The most awaited and extensively leaked special edition iPhone is finally here, and it’s called the iPhone X which is pronounced as “iPhone 10”.
This new flagship phone from Apple features an edge-to-edge screen with a cut out bar in the front to accommodate the front facing camera, many sensors and the IR camera that is used for the Face ID.
iPhone X Specifications
With the iPhone X, Apple launches the brand new, state of the art A11 Bionic chip set. It features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster and four efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion, offering industry-leading performance and energy efficiency.
A new, second-generation performance controller can harness all six cores simultaneously, delivering up to 70 percent greater performance for multi-threaded workloads.
Apple has not given any official announcement on how big the battery is going to be. However, they promise customers more power while lasting two hours longer than iPhone 7.
A11 Bionic also integrates an Apple-designed GPU with a three-core design that delivers up to 30 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation. All this power enables incredible new machine learning, AR apps and immersive 3D games.
iPhone X Super Retina Display
It also has the highest pixel density in any of the iPhones yet with 458ppi display ever in an iPhone, with Apple calling it the “Super Retina display“.
The iPhone X measures 5.8 inches diagonally and has a features a display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125. It’s the first OLED display in an iPhone.
The company is reportedly paying around $125 per panel, which is part of the reason for the reports of a more expensive iPhone.
iPhone X will be the first iPhone that will not have a home button, with the new screen reaching across the entire front of the device.
Users can wake up their device by picking it up or swiping across any part of the screen. To close an app, simply swipe up on the screen and throw it away. Users can also reach Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri” or by pressing the side button.
We all know that the home button has been central to the iPhone’s security as it integrated the Finger Print Sensor.
Now that the full front of the phone is dedicated to the display, the replacement comes in the form of a depth-sensing front camera which will unlock the phone by detecting the user’s face. Apple is calling it FaceID.
This infers that the new iPhone X knows how your face looks from all the angles as it maps your face with more that 30000 infra red dots.
It also means that the feature shouldn’t be susceptible to trickery, such as unlocking for a two-dimensional photo of you instead of the real thing. Apple says the chances that someone can trick FaceID and break into your phone are 1 in a million.
FaceID is made possible by a True Depth camera system, equipped with an infrared camera, flood illuminator, dot projector and more all packed into the top of your iPhone X.
This feature is now used for Apple Pay as well as a new feature called Animojis for messaging.
Animoji’s use FaceID to lay your facial expressions into emojis, giving them your own unique style and touch of an individual’s emotion. You can pick from a dozen different animated animojis.
iPhone X Cameras
The iPhone X features a 12-megapixel dual rear camera set up, with dual-lenses at f1.8 and f2.8 apertures (which is brighter than the 7 Plus telephoto). It comes with dual-image OIS quad-LED TrueTone flash.
Due to the combination of the new A11 Bionic and the enhanced camera, Apple is introducing a new feature in its camera app called as the Portrait Lighting which lets users to select their lighting effects.
These aren’t filters, but rather a real-time analysis of the light hitting the subject’s face, and these lighting effects can be added before and after the photo is taken.
Video recording is vastly improved as well. Combined with that A11 processor, video can be captured at 60FPS in low-light mode, with faster frame rate support and 4K capture. Slo-mo videos shot in 1080p will have 240 FPS.
The front-facing camera is powered by that True Depth camera system that supports FaceID. But the big news here is that Portrait mode and Portrait lighting is now available on the front-camera as well.
Pricing and Availability
The iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB model, with a larger 256GB option. Pre-orders begin on October 27 and regular sales begin November 3, just in time for the Holidays.