A new report published by Taiwan’s Commercial Times claims the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone model will feature a more advanced Full Active LCD panel made by Japan Display. While it won’t be as impressive as the OLED panel on the iPhone X successor, it is said to offer significant improvements compared to traditional LCD panels, including those used in the current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models. However, Apple will not be the first smartphone maker to use these panels. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi already uses the Full Active LCD panel on its flagship Mi MIX 2 smartphone.
The main advantage of the Full Active LCD panels is that they allow for a higher screen-to-body ratio thanks to their requirement of just 0.5mm bezels on all four sides. That’s even smaller than the bezels on the iPhone X. According to Japan Display, the Full Active LCD panels measure 6-inches diagonally and have a 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This means the iPhone 8 Plus successor will have a much taller display, perhaps featuring the same cutout as the iPhone X for the TrueDepth camera system. In terms of design, latest rumors suggest the 6.1-inch iPhone will look very similar to the iPhone X.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously predicted that the 6.1-inch iPhone will have a pixel density of somewhere around 320-330. However, the Japan Display Full Active LCD panel has a pixel density of 395 pixels per inch. However, a report from The Wall Street Journal in September last year had claimed that Apple was considering Japan Display’s advanced LCD panels for use in some 2018 iPhone models.
In terms of pricing, the latest research note from Kuo suggests the 6.1-inch model will be priced between $700 and $800 in the US, slightly higher than his previous estimate. Of course, the prices in India will be significantly higher, thanks to all the duties and taxes.