KGI Shares Latest on 6.1-Inch iPhone, Next iPhone X and iPhone X Plus to Have 4GB of RAM and Two-Cell Batteries

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often relays information gathered from sources within Apple's supply chain in Asia, today shared a trio of new research notes that outline both new and existing predictions about the new iPhone X, iPhone X Plus, and lower-priced 6.1-inch iPhone expected later this year.

iPhone X Plus dummy model versus current iPhone X via Ben Geskin

MacRumors obtained a copy of each research note, and we've rounded up the key points. More details are available in our 2018 iPhones roundup.

All-New 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD

New:o Taiwanese manufacturers Pegatron, Foxconn, and Wistron will be the key assemblers of the 6.1-inch iPhone, with 60 percent, 30 percent, and 10 percent allocation of EMS respectively
o Japan Display will supply around 70 percent of LCD panels for the 6.1-inch iPhone. Rumors suggest Apple will use Japan Display's six-inch Full Active LCDs that only require ultra-slim 0.5mm bezels on all four sides
Reiterated:o Nearly full screen design with no home button and notch for TrueDepth sensors
o 3D sensing for Face ID and Animoji
o Rectangular-shaped, one-cell battery with 2,850-2,950 mAh, up to 8.5 percent larger than current iPhone X. The increased capacity will be the result of a smaller logic board given manufacturing advancements
o Lower price point: starting at between $700 and $800 in the United States
The rumored 6.1-inch iPhone is shaping up to be a lower-priced iPhone X with some design compromises, which Kuo previously said will include an aluminum frame, a lack of 3D Touch, a single rather than dual lens rear camera, and 3GB of RAM, which will be less memory than other new 2018 iPhones have.

Next-Generation iPhone X and iPhone X Plus

According to Kuo, the second-generation iPhone X and a larger 6.5-inch version we're calling iPhone X Plus will each have an increased 4GB of RAM. Unsurprisingly, given its larger physical size, the iPhone X Plus is also expected to have up to a 25 percent larger battery capacity of 3,300-3,400 mAh vs. iPhone X.

Kuo adds that Apple has settled on a two-cell, L-shaped design for the second-generation iPhone X and iPhone X Plus battery, compared to a single-cell, L-shaped design that could have yielded up to 10 percent additional capacity.

By the sounds of it, the new iPhone X and iPhone X Plus, beyond the latter's larger screen size, won't be significant upgrades. Kuo doesn't expect improvements to be made to the TrueDepth camera system until 2019. Nevertheless, he expects the devices to sell well, especially the lower-priced 6.1-inch iPhone.

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Bawstun

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Again with the lame notch design? How many more iterations of the iPhone will it take before I will be able to purchase new device? Still not buying one as long as they’re “settling” on aesthetics with that ridiculous notch.
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Lack of 3D Touch? These "analysts" are taking a shot in the dark. There is no way Apple does this.
Apple is discontinuing 3D Touch. As it was an under-used, under-developed, and mostly unwanted feature, like most things they release these days.
 

cmichaelb

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I don't see how it could be 6.5 inch. That would bigger than the current Plus outside dimensions.

I hope they go a little smaller for the OLED Plus.
 
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Lack of 3D Touch? These "analysts" are taking a shot in the dark. There is no way Apple does this.
I actually think it makes sense. If the LCD 6.1 retains a lower price point, it could eliminate 3D Touch for price point reasons for lower tier pricing. While the more expensive 5.8/6.5 OLED model retains 3D Touch.
 
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Again with the lame notch design? How many more iterations of the iPhone will it take before I will be able to purchase new device? Still not buying one as long as they’re “settling” on aesthetics with that ridiculous notch.
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Apple is discontinuing 3D Touch. As it was an under-used, under-developed, and mostly unwanted feature, like most things they release these days.
Nice joke. 3d touch/taptic engine now is on cars too like audi a8/a7 etc
Only the cheaper one is suppose not to have it,like the SE
 

pantherfalcon2332

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Again with the lame notch design? How many more iterations of the iPhone will it take before I will be able to purchase new device? Still not buying one as long as they’re “settling” on aesthetics with that ridiculous notch.
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Apple is discontinuing 3D Touch. As it was an under-used, under-developed, and mostly unwanted feature, like most things they release these days.
I like 3D Touch only for the moving the cursor; that feature is so handy
 

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Lol they’re literally creating a “knockoff” of their own phone. Oh you want the X but can’t afford it? Here’s a gimped crappy version of it! Get the look without the price! Their product line grow more confusing by the minute. SAD.
 

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I actually think it makes sense. If the LCD 6.1 retains a lower price point, it could eliminate 3D Touch for price point reasons for the lower tier pricing. While the more expensive 5.8/6.5 OLED model retains 3D Touch.
This ! True so true. But still at 700$ since it still have the cheaper lcd and no 3d touch...that would mean the 5.8” oled will still have the starting peice of 999$?? I think not
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Only eight more months of varying rumors and conflicting opinions until we get the real scoop lol
Nope. After May all the rumors will become true. So only 4 months
 

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Lack of 3D Touch? These "analysts" are taking a shot in the dark. There is no way Apple does this.
3D Touch is under used, it's not worth the cost to include and helps differentiate the models.

Again with the lame notch design? How many more iterations of the iPhone will it take before I will be able to purchase new device? Still not buying one as long as they’re “settling” on aesthetics with that ridiculous notch.
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I like the notch,

Apple is discontinuing 3D Touch. As it was an under-used, under-developed, and mostly unwanted feature, like most things they release these days.
I agree in part. As a long time iPhone user my muscle memory/habits have never adapted to 3d touch.

I actually think it makes sense. If the LCD 6.1 retains a lower price point, it could eliminate 3D Touch for price point reasons for lower tier pricing. While the more expensive 5.8/6.5 OLED model retains 3D Touch.
Makes a lot of sense except I can't see a 6.5 inch screen, that's too big.
 
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