The trustworthy analyst of KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, has come up with his latest report comprising of his top predictions for the 2017 iPhone models: the OLED iPhone 8 and two iterative updates tot he current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Hit the jump to find the details of his predictions.
Kuo believes that the upcoming OLED iPhone 8 is going to have the highest screen-to-body ratio than smartphone available in the market. He credits this achievement to the introduction of a virtual Home button and the ‘notch’ at the top of the screen. He further adds that the virtual Home button is not going to act as a fingerprint sensor and that the OLED iPhone 8 will not include the Touch ID altogether.
KGI’s latest report supports almost all the recent reports and leaks and also includes some new information as well. Kuo appears to confirm that the dummy hardware leaked recently with an almost-bezel-less design with minimal bezels on four sides except for the top that he believes will incorporate front cameras and earpiece. Kuo calls it the ‘notch’.
KGI reiterates that the 5.2-inch area of the total 5.8-inch display will be usable. Rest will be accounted for the ‘function area’. Due to minimal bezels around the device, the OLED iPhone 8 will reportedly be of a similar size to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7.
Talking about the two LCD models, he believes that they will be 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch just like the current iPhone 7. The front of these two new models will be similar to the iPhone 7/Plus, whereas the chassis will be made of glass and stainless steel. It is believed that the iPhone 7s models will come with glass backs and aluminum frame.
Kuo predicts that the iPhone 8 will incorporate a virtual Home button with no support [for the fingerprint sensor. He goes further and says that the OLED iPhone 8 will lack the fingerprint recognition capability altogether. Which hints at Apple removing the Touch ID in favor of facial recognition.
We predict the OLED model won’t support fingerprint recognition, reasons being: (1) the full-screen design doesn’t work with existing capacitive fingerprint recognition, and (2) the scan-through ability of the under-display fingerprint solution still has technical challenges
The front camera of the iPhone 8 will reportedly have 3D depth sensing for facial recognition feature and better selfies. The OLED iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7s are said to include 3GB RAM while the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone will continue with the 2GB RAM.
Kuo believes that all these 3 new iPhone models will start wth 64GB storage capacity and will go all the way up to 256GB. All these new models will incorporate the Lightning port along with an embedded USB-C delivery circuit for faster charging.
KGI further adds that the company will be unveiling all these three new iPhone models in September but the OLED iPhone 8 launch may get pushed later than the other two LCD-based models. Kuo also expects that the iPhone 8 supply will be constrained well into 2018.