There have been numerous reports claiming that the upcoming iPhone 8 will sport a 5.8-inch curved OLED display. For some time, a lot of consumers were convinced that the 10th anniversary iPhone will indeed have a massive display. However, a new report suggests otherwise. Instead of a bigger display, the iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a 5-inch display.
According to the Korean online publication Pulse, the Cupertino tech giant has signed a deal with Samsung Display Inc. The deal was to make SDI the primary supplier of Apple’s iPhone 8 for 2017. Furthermore, the report claims that the display size will be a standard 5-inch OLED panel.
The inter-company deal, according to the same report, amounts to around $4.3 billion. The deal states that Samsung must supply 60 million 5-inch OLED displays to Apple. This will be the second time that Apple will use SDI as a display supplier. Last year, Apple struck a deal with Samsung Display for the supply of 100 million units of OLED panels which are allegedly for the iPhone 8 as well.
What is not clear about the report is that the size of the mentioned display contradicts earlier rumors about the iPhone 8’s display size. As reported many times before, the upcoming iPhone will have a 5.8-inch OLED display as opposed to the new deal. This further complicates matters and may lead to the possibility of having two iPhone 8 models this September.
The iPhone 8 is rumored to have a September release just like the previous iPhones. This is despite earlier reports that the initial production has begun ahead of schedule. Nevertheless, Apple still chose not to launch its upcoming flagship and wait it out instead.
Apart from the rumored display, the Apple’s next flagship will also feature facial recognition in addition to fingerprintfingerprint scanning. This, according to reports, is meant to increase security for the said smartphone. The iPhone 8 will also be the first iPhone to showcase a virtual home button on release. This virtual home button will be embedded underneath the display and will include the fingerprintfingerprint scanning sensor with it.
As of writing, Samsung Display has neither denied nor confirmed the rumor about the deal. Nevertheless, it seemshighly likely that there will be two different iPhone 8 sizes this September. For more updates on the iPhone 8, be sure to check The Bitbag.