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Apple launches the edge-to-edge displayed iPhone X

By Nestor Domingo Jr & James Lu - on 13 Sep 2017, 9:26am

Apple launches the edge-to-edge displayed iPhone X

Aside from the launching of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, tech giant Apple recently announced the iPhone X (pronounced as "ten" and not "ex"). The futuristic new iPhone is the biggest redesign of the iPhone since its launch ten years ago which features an edge-to-edge display and a brand new "super retina" OLED screen. 

The iPhone X has glass on both the front and the back, which enables Qi wireless charging, just like the iPhone 8. There is a “surgical-grade” stainless steel band running around the sides of the phone. The newest offering is also IP67 dust- and water-resistant. But surprisingly, unlike the previous iPhone models, there is no gold option, or at least not mentioned for the launch phase as iPhone X only comes in two colors: Space Gray and Silver.

The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2436 x 1125 resolution (458ppi) making it the highest resolution display on any iPhone. It is also the first OLED display on an iPhone.

"It's the first OLED display great enough to be in an iPhone," said  Phil Schiller, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

Like the iPhone 8, the iPhone X also features the True Tone display technology.

The edge-to-edge display signals Apple's new feature of removing the home button for the first time. To unlock your phone, you simply swipe up from the bottom. Here's a brief look at how you navigate on the iPhone X:-

Without a home button, the iPhone X also lacks a Touch ID fingerprint scanner and instead, you get face recognition in Face ID. While this technology is available on other phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note8, Apple's version is apparently more advanced by using an array of sensors embedded into the small notch in the front of the phone above the display, including an IR sensor and a flood illuminator that beams a light at your face to help it be recognized even in the dark. Apple has even gone so far as to build a dedicated neural engine — based on a dual-core custom chip design — to process face recognition in real time.

Apple also said Face ID is even more secure than Touch ID, with a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of another person being able to look at your phone and unlock it through Face ID. For comparison, Touch ID only has a 1 in 50,000 chance. And you'll be able to use Face ID with Apple Pay and all third-party apps that already support Touch ID.

Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, but unlike the 8 Plus, the cameras are aligned vertically and both cameras are equipped with OIS (optical image stabilization). In between the two cameras is a quad-LED True Tone flash with supposedly twice the uniformity of light.

Check out what the new Portrait Lighting effects can deliver on the new phones:-

The A11 Bionic processor that was introduced with the iPhone 8 also powers the iPhone X. The six-core chip has two performance cores that are 25 percent faster than the A10, and four performance cores that the company says are 70 percent faster than the old model. There’s also a new Apple-designed GPU that is 30 percent faster, with the same performance as the A10 at half the power.

The iPhone X will available in two storage capacities: 64GB (US$999) and 256GB (USS$1,149). Don't forget that the price inches up further once you add the Apple Care options. Pre-orders start on October 27, with the phones shipping to retailers worldwide on November 3.