Apple is predicted to release a Plus version of iPhone X next year featuring an OLED panel measuring 6.5 inches diagonally versus the current 5.8-inch iPhone X model.
Additionally, it could be working on a bezel-less 6.1-inch LCD phone for a 2018 launch.
Presumably, the new iPhone X Plus model would have roughly the same dimensions as today’s Plus-series phones whilst adding an edge-to-edge OLED display. As for the new 6.1-inch LCD-based model, it should feature greatly reduced bezels thanks to the elimination of Touch ID.
Best of all, the new LCD model will offer features like the TrueDepth camera at a cheaper price.
That’s the gist of the latest analyst report from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, who said in a Monday report to clients obtained by MacRumors that both OLED and LCD iPhone models released in 2018 will utilize the TrueDepth camera system which made its debut in iPhone X.
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 specifications.
For instance, the pixel density 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).
With the updated 5.8-inch iPhone X model and the new 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, Apple should continue targeting the high-end market while the bezel-less 6.1-inch TFT-LCD model will be aimed at the low-end and midrange markets.
Due to these new phones coming next year, Kuo expects that Apple will see a “super-cycle” of sales as its suppliers gain experience in terms of volume manufacturing of the new technologies introduced in iPhone X.
The analyst expects about 120 million total iPhone shipments in the second half of next year.