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Rumored 6.1-inch notched LCD iPhone could start from just US$550

What Apple's September 2018 iPhone lineup could look like. (Source: KGI Securities)
What Apple's September 2018 iPhone lineup could look like. (Source: KGI Securities)
Apple could be set to introduce the rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone "9" starting from as low as US$550, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. Kuo also predicts that Apple will start selling dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS) iPhones starting September as well.

As far as Apple pundits go, KGI Securities Ming Chi Kuo is as good as they get often getting scoops from deep inside Apple’s supply chain. In his latest note to investors, Kuo has tipped that the would-be 6.1-inch notched LCD iPhone “9” could start from as low as US$550 to US$650. Kuo first predicted this device earlier this year, but estimated it might retail upwards of US$800.

Kuo now believes that this 6.1-inch LCD variant will be the volume seller that Apple is hoping will kickstart a supercycle of iPhone upgrades that failed to materialize with the launch of the tenth anniversary iPhone X as many had expected. The iPhone X’s failure to pump up Apple’s iPhone sales over the Christmas and early new year period was pinned largely on its sky-high entry price of US$999. The rumored new 6.1-inch LCD variant will feature similar design cues, but will be much cheaper for Apple to manufacture.

Kuo also expects that Apple will start selling dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS) iPhones starting with the refresh of its lineup in September. Kuo thinks that this feature will be included on a more expensive variant of the rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone as well as the rumored plus sized 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X sequel. Apple will also retain a 5.8-inch iPhone X OLED sequel in its lineup, but Kuo thinks it will miss out on the DSDS tech. DSDS is considered a key feature in Asian markets, but these markets are also known to favor big screened phones.

The rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could be the volume selling model in 2018. (Source: KGI Securities)
The rumored 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could be the volume selling model in 2018. (Source: KGI Securities)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-04-19 (Update: 2018-04-19)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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