iPhone X The Case For A 5.2-5.5 Inch XR

neteng101

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Not everyone is a fan of phablets or Plus sized phones, and the XR is modeled after the 8 Plus. Take a regular 8 into the notched full screen display and you get yourself an 8 in X format 5.x inch display with the same 2D dimensions - thickness isn't a big concern, if anything I'm glad Apple is no longer obsessed with it (the 7 was compromised battery wise just so they could make it super thin - ridiculous!).

The X/XS is already stretching the limits for the non-plus sized 1-handed phone users, the 6-8 format is more comfortable. The only reason I didn't bother waiting for the XR - its just too BIG! I could manage the XS pricing but for those on a lesser budget, an XR Mini would sell to them in a heartbeat.

While I don't see this happening this year, a future line of 4-5 iPhone models will offer Apple to compete in the mid-high end phone market. 2 premium phones (OLED based), 2 entry premium phones (LCD based), maybe a smaller phone for those seeking ultimate in portability (5S/SE replacement, but it will need to be a bit wider, the older 4-inch phones are too narrow/tall to just blow up the screens on).
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Not everyone is a fan of phablets or Plus sized phones, and the XR is modeled after the 8 Plus. Take a regular 8 into the notched full screen display and you get yourself an 8 in X format 5.x inch display with the same 2D dimensions - thickness isn't a big concern, if anything I'm glad Apple is no longer obsessed with it (the 7 was compromised battery wise just so they could make it super thin - ridiculous!).

The X/XS is already stretching the limits for the non-plus sized 1-handed phone users, the 6-8 format is more comfortable. The only reason I didn't bother waiting for the XR - its just too BIG! I could manage the XS pricing but for those on a lesser budget, an XR Mini would sell to them in a heartbeat.

While I don't see this happening this year, a future line of 4-5 iPhone models will offer Apple to compete in the mid-high end phone market. 2 premium phones (OLED based), 2 entry premium phones (LCD based), maybe a smaller phone for those seeking ultimate in portability (5S/SE replacement, but it will need to be a bit wider, the older 4-inch phones are too narrow/tall to just blow up the screens on).
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Max
  • iPhone 11 R+
  • iPhone 11 R
  • iPhone 11 E
The Xr is not modelled after the 8 Plus. The Xr is modelled after the Xs Max, but with a smaller 326 ppi LCD screen. Both the Xr and Xs Max are 414x896 screens, but the Xr is x2 at 828x1792, and the Max is x3 at 1242x2688.

For this reason I believe 2019 will bring a similar little brother modelled after the Xs. The Xs is a 375x812 screen, but x3 at 1125x2436. The corresponding x2 326 ppi LCD model would be 750x1624. It would be 5.5". So this would be the lineup:

iPhone Small LCD 2019: 5.5" 750x1624 (375x812 x 2)
iPhone Small OLED 2019: 5.8" 1125x2436 (375x812 x 3)
iPhone Big LCD 2019: 6.1" 828x1792 (414x896 x 2)
iPhone Big OLED 2019: 6.5" 1242x2688 (414x896 x 3)

IOW, if Apple is to stick with 326 ppi LCD technology, the only likely possibility is 5.5" at 750x1624. It wouldn't be say 5.2" because the math doesn't work.

I don't think there will be an SE 2, because it complexifies the form factor lineup.

BTW, both the Big LCD and the Big OLED would be able to support Zoomed Display mode. We already know this to be true for the Xs Max, and this is probably true for the Xr as well given references to it in iOS 12's code. Neither the Small LCD nor the Small OLED would be able to support Zoomed Display mode. We already know this to be true for the X and Xs, so the small LCD version of it would be the same.
 
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