The iPhone X is a game changer in the smartphone industry. After 10 years of massive contributions in the smartphone industry, Apple released this enhanced device. The new Face ID technology in the phone is what catapulted its popularity.
The device has a steel frame and a camera that comes with dual optical stabilization. It also has the best chipset available in the market. We cannot forget to mention the front camera which has depth-detection. Adding to the pluses is the wireless charging. The iPhone X release date was 3rd November 2017, which means that the phone has been in the market for quite some time now.
It is important to know which iPhone X features stand out. By comparing the phone's pros and cons, one can make a sensible decision on whether to purchase the device or not.
- Perfect screen
- A premium brand
- Strong design
- TrueDepth camera that is powerful
- The metal rim is prone to scratches
- The notch not only is an eyesore but it has affected the UI design in unexpected ways
- Lacks the great TouchID fingerprint sensor
- No 3.5mm audio jack
- No memory expansion via a microSD card
iPhone X specs
- Body: Front/back glass, stainless steel frame
- Screen: 5.8" Super Retina OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Resolution: 1125 x 2436px
- OS: Apple iOS 11.1.1
- Chipset: Apple A11 Bionic (10 nm)
- CPU: Hexa-core 2.39 GHz (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
- GPU: Apple GPU (three-core graphics)
- Memory: 3GB of RAM; 64/256GB of ROM with no expansion
- Rear camera: Dual 12MP camera
- Selfie camera: 7MP f/2.2
- Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
- Battery: 2,716 mAh
The following are the most notable hardware specs you need to know.
The device is nothing like its predecessor. It comes with a beautiful screen. This means that it offers a breathtaking view. The bezel-less screen has a Super Retina OLED capacitive touchscreen which offers the most immersive iPhone experience.
When flipped, the X introduces you to the familiar all-glass rear. The company chose to use glass again after the iPhone 8.
Its back panel is clean except for the bulging camera that interferes with the shiny glass surface. Its camera lens module is set vertically. It is now bigger and thicker, with the surface around the lens appearing shinier.
The phone's frame holds everything in place and is made of stainless steel. The frame makes the device sturdier and heavier compared to the iPhone 8. The high-gloss finish on the frame is also not resistant to scratching.
The screen has an additional rubber gasket located between the frame and the screen glass. This makes it easy for the device to absorb hits better, not to mention the fact that it protects the screen from breaking.
The 5.8" screen with 1125 x 2436px resolution is probably its most anticipated feature. In addition to it, the resulting pixel density of 458ppi is a plus. It comes with a ratio of 19.5:9.
It is capable of True Tone adjustments. This refers to the automatic white balance correction that is made possible by the new six-channel ambient light sensor. The moment it is switched on, the True Tone algorithm corrects the white balance as per the ambient light which makes the picture not only comfortable but also easier on the eyes. This is a huge difference from the blue-light filter known as the Night Shift.
The device offers a maximum brightness of 625 nits, and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The colour accuracy is also on point, registering an average DeltaE of 1.9 and a maximum deviation of 2.9.
Processor, storage & performance
The iPhone X memory is given as 3GB of RAM and 64/256GB of ROM. However, there is a downside to this since it has no expandable storage.
The gadget comes with an A11 Bionic chipset. Apple moved on from the previously used quad-core processor up to a six-core with its first-ever Apple-designed GPU.
The A11 Bionic chip comes with two high-powered 2.39GHz Monsoon cores that are 25% more powerful than the 2.34GHz Hurricane found in the A10 Fusion. The 4 Mistral cores are power-efficient and are 75% faster than the two low-power Zephyr cores in the A10 Fusion. The six cores have the ability to run simultaneously.
The chip uses a high-end 10nm manufacturing process. This makes it smaller, more powerful, and more efficient while at the same time being cool. It also packs a dual-core Neural Engine - a purpose-built neural processor. This should provide hardware acceleration for AI machine learning which allows the system to improve its performance in complex tasks over time without specific additional programming.
iPhone X battery
The phone comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 2,716 mAh battery. The manually enabled Low-Power mode prolongs your iPhone X battery life the moment your charge drops below 20%.
