Supersized smartphones is clearly the trend of 2017: massive new displays crammed inside phones with super skinny bezels. And the iPhone 8 looks set to make the biggest leap of them all…
As you see new leaked protective panels (like leak after leak in recent weeks) perfectly matches renders, schematics and third party cases – some of which are already on sale showing the level of confidence Apple’s peripheral partners have.
And what all these cases, images and schematics show is a dramatic shift from the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 to a 5.8-inch iPhone 8. This 1.1-inch increase is larger even than Samsung’s jump from 2016’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to the new ‘Infinity Displays’ on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.
That said it is expected iPhone 8 users will lose some of this extra space to a new ‘Function Area’, a bottom notification and shortcut area in iOS 11 which will replace the home button and space lost to the ‘cut-out’ on the top bezel which houses the front facing camera and sensors. Regardless it is a dramatic size increase.
And yes, Samsung’s even larger Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Google’s massive Pixel 2 ‘Taimen’ are going to make similar changes and launch around the same time. So it’s going to be one heck of a smartphone shootout.
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