Buyers can expect a lower price than iPhone X, which was launched at a staggering $999 last year.
Apple is likely to launch three iPhone models in fall this year. This will include a 6.5-inch OLED model, a 6.1-inch OLED model and a 5.85-inch OLED variant. While earlier there were rumours of the 6.1-inch model being the cheapest one, new reports suggest that the 5.85-inch model might be the cheapest of the three. Buyers can expect a lower price than iPhone X, which was launched at a staggering $999 last year.
According to a research note by Digitimes Research analyst Luke Lin, the total manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM) of the new 5.85-inch variant will be over 10% lower than that of iPhone X, which had an MBOM of more than $400 in 2017. This indicates that the 5.85-inch variant will be cheaper to manufacture despite the OLED display. The cost reduction will make it the cheapest among the three next-generation iPhone models in 2018.
The report also mentions that Apple had planned to bring an LCD version of the 5.85-inch model, due to concerns over the MBOM. This plan was suspended in mid-February and will ultimately be terminated.
Weaker demand for the iPhone X also compelled Apple to take fewer OLED panels from Samsung Display. Both Apple and Samsung have now managed to reach to an agreement.
Apple has used components with lower specifications than the 6.1-inch model, in the engineering samples of the 5.85-inch model. The LPDDR memory (RAM) will likely be the biggest difference between the two models.
Almost all the flagship products by different brands this year have iPhone-X like notch and rear vertical dual-cameras. It will be interesting to see the new features in the iPhone X successor this year.