Ming-Chi Kuo: the iPhone 8 price will start at $1000, active display size is 5.15"


Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI securities is not the first analyst who claims that the iPhone 8 will have a 5.8" wraparound display, yet he is the one with the best track record of predicting Apple's moves based on the proverbial "supply chain sources." His latest memo to clients is so specific, however, that it gives us not only the 5.8" diagonal of the eventual flexible OLED panel for the iPhone 8 when unfurled, but also the resolution, and what will be the size of the active screen portion.

As you can see from his diagram above, the 5.15" display area left is apparently with 2437 x 1125 pixels resolution, while the whole sheet is 2800 x 1242, which leaves plenty of space on the sides and at the bottom for the innovative touch controls that Apple is allegedly toying with, instead of physical buttons. In fact, Ming-Chi Kuo states that the lower portion of the display will be set aside as a "function area," perhaps alluding to some sort of virtual buttons or finger sensing situated there. The analyst is mum as to how exactly will that navigation or sensing space at the bottom be organized, and whether it can transform into a regular screen area while watching movies, browsing, gaming or other activities.

His schematics, however, jibe with numerous reports that Apple will be doing away with the Touch ID button on the OLED iPhone 8, while it will be kept on the "regular" iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, or whatever Apple names the whole set. The company might, however, implement other biometric solutions like iris or face scanning technology. The moral of the whole iPhone-with-flexible-OLED story is that Apple will eventually be able to fit a high-res 5"+ panel in a chassis that is about the size of the current iPhone 7, and we can't wait to see how would that puppy look in practice. 

This latest memo from Ming-Chi Kuo, however, does explain why we have such conflicting reports about the future iPhone 8 screen size, ranging from 5 inches through 5.2 inches, and then all the way up to 5.8". Naughty flexible displays, always confusing people. Last but not least, the reputed analyst reiterates the prediction that the iPhone 8 will land with a $1000 starting tag, which is not hard to fathom, given that the cost of producing it will be 50%-60% higher than that of the regular models. After all, we calculated that just the flexible OLED panels that Apple has reportedly ordered from Samsung, will cost $70 apiece, as opposed to less than $40 on the current iPhone 7. The Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are also said to come with higher tags than their predecessors, but that's apparently the price to pay for the "all-screen," "bezel-less" trend in 2017.

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30 Comments

1. Jacksie66 unregistered

More excited about the new 3310 if I'm honest..

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Too much of hypes and rumors take the surprise level to a zero.

2. TechGirl90 unregistered

If this is true, this is a little too much COURAGE! LOL! i kid, I kid. But all jokes aside, this could be problematic for those who purchase their devices full price.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Eh, classic Apple move. Sell tech from years ago for a premium and strong arm stupid iFans into buying it by releasing it with a model from 3 years ago at the "new" phone price.

3. alanrey

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 16, 2016

i want to see a list of Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction that did and did not happened.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if he make one new prediction per week until iPhone launching event.. and even if only 10% of it proven to be correct, media still loves him since he make 4-5 correct predictions, lol...

4. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

This Nostradamus-wannabe iTard should apply as fortune teller or better yet prophet of the Cr@pple world.

5. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

So what's that? 1300AUD... f**k me... I'd be fine if it's 64GB base storage, but i doubt it...

8. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

So screen aspect ratio gonna be a new d*** measuring contest. Xiaomi Mi Mix - 17:9 LG G6 - 18:9 Samsung S8 - 18.5:9 iPhone 8 - 19.5:9

9. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's hard to believe a 5.8" screen on a body of iPhone 7.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what's hard? Mi Mix use 6.4inch screen and only 0.06cm taller and 0.4cm wider than i7+http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Xiaomi-Mi-MIX_id10294/size/Apple-iPhone-7-Plus/phones/9816

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The 7 Plus is big enough for it. Just imagine the phone begin the same physical size but with a larger display.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even the source write it as "iPhone8" (including quotation marks) since they arent sure if it will be called iPhone8..

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Those are funny!

14. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

He will be proven right! You will see!! Buuhhahahaaaa!

16. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Great, now I know where I can spend my $1000 into, getting a brick that will send my info faster to the NSA.

17. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

1000 dollars for 5.1" !!! why not bigger?? i think note 8 will be better choice

19. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Predicting it now, record sales despite the price hike, and then later revealed that unit is not really as expensive to create as it was thought.

21. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

So, this is really similar to the GS8. No surprise there. When will someone have the "courage" to give us a BIG phone in the US with high specs. I'm talking 6+

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The Huawei Mate 9......?

25. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

April 2017 - Galaxy S8 Plus.

24. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

ahahah 1K for a phone? Plus tax? You cna buy a car with that money. no thank you. if i want an iphone the 6Plus or the 6Splus on e-bay woul drun me half or less than hlf that.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

$1000 - Yet will still so less than the Galaxy S7 Edge which costs $779. Whatever kind of wireless charging Apple has, Others phones will have had it already for 3 years+. Resolution? The iPhone needs to be QHD+ because the next Note will likely be 4K and if it is, its goign to be a major selling point. Especially since on the Galaxy you can drop the resolution down to save battery. But watching native 4K video on your device and have it match what your camera recorded is an awesome idea. The display needs to grow. The base iPhone needs to be 5.1" or better. Considering the base S8 is goign to be 5.5", Apple should get as close as they can to this. The base iPhone needs to be FHD with the Plus @ QHD+. Anything less is a complete fail, no matte how many they sell from the 10th anniversary hype. @1000 that means for the first quarter, most sales will go to the iPhone 7's as they will be $100 cheaper and carriers will be running more BOGO deals to get rid of them. I'm curious as to how the iPhone Forever plans will work to cover the $1000 iPhone. No carrier in the US sells a $1000 phone yet. Though the iPhone 256GB is close at $969. 256GB iPhone Anniversary Edition - $1200 Yet will claim to be better than the S7 Edge - Batman Edition which cost $1200, and yet the iPhone will do less. I can't wait. The $1000 iPhone is goign to show us, who the real sheep are and who the smart iPhone users are.

29. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Did you not see the thumbnail? Why the duck are you so interested in other people's money? That's really pathetic dude, seriously.

31. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Seriously asking, Why do you read his comments lol?

30. aliefzain

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Woooow

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