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New iPhone XI prototype renders show horizontal camera, smaller notch

The 2019 iPhone series is still in the Engineering Validation Test phase of development. This means that while the phones may look finalized, nothing is set in stone yet. And just over a week after one controversial design was revealed, a new set of renders by CompareRaja and Steve Hemmerstoffer provide a glimpse at one of Apple’s other prototypes.

Coinciding with previous expectations, this particular model flaunts a significantly smaller notch which appears to have been achieved by moving the in-ear speaker grill upwards and adopting some of the latest in-display technology. The device does also sport slightly thinner bezels, although the difference is barely noticeable.
The more noticeable design differences can be found when the smartphone is flipped over. The rather unsightly camera module found on the previously-leaked model is gone and in its place is a new horizontal setup. Unlike the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Pluswhich also made use of similar arrangements, though, the cameras are aligned with the center of the panel, much like the LG V40 ThinQ. Speaking of which, this device also includes a triple-camera implementation accompanied by what seems to be an LED ring flash.
On a side note, while the images in question aren’t accompanied by the tipster’s usual 360-degree render video, he did confirm to us that, at this stage of development, the smartphone still sports a Lightning connector rather than the rumored USB-C port.
Moving forward, there appear to be two options for Apple’s 2019 iPhone series. On the one hand, Apple could choose to move forward with both designs and market them as separate devices, perhaps as the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max. Alternatively, the Cupertino giant may choose to scrap one prototype altogether and move forward with just one.

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