Trio of 2018 iPhone screen protectors show us the thick bezels of the cheapest model

Trio of 2018 iPhone screen protectors show us the thick bezels of the cheapest model
For a while now, we've been hearing that Apple plans to introduce three new iPhones this September. All three would have the new iPhone X design with its all-screen front and the controversial notch. However, the cheapest of the three would have an LCD display, instead of an AMOLED panel, which presented its own set of challenges.

A company, called Nichia, has managed to move from 0.4t LEDs to 0.3t ones successfully, making it possible for an LCD-equipped phone to have 2-2.5 mm bezels. For that reason, Apple will be working exclusively with Nichia when building its next generation of iPhones.

That said, the “cheap” LCD iPhone will still have slightly thicker bezels than the OLED-equipped iPhones. How much is “slightly”?

Well, here we have a trio of screen protectors, allegedly meant to fit the three new Apple smartphones. Laid side by side in a pretty good photo, we can get a very nice idea of the size difference between the three iPhones as well as spot the thicker bezel in the middle there.

Trio of 2018 iPhone screen protectors show us the thick bezels of the cheapest model


As we can see, it doesn't look half bad — it's not drastically thick and it doesn't scream "cheap". Well, at least not what we see here. We are still anxious to see the actual products when Apple announces them, sometime mid-September.

So, the 6.1-inch model is expected to be the entry-level new generation iPhone with a starting price of $700. It's also, supposedly, going to have a single camera at the back, but it'll still have Face ID housed in that pretty notch up front. The smaller, 5.8-inch model has an OLED screen, a dual camera, and will cost more — probably around a $100 extra. The rightmost model is the iPhone X Plus (or whatever Apple ends up calling it) and it might have a triple camera module on its back and reach that $1k price tier, which the iPhone X occupied last year.

source: Ben Geskin

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41 Comments

1. DolmioMan

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

They’re about as thick as the current iPhone X bezels (~4mm). Looks like they’ve halved it if those screen protectors are correct.

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yes they have. Leaks have shown that. They have been able to shrink the LCD model bezels as well through advanced manufacturing processes. OLED model bezels are also shrinking noticeably.

2. mikedemoda

Posts: 126; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

LCD and no chin, Android makers please take several notes!

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Um no. Not going backwards in time

25. sgodsell

Posts: 6897; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

MLCD is really good now. It's even fast for refreshing the display. Btw many Android smartphones are already using the latest LCD displays. It's only this year that Apple is looking to go with MLCD displays. It's one of the reasons why Apple is buying some of LG's MLCD displays.

26. Vokilam

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Which android using MLCD?

29. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Literally none of them, last I checked.

37. mikedemoda

Posts: 126; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

LG G7

39. Vokilam

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

That’s “many”.

5. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

In order to have no chin, the majority of Android phones need to have their screens folded under the display, like the iPhone X.

7. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Apple patented that, so Apple has definitely made it near impossible for consumers to receive a device without a chin. I'm not really against chins either, if they aren't too big. It's much more important that they don't have something at the top, as my thump will have difficulty bending comfortably down to the bottom of the display, if it doesn't have a small chin. It's just not as comfortable at all to have to bend your thump that low.

6. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

LCD? Yeah, no thanks buddy. I want phones with components from 2018, not 2010.

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1545; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You mean those 2018 screens that burn-in and have half the sharpness requiring double the resolution catch up? Yeah nah....not paying $1000 for that.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

In 5 years of oled use that has never happened to me. Normal day to day usage will rarely if ever produce burn in on a quality oled panel.

17. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"LCD? Yeah, no thanks buddy. I want phones with components from 2018, not 2010." haha I can't believe you just said that :) So how you can then praise Note 9 which has fps from 2013?

10. DH1123

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

The LG G7 has already done it.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Done what ? The G7 not only has a chin and a notch, but also a bit of forehead...fail.

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Probably he mean G5, remember that phone got removable bottom *cough* modular *cough*. It's bottom bezels is much smaller that other phone on it's era.

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

A small chin isn't a bad thing if it takes $400 off the price! Btw the definition of bezels for me are the monstrous top/forehead and bottom/chin in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. I guess Apple finally took note of Android designs........

23. baldilocks

Posts: 1462; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'd rather have a small chin and no notch.

4. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

So it's the same as last years model? Doesn't look any different.

9. whatev

Posts: 2135; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Just like the GS9 and note 9 :)

12. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

And multiple generations of iPhones, what's your point?

14. whatev

Posts: 2135; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The question is, what is his point? My point is pointing out his pointless point, can’t you see?

28. Vokilam

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Whatev is right. Why point out Apple as if they’re the only guilty, while the rest of manufacturers are doing the same thing.

16. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

iPhone X destroyed all the design criticisms Apple was getting from cynics thus it's the past, but with Android it's the present we are talking about. Samsung and others hven't been able to design anything new since Galaxy S8 days, that's the truth. World has evolved so much since then.....lol

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

You seem to have conveniently overlooked the Mi Mix series, Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X. Design innovation (and phone innovation in general) has been led by China and android for several years now. Apple hasn't been cutting edge for a long time.

27. Vokilam

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

It’s easy to do a small batch with screens like that try manufacturing on a scale like Samsung galaxy s or iPhone demand?

31. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

Small batch? From the 4th and fifth largest OEM's in the world? Once you're selling in the millions it makes no difference.

33. Vokilam

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Try 10s of millions. Of one device. Not just millions of buncha cheap models and a fraction of that the ones you mentioned. Show me which of the devices you mentioned sold as much as any iPhone or galaxy S model?

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