Current-generation iPhone models, which includes the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone Xfeature the Intel XMM 7480 chip, which is less fast than the Snapdragon X20. However, for 2018, there is good news for those that want a dual-SIM iPhone and a variant which will be able to deliver faster LTE speeds.
iPhone Models for 2018 Are Expected to Get Gigabit LTE Chips Coupled With Dual-SIM Models
According to KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to use the Intel XMM 7560 and Snapdragon X20 LTE chips inside the 2018 iPhone models. These chips will be able to deliver gigabit LTE speeds, which is equal to 1Gbps downlink. Unfortunately, some models introduced in 2017 already feature such upgrades, so Apple is going to be late to the party in 2018 too
Speaking of 2018, Apple is expected to announce a total of three new iPhone models next year.
6.5-inch iPhone with OLED screen
5.8-inch iPhone with OLED screen
6.1-inch iPhone with LCD screen
All of the aforementioned devices are not going to sport any bezels and will be taking design cues from the iPhone X. While their official model names will only be leaked in the future, this is going to be a terrific development if it turns out to be true. The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch flavors could finally be replaced with a 6.1-inch LCD model.
You get the added benefit of enjoying extended screen real estate as well as a bezel-less design like the iPhone X, all for a smaller price tag. The 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch versions will both sport OLED screens, but thanks to a better display and perhaps better technology crammed inside, they will cost the customer more money.
If the base storage model of the iPhone 8 costs $699, then you can rest assure that the 6.1-inch LCD model incoming next year will fetch a higher price tag. What exactly is going to be that price, we will get to know in the future. For now, KGI Securities predicts that the LCD model will cost between $649 and $749.
As for the dual-SIM models, Apple could be charging a premium for these variants, but you should still take this information with a pinch of salt.