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Apple is expected to launch three iPhones in fall this year. Out of these, one is likely to be the direct successor of iPhone X. While September is still months away, the company will reportedly start production of the 2018 iPhone X model earlier than usual. According to reports from The Bell and ETNews, Samsung will soon start manufacturing OLED panels for the device.
The production is likely to begin by May with a threshold of 2-3 million, and more units (nearly the double) will be manufactured in the following month. As we reported earlier, Apple and Samsung are still negotiating over the pricing of OLED panels, with the Cupertino-giant asking the latter to reduce the cost of the panels. Rumors have it, Samsung is is offering Apple Y-Octa panels that are used in the Galaxy S9+. Y-Octa panels are said to be relatively cheaper to produce.
A previous DigiTimes report also claimed that Apple would start the trial production of the new iPhones to avoid manufacturing delays that the iPhone X met with. The company wants to ensure that last year's mishap is not repeated.
While the 2018 iPhone X model will feature an OLED display, the successors of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are expected to come with LCD displays. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, however, thinks otherwise. According to him, there will be two iPhone models with OLED display, and a third one with an LCD display.
Kuo expects that Apple will retain the iPhone X design on its upcoming models. According to him, the two OLED iPhones will feature display sizes of 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches. The LCD model, on the other hand, is said to come with a 6.1-inch display.
The analyst further claims that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will sport a single rear camera, but the OLED models will be equipped with dual camera setups on their back. In terms of memory, the LCD model is said to pack 3GB of RAM, while the OLED models will pack 4GB of RAM.
It is worth mentioning that there are other reports that do not resonate with Kuo's opinions. So we can't draw a conclusion just yet.