2017 iPhone 8 (iPhone X) OLED Version to Start at 64GB, Says TrendForce

iPhone 8 to start at 64GB - no 32GB variant

A recent press release from TrendForce shows that the 2017 iPhone 8 (iPhone X) will only come in two storage options: 64GB and 256GB. In addition, it will have 3GB of mobile DRAM, an AMOLED display of 5.8 inches and a resolution of 2K.

The report confirmed that no curved screen will be present on Apple’s flagship phone this year, because of “production yield and drop test results.” That means the same 2.5D glass panel will be used as in previous iPhones, not the 3D display cover.

TrendForce also mentioned 3D sensing technology, essentially referring to the facial recognition capability on iPhone 8. It also alludes to certain features connected to augmented reality, which Apple could use to create a virtually transparent iPhone 8, as discussed in an earlier article, linked below:

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We’ve also reported earlier that the new iPhone could cost in excess of $1,000, and that’s been validated by TrendForce as well.

In terms of expected sales, about 100 million units of all new iPhones are expected to be produced this year, of which the AMOLED variant will make up the biggest share. When you include existing models, production volume is expected at 230 million units, up 6% from 2016.

That could mean Apple doesn’t foresee any major spike in iPhone sales in 2017. That sort of makes sense, because Mac Otakara recently reported that a new red color variant of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus could be released as early as March 2017, and a 128GB variant of iPhone SE is also expected to hit store shelves next month.

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The main point of TrendForce’s report seems to be that iPhone 8 with AMOLED will be the key driver of iPhone sales in 2017. One of the elements driving demand will be iPhone owners who still haven’t upgraded from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Research shows that the product upgrade cycle of the average smartphone buyer is now nearing the 3-year mark, so a lot of people who bought their iPhones in 2014 could be waiting for iPhone 8 before they upgrade.

Either way, it looks as though Apple is preparing for only a slight increase in total iPhone sales in 2017, which reflects in their production estimates for the year.

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