iPhone X Hands-On: No Home Button, New Screen
Apple has launched new iPhone and has generated some pretty strong reactions, from amazement at its face-powered Animoji to shock at the sky-high price to disappointment at the loss of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The iPhone X is the company's first smartphone to feature a full-screen display, as it sets its sights on the likes of the Galaxy Note 8. There's also an all-new 'Super Retina' resolution, a reinforced glass design, and support for wireless charging, with the iPhone X arriving with support for the Qi charging standard.
We’re rounding up everything we know about the iPhone X below and will update this article as soon as we hear more.
iPhone X best features:
- Release date: Apple has announced that iPhone X pre-orders will begin on Friday, 27 October, with shipping to begin Friday, 3 November.
- Price: The iPhone X will be available in 64GB and 256GB configurations, which will fetch £999 and £1,149 in the UK, respectively. Pricing in the US starts at $999.
- All-New Design: The most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back. Surgical‑grade stainless steel. Wireless charging. Water and dust resistance.
- No Home button: As expected, the home button has been completely replaced. The new iOS 11 software will allow users to just swipe up from the foot of the screen at any time to return to the Home screen.
- Super Retina OLED Display: The iPhone X was long rumored to feature a new cutting-edge OLED display with practically no bezels