2018 Budget iPhone to Feature A10 Chip, P3 Display

Details about Apple’s upcoming budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone have leaked via the company’s own Xcode app. As tweeted by developer @_inside, there are references to an “iPhone xx” in the Xcode 10 thinning options with its model identifier being iPhone9,7.

The device is internally referred to as LCP and carries the model number N84. The final name of this device is still unclear though.

As per Xcode, this iPhone will feature an A10 processor and a DCI-P3 display. The artwork of the device looks similar to that of the iPhone 7.

It ‘s likely that this ‘iPhone 9,7’ is the new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that Apple plans on launching alongside the 2018 5.8-inch iPhone X and the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus. Given that the handset will cost around $600, it makes sense for Apple to use one of its older chipsets to keep the price of the handset down.

Despite coming with an older A10 chipset, the 6.1-inch budget LCD iPhone is expected to feature Face ID, 3GB RAM, a single camera setup at the rear, and a bezel-less design similar to other iPhones. It is also expected to sport dual-SIM functionality.

Apple first debuted its A10 chip with the iPhone 7 back in 2016. Despite its age, the chipset still packs plenty of power and goes head-to-head with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset in benchmarks. Given how powerful the chipset still is, it is unlikely to create any performance issues especially since iOS 12 is further aimed at improving performance. And this move will also allow Apple to better differentiate the 2018 iPhone X and iPhone X Plus from its budget offering.