It ships with a sluggish 5V/1A wall charger that replenishes only 20% of a dead battery within a 30-min charging session.
This device supports fast charging using the USB-C power delivery, as long as you purchase the proper cable (USB-C-to-Lightning, $25), and utilize a compatible charger from a MacBook, Pixel 2, or even a USB-C port on a Mac or PC. This allows you to charge 45% of an empty battery in half an hour.
iPhone X can do 19 hours of 3G calls, 9 and a half hours of web browsing on a single charge. Alternatively, the same charge allows you to watch videos for about 12 hours. Its standby endurance is also above average hence the very good endurance rating of 74 hours.
Speaker & call quality
It may have a lot of similarities with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, except for the audio output details. The device is among one of the best audio devices in the market. Clarity with an active external amplifier is excellent. It has an unnoticeable degradation when using headphones. The loudness is also great - and is easily among the loudest flagships around.
Apart from its hardware, the phone's software components are also crucial. Here are some that you need to know.
OS & features
The device runs on iOS 11.1.1, upgradable to iOS 13.3. The version was exclusively tailored to match the phone's gestures and functions. It focuses on refining the design, as well as adding new usability features, not to mention introducing advanced machine learning.
Currently, there are two shortcuts - the flashlight and camera. However, instead of a swipe, you have to force press, which is better and neat.
iPhone X camera, video, and image quality
The Apple iPhone X has a similar dual-12MP (wide+telephoto) camera setup similar to what we have on the iPhone 8 Plus. Its wide-angle sensor sits behind the f/1.8 lens. The telephoto one is updated with optical stabilization and a new wider f/2.4 lens. There is a large piece of scratch-resistant sapphire glass that is meant to prevent accidents.
The iPhone X has Sony Exmor RS sensors - the wide-angle camera has a 1.22 µm pixel size, and the telephoto camera has a 1.0 µm pitch. It has a new image processor and noise reduction algorithm, which when coupled with the A11 chip, makes it possible for the iPhone X to perform real-time image and motion analysis - body and face detection.
It also comes with the quad-LED dual-tone flash found on the iPhone 8 Plus. It supports slow-sync flash and keeps the shutter open a bit longer, thus letting in some of the ambient light that makes an image appear more natural as opposed to contrasting as it is with regular flash images.
The Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting remains. It is now available on both the main and selfie cameras. The camera will first scan the scene and identify the face of your subject before adjusting the tone curve of the face to make it better lit.
The phone's cameras have a new format. iOS 11 now saves all images in the HEIF file format and videos in HEVC (H.265) video format by default. The more efficient compression of the files is a plus. The benefit is that photos take about half as much space as before (1.4MB HEIF vs. 3MB JPG), and the same goes for videos.
iPhone X review
Most users on YouTube had the following to say about the device.
- Cheddar Jack: The notch makes the iPhone have an iconic look
- Owen: I actually kinda like the notch. Now hear me out. I know there are better solutions out there, but think about it. We’ve had the same design language for years. It’s pretty cool to have a refresh
- nshadow888: IPhone x from my using experience, it is totally crab. Oppo is much better, compare screen display colour, speed, connectivity with computer, camera etc, iPhone X is no match.
iPhone X price
The device costs approximately $640 for the 64GB model and $730 for the 256GB one.
The iPhone X is an excellent buy and it comes highly recommended. Check if you can find it in your local stores or order it online. The device took up some bold decisions in both software and hardware. Whether it revolutionizes the smartphone industry remains a question to be answered, but it surely is unique and worth it.
Buying the iPhone X is a good move for iPhone lovers. It offers both functionality and value. You do not have to worry about upgrading it in a few months since it will still be relevant then.