Apple has launched the iPhone X, its most futuristic smartphone ever. The highly anticipated iPhone X comes with an OLED display and facial recognition technology. Apple’s iPhone X release date in India is November 3, with pre-orders set to begin on October 27.
The iPhone X won’t come cheap, though. The device will cost Rs 89,000 in India, making it the most expensive iPhone yet. That’s for the base unit with 64GB storage, while the 256GB version will cost Rs 102,000. Clearly, India is one of the most expensive places to buy the iPhone X, with people paying more for the tenth anniversary edition phone than those living in the US or Hong Kong for the base unit.
Specifications & Features
Here’s a look at the Apple iPhone X specifications that make it stand out:
The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display has finally debuted on an iPhone. Apple says they didn’t use OLED screens thus far because of certain shortcomings, which included colour accuracy. This, however, has changed with the latest generation. Apple says the OLED screen on the iPhone X is the first that it found worthy enough of being used on its devices.
The 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen is called the Retina Display2 and is HDR capable; in fact, it will support both Dolby Vision and HDR10 standards for 4K Ultra HD content from services such as Netflix and Amazon Video. Also, it looks gorgeous.
It remains a conjecture as to why Apple couldn’t integrate the fingerprint sensor called TouchID in the iPhone X. Maybe, they could have incorporated it in the power button on the side, or perhaps included it as one of the sensors at the top of the bezel-less screen. The former perhaps didn’t appeal because of the aesthetics, and the latter probably still needed refinement.
Enter, then, FaceID. It’s a facial recognition technology that uses the TrueDepth Camera system—which sits just above the display—to map your face with 30,000 invisible dots and unlocks the phone. The technology can be used to authenticate mobile payments as well via Apple Pay.
The iPhone X has a design that immediately stands apart from the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. At the front is the edge-to-edge design, which gives the illusion that the display doesn’t have a frame on its sides. The rounded corners, as well as the notch at the top are other visual elements. Flip over the phone , and the glass back is hard to miss. Despite the large display size, the phone is only slightly larger than the smaller of the other two iPhones, the iPhone 8.
The iPhone X has dual 12 MP rear camera system, with dual optical image stabilization. This means that low light photography as well as videos will be significantly more detailed and better exposed. The ƒ/1.8 aperture on the wide-angle lens and the ƒ/2.4 aperture on the telephoto lens simply augment the photographic capabilities of the device.
The other new iPhones too get new under-the-hood camera goodness, such as better colour filters, deeper pixels and an improved image signal processor, wider colour capture, faster auto-focus in low-light and richer HDR photos.
These cameras are also optimized for augmented reality (AR), which will provide app and game developers with significantly powerful hardware on which to run the AR experience in their apps.