THE LONG AWAITED iPhone X is official, with the firm unveiling the 10th-anniversary device at its much-hyped Apple Event on Tuesday.
The iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10) is the company’s first smartphone to feature a full-screen display, as it sets its sights on the likes of the Galaxy Note 8. There’s also an all-new ‘Super Retina’ resolution, a reinforced glass design and support for wireless charging, with the iPhone X arriving with support for the Qi charging standard.
The handset’s so-called ‘Super Retina’ OLED display measures in at 5.8 and features a 2436×1125 resolution, making it the highest resolution iPhone to date. It also features Apple’s True Tone display tech and, much like the new Apple TV, supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision content.
This screen sits inside a new ‘all-glass’ chassis, similar to that seen on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. While you’ll probably have to put it in a case to prevent shattering, Apple claims this is the most durable glass to feature on a smartphone yet.
There’s also the same A11 Bionic processor under the hood. This six-core CPU is divided into two low-performance cores and four high-performance cores, with the regular cores being 25 per cent faster than the previous A10 chip, and the high-performance cores being up to 75 per cent faster than the A10 SoC. It also comes paired with Apple’s first homegrown GPU, which offers 30 per cent more performance than the A10.
Naturally, given the phone’s all-screen front, there’s no physical home button. This means that Apple, as expected, has dumped Touch ID functionality, replacing it with ‘Face ID’ face recognition technology.
This is enabled by a bunch of sensors on the front of the phone, including a 7MP ‘TrueDepth’ camera, and the A11 chip’s built-in neural engine, and Apple claims that it’ll work even in dark conditions and if you change your appearance. It’s pretty secure too, according to the firm, which claims that there’s a ‘one in a million’ chance of somebody, er, spoofing your face.
Apple has also introduced a new swiping up gesture to go ‘home’ on the iPhone, which is also used for multitasking on the iPhone X. The lock button on the side of the handset can now be used to fire up Siri.
As expected, on the rear of the iPhone sits a vertically-aligned 12MP dual camera, comprising of dual telephoto and wide-angle lenses. There’s also a new Portrait Lighting mode for taking selfies, and optical image stablisation built-in.
– 5.8in Super Retina (2436×1125) OLED edge-to-edge display
– New ‘all-glass’ design with IP67 certification
– 143.6×70.9×7.7 mm, 179g
– Wireless charging support
– Apple A11 chip with Apple-designed GPU
– Face ID
– iOS 11 with improved Siri, P2P payments
– Vertical 12MP dual cameras with OIS, 7MP front-facing camera
– Support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps
– Wireless charging/fast charging support
– Battery life quoted at 21 hours of talk time
– 64GB/256GB storage