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Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag


January 9, 2007 went down in history as the day when Apple outlined the future of smartphones during an unforgettable, 100-minute-long keynote. Steve Jobs himself introduced a hand-held device revolutionary at the time – one that let you effortlessly access the web, that contained the rich multimedia capabilities of an iPod, one that was also a really, really good cellular phone. iPhone, it was simply called.

Today we witnessed the unveiling of a device marking the 10th anniversary of Apple's hugely influential mobile phone. Introducing the Apple iPhone X.

Design and display: simply stunning


The iPhone X is Apple's first iPhone with an AMOLED display

The iPhone X is Apple's first iPhone with an AMOLED display

Whether we like it or not, leaks spoiled the fun by showing us what the iPhone X (pronounced "iPhone ten") would look like weeks ahead of its official announcement. But nonetheless, it is a product worthy of excitement. The standout design feature of the iPhone X is its display filling most of its front side. It is an AMOLED display, as predicted: a so-called Super Retina Display combining all the benefits of OLED technology, such as the great contrast and deep blacks, with the color accuracy Apple's screens are known for. If you're curious to know the technical details, resolution stands at 2436 x 1125 pixels, while the panel itself measures 5.8 inches in diagonal.

While the Super Retina Display is impressive enough already, Apple has also thrown in its True Tone display technology, borrowed from the iPad Pro. What this means is that the iPhone X will automatically adjust the color temperature of the screen depending on the lighting around you. HDR10 and Dolby Vision support are present, letting you enjoy those gorgeous high dynamic range videos.

As for the body of the iPhone X, it is built with a stainless steel frame and a reinforced glass at the back – the strongest glass on a phone, Apple claims. Using glass instead of metal is one of the keys to enabling Qi wireless charging on the device. As before, the smartphone is resistant to dust and water damage and features stereo sound through its built-in speakers. Curiously, the power button on the right is elongated, just as the rumors predicted – convenient as a double-press acts as a shortcut to Apple Pay. And not surprisingly, the headphone jack is still missing, but you do get a dongle in the set if you really need one.

The iPhone X will be available in two colors: space grey and silver. Here is what they look like:

Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag

Face ID: next-gen facial recognition


Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag
Since the screen occupies all of the iPhone X's front, there's no traditional home screen button. There's no more Touch ID for unlocking either. Instead, the phone uses a new technology called Face ID and a new TrueDepth camera system, which work as the names imply.

The iPhone X uses an advanced array of sensors and software to recognize its owner's face. Readings are performed in three dimensions, which is why fooling Face ID with a mere photo would be really, really tricky. There's a 1 in a 1,000,000 chance that a random person would be able to unlock your iPhone X through Face ID. Naturally, this feature will be used instead of Touch ID for authentication while using Apple Pay.

Software and interface: say Hi to Animoji


Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag

The omission of a home button brings forth a new way of unlocking the iPhone X – tapping on the screen now wakes the device. But as before, you can also just bring up the phone to unlock it. More interestingly, swiping up from the bottom takes you to your home screen, and once you're in an app, a flick upward would take you back to the home screen. We hope that the iPhone X would be able to reliably distinguish between a "take me home" gesture and, let's say, a simple swipe when you want to scroll down a web page.  

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On the topic of software, Apple is introducing a new feature called Animoji with the iPhone X. Think of these as animated emoji, but here's where things get interesting. Using the advanced array of face-scanning sensors at the front, the iPhone X can animate the cartoon character to match your facial expressions and speech. These fun-looking Animoji will be available in iMessage and will let you interact with your buddies in a cool new way.

Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag
Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag
Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag
Animoji on the iPhone X
Animoji on the iPhone X
Animoji on the iPhone X

Animoji on the iPhone X


Processor and hardware: Apple's most powerful ever


As expected, Apple is introducing a brand new system chip with the iPhone X. It is called the Apple A11 Bionic – a six-core SoC comprised of two high-performance and four low-power cores, all of which can run at the same time. The high-power cores are 25 faster than those on the A10, while the power-saving ones deliver 70% more performance. Apple brags about its in-house-developed GPU as well – 30% faster than the previously used design. The Apple A11 Bionic does not only deliver the performance that next-generation games would require. It also powers a number of forward-looking applications, including machine learning and augmented reality processing. 

Storage starts at 64GB for the iPhone X, which is on par with what other smartphone makers, Samsung and LG included, offer on their top phones. For those demanding extra space there's a 256GB model as well.

Camera: dual cams with light effects 


Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag

As always, the camera of the iPhone X is a major highlight. At the back we have a dual camera arrangement similar to that of the iPhone 8 Plus, with a regular 12MP F1.8 camera for all conditions and a 12MP F2.4 2X zoom telephoto lens. The sensors are bigger and faster than the ones the previous-generation iPhones used, which enables cool tricks like 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. What's also new is the addition of optical image stabilization to both camera modules. The result – clearer images, even when zooming in low light. 

Portrait Mode is on board, naturally, along with new real-time lighting effects allowing you to dramatically alter the look of your subject. The trio of images below demonstrate how a regular photo compares to one with a Dramatic effect applied. And the effect on the right is called Stage Light, separating the subject and placing it against a flat, black background.

Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag

For the first time on an iPhone, Portrait Mode is enabled on the 7MP front-facing camera as well. In this case, the TrueDepth camera is used in tandem with the standard one to separate subject from background and to apply bokeh or lighting effects to the image.

Battery life: improved, with fast and wireless charging on board


Apple iPhone X is announced with stunning design, gorgeous display, Face ID, and $1000 price tag

Apple did not reveal the actual charge capacity of the iPhone X battery. What we know, however, is that it should last 2 more hours than an iPhone 7. 

Two charging features (that took longer to arrive than they should have) are available on the iPhone X. One of them is quick charging: 30 minutes on the charger gets you topped up to 50%, and presumably a more powerful charger is bundled in the set. Number two: wireless charging. The iPhone X supports the popular Qi wireless charging, so there's already plenty of charging mats that will work with it. Apple has its own. Known as the AirPower mat, it has enough room and capacity to charge the iPhone X, the Apple Watch, and the AirPods (with an optional wireless charging case) – all at the same time.

Price and release date: brace yourselves


The iPhone X will not be cheap. It will start at $999 at launch for the base 64GB model, making it $300 more expensive than the base iPhone 8. The 256GB variant is priced at $1149. You can place your pre-order on October 23. The iPhone X will be made available only days later, on November 3.


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posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:27 6

1. NickHill (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 May 2016)


WOW!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:28 38

3. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1096; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


NOT WOW at all, lol, so fake

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:31 7

157. yann (Posts: 405; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


"quite noticeable camera hump"!!! Are kidding me?
This is ugliest camera hump after ,Nokia 808. At leat the last one was introduced 5 year ago and was 41 megapixel revolutionary camera design.
This one is just ugly.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:27

195. nenadmitrovic (Posts: 62; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


That was not nice design at 808, but it was long time ago, 41 mpx, had real flash, not led. And it was on center of the phone so you can put phone one table, and phone wouldn't be bent to side, as this will.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:36 42

32. Mreveryphone (Posts: 1397; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Hummm... Super Amoled... Super Retina..... Where's the originality???

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:07 1

117. Finalflash (Posts: 3578; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Retina HD, Space gray....when was there ever originality?

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:28

154. osterrich21 (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2017)


And back in glass.Samsung sent remember's.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 22:09

205. iamlish (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Nov 2016)


Do you remember iphone 4?

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 11:05

220. nctx77 (Posts: 2489; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay......yes, where is the originality?

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:50 2

75. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


I am currently watching the livestream. And Dude, Animoji just rocks!!!!

