6.1-Inch LCD iPhone 9 To Flaunt Dual-SIM Option and Start at $550 Budget Price, KGI Claims

Daphne Planca
12:43 PM

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that the tech giant Apple will be launching two versions of the highly anticipated 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, dubbed as iPhone 9, later this year. The first version will start with a budget price of as low as $550 while the second one will potentially have the dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) technology.

According to Apple Insider, Kuo also suggested that the DSDS-capable LCD iPhone 9 will offer two physical SIM card slots without eSIM support and might cost between $650 and $750. Meanwhile, the second LCD variant will have the traditional single-SIM arrangement and will be sold at a low price between $550 and $650, which is cheaper than its initial estimates of $700 to $800 last January.

As often seen nowadays in developing markets, numerous users who are fond of actively carrying around multiple SIM numbers in a single handset will find the dual-SIM storage version as extremely convenient. Another benefit of this DSDS technology to the end users is the ability to travel across borders or coverage zones without the need to swap many SIM cards in the iPhone 9. A very good example of this is the users in China who often jump from one cellular provider to another between provinces.

Kuo also believed that Apple is offering the smallest iPhone as a direct successor and a revamp of the current iPhone X, which has a 5.8-inch OLED display and Face ID. If ever Kuo’s suggested pricing will likely to happen, then this iPhone 9 would be a huge hit with the upgrades and Android switchers and will be among the company’s most popular 2018 iPhone.

Kuo also speculated that the mass production of the iPhone 9 might begin three to five weeks later than the two OLED models since the DSDS technology must be added. The upcoming device is predicted to sell 100 million to 120 million units, which is 65 to 75 percent of the overall iPhone shipments, between the third quarters of 2018 and 2019.

So, what are your thoughts on the latest rumor of the iPhone 9 priced as low as $550? Let us know by writing in the comment section below.

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