New iPhone XI prototype renders show horizontal camera, smaller notch

New iPhone XI prototype renders show horizontal camera, smaller notch
The 2019 iPhone series is still in the Engineering Validation Test phase of development. This means that while the phones may look finalized, nothing is set in stone yet. And just over a week after one controversial design was revealed, a new set of renders by CompareRaja and Steve Hemmerstoffer provide a glimpse at one of Apple’s other prototypes.

Coinciding with previous expectations, this particular model flaunts a significantly smaller notch which appears to have been achieved by moving the in-ear speaker grill upwards and adopting some of the latest in-display technology. The device does also sport slightly thinner bezels, although the difference is barely noticeable.

The more noticeable design differences can be found when the smartphone is flipped over. The rather unsightly camera module found on the previously-leaked model is gone and in its place is a new horizontal setup. Unlike the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus which also made use of similar arrangements, though, the cameras are aligned with the center of the panel, much like the LG V40 ThinQ. Speaking of which, this device also includes a triple-camera implementation accompanied by what seems to be an LED ring flash.

On a side note, while the images in question aren't accompanied by the tipster's usual 360-degree render video, he did confirm to us that, at this stage of development, the smartphone still sports a Lightning connector rather than the rumored USB-C port.

Moving forward, there appear to be two options for Apple’s 2019 iPhone series. On the one hand, Apple could choose to move forward with both designs and market them as separate devices, perhaps as the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max. Alternatively, the Cupertino giant may choose to scrap one prototype altogether and move forward with just one.

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33 Comments

1. JMartin22

Posts: 2327; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The rear-camera looks like an eyeball

2. scarface21173

Posts: 636; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Same $hit different year.

12. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1221; Member since: May 01, 2017

Different year same crybabies

23. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

It's Apple, caught in the downward swirl as they go deeper into the toilet. The notch sht never should have happened cuz now there's notches everywhere, all looking just as stupid as this one.

3. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 580; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Looks like the G7 or something from LG either way I'm not likeing this cyclops design..

4. Damac71nina

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Don’t care about the camera, make the notch a little bit smaller and I’ll take it

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6618; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Apple is not making "smaller notches", it makes "bigger screens".

6. LouisMariano5

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

a notch shouldn't even exist at this point with all the phone companies doing manual sliders on their phones to get to the front facing camera parts..... NOW THATS COOL !!

8. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

It might be cool but it's probably not that practical. Lots of consumers probably wouldn't be interested either.

25. logicsdude

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

If Apple did it, people would probably be interested. But also there are other solutions that don't require a notch

14. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1221; Member since: May 01, 2017

Hey everyone else is doing it you should do it to because it's "cool" approach isn't the best approach. I've only seen one or two companies doing manual sliders while more are going towards cutting holes in the front screen

7. S4NDY

Posts: 212; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

First Huawei, now LG, interested in seeing what Apple copying next, Oppo, Xiaomi or Samsung.

11. TechDork

Posts: 400; Member since: May 10, 2010

I mean how many different places can you put a camera and how many ways can you rotate it? It's either going to be vertical or horizontal and either in the middle or the right side (looking at screen, it'll be on the right). It's not copying anything, it's just....well, just how it is lol.

9. w159148

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Apple most likely won't do that. I could see them adding a third lens beneath the dual camera module like on the X/XS but this one? Nope.

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Although it looks a bit odd I think this design makes sense for Apple on a consumer level. They've made only a few adjustments to the current-gen design but it makes the smartphone look like a completely new one from the rear and an improved version from the front. Basically, most consumers who buy it will feel like they own a totally different device rather than another S model.

19. Vogue1985

Posts: 383; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

True there, Q series, a new along with the X's.

13. antroid

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

As long as they won't change the design or at least put new features or new devices but at lower price range I doubt they will be more successful than the current onces

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3871; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Sweet camera hump. I thought these would be extinct by now.

16. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

This trash "if real" is hideous!!

17. midan

Posts: 2574; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Phone is almost nine months away, i wonder how many different designs we still going to see before that..

21. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

That's what I'm wondering... Hopefully a lot that way I can write more articles lol

29. mootu

Posts: 1408; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

A company like Apple makes over 100 prototypes. Even oneplus who are a small company and only release one phone per year make over 50 prototypes. These renders that we see are nothing to do with OEM's and are just made by joe public based on rumours that get floated round the industry.

33. joshuaswingle

Posts: 489; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Yes, but they don't have over 100 prototypes left at this stage of development. The primary design will be finalized within the next month or so.

18. Vogue1985

Posts: 383; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

This looks better than the square/cube. Very LG but nice. If they didn't this don't be surprised when everybody else starts to copy LG's design

20. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1793; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Note 10 may pull me completely away from iPhone this year if Apple doesn't get something groundbreaking going...

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 805; Member since: May 17, 2017

This is a pipe dream, but I’d love to see a slightly thicker phone with no camera bulge.

31. Vokilam

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

YESSSSS!

24. sirohunter

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Honestly this is ugly, I prefer the other design that resembles the camera from the mate 20 pro

26. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This looks like a cheap Android mockery of the iPhone...

27. aegislash

Posts: 1446; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

...what exactly is cheap looking? The fact that the camera is centered? I hope that isn’t your only reason, because if so...just lol. I myself see a gorgeous device that would be a day one purchase. Apple never disappoints when it comes to design, and this is just really nice looking.

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