Apple unveiled its highly-anticipated iPhone X (pronounce it as ‘iPhone 10’) in today’s special keynote at the all-new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. The iPhone X sports near bezel-less OLED display that seems like a dominating feature of this new phone. To put in perspective, you will see only display at the front of the device with small cutout at the top to house front shooter, IR and other sensors alongside ear piece. There are more features to learn, let’s jump right into full details.
Apple has employed four sided curved glass with very minimal bezels. However, the top bezel accommodates the innovative TrueDepth camera system made up of an infrared camera, dot projector, and flood illuminator. The outer shell of the device is made from an aerospace-grade 7000 series aluminium that is also combined with the 7-layer colour process. There is a highly polished surgical-grade stainless steel band seamlessly wraps around. Apple further claims that the all-glass front and back feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone.
The iPhone X featuring a 5.8-inch OLED (2435 x 1125 pixels, 458ppi) Super Retina all-screen display in a body that is slightly larger than the 4.7″ iPhone 8. It also supports Dolby Vision, HDR10 Million-to-one contrast ratio. If you are a face of 3D touch, here you go, Apple has successfully integrated it into iPhone X’s beautiful OLED display.
Since there is literally no space to accommodate Touch ID, Apple has taken a new approach to authenticating your device, which Apple calls “Face ID”. Face ID will let users unlock their device with their face. Apple has implemented a unique sensor combination, which works in tandem to map 30000 invisible IR dots of the user, which will be processed at the chip level to create a unique pattern. Apple is pushing collected IR dots through neural networks to create this pattern, which will be stored in a secure enclave. As per Apple, it works even in darkest environments. To fully take advantage of Face ID, Apple is now allowing users to authenticate payments, App Store purchases using Face ID.
It’s evident that a new iPhone will be launched with a new generation of Apple A series chipset. This time around, all new iPhones are powered by the very powerful A11 Bionic chipset, which sports six-cores in total with two powerful cores and four power efficient cores. Apple’s custom controller will offload tasks from one cluster to another based on the heavy lifting the task needs. A11 Bionic chip has got a new pair in terms of Apple’s first ever home brewed GPU, which sports tri-core design that is engineered to handle graphics as never seen before in a smartphone. It is capable of delivering up to 30% faster graphics performance than the GPU found on iPhone 7 Plus. A11 also has a neural engine that comes in a dual-core variety. It is capable of performing up to 600 billion operations per second, so it opens the door for real-time processing. This has enabled Apple to develop Face ID, Animoji and other machine learning features.
The cameras are a whole new story in iPhone X as it sports Dual 12MP sensors with one being a telephoto lens. The primary sensor has f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto lens sits behind the f/2.4 aperture. iPhone X is the first smartphone that can record 4K videos at smoother 60fps. Also, 1080p videos at incredibly fluid 240fps. Thanks to the powerful A11 Bionic SoC and iOS 11. You may worry about the storage as recording videos at higher frame rates will definitely eat up more space on your device, but Apple has adopted newer HEIF and HEVC codecs to achieve the two times compression. One important thing to know that Apple has designed a video encoder that provides real-time image and motion analysis for optimal quality video. The other camera features include a new Portrait Lighting, which will let users to pick dramatic studio lighting effects. It works with both front and rear cameras.
Apple has jumped guns with the inclusion of world-class wireless charging solution into iPhone X. The new device works seamlessly with the established Qi ecosystem so that you can take advantage of already existing wireless chargers. Apple also designed a new accessory called “Air Power”. It will allow Apple users to charge their iPhone X, Apple Watch and AirPods case at the same time. The Cupertino giant has also implemented fast charging technology into the iPhone X, which will charge the device to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Pricing & Availability:
Apple iPhone X will be available in Silver and Space Grey colour options. Yes, I said it would be available because Apple hasn’t put it for pre-order alongside iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. You will have to wait until October 27th to pre-order iPhone X while the sale is scheduled for November 3rd.
The 64GB iPhone X model will set you back at $999 in the US, £999 in the UK and €1150 in Germany, respectively. There is a higher end 256GB variant as well which is priced at $1149.
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