Apple, the leading tech giant, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of iPhone devices this year. An awesome event was held on September 12th to unveil the most waited iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Truly speaking, the event was grabbed by the 10th anniversary model iPhone X (where X denotes the Roman 10).
The smartphone like iPhone X had been a need of time for Apple for the last couple of years, especially when half-priced competitors have inched forward with time to close the performance gap (offering better performance in some cases). Apple used to be sticky with its icon marks forcing customers to go around for innovative designing and specifications with lower price tags. Apple has once again tried to bind the Apple fans to the brand iPhone!
The last one year has witnessed major upgrade to the flagship devices in terms of display specifications as major Android brands like Samsung and Xiaomi introduced the bezelless displays. Apple responded in time and anticipated its big move to perfection, taking on one of the iPhone’s biggest criticisms by removing the bezel altogether. The 5.8″ Super Retina OLED display comes with 2436 x 1125 resolution (458 ppi) making it a ‘Full HD+ display’. It supports HDR 10 and Dolby Vision, as well as True Tone for custom display contrast. It comes with an Essential-esque bar at the top of the phone with the camera and Face ID.
The newly released iOS 11 has been customized to support swipes for controls now that the home button is gone altogether. For example, a bottom-up swipe brings up the home page while swiping down from top-right brings the control centre. The famous Siri comes up with voice command or the side-button.
The processor here is the same Bionic A11, powered by a neural engine that enhances machine learning and real-time processing, as similar to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. It features six cores, including two performance cores bringing a 25% boost over the A10, as well as four low power cores that are 70% faster than last year’s processor. The iPhone X comes with 3 GB of RAM while the storage options range from 64 GB to 256 GB with no 128 GB model.
The design of the iPhone X consists of reinforced glass on the front and back with stainless steel sides. Dust and water resistance is also included. There’s also the small matter of Touch ID, which has been substituted with Face ID, Apple’s solution to facial recognition. It supports Apple Pay and other apps which have used Touch ID till now.
The front Face ID supporting camera features 7 MP resolution with a depth-of-field effect. The rear-setup closely resembles that of the iPhone 8 Plus with its dual 12 MP cameras with wide-angle f/1.8 and telephoto f/2.4 apertures. It is accompanied with a quad LED True Tone flash as well as a new image signal processor for faster autofocus and HDR. The flash supports Slow Sync with a more uniformly-lit background. Both of the lenses on the back feature optical image stabilization, which is a first for the iPhone. Portrait Lighting brings studio lighting effects to both front and rear-camera photos.
The TrueDepth sensor recognizes almost 50 muscle movements, piecing together data to form a new kind of emojis called “Animoji”. The sensor can also be used to create AR content easily, while the viewing has also been made easier with the new accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. Battery life should last around 2 hours more than its predecessor the iPhone 7.
Price and Availability
As rumours suggested earlier that the new iPhone would bring a price tag in four digits of US Dollars, now it is evident that the iPhone X was that device instead of iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. According to details, the 64 GB variant of the iPhone X is kept one dollar short of four digits at $999 whereas the 256 GB model goes up to $1,149. This is the highest starting price ever for an iPhone or any other mainstream smartphone released to date.
Apple has decided to bring iPhone X to the shelves in early November, which could make upgrade plans tough for folks moving up to the iPhone 8/8 Plus.
|Internal Memory||64GB or 256GB|
|Resolution||1125 x 2436 pixels|
|Back Camera||Dual 12MP|
|Colors||Space Grey, Silver|
|Price||64 GB – $999 (~PKR 105,000)|
256 GB – $1,149 (~PKR 121,000)