iPhone X now official with Face ID, dual OIS iSight camera, 5.8-inch OLED panel.
Apple's latest and greatest smartphone is finally here. So let's not keep you waiting, here's everything you need to know about the iPhone X.
The iPhone X
The 10th generation iPhone comes with a glass backing to enable wireless charging. Both front and back panels are reinforced with a steel frame making a stunning 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display. Apple claims that it has the best screen-to-body ratio in any smartphone available right now. Just like the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 wherein the screen increased in size, the iPhone X still comes with a smaller footprint which enables easy one-handed use.
The 5.8-inch (2436×1125p) OLED display is coined by the company as the Super Retina Display. It covers almost all of the front panel leaving only a visor notch at the top. This notch is a home to the cutting-edge sensors. It also packs a punchy 458 ppi pixel density which Apple claims to be the best resolution in an iPhone.
Apple's 3D Touch with Taptic Engine (Haptic Feedback) is also integrated in the display.
The iPhone X also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology which could work closely with Dolby Vision and HDR10.
It seems like Apple failed to integrate the Touch ID in the display, so the iPhone X sacked the fingerprint sensor and settled with Face ID. This is one of the best features in the iPhone X. Apple's facial recognition is dubbed to be the most advanced tech in the market. It's way ahead of the nearest competition. This new breed of biometric authentication is done through the TrueDepth camera found in the notch visor which is loaded with 3D facial recognition sensors.
Thus, the Face ID will do all the previous job of the Touch ID - Apple Pay payments, iTunes/App Store purchase authentication, auto-fill passwords and device unlocking. Apple also claims that the data collected by the Face ID will be stored locally.
A fun new way to use the Face ID is by sending Animojis. This allows you to send 3D animated Emojis. These Emojis are the same set that we have come to love and use. What's even more impressive is that the Animojis mimic user's facial expressions from the True Depth camera.
A11 Bionic Processor with M11 co-processor
The A11 Bionic is the latest custom-made Apple processor which is said to be 90% faster in terms of processing performance and 70% graphical performance. It also houses an A11 Bionic Neutral Engine which is a custom-built chip which will handle AI workloads.
The iSight camera will still be the biggest feature of an iPhone, especially for photography fans. The vertically laid-out dual camera system comes with 12MP iSight Duo camera. Both have OIS, improved lowlight performance and AR features.The primary lens comes with f/1.8 while the telephoto lens has f/2.4 aperture.
You can now shoot videos in 1080p at 240 fps, 4K at 24fps and 4K at 60 fps. The latter frame rate is of DSLR quality, so this means that Vloggers will be delighted with this added video recording capability.
The Portrait Mode that we have come to love with the iPhone 7 Plus now comes with several lighting support - Countour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono and Studio Light.
The TrueDepth camera found on the front is a 7MP wide-angle affair which also takes Portrait selfies and records 1080p video. It also comes with Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and Studio Light modes.
Battery, Wireless Charging and Fast Charging
Apple finally intros a wireless charging feature in iPhone. This comes with Qi standards just like any other popular wireless pads from other flagship phones. This also means that you'll separately buy a charging pad which could also charge an Apple Watch and an AirPods at the same time. Charging using the Lightning port is now faster with the inclusion of a USB-C Wall Charger.
In terms of battery, Apple also claims that the iPhone X has the best battery performance among all the iPhone models since it comes with 10-nm A11 Bionic chip, OLED display and greater optimizations.
The waterproofing has also been improved from last year's IP67 (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus). It's now rated IP68.
Colors and Configurations
The iPhone X is available at 64GB and 256GB configurations. You also have the option to choose between Silver and Space Gray hues. Both have black front panel.
iPhone X Price and Availability
The iPhone X starts with 64GB at USD 999 (Php 50,800 direct ForEx conversion) off contract while the 256GB is priced at USD 1150 (Php 58,500). Pre-orders will start on October 27 and devices will be shipped on November 3.