2018 iPhone to Sport 6.1-inch LCD, Colorful Metal Backs

Charging your iPhone X isn't something you'll need to do often.   Hollis Johnson

Charging your iPhone X isn't something you'll need to do often. Hollis Johnson

Us-based Consumer Reports recently said after an experiment that the iPhone X is inferior to other smartphones in terms of durability and battery life.

While iPhone rumors are a dime a dozen, especially this soon after a brand new release, it's worth noting that the Nikkei report aligns up nicely with a previous research note from Ming-Chi Kuo, largely considered the most accurate Apple analyst on the planet. The OLED iPhones will come in two sizes: 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch. The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen, so the 6.3-inch model would be a good deal larger.

A local media outlet reported that LG Display signed a OLED supply deal with Apple for iPhone X and that the firm is now setting up production equipment for iPhone X in Paju E6 assembly line.

Speaking to Nikkei, the source, who's apparently "privy to the company's product designs", said that Apple will launch a 6.1-inch LCD phone that will "probably" have a metal back available in several colors. The device is expected to cost less than the iPhone X successor, for it is sporting a liquid crystal display.

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The report contains information about how both these models will have similar specs as that of the iPhone X, except one notable difference: dual sim support! The nearly bezel-less phone sports a screen that stretches right to the edges, a futuristic design that makes it more eye-catching than usual.

Looks like Apple is not yet ready to bid farewell to LCD.

One point not referenced by Nikkei, and brought up by Kuo in a previous investor note, is that the aforementioned 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model will feature an edgeless display. Touch ID was also replaced with the new Face ID in the 10th anniversary phone. Other items that Kuo has talked about on the smartphones include all three having a full-screen edge-to-edge design and a TrueDepth camera like what is found in the iPhone X today.

In September Patently Apple posted a report titled "LG Could Possibly Enter Apple's OLED Supply Chain as early as H2 2018 if Plans are on Track".

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