Report: 2018 OLED Apple iPhone models to feature single-cell "L" shaped battery
Just the other day, we passed along a report from Japan's Nomura Securities about what we can expect to see from the 2018 iPhone models. The brokerage house says that Apple will release three variants, one with an LCD panel. The latter unit will have an edge-to-edge display and will be similar to the Apple iPhone X except for a single-camera in back, and the use of LCD. The remaining two 2018 iPhone versions include an iPhone X sequel with a 5.8-inch OLED display, and a 6.5-inch iPhone X-type phablet.
According to a new report published today by KGI Securities' top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the two OLED models will both be powered by a single cell battery shaped like the letter "L." The Apple iPhone X employs two separate batteries that are placed together, also forming an "L" shape. This is done to make better use of the space inside the phone. KGI's report named Korean battery producer LGC as the company that Apple is working with. Apple was reportedly hoping to employ a single-cell "L" shaped battery this year, but the technology was not ready to be used in 2017.
While the two batteries inside the iPhone X add up to 2716 mAh, next year's iPhone X sequel could be equipped with a 2900-3000 mAh cell according to the report that KGI sent to clients. The rumored 6.5-inch model will be powered by a 3300-3400 mAh battery. The LCD model (which is said to carry a 6.1-inch display) will use a single rectangular battery rated at 2850-2950 mAh. That will allow Apple to keep down costs on this particular model. Apple will also use a metal case with this unit, allowing the company to sell it in a lower $650-$900 price range. That will make the LCD version of the phone the least expensive of the three iPhones expected for 2018.