A recent leak suggests that although Apple might be making it’s 2018 “budget” iPhone a 6.1-inch model, the tradeoff will be a lack of dual-lens camera.
Well-known source Ben Gaskin shared the leak on Twitter. The pictures show a unit lacking an Apple logo, but still resembling current designs except for the placement of the flash below the lens instead of to the side, making it more akin to the dual-lens iPhone X than the iPhone 8.
A 6.5-inch iPhone dummy is seen in the same leak. This is almost exactly the same as the 5.8-inch iPhone X except from its bigger size. Geskin has referred to this device as the “iPhone X Plus”.
The dual-lens cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, and X provide 2x optical zoom as well as a “Portrait” mode that simulates blurred backgrounds created by professional lenses. So, if we’re assuming that the 6.1-inch dummy model is authentic, we can assume that Apple is sticking to the single lens to keep the price down.
The leak does not show us any evidence of a direct successor to the iPhone X, which should keep the same dimensions but see upgraded internals such as a faster processor.
The new 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones are expected to use OLED displays, costing somewhere between $800-$900 and $999+, respectively. On the other hand, the 6.1-inch will have an LCD display and therefore enter the market at a cheaper price of $600-$700.
It’s expected that the OLED hardware should start shipping in September or October, but the 6.1-inch device will arrive a little later.