iPhone X SE Leaks Out, Reveals Apple’s Expensive Smartphone Into Wild

According to all three new reports, Kuo states Apple will launch three iPhones based on the iPhone X design this year; a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, and a long-awaited and supersized 6.1-inch iPhone X SE, which compromises with the likes of the LCD screen.

Acclaimed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been back again, bringing an insight into Apple’s iPhone plans for 2018 and not everyone is going to like them. But so far so good and there’s more good news as well.

Today’s research note states that Apple has no plans in releasing a second-generation iPhone SE, and another suggests that the third LCD-equipped phone dubbed the iPhone X SE.

All three new iPhones in 2018 launch period have larger battery sizes. He breaks these down as an incremental bump for the second-generation iPhone X (2800 vs 2,715 mAh), a hefty 3,300-3,400mAh battery in the iPhone X Plus and a battery up to 2,950mAh for the iPhone X SE. This is has been backed up by Chinese language site ET News.

And yes, as mentioned, the iPhone X SE will make compromises. The aforementioned battery won’t use the same advanced technology which allowed Apple to squeeze an L-shaped battery into the iPhone X (may continue with the iPhone X Plus and second-gen iPhone X). It will also miss out on an OLED display, dual camera and omit 3D Touch.

Some rumors also have claimed the second generation iPhone X would drop in price to accommodate a larger iPhone X Plus. Kuo says this is not true at all. Rather claims the second-gen iPhone X will again start at $1000, the iPhone X Plus will be priced higher (likely $1,200-$1,350) while the once-cheap iPhone SE will see its iPhone X-inspired successor come in at more than an iPhone 8 starting from $700-$800.

Given the existing and current iPhone SE starts from a price-point from just $349, this will mean its successor more than doubles the cost. As such Apple’s cheapest iPhone is likely to be the iPhone 7, which will replace the iPhone 6S in September and start at $449.

An interesting point to note, why would Apple risk moving iPhones from a 2017 price range of $349-$1150 to a potential 2018 price range of $449-$1,400?

When Apple itself accepting that it has low iPhone X sales in the holiday season, why would the company plan to increase the price tags now? Reasons are many, but Kuo previously said he expects Apple to cancel the iPhone X after one generation. The logic is simple, by not retaining the phone at a cheaper price. Apple can keep its design limited to premium models only. Were it drop the price to $800-850 it would also risk the iPhone X cannibalizing sales of the less fully featured iPhone X SE.

iPhone fans are of course famed for their loyalty. But based on what Kuo reports are Apple’s plans for 2018, the financial demands placed on users this year will definitely see that loyalty sorely tested and passed. Stay tuned for more updates!

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