Updated price and availability below as of 10:25pm, 7 November 2017
Dear Apple, is it Christmas already? Apple’s 2017 keynote event is finally over and it turns out we’re not getting two new iPhones but three. We covered the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus here but if you’re more keen on the iPhone X (since it marks the iPhone’s tenth year anniversary) and what it has to offer, read on!
The design: Meet the iPhone that finally encompasses a stunning all-screen display, following the curve of the device with elegantly rounded corners. Also, Apple claims the all-glass front and back feature uses the most durable glass ever in a smartphone while a highly polished, surgical-grade stainless steel band seamlessly wraps around its frame. It is also water- (IP67) and dust-resistant.
The colours: Silver and space grey. (Sorry, rose gold fans.)
The size of the screen: 5.8-inch (even bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus).
Display: A beautiful Super Retina display with an OLED panel which promises stunning colours, true blacks, a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide colour support. True Tone has also been added (the feature which automatically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light for a natural, paper-like viewing experience). Not to mention, the HDR display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10.
Face ID: Unlock your iPhone—and gain access to several secure apps and other features—with your face. (Phew, no need to remember complicated numbers anymore.) The tech behind it is pretty sweet. For example, it can project more than 30,000 invisible IR dots which makes it very accurate when mapping and matching a face. All saved facial information is protected by the secure enclave to keep data secure and is processed on-device—not in the cloud—so it protects user privacy. Apple says it’s designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks as well.
Front camera: Since your face is a kind of ‘password’, the front camera has been reinvented to match this capability. The new 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera features wide colour capture, auto image stabilisation and precise exposure control. Portrait mode has also been brought to the front camera for stunning selfies with a depth-of-field effect.
Rear camera: Redesigned, dual 12-megapixels, and dual optical image stabilisation. To be more precise, it features a combo of a wide-angle camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture and a telephoto camera with an improved ƒ/2.4 aperture. There’s a new colour filter and deeper pixels are ensured. An improved Apple-designed image signal processor means faster autofocus in low light, better HDR photos, wide colour capture and advanced pixel processing for sleeker, more vivid photos. Like the iPhone 8 Plus, it is equipped with a new quad LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync.
Made for the ultimate AR experience: Also similar to the iPhone 8 Plus is the cameras that are each individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking.
Video capture: Also similar to the iPhone 8 Plus, it is able to deliver the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone—with better video stabilisation, 4K video up to 60fps and 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps. Thanks to iOS 11, iPhone X is able to support up to two times compression and storage for twice the photos and videos.
Portrait Lighting: Portrait mode gets an upgrade with Portrait Lighting which brings with it dramatic studio lighting effects. This is also available on the iPhone 8 Plus.
Animoji: Even emojis get an upgrade. The TrueDepth camera will capture and analyse over 50 different facial muscle movements then animates them into a dozen different Animoji. Think a panda, unicorn and robot. It’s available as an iMessage app pre-installed where users can record and send Animoji with their voice as well.
A11 Bionic: With so much going on in the iPhone X (and everything it can do), it was important to fit it with a powerful core and the A11 Bionic is the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone. Switching between apps will be seamless. Graphics performance will be smooth and gorgeous. And above all, the chip will give the iPhone X faster performance yet it’ll last two hours longer than iPhone 7.
There’s an extra benefit with the glass back design: Wireless charging. Cables are a pain – we all know that. Apple knows it too. Come 2018, Apple will be introducing AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging accessory that will allow users to simultaneously charge up to three devices. It’ll work for Phone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3.
Dear Malaysia: iPhone X will be available in 64GB and 256GB models starting at RM5,149 from apple.com/my as well as through Apple Authorised Resellers and carriers (prices may vary). The smartphones will be available beginning 24 November 2017.
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