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KGI Shares Latest Details on 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, Expected to Support Face ID

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On Sunday, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared new details on Apple’s 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that is expected to launch later this year.

Kuo believes that the handset will be a huge hit, offering capabilities of the iPhone X at a lower price point. He predicts that both consumers and investors will love the device. Kuo said:

“We are positive on the shipments outlook of the 6.1. LCD iPhone, and forecast it will have a weighting of around 50% in the new models in 2H18. Since the specs of the 6.1 “LCD iPhone will not match up to those of the OLED models, we believe the supply chain investment themes for the new 6.1″ LCD iPhone will more likely center around ‘new entrants’ and ‘market share gainers,’ rather than ‘beneficiaries of spec upgrades ‘ or ‘beneficiaries of ASP increase.'”

He expects the premium LCD model will feature the same camera “notch” as found on the iPhone X, accommodating the Face ID array. Due to the limitations of LCD display technology, the device is not expected to have an edge-to-edge display.

Other details in Kuo’s notes include the fact that the 6.1-inch model will have a rectangular-shaped battery that will cost more than the ones used in the iPhone 8 Series, but less expensive than the iPhone X. Kuo believes that Unimicron will be the main supplier of the batteries for this model.

In terms of manufacturing, Kuo said Pegatron, Foxconn and Wistron will handle assembly, with Pegatron accounting for 60 percent of capacity.

The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is expected to be introduced alongside a successor to the 5.8-inch iPhone X, as well as a new jumbo-sized 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus” with edge-to-edge OLED display.

[via MacRumors]

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  • Chrome262

    so its a plus???

  • Tim

    Round LCD’s are apparently relatively hard to mass produce and in cases where you do see a “round” LCD (like in a Nest thermostat), the effect is often achieved by masking off the unused pixels on a square display. This is why I could see the 6.1″ LCD phone being notch free. I doubt they’d make something that’s bigger in the hand than the current plus versions, so I predict they’ll ditch the chin for more screen and have the Face ID/Camera/sensor array in a thin notch free bezel at the top. I’d be all for that.

  • FragilityG4

    If there’s no home button you can expect the notch. They want to distinguish themself from everyone else. They want their silhouette to be instantly recognizable like the current MFi logo. I can assure you that if there’s no home button there will be a notch.

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