"Apple Slashes Production Cost For Cheap New 5.8" iPhone X


Phone manufacturers tweak screens to their specifications, and Apple has for years calibrated iPhone screens for color accuracy.

Luke Lin, Research analyst at Digitimes today said that the new 5.85-inch display model of the upcoming iPhone would feature the total bill of materials over 10% lesser than the iPhone X, meaning the price of the upcoming model will be definitely cheaper than the current model. A cheaper 5.85-inch OLED iPhone might then be Apple's answer to those concerns. That should translate to a cheaper price than the $999 price tag Apple has affixed to the iPhone X.

However, with the launch of the Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) Galaxy S9 series smartphones, the iPhone X's display has some stiff competition.

The iPhone X Plus and iPhone X successor will both feature an OLED panel, with the larger model sporting a massive 6.5-inch screen.

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The kick-off of the trial production will help push ahead the delivery schedules for 2018 iPhone devices so that they will rekindle its smartphone momentum, said the sources, adding that sales of iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X have been lower than expected. This could mean that out of the three iPhone's being launched, this one might be the affordable one. Many have suspected that the California-based company will release a iPhone X Plus, which would include an even bigger screen to captivate a consumer's sense of sight. A few months ago, a report said that Apple is working on a secret iPhone project with LG so that Samsung can't have access to it. However, the two companies have reached an agreement where there won't be cost increases.

Apple has been dogged by reports of late that the iPhone X is too expensive. While the display on the iPhone X is extremely color accurate, it's still not quite ideal.

My guess is that a $100 premium for the iPhone X Plus over the iPhone X is the most likely pricing scenario. Considering that the iPhone X costs around $400 to make, that equates to about $40 in savings. This could be an indication for Apple fans to expect a price drop from the massive $999 price point of the iPhone X that was launched a year ago.

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