Tech giant Apple is anticipated to unveil three iPhone variants this year. The models include a budget 6.1-inch handset with an LCD display which is supposed to replace the iPhone 8, the iPhone X successor with an OLED display, and a premium iPhone X Plus variant with a 6.5-inch OLED display. Rumour has it, the brand new iPhone variants will be the subject of highlight at the upcoming annual refresh in September 2018. Amidst a number of speculations circling internet, a new report has a hands-on video and leaked images claiming to showcase the dummy models of the iPhone 9 and iPhone X Plus. This latest leak increases the gravity of all the rumors regarding the upcoming iPhone variants.
iPhone X Plus: Same Size as that of iPhone 8 Plus
The video allegedly showcasing two of the three upcoming iPhone variants is posted by a tipster named Shai Mizrachi. The video was first shared by 9to5Mac and now it is all over the internet. As seen in the video, there are cases on the dummy models from an accessory maker named ‘Skech’. It is quite clear that the manufacturers have already started making the designs much before the official announcement from Apple. It does not really come as a surprise since case manufacturers are usually a common source of leaks. They get details related to handsets much before their launch, to ensure that their products are mass produced by the time of release.
The iPhone X Plus model as seen in the video, the physical size of the device is the same as that of the iPhone 8 Plus. However, the iPhone X Plus comes with a much larger 6.5-inch display. The display size on the iPhone X Plus is kept larger so as to get rid of the bezels featured on the iPhone 7 Plus.
iPhone 9: Could be Apple’s Entry-Level Variant
The video also showcases a model which is apparently iPhone 9, the 6.1-inch display handset is speculated to be Apple’s entry-level variant. Some of the previous reports have mentioned that this lower-end iPhone in the new range that will come with an LCD panel. The alleged iPhone 9 could be priced between $600 (approximately Rs. 40,300) and $700 (approximately Rs.47,000). A video showing the 3D mockups of the 2018 iPhone models surfaced online last month. The mockups also included a 6.1-inch iPhone variant. As seen in the video, the three models were compared to different previous generation iPhone models. The leak here is major, but it’s not something we haven’t really seen before. In the new video, the front view of the iPhone dummies does not show the display moulding. But, they do feature the rear camera setups as expected for each variant respectively. Also, note that the video does not show the expected 5.8-inch OLED model.
iPhone X: Major leaks in the past
This is not the first major iPhone X next-gen leak. In May 2018, someone posted an image on Twitter revealing one of the major components of next-gen iPhone. The tweeted image allegedly revealed the 6.1-inch OLED screen from one of the new iPhone X models. However, the story got mixed reactions. According to one more Apple insider, Apple plans on launching three new iPhones including an iPhone X successor with a 5.8-inch OLED display, and the second will be a larger “iPhone X Plus” with a 6.5-inch OLED display. The last model is supposedly a mid-range iPhone with a 6.1-inch display. It is supposed to carry a price tag that could be as low as $549. Now, to make the phone a mid-range model, some price cutting on the components is obvious. The price is kept down by including less RAM, using aluminium instead of stainless steel, dropping 3D Touch support, and ditching the expensive OLED display in favor of a much reasonable LCD screen. Translation: There is no 6.1-inch OLED screen. The expected price tag on this iPhone as per the new and the old rumors is still a subject of debate. Let us see what Apple brings to the table in September this year.