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  • Apple will launch three new iPhone models in 2018, Nomura Instinet analysts predict.
  • The analysts believe Apple is preparing a 6.5-inch iPhone like the iPhone X but with a bigger OLED screen.
  • Apple will also launch a successor to the iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED screen, the analysts write.
  • The third, lower-cost model could feature an edge-to-edge LCD screen and TrueDepth facial recognition and could be priced between $650 and $900.

Apple could release three new iPhone models in 2018, according to a note distributed to investors on Monday by Nomura Instinet analysts.

Several of the predictions line up with a forecast from renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued last month.

Apple could release two iPhones with OLED screens, and one with an LCD screen, according to the note. The iPhone X, which was released earlier this year, was the first iPhone to use OLED technology, which can limit power drain and provide more vivid colors.

One of the new OLED iPhones will be the same size as the current iPhone X, with a 5.8-inch screen, but one is going to be a larger model with a 6.5-inch screen, according to the note. Apple currently sells “plus” models of its iPhone 8 with similar components but a larger screen size.

These devices are expected to be similar to the current iPhone X, according to the analysts. Apple’s True Depth camera system used for facial recognition is expected to be similar to this year’s design, they write, and Apple may introduce a new 512GB tier of storage.

“We think the focus for 2H18F new iPhones is to optimise those technologies in terms of performance and costs and adopt a broader iPhone portfolio, rather than bring in more significant technology changes into new iPhones,” the analysts wrote.

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