Apple iPhone X, price, specifics, and more first impressions
The dust has finally settled on the much-awaited annual refresh of the Apple iPhone line-up. Considering the fact that this year marked the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, there was great expectation that Apple will make significant changes to at least one of the phones in the line-up, and the company has delivered on that front. The iPhone X is that “and one more thing”, and it its truly set apart from the other two iPhones launched this year, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.
The iPhone X has a new A11 Bionic processor, that is up to 75% faster than the predecessor depending on the number of cores an app or game uses. The new A11 Bionic neural engine features a dual-core design and performs up to 600 billion operations per second for real-time processing. It’s designed for specific machine learning and Artificial Intelligence algorithms—hence, the facial recognition FaceID feature and the fun Animojis.
The iPhone X also features wireless charging on the glass back. At present, you will need to buy a separate wireless charging accessory from brands such as Belkin to use that feature.
Here’s a look at the Apple iPhone X specifications that make it stand out:
The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display has finally debuted on an iPhone. Apple says they didn’t use OLED screens thus far because of certain shortcomings, which included colour accuracy. This, however, has changed with the latest generation. Apple says the OLED screen on the iPhone X is the first that it found worthy enough of being used on its devices.
The 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen is called the Retina Display2 and is HDR capable; in fact, it will support both Dolby Vision and HDR10 standards for 4K Ultra HD content from services such as Netflix and Amazon Video. Also, it looks gorgeous.
It remains a conjecture as to why Apple couldn’t integrate the fingerprint sensor called TouchID in the iPhone X. Maybe, they could have incorporated it in the power button on the side, or perhaps included it as one of the sensors at the top of the bezel-less screen. The former perhaps didn’t appeal because of the aesthetics, and the latter probably still needed refinement.
Enter, then, FaceID. It’s a facial recognition technology that uses the TrueDepth Camera system—which sits just above the display—to map your face with 30,000 invisible dots and unlocks the phone. The technology can be used to authenticate mobile payments as well via Apple Pay.
The iPhone X has a design that immediately stands apart from the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. At the front is the edge-to-edge design, which gives the illusion that the display doesn’t have a frame on its sides. The rounded corners, as well as the notch at the top are other visual elements. Flip over the phone , and the glass back is hard to miss. Despite the large display size, the phone is only slightly larger than the smaller of the other two iPhones, the iPhone 8.
The iPhone X has dual 12 MP rear camera system, with dual optical image stabilization. This means that low light photography as well as videos will be significantly more detailed and better exposed. The ƒ/1.8 aperture on the wide-angle lens and the ƒ/2.4 aperture on the telephoto lens simply augment the photographic capabilities of the device.
The other new iPhones too get new under-the-hood camera goodness, such as better colour filters, deeper pixels and an improved image signal processor, wider colour capture, faster auto-focus in low-light and richer HDR photos.
These cameras are also optimized for augmented reality (AR), which will provide app and game developers with significantly powerful hardware on which to run the AR experience in their apps.
The iPhone X will be available in India from 3 November. Apple says that the 64GB version of the iPhone X will be priced at Rs89,000, while the 256GB variant will cost Rs102,000.
Vishal Mathur was in San Francisco as a guest of Apple.
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