iPhone X is the most special iPhone that Apple has introduced it is created to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary. For that reason, it represents the greatest technological improvements and sets the path for next several years of the iPhone development. Here are a few things that you may not know about this latest generation of iPhone.
New Features of iPhone X
Almost Full Screen
Apple, for the first time, has applied the edge-to-edge display to their phone, bringing the most gorgeous smartphone screen they’ve ever made and offering novel, exciting experiences to the users.
In fact, this design concept was started by Xiaomi Mi Mix in October 2016 and has become a global mainstream since Samsung released their Galaxy S8 in April 2017. But Apple makes it unique as the 5.8’’ screen covers almost the entire front of the phone, leaving rounded edges that seem to bleed into the bezel.
You might notice a weird detail which is the rectangular notch sticking out at the top of the screen. This is where Apple leaves room for the speaker, selfie camera, infrared camera, as well as several sensors performing particular tasks such as Face ID or Animoji.
Another big change about the display on the iPhone X is the OLED screen that Apple buys from Samsung and calls it the Super Retina display. In comparison with the old IPS technology, the OLED screen offers more vivid colors, impeccable contrast, and unbelievably deep black.
Additionally, with the resolution of up to 2436 x 1125 pixels, a pixel density of 458ppi, brightness-adjusting True Tone and HDR support, this new OLED screen really makes a huge difference to the display of your photos and videos.
With the iPhone X, Apple replaces their familiar Touch ID with the brand new Face ID that no other high-grade smartphones out there have. Is this lax on security? NO! According to Apple, the probability of wrong recognition that a random person in the world could unlock the Face ID is approximately 1/1,000,000 (compared to 1/50,000 for the Touch ID).
Especially, the TrueDepth front-facing camera allows the Face ID to work well in the dark and through sunglasses. Just look at it and you can unlock your phone in less than 1 second without having to take your sunglasses off.
Switching from aluminum to glass back does more than just give the iPhone X a fresh look, but it opens the door for wireless charging. Thanks to this technology, you can now recharge your battery by simply placing your phone on a charging base (called Qi and sold separately) without having to plug in a Lightning cable anymore. This works even if your phone is in a case.
Of course, you can go for the traditionally wired option if you want a quick charging solution that refuels 50% of the battery in just 30 minutes.
Pros and Cons of iPhone X
At 5.8 inches, iPhone X has the largest screen featured on an iPhone. But this doesn’t mean it’s uncomfortable to hold because the edge-to-edge design gives a larger screen within a smaller package compared to the iPhone 8 Plus.
More Stabilised Dual Cameras
The snapper for wide angle shots is still stuck with a f/1.8 aperture, but the telephoto is enhanced with a f/2.4 aperture to improve low-light shoots. And these both cameras now get optical image stabilization and better image processor, allowing faster autofocus, denser pixel processing, etc.
More Powerful and Energy Efficient Chip
iPhone X is equipped with the fastest processor that Apple has ever made – the A11 Bionic using 10nm process – giving 25% faster single-core and 70% faster multi-core than the previous A10. The A11 also has a faster GPU, while expanding the battery life to 2 more hours.
More Convenient and Faster Charging
iPhone X is the Apple’s first smartphone coming with wireless and fast charging technologies. Now, if you use your charging cable, you can get a 50% charge in only 30 minutes. Otherwise, your iPhone X can be refueled wirelessly and hassle-freely on any Qi-certified inductive charging device.
Not just switch to an OLED screen, Apple also equips their newest smartphone with the highest resolution and pixel density display they’ve introduced in an iPhone, as well as the True Tone technology and HDR10 support.
More Convenient OS
The iOS 11 is one of the major strengths of the iPhone X. It comes with plenty of upgrades including Siri, image processing, Maps, Apple Pay for a transaction within a simple touch, and a new image format called HEIF to diminish the capacity of photographs.
No Selfie Camera Improvement
The specs of the front camera on iPhone 7 is exactly the same as the iPhone X’s. Luckily, the new one is now combined with new sensors for face recognition and allowing animated poop emojis.
Face ID doesn’t work in all the situations
Three facial features that the Face ID needs to know to perform a complete recognition are the eyes, nose, and mouth. If any of them is covered, it won’t work. The only exception is when you wear sunglasses because the Face ID features a sensor to penetrate the lenses on most sunglasses.
No Support for MicroSD and an Extra SIM – Always!
iPhone X sticks with only internal storage and one SIM card slot, which are two of the most hateful weaknesses that many iPhone’s fans want Apple to solve, especially when they compare to most Android phones that include extra slots for an SD and a SIM card.
iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus
|iPhone X||iPhone 8 Plus|
|Processor||A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor||A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor|
|Battery||2,716 mAh||2,675 mAh|
|Biometric Security||Face ID||Touch ID|
|Dimensions||5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches||6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 inches|
|Weight||174 grams (6.14 ounces)||202 grams (7.13 ounces)|
|Display||OLED, 5.8’’ Super Retina|
2436x1125, 458 PPI
|IPS, 5.5’’ Retina HD
1920x1080, 401 PPI
|Rear Cameras||12Mp wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS|
12Mp telephoto, f/2.4, OIS
|12Mp wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS
12Mp telephoto, f/2.8
|Front Camera||7Mp, f/2.2||7Mp, f/2.2|
|iOS||iOS 11||iOS 11|
|Colors||Silver, space grey||Gold, silver, and space gray|
For a more detailed look at some of the differences, read on. The table above shows a brief comparison between the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. You can see that there are no differences between these two phones in terms of the processor, RAM, storage, front camera, iOS, wireless charging, and water-resistant rating.
– iPhone X is a bit smaller, thinner and lighter than iPhone 8 Plus, but it features a bigger display coming in an edge-to-edge design. The biggest difference between these two iPhone’s display is the OLED with the extremely high resolution of the iPhone X compared to the old LCD of the iPhone 8 Plus.
– iPhone X doesn’t have neither a “soft” and “hard” home button, so it adopts a new user experience in which you will swipe up or down for a lot of controls.
– The 12MP rear cameras on the iPhone X are slightly better than the iPhone 8 Plus – both cameras are equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS) sensors that counteract the jerkiness of your hands and footsteps. Another change – the iPhone X’s dual cameras rotated vertically, instead of horizontal.
– Face ID, of course! It opens a new chapter on how to secure your iPhone. Face ID or Touch ID, which one is better? We think there is no extract answer to this question because these technologies are very different in the way they work. So, let’s enjoy both.
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