Apple Could Launch Refreshed 4.7-inch iPhone 8 in March 2020

iPhone 8 Plus front view

Apple will reportedly release a new 4.7-inch iPhone 8 variant in March 2020 to cater to customers who are still holding onto their iPhone SE and prefer a smaller iPhone.

The refreshed iPhone 8 will continue to sport a 4.7-inch LCD display but come with upgraded internals. This will include an A13 chip, 128GB of storage, and a single camera at the rear. Apple is expected to produce around 20 million units of the new iPhone 8 variant. Citing supply-chain sources of Fubon Securities Investment Trust, the report further adds that the device will carry a $649 price tag.

It is unclear if this refreshed 4.7-inch iPhone will sport Face ID or Touch ID and retain the same design language as the iPhone 8 or not.

A refreshed 4.7-inch iPhone with upgraded internals and an aggressive price point will definitely attract a lot of consumers. Despite small phones being out of fashion, the iPhone SE has continued to do well and sells out within seconds of going up for sale on Apple’s clearance store.

The aggressive price point will also ensure the refreshed iPhone 8 does not eat into the sales of Apple’s iPhone XS and XR series.

Our Take

The iPhone 8 was the last 4.7-inch iPhone from Apple. Since then, iPhone screen sizes have jumped substantially largely thanks to Apple switching to a bezel-less design. The iPhone X/XS with its 5.8-inch OLED display is the new 4.7-inch iPhone in Apple’s current iPhone lineup but it is still too big for many. Despite the lack of bezels, it is not possible to reach the top edge of the display on the iPhone X/XS without readjusting one’s grip — something which is possible on the smaller iPhone 8 and iPhone SE.

Are you interested in a refreshed 4.7-inch iPhone 8?

[Via Economic Daily News]