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This will be the name of the 6.1-inch budget iPhone X

This will be the name of the 6.1-inch budget iPhone X

Apple could unveil as many as three new iPhone handsets this week as the technology giant looks to expand the range of smartphones it offers.

Going back to the middle and top of the spectrum, if the higher end of the prices for the 5.8- and 6.5-inch variants hold up, then the former would be at par with the iPhone 8 Plus, which starts at Dh3,411.50, while the latter will be in the iPhone X's Dh4,304. What's more, the success Apple saw with last year's iPhone X suggests the company won't be tweaking its pricing matrix anytime soon. All these specs for the 6.1-incher make sense because Apple is planning to position this as a more "entry-level" device, the price of which would be at par with the iPhone X's lesser co-star previous year, the iPhone 8, which is now priced starting at Dh2,991.50, which is about $815.

"This all-in approach will likely see the launch of an affordable specimen - touted as the iPhone XC - as well as a reboot to the iPhone X and a larger X model".

So, the iPhone XS Max will be the most expensive iPhone, but will probably be a little less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Now a presentation slide of the Chinese mobile phone operator, China Mobile, brings a number of new names into play.

The low-priced iPhone will be coming to the market with the 6.1-inch screen.

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On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Apple will launch "a trio of new smartphone models" at its Gather Round event, headlined by an upgraded version of the iPhone X which will likely be dubbed the iPhone Xs.

The device hasn't been seen since it was announced at last year's iPhone event - so an update on a price and release date would be welcome.

Apple this year is expected to introduce three brand new iPhone models, a lineup which includes a revamped version of the iPhone X, a 6.5-inch iPhone X variant, and a 6.1-inch iPhone with a almost edgeless LCD display. A new Apple Watch, new AirPods, the AirPower charging station are also expected here. In fact, we have already seen a gold iPhone in 2018 - the iPhone X that was believed to be canceled prior to the launch of iPhone a year ago. The other storage sizes we can expect are 64GB and 256GB. Some models, however, may come with 3GB of RAM, especially the budget model. The pre-order will probably begin in the U.S. on September 14 at midnight. Business Insider details this here, showing that the iPhone 8 is highest in Brazil at $1,377 (Dh5,058).

Though far from a deal breaker, it's worth mentioning that Apple's 2018 iPhone models may not include a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box. Suffice it to say, you will hopefully be able to pick up the iPhone of your choice, no matter the model, in just a few weeks.

The new iPhones are also expected to come with a dual SIM card slot. As for other features, both the Xs and Xs Max will have a gold color option, as evidenced from the leaked marketing photo below.


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