Durability and Battery Life of iPhone X Called into Question

Olive Hawkins
December 7, 2017

If you're tempted to splash out on Apple's luxurious - but ultra-expensive - iPhone X, you might want to read this. This is in spite of Apple's decision to move forward with OLED screens for its flagship handsets.

Price wise, the small 4.7-inch iPhone 8 starts at $699, while the bigger 5.7-inch iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799. iPhone X is of course much pricier at $1,149. But iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus both continue to have LCD screens.

With more OLED suppliers in the wings for 2018-2019, Samsung having exclusivity for iPhone displays will be coming to end in the not-too-distant future. Ltd will only be able to provide Apple with an estimated 10 million OLED displays in 2018, according to Eric Chiou, an analyst at Taipei-based research company WitsView Technology Corp.

Apple are also rumored to introduce a new iPhone Se next year, although this device is not expected to come with Face ID. Casetek, a subsidiary of iPhone 8 manufacturer Pegatron Corp., could be selected to make the LCD iPhone. While the new handset will likely be more durable, with less glass to shatter accidentally, it may drop the ability to wirelessly charge. The nearly bezel-less phone sports a screen that stretches right to the edges, a futuristic design that makes it more eye-catching than usual.

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This handset is claimed to be the mid-size model of the pack, with Apple other 2018 iPhones coming in at 6.2 or 6.3 inches, and 5.8 inches. A different source told Nikkei that Casetek was already experimenting with metal casings for the LCD iPhone. The display on the phone is expected to feature a 6.1-inch tall TFT LCD display.

iPhone 8 still has that iconic circular home button, which also allows for Touch ID. iPhone X, meantime, traded that for the headphone jack.

In September Patently Apple posted a report titled "LG Could Possibly Enter Apple's OLED Supply Chain as early as H2 2018 if Plans are on Track". Kuo, however, stated that all three 2018 models would debut with full-screen, edge-to-edge displays and the TrueDepth camera system that's now featured on the 10th anniversary iPhone.

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