Apple changed things up with the iPhone X, adopting a new design, and, much to the delight of customers, an OLED display.
And while the 5.8-inch OLED panel in the iPhone X offers plenty of room, the overall footprint of the device is similar to the iPhone 6/7/8, which might leave some customers wanting even more screen in their smartphone with minimized bezels. And considering the software on the iPhone X is similar to the iPhone 8, and not the 8 Plus, despite its display size, some folks might want that Plus user experience back.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with potentially good news. According to the analyst, Apple is currently planning on launching three iPhones next year, and they will all include pretty sizable displays. Specifically, Apple will have the top of the lineup situated with the oft-rumored “iPhone X Plus,” which will apparently boast a 6.5-inch OLED display with a pixel-per-inch count of around 480 to 500. (To compare, the iPhone X and its 5.8-inch OLED screen has a PPI count of 458.)
The second device will be a follow up to the iPhone X, featuring the same PPI count and display size. But the third handset will apparently be outfitted with an LCD display, and it will measure in at 6.1 inches. Its PPI count is allegedly going to be between 320 and 330. That LCD model is apparently meant to address low-end and mid-range markets, while the OLED-equipped iPhones are meant to fill out the high-end market:
“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. The new TFT-LCD model will differ significantly from the OLED models in hardware and design specs (for instance, the PPI 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).”
As you can see from the mockup at the top of this article, each device will also be boasting that familiar notch design that Apple introduced with the iPhone X this year.
What do you think of this rumored plan?