iPhone X Plus to grab dual-SIM, iPen support; iPhone 8S to be $200 cheaper

iPhone SE 2, iPhone X, iPhone X Plus
iPhone SE 2, iPhone X, iPhone X Plus concept by Curved

There’s yet another report out there talking about how this year’s 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is going to be cheaper than the OLED others. Specifically, it claims the handset is going to be $200 less expensive than its siblings.

This is great news for anyone who doesn’t want to spend $999 on the latest iPhone. Investment firm Rosenblatt Securities predicts that Apple is going to produce 60 million LCD iPhones, a lot more than the 28 million expected for the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X (2018) and 22 million for the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus.

Manufacturing for all three is expected to begin in August, with hopefully no delays this year. If the report is accurate, we might see the LCD iPhone available at around $799. An earlier note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had hinted at even lower rates between $550 and $650 for the single-SIM version and $700 to $800 for the dual-SIM one.

Rosenblatt Securities believes the more affordable price tag will help the so-called iPhone 8S (codename: Jaguar) appeal to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S owners who are still holding on to their phones. Apple’s apparently managed to lower costs through a variety of measures.

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For instance, switching to LCD and a non-steel frame saved Apple $50 and $20, respectively. Plus, there’s apparently only a single camera at the back, no force touch, and material cost reduction around the radios. As for design, the notch is probably to stick around, but there might be a small bezel at the bottom since LCD panels aren’t as bendable as OLED displays.

As for Apple’s premium options, the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X (codename: Porsche) may look just like its 2017 predecessor. Things get interesting with the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus (codename: Rolls-Royce) as it seems the device might gets its hands on an iPen which sounds like an Apple Pencil for the iPhone.

Apple probably won’t include the iPen in the box with the iPhone X Plus. The smartphone could be blessed with dual-SIM card support as well, a feature sure to be popular in countries like China and India.

All the new iPhones coming this year are likely to get equipped with second-generation 3D sensing modules which eat up less battery power while at the same time allowing for new application features. The trio may also get better at resisting water.

The iPhone X (2017), iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus are IP67 certified, meaning each can survive being submerged under 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. The iPhone 8S, iPhone X (2018), and iPhone X Plus might push this limit to 10 meters of water.