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The iPhone X is 'all screen', comes with Face ID, dual 12MP OIS cameras, and more

By Michael Low & James Lu - on 13 Sep 2017, 6:30am

The iPhone X is 'all screen', comes with Face ID, dual 12MP OIS cameras, and more

Along with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple announced the iPhone X (pronounced 'ten', not 'ex') today. The futuristic new iPhone is the biggest redesign of the iPhone since its launch 10 years ago with 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, like the iPhone 8, enables Qi wireless charging. There is a 'surgical-grade' stainless steel band running around the sides of the phone. Like the iPhone 8, it is IP67 dust and water resistant, but only comes in two colors: Space Gray and Silver surprisingly, there's no gold option, or at least not mentioned for the launch phase.

The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch OLED display with a 2,436 x 1,125 resolution (~458ppi) making it the highest resolution display on any iPhone. It's also the first OLED display on an iPhone, with Senior VP, Phil Schiller, saying: "It's the first OLED display great enough to be in an iPhone." Like the iPhone 8, the iPhone X also has True Tone display technology.

The edge-to-edge display means Apple has removed the home button for the first time on an iPhone. To unlock your phone, you simple 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 instead, you get face recognition that Apple is calling Face ID. While this technology is available in other phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note8, Apple's version is apparently much more advanced, 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.

According to Apple, Face ID is even more secure than Touch ID, with a one 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 one in 50,000 chance. 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 12MP 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 that the old model. There’s also a new Apple-designed GPU that’s 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, ~RM4,203) and 256GB (US$1,149, ~RM4,834).

No pricing and availability details were announced for Malaysia, but Apple will begin accepting pre-orders in the U.S., U.K. and other countries starting on October 27, with the phones targeted to retail on November 3.