I wonder if the next year's iPhone will be called iPhone 11....

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:56

84. TechDork (Posts: 324; Member since: 10 May 2010)


I doubt there will be an iPhone next year honestly, not with the iPhone X coming and it being the true flagship.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:04

107. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


iPhones have always been released on an yearly basis, and I don't see any reason for Apple to change that. Especially not with the competition trying to overthrow it.

Therefore Apple will likely want a new flagship for 2018.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:57 3

89. thxultra (Posts: 254; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


They did some really nice things with the processor, Face ID, and AR stuff. Will be a nice phone. Still wouldn't use Apple pay with the face id thing until it is tested in the real world a bit.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:00 12

94. dorianb (Posts: 613; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Wow... is right. Did they just make the sh*t emoji a major feature... of a phone?

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:05

112. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Yep. It's all in good fun!

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:15 4

132. AxelFoley (Posts: 255; Member since: 30 May 2017)


Bit of a warning for you. Unless you're a 12 year old girl, people will probably think you're lame once they get an animoji from you. Be prepared.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:24 1

146. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


I won't likely be buying the iPhone X. No problems for me!

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:09 1

120. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 432; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


Coming from an iphone user, its ugly as hell. Not going to be worth upgrading until the next version without that notch.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:24 2

149. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


I don't think the notch will go away with the next version.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:28 4

2. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1096; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


too bad everything was leaked...... Not very amazing since we pretty much knew everything about it

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:28 35

4. baldilocks (Posts: 849; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Stunning design? That notch is a hideous afterthought.
And the display? Even though I don't own one, it would be a safe bet that the Samsung displays are better.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:28 25

5. abdoualgeria (Posts: 846; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Super retina display lol
Okay apple
G day

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:32 15

14. slvnofrr (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Aug 2015)


I really don't understand how apple fan believe i all that sh**t

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:07 2

114. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


What's there to believe in it? It just simply tells it's a super version of the RetinaHD display. And rightfully so with all those improvements including the major turn to OLED and 458ppi density.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:33 18

17. jjface (Posts: 66; Member since: 07 Jun 2017)


Next year it will be a super duper retina display

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:44 28

56. PhoneCritic (Posts: 1072; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


PA Please as Exiciting as it is there is no need to say

"The standout design feature of the iPhone X is its display filling most of its front side. It is an AMOLED display, as predicted: a so-called Super Retina Display combining all the benefits of OLED technology, such as the great contrast and deep blacks, with the color accuracy Apple's screens are known for."

May I point out the hypocritical statement here - "Color accuracy Apple screens are known for"

It is SAMOLED - a Samsung patented display technology so what you are admitting is Samsung is really known for color accuracy. How can it be Apples? I can understand if it was just plain ole Sharp oled But when PA knows that AMOLED is a Samsung own tech how could you attribute it to Apple and then praised it color accuracy when you lambasted its over saturated colors prior and inaccuracy?

Now it's super Retina ? Come on, Come on, call it what it is Samsung's Super Amoled screen. Step out of The RDF

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 13:56

85. PhoneInQuestion (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 Aug 2017)


You remind me of a guy who runs a small video game forum I signed up to years ago. One of the more fair and balanced types out there in an online community.

Either way I agree.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:01 2

99. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


The display is not Samsung's SAMOLED anymore than AX chip made by Samsung for Apple was Exynos.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:11 5

123. Finalflash (Posts: 3578; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I don't know if you're high or stupid, or both. I mean it is difficult to understand what you're saying but I do believe you just implied that Apple had anything to do with the screen whatsoever when it comes to technology.

Just to lay it out for you in plain english, NO. Samsung made the OLED in the iPhone X from top to bottom. Apple just bought it over the counter style.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 14:17 3

137. kiko007 (Posts: 5733; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Uh, dumbass, in order to get True Tone within the display, Apple HAD to be involved in the design of the screen. Or did you not see that?

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