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iPhone X’s Larger-Sized Sequel In 2018 Will Reportedly Be Cheaper Than US$999
By Mikelle Leow, 15 Feb 2018
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Multiple reports have suggested that Apple will unveil three iPhone X-like phones in fall 2018. These include an improved 5.8-inch model, a 6.5-inch ‘iPhone Plus’, and a 6.1-inch version that’s friendlier on the pockets.
Most of these predictions come from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who appears to have a track record of making forecasts related to future Apple devices.
Kuo’s elaborate reports give Apple fans enough details to envision what upcoming products might look like, but his latest note on Wednesday almost closes a missing link: price.
Picked up by MacRumors, the memo suggests that iPhone X’s “budget” 6.1-inch sequel might start at just US$699, which is the current price of iPhone 8.
Despite claims that the US$699 phone will sport a larger display, it is expected to feature an LCD screen instead of iPhone X’s OLED screen, as well as an aluminum mid-frame in place of the high-end phone’s stainless steel.
Further, the 6.1-inch model isn’t likely to have 3D touch, and is said to contain less RAM and a smaller battery.
In spite of the less-premium materials, Kuo said that iPhone users will not be deterred from purchasing the device. In fact, the rumored phone is forecasted to possibly become Apple’s bestseller in 2018.
The analyst projects that the company will sell about 100 million units of this model—as compared to an expected 62 million units of the current iPhone X in its entire lifetime—thanks to how similar it will look to the high-end phone, as well as the comparatively affordable price point.
[via BGR, cover image via Apple]
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