The iPhone X revolutionized the iPhone by introducing a completely new, different frame. Removing the Home Button entirely, the iPhone X was the first to employ an edge-to-edge display. It also uses a dual-camera system, Face ID, and more unprecedented features. As far as iPhones go, the iPhone X truly defines Apple's ability to innovate.
The new sleek, round-edge iPhone X is Apple's first step towards elevating the mobile experience. Upgraded in several different ways, the iPhone X sets a precedent for future iPhone models. From a design or tech standpoint, innovation starts with this device.
The first thing you'll notice about the iPhone X that separates it from preceding iPhones is its design. The first iPhone has an edge-to-edge display, completely removing the Home Button and minimizing the camera notch to no more than a small bar.
As a result, the iPhone X uses entirely new technology for its display, using Super Retina HD technology on its OLED screen. And, despite its larger screen, measuring at 5.8 inches, it has smaller dimensions than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus thanks to its edge-to-edge display.
Adapted from the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X uses a dual-camera system consisting of Wide and Telephoto cameras. As always, this duet enables Portrait Mode along with an array of other photography features.
Another camera that gets an upgrade on the iPhone X is the front camera. Now that the Home Button is gone, the iPhone X uses Face ID for authentication instead. This is made possible by the TrueDepth camera on the front. Using different sensors, the TrueDepth camera scans your face and can recognize it for even better security.
Carried over from the iPhone 8, the iPhone X uses the A11 Bionic chip with a Neural Engine. This chip can run a variety of processes without compromising speed or battery life.
With all of these upgrades, the iPhone X is the progenitor for the next generation of iPhones. The base for Apple's future, you'll be able to experiment plenty while also getting top-tier features on the iPhone X.
Design and Size
The iPhone X dimensions span 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm and weigh 174 grams, making it smaller and lighter than the iPhone 8 Plus. However, the iPhone X's screen measures 5.8 inches, larger than the iPhone 8 Plus' 5.5 inches.
The screen upgrade is thanks to the iPhone X's brand-new edge-to-edge technology on its display. A Super Retina OLED display, the iPhone X's screen stretches from, literally, the edges of the smartphone. You'll then get a 2436 x 1125 resolution @ 458 PPI, the highest PPI of any iPhone yet.
The edge-to-edge display means that the Home Button has now disappeared. For authentication, Apple currently uses the Face ID system for its iPhones. Using its TrueDepth camera, the iPhone X scans your face and memorizes it so you'll get even better security and easier access to your device.
You can choose between Silver or Space Gray for colors, and you can choose between 64GB or 256GB for storage options.
The iPhone X's battery runs for about 13 hours on video playback but runs for up to 60 hours on audio playback. This is understandable since the iPhone X has a much better display, and it's impressive that the battery life hasn't diminished drastically while running on the same chip.
The iPhone X is also compatible with wireless charging, so getting a Qi-certified charger guarantees easy charging at home. Just place your iPhone X on top of the charger and you're good to go!
Continuing with the iPhone 8 Plus' new camera system, the iPhone X employs the dual-camera system. With a 12MP Wide and 12MP Telephoto camera, the iPhone X will take remarkable photos.
The dual-camera system allows for up to 10x digital zoom and 2x optical zoom along with Auto HDR. Then, if you're recording videos, the iPhone X has 4K video recording at 60fps, as well as Slo-mo videos at 1080p and Time-lapse videos.
However, this all sounds very familiar since these are all features available on the iPhone 8 Plus. What the iPhone 8 Plus doesn't have, though, is the TrueDepth front camera. The iPhone X is the first iPhone to incorporate this front camera.
The TrueDepth camera uses several sensors on the new, smaller camera notch of the iPhone X to scan your face. Once it gets a scan, you can use Face ID for authentication. Besides unlocking your iPhone, you can also use Face ID to pay for things through Apple Pay and more.
The front camera can also take 7MP photos and take 1080p videos at 30fps. It's a beautiful camera for selfies or video calls.
Like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X uses the A11 Bionic chip with the Neural Engine. This powerful chip can do plenty on the edge-to-edge display. Whether you're watching 4K videos, playing games, or more, the A11 chip has got you covered.
The Neural Engine is designed for machine learning so it can analyze patterns. With it, you'll be able to run Face ID, AR features, and more smoothly.
iPhone X vs. iPhone 8
|iPhone X||iPhone 8|
|Dimensions||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm||138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm|
|Screen||5.8-inch Super Retina OLED||4.7-inch Retina LCD|
|Resolution||2436 x 1125 @ 458 PPI||1334 x 750 @ 326 PPI|
|Back Camera||12 MP Wide and 12MP Telephoto Cameras||12MP Wide Camera|
|Front Camera||7MP TrueDepth Camera||7MP FaceTime HD Camera|
|Authentication||Face ID||Touch ID|
Design and Size
The iPhone X only slightly bigger than the iPhone 8, and it's even smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. Yet it still has a much larger screen than the iPhone 8 because of its edge-to-edge display. Made with Super Retina technology, the 5.8-inch OLED display on the iPhone X provides great visuals.
Obviously, the iPhone 8's 4.7-inch Retina LCD display isn't bad either. It still has better quality than most devices on the market, with a 1334 x 750 at 326 PPI. But, the iPhone X's screen, with a 2436 x 1125 resolution at 458 PPI, is only superior.
Because of its edge-to-edge display, the iPhone X not only has a smaller camera notch on the front, it doesn't have a Home Button altogether. From a design standpoint, these two phones are very different.
The camera is another feature where the iPhone X clearly outperforms the iPhone 8. The iPhone X has a dual-camera system, just like the iPhone 8 Plus, whereas the iPhone 8 only has a single camera.
The iPhone 8's single camera is a great camera capable of taking great photos. A 12MP Wide camera, the iPhone 8 offers the ability to take high-quality images. With digital zoom up to 5x, Auto HDR, and more, the iPhone 8's single camera will suffice for most people.
For the better, though, you'll want the iPhone X's 12MP Wide and 12MP Telephoto cameras. Not only does it help with the quality of photography, but you'll also get access to several excellent, new features. For example, the iPhone X has up to 10x digital zoom and 2x optical zoom, offering better zoom quality.
Of all the new features that the dual-camera system offers, the most significant is Portrait Mode. Portrait Mode helps you take stunning photos of friends, family, and people in general. With five Portrait Effects, you can generate pictures that achieve desirable effects.
Following up on the back camera's upgrades, the iPhone X's front camera also sees a significant upgrade. Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus use the 7MP FaceTime HD camera, suitable for quality. But the iPhone X uses the all-new 7MP TrueDepth camera.
The 7MP TrueDepth camera is excellent for video calls, video recording, and selfies. It comes with Portrait Mode, too, so you can apply the Portrait Effects onto selfies. Then, with 1080 video recording, you'll be guaranteed quality videos and video calls.
However, the most outstanding upgrade of the 7MP TrueDepth camera is that it enables Face ID. This new Apple feature scans your face and keeps a copy on file. This way, when you need to unlock your phone or authenticate yourself, you can simply show your front camera your face.
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