TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report this week that says Apple will be releasing a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone model, which will have a dual SIM specification and a price tag of about $1,000. And there will be a 6.1-inch LCD variant that will look just like iPhone X on the front at a price of about $700.
9to5Mac pointed out that one of the other interesting details in the report is that the new iPhones will be available in a number of other colors. For example, the 6.5-inch version of the upcoming iPhone will be available in black, white and a new gold tone.
The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is believed to be available in grey, white, blue, red and orange. This means that there would be potentially five new color options for the LCD model. It is unclear whether the red color option will be for the PRODUCT(RED) brand.
Renowned device leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (known as OnLeaks) tweeted that Apple is also experimenting with yellow and pink finishes:
Following latest Ming-Chi Kuo report regarding 2018 iPhone color options, I can say at current prototyping stage White, Black (likely Space Gray), Grey (lighter grey), Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange and Pink are still on the table… pic.twitter.com/HNpp8nf8OJ
— Steve H. (@OnLeaks) July 5, 2018
A lower cost option with multiple color variants is a similar strategy that Apple pursued with the iPhone 5c. And unfortunately, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone variant is not expected to have a dual-camera system like the iPhone X.
This September, Apple is expected to be launching three new iPhones. This includes the next-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X (possibly with the name iPhone 11). And the 6.5-inch OLED model might be called the iPhone X Plus. Plus the 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display with Face ID support.
In the same report, Kuo made a few predictions about iPhone sales for the year. Kuo is expecting the LCD version to account for 55% of the total sales when the new devices launch. And there will be substantial demand for the 5.8-inch and the 6.5-inch OLED variants from early adopters. Overall, Kuo expects to see tremendous growth year-over-year with approximately 70 million new iPhones selling in Q4 2018.
We expect the demand for the new 6.5″ OLED iPhone to be better than iPhone X because of a similar or lower price but with a larger display, dual-sim dual-standby (DSDS), and three possible casing colors (black, white, and gold), wrote Kuo in the report via MacRumors.
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