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Here’s Our Best Look Yet at the iPhone X Plus and iPhone 9

by Brandon Russell | August 6, 2018August 6, 2018 2:30 pm PDT

Apple is rumored to launch a trio of iPhone models this fall, with a successor to the iPhone X, a larger iPhone X Plus, and a more affordable iPhone 9 all expected. Luckily, we don’t have to wait that long to see what these devices look like, as we’ve acquired dummy units that tells us all we need to know about Apple’s new phones.

The iPhone X Plus is big, but not too big

The most exciting release will be Apple’s iPhone X Plus (not the final name), which will essentially be a larger iPhone X, complete with a notch and dual-camera setup. The dummy unit doesn’t turn on, of course, but it does give insight as to what the handset will feel like when it launches.

Compared to Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X Plus feels nearly identical in terms of size. To our eyes, it looks like the two phones share the same dimensions, with one key difference: the iPhone X Plus is expected to feature a massive 6.5-inch display.

The iPhone X Plus also feels pretty close to Google’s Pixel 2 XL, which features a 6-inch screen. That’s plenty of screen real estate, but Apple does one better by providing users with a display that’s 6.5 inches.

Perhaps it’s because we’ve become accustomed to larger devices, but the size of the iPhone X Plus doesn’t feel unwieldy. It’s still a little big for my taste, as I believe the iPhone X is much more manageable, but consumers who prefer more screen will no doubt be smitten by the size of the iPhone X Plus.

The larger screen real estate should make content feel immersive, while providing users with more information in certain apps. Having a larger canvas should also be helpful for creatives who edit photos and video.

The iPhone 9 shouldn’t be ignored

As for the iPhone 9, it’s easy to mistake it for the iPhone X. It features a display notch, all-glass design and a style that’s nearly identical. The only discernible difference is that it has a single camera on the back.

It’s also slightly larger than the iPhone X. Whereas Apple’s current flagship features a 5.8-inch display, the iPhone 9 is rumored to feature a screen that’s 6.1 inches. When putting the two devices side-by-side, the size difference isn’t that obvious, but a closer inspection does confirm that the iPhone 9 will be slightly larger than the iPhone X.

The thing about the iPhone 9 we’re excited to see is if it comes in new colors. A recent report claimed the device will come in everything from orange to blue, which we mocked up in a previous post. Needless to say, Apple’s most affordable device might also be the company’s most visually arresting.

Like the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus, the iPhone 9 dummy unit showcases a display notch, suggesting the device will feature Face ID. With the lack of a home button, it sure looks like even Apple’s more affordable flagship will ditch Touch ID for good.

Apple traditionally unveils new iPhone models in the fall, so we’re not that far away from seeing these dummy units come to life. For now, it’s fun to compare them to current devices and see where they fall on the spectrum of size and design.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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