iPhone 8 release date, specs: Upcoming flagship tipped to come in three sizes, Apple device to have glass back

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The iPhone 7 is just over a month old, yet tech fans are already looking forward to the next-generation device slated to be released next year. Tech watchers are certain that Apple is about to unveil something big next year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and the iPhone 8 is tipped to come with a new design and never-before-seen features. Now, a new report claims that the Cupertino-based company is giving fans more choices next year as the iPhone 8 is said to come in three sizes.

Previous releases usually pair the 4.7-inch iPhone with a 5.5-inch variant which bears the Plus moniker. But according to the Nikkei Asian Review, the next iPhone will come in three different sizes, with Apple allegedly adding a 5-inch version to the mix.

The report indicates that one of the three new iPhones will be a premium model, with a curved edge-to-edge OLED display. The design is reminiscent of the iPhone 7’s greatest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

It has also been claimed that the smartphone will have glass on both the front and back of the device which will be held together by a thin metal frame. The glass panels will allegedly be supplied by Chinese firms Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, while the aluminum frame will be manufactured by Foxconn.

Apple has yet to comment on the rumors of a third iPhone 8 model, but a source said to be familiar with plans for the new iPhone told AppleInsider that only two variants will be launched in 2017. The unnamed source, which the blog claims to have provided accurate information on the company’s product pipeline in the past, said that the iPhone 8 will only come in the 4.7 and 5.5-inch models, just like in the previous year. However, the insider said that plans for the iPhone 8 will indeed include a “glass sandwich” chassis incorporating an AMOLED display.

The device is expected to be released in September 2017. Stay tuned for more news about the iPhone 8.