The smartphone could sport a 6.1-inch notch-based LCD screen with dual-SIM functionality.

Apple could soon launch iPhone X successor with LCD screen at half the priceImage source: William Hook via Flickr
Atom Tech Shorts Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 13:58

Apple may release its next flagship smartphone only in Fall, but speculations and reports have already started doing the rounds. One such report indicates that there may be a successor to Appleā€™s iPhone X and it could be sold at half the price of the predecessor.

iPhone X itself was meant to be a one-off release to mark the 10th anniversary of iPhones by Apple. However, most smartphone makers are compelled to be present in multiple price points to make any significant dent to competition when it comes to market shares. So, while the regular phones could be the iPhone 9 and 9+, the iPhone XI or whatever it is called, may chart a different path and even be used by Apple to experiment with some new features, the way Samsung does with its Note series. An earlier report had suggested that the half price phone may have a 5.85-inch display.

These reports claim the new iPhone will have a dual SIM arrangement and will sport a 6.1-inch LCD display and the notch seen on the iPhone X and widely copied by many other brands will also be present.

One may have to approach these bits and pieces of information with some sense of circumspection since these are hearsays from vendors supplying components to Apple or some other sources like these. But, as indicated, the marketing strategy to create a sub series that can be sold at a lower price cannot be disputed. Apple had done this earlier, with the SE series phones, launching them alongside the main flagship devices. More details may emerge in the days to come.   

Interestingly, there are also reports that Apple is working on several iPhone models and have registered those model numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), a Russian-language regulatory organisation. A few of these registered model numbers could belong to the highly-anticipated iPhone SE 2.

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