The 6.1-inch iPhone, one of many new devices that Apple is expected to launch in 2018, is turning into the most-rumored device of the bunch at this point.
Today, the Commercial Times is reporting a few details of the oft-rumored handset, echoing that the device will feature an LCD display –unlike the OLED panel in the iPhone X and its successors– but suggesting that the smartphone will have a far more advanced screen than what has been in previous devices.
Specifically, the report indicates that Apple is going to use Japan Display’s “Full Active” LCD technology for the display. This is an important change because it suggests that the 6.1-inch iPhone will have remarkably thin bezels, because the Full active LCD panels only require bezels that measure in at 0.5mm — thinner than what’s equipped in the iPhone X, for reference.
The 6.1-inch iPhone is already rumored to boast the iPhone X’s “notch design,” and this report says that the new smartphone will have an aspect ratio of 18:9. For those keeping track, that’s not as tall as the iPhone X’s 19.5:9 aspect ratio, but would actually put the 6.1-inch iPhone in line with leading Android-based flagship smartphones, most of which have adopted the 18:9 aspect ratio for their designs.
This actually isn’t the first time that this particular rumor has cropped up. Indeed, back in September of last year a report from The Wall Street Journal said that Apple was interested in “Full Active” LCD panels from Japan Display for some of its 2018 iPhones. It wasn’t known at the time what phones would adopt the display tech, but considering rumor has it that there will be two iPhone X models launched this year, both with OLED panels, the 6.1-inch iPhone certainly sounds like the likely candidate.
It’s interesting how much traction the 6.1-inch iPhone is getting well ahead of its official announcement. Earlier today KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo weighed in on certain specs of the upcoming, but still unofficial handset, painting it as a pretty noteworthy handset even if it will not have features like 3D Touch, and will only feature a single camera design on the back.
The 6.1-inch iPhone might be Apple’s most interesting smartphone, in terms of specs, features, and where, exactly, Apple prices the handset and where it fits into the grand iPhone family.
Depending on price, would you consider picking up the 6.1-inch iPhone based on the rumors so far?[via Commercial Times]