The very first version of the future of phones as per Apple, the iPhone X, is an excellent smartphone and a whole new direction from Apple. Its restrictive pricing though keeps it away from being a no-brainer when it comes to buying a flagship smartphone. For the asking price, the iPhone X needs to be head and shoulders above the rest in every aspect. Which is not the case.
The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch AMOLED panel, a first for any iPhone. AMOLED panels are known for their power efficiency and for offering deeper blacks, making them the choice of ‘purists’ who demand the ultimate viewing experience. Unlike Samsung, Apple has tuned its AMOLED displays to offer a fairly natural colour tone. Just like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X display supports Apple’s TrueTone technology, and it can even show HDR content from the likes of Netflix and Apple’s own portfolio of iTunes movies. Overall, the iPhone X display is great, and is arguably the best we’ve ever come across on a smartphone.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Apple iPhone X on the rear packs a 12-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a pixel size of 1.22-micron and a second 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a pixel size of 1.0-micron. The rear camera setup has phase detection autofocus. It sports a 7-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.2 aperture.
It can’t be a new generation of iPhones without a new Apple chip, and this year the custom silicon is called A11 Bionic. Apple has moved from a quad-core processor up to a six-core one with a first-ever Apple-designed GPU (previous chipsets used GPUs by PowerVR). There are 3GB of RAM inside the Apple iPhone X.
The A11 Bionic chip features two high-powered 2.39GHz Monsoon cores that are 25% more powerful than the 2.34GHz Hurricane ones in the A10 Fusion. The four Mistral cores are power efficient and are 75% faster than the two low-power Zephyr cores in the A10 Fusion. All those six cores can run simultaneously.
The GPU is the first Apple-made one and is comprised of 3 cores, promising 30% faster performance when compared to the GPU inside the A10 Fusion.
The new A11 chip uses a high-end 10nm manufacturing process, as opposed to the 16nm A10. It makes it smaller, more powerful, more efficient and yet cooler.
The iPhone X is equipped with a non-removable Li-Po 2,716 mAh battery – about the same capacity as the iPhone 8 Plus. The Low-Power mode, which you can enable manually, should prolong your iPhone X battery life once the charge drops below 20%.
The iPhone X ships with a sluggish 5V/1A wall charger which will replenish only 20% of a dead battery in a 30-min charging session.
The iPhone X is special in so many ways. The anniversary one. The first with an all-screen front. The premiere of the Face ID. The Home key slayer. The start of a new iPhone generation built from the ground up by Tim Cook’s team. But it is also the most controversial iPhone to date, for better or worse.
Now it also has newer sibling the Xs, Xs Max & Xr which performs more better than this you also have Xr the “Budget iPhone” from apple which has the same chip as Xs but looses OLED display. You can get this now at low price at which it was launched.