Sharp predicted to join the supply chain for OLED iPhones by 2018 (or possibly earlier).

Barclays’ Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O’Malley and Jerry Zhang:

iPhone 8 design didn’t sound 100 percent locked down, but we believe the move is to a bezel-less design with screen sizes getting larger and curved edges in the original envelope. The iPhone 8 moves to five inches (from 4.7 inches) and the iPhone 8 Plus moves to 5.8 inches from 5.5 inches.

The Cupertino firm could obtain additional OLEDs from Japan Display, which received a bailout from the government-backed fund Innovation Network Corp. of Japan.

According to Sharp’s CEO, the next iPhone will feature the all-glass design that KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo has been saying all along in his reports to clients.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Y2J: Keeper of the List

    So how does that work if multiple companies are supplying different displays for the same phone? Are they all guaranteed to be the same exact quality? Something I’ve wondered for a while.

    • Rolf Bause

      No

    • ravinigga

      No it’s was the same with the chips in 6s models Samsung performance was (is) worst and battery drain

    • ck125

      Nope. Will be like with the different processors in last years device and also the intel vs qualcomm chip in the iPhone 7 GSM vs CDMA.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    5.8″ screen?? *drools*

  • David Gow

    Been waiting forever lol. No physical buttons touch in screen LONGER BATTERY LIFE maybe.

  • Rowan09

    Makes sense if it’s bezel free.

  • Mike

    Sounds like the Galaxy S7

    • leart

      you forgot to say 7s Plus, sorry s7 plus lol

  • ProllyWild

    I feel like every model since the 4S has been rumored to be bezel-free…..

  • rockdude094

    Damn it got the iPhone 7 for nothing -.- just kidding i already have the iPhone 8 lol

    • James Branham

      How did you get an iPhone 8?

  • Platy

    I’d rather have a smaller device with the same size screen, than the same sized device with a bigger screen.

    Now the ‘small’ model won’t be completely usable with one hand imo.

  • ck125

    I hope they do make a 5″ variant and also implement the dual cameras. Could even make it a little thicker to house the dual cameras and stick a larger battery inside.