Apple may offer two 6.1-inch iPhone models in 2018, one of which will include a single SIM and a second that offers a dual-SIM standby (DSDS) functionality, aka two physical SIM card slots, according to an investor’s note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Here, Kuo believes that not only 6.1-inch dual-SIM iPhone, rather Apple will have a successor to the 2017 OLED iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus with an OLED display, and a 6.1-inch iPhone equipped with an LCD panel. The analyst also sheds light on the 6.1-inch iPhone with Dual SIM price, at $650 to $750, while a single SIM model could potentially be less expensive at $550 to $650.
Prospective prices for the two OLED iPhones Apple plans to introduce in 2018 were not actually mentioned in today’s note, but those two devices are expected to be significantly more expensive.
Technically, there will still be three new iPhone models, and however, as the reports speak, the company is going to launch two variants of the 6.1-inch model. Interestingly enough, the changes would have a noteworthy impact on price, with Apple likely planning on pricing the dual-SIM iPhone at a $100 premium over the standard, single-SIM 6.1-inch iPhone.
“6.1” LCD iPhone may have model that supports DSDS. If the 6.1″ LCD iPhone comes with DSDS and single-SIM models, we believe it will result in two benefits: (1) more price segments would be created, significantly boosting shipments via the low-price single-SIM model. For instance, if the DSDS model sells for US$650-750, the single-SIM model may sell for US$550-650; and (2) the DSDS model will help increase market share in China and commercial markets.”
It has also been noted about the dual-SIM dual standby functionality, where he said at least one of the three new iPhones expected in 2018 would offer the feature. In this note, Kuo confirms that both the 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch devices will support DSDS, while the 5.8-inch iPhone will not.
The analyst previously said that Apple will use Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 modems for faster LTE speeds and that DSDS devices will support LTE+LTE connections to allow two SIM cards to be active simultaneously using one set of chips. A dual-SIM feature would make it easier for people to switch between carriers when traveling by allowing and it is believed it would be highly popular in China and Asian countries.
While the mass production on the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will start three to five weeks later than the two OLED models. That’s because of the decision to add a DSDS model. Apple’s supply chain will see strong growth in 4Q18-2Q19F, says Kuo. With 6.1-inch iPhone’s low price and DSDS feature expected to “significantly boost shipment momentum.”
Otherwise, the 6.1-inch LCD model, in particular, could account for 65 to 75 percent of total iPhone shipments from 2Q 2018 to 3Q 2019. Supporting a pair of SIM cards isn’t an oft-requested feature for the mass market in the United States, but again, it’s certainly still one in international markets. The only reason why people were shying away from Apple-branded smartphones because it didn’t have a dual-SIM design. What do you say?
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