Apple has launched a range of products at the iPhone launch event on September 12 hosted in the Steve Jobs Theater at its new Cupertino Headquarters. The list includes Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (iPhone Ten). The highlight of the event was the iPhone X which Apple says is “the future of smartphones.” Read on for complete details on iPhone X.
iPhone X will be available to pre-order from October 27 in Space Grey and Silver shades. It has been priced at $999 for 64GB storage variant while the 256GB storage variant will cost you $1,149. You can pay in full or pay in easy installments with Apple iPhone upgrade program or carriers installments programs.
Price in India: The most expensive iPhone till date has been priced Rs. 89,000 for the base storage (64GB) variant while the 256GB storage variant comes at a price tag of Rs. 1,02,000 making it the most expensive smartphone in the country too. It will be made available for pre-orders the same date as the United States and other countries such China and the UK i.e. on October 27 and will start shipping from November 3.
Display: iPhone X sports 5.8-inch Super Retina HD (high resolution of 2436×1125 pixels), OLED Multi-touch, HDR, True Tone, wide color edge-to-edge display. The display also features a pixel density of 458ppi, one million-to-one contrast ratio, color accuracy, and 3D Touch. The screen sports fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.
Design: iPhone X sports glass body both front and back and bezel-less design with no Home button like traditional iPhones. A deeper strengthening layer in the glass makes the glass “most durable in a smartphone.” Built with surgical grade, stainless steel, the all new iPhone Ten comes in two finishes- Space Grey and Silver. It has been rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529 making the device water, splash, and dust resistant.
Face ID: iPhone X packs a feature which the company is calling as Face ID allowing users to unlock the device with their face. All you have to do is to put your face in front of the screen and the “true depth camera system” located at the top will take care of the rest, unlocking the phone within seconds. The Touch ID is replaced with Face ID on the iPhone X. You must be wondering what if someone places your photo or makes a clone of your face and place it in front to unlock the device, well, it’s not gonna happen. The all new Face ID maps your face with over 30,000 dots to recognize you and it makes sure that it is you. Not just it, it also learns your face day-by-day and saves the changes you have made to your face in order to make sure it is you every time you unlock the device. You can wear a hat or a glass or do it up any way you want to do it, the Face ID still works. The Face ID is the future of unlocking the smartphones and it works in day and night. According to Apple, the chances that someone can trick Face ID and break into the iPhone are 1 in 1,000,000.
The true depth camera system packs ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, speaker, microphone, front camera, dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator in one place located at the top of the iPhone X. The Face ID feature can also be used for authentication in Apple Pay, making paying for stuff more convenient.
Animoji: There is a new feature that Apple has created called Animoji allowing you to create your own emojis in real-time and then send it to your friends via messaging app. You can also record your expressions along with the message and then send it. It is controlled with your face and tracks over 50 face movements to lay your facial expression into cartoon faces or emojis.
No Home button: Apple with iPhone X has ditched the home button and has made the interface easier. You just have to tap on the screen to wake it up and swipe up to unlock the device. Tap on any app to open it and swipe up and throw the app to close it. You can switch between apps with just a swipe from left-to-right or right-to-left or swipe up the current app and leave it instead of throwing it, you will see all the opened apps, just swipe and tap on the app to open the app you want to switch to. Swipe down the screen to open the control center and a lot more which you can experience when you get your hands on the device. To activate Siri, just say “hey, Siri.”
Camera: In terms of camera, the iPhone X features 12MP dual camera setup at f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures with larger and faster sensors. It packs dual OIS (optical image stabilization) which provides better low-light zoom and improved video stabilization, quad-LED true tone flash which provides 2x better uniformity of light. Apple has also introduced Portrait Lighting feature allowing users to change the lighting effect on their photos in real-time or after capturing them. You can completely blacken the background or choose between other effects available. The front camera is powered by True Depth camera system which also supports Face ID and features 7MP selfie sensor with both Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. Both front and rear cameras capture breath-taking, stunning photos. The device capable of capturing 4K video at 60fps and 1080p slo-mo video at 240fps.
Performance: iPhone is powered by Apple’s 64-bit A11 Bionic processor that packs 6 cores- two performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. The chipset is the most powerful and smartest ever in a smartphone, claims the company. The A11 Bionic SoC is 25 percent faster than A10 Fusion chipset and packs two extra high-efficiency cores in comparison. The SoC is paired with 2nd-gen Apple-designed performance controller, Apple-designed GPU, Apple-designed ISP, and Apple-designed video encoder. It runs Apple’s latest iOS version iOS 11.
Other features: The iPhone X also brings Augmented Reality experience which superimposes images, characters, maps, and a lot more on to the real world in real-time. You can also play AR-Kit powered games and especially the one unveiled at the event called ‘The Machines’, it’s really cool. In terms of connectivity, the device packs Bluetooth v5.0, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, and NFC. It’s a single SIM (Nano) device that comes packed with a non-removable battery claimed to last 2 hours more than iPhone 7. iPhone X also sports wireless charging capabilities and can be charged with any wireless charging accessory. Apple also introduced its own accessory called AirPower that features larger mat allowing you to charge more than one Apple device at the same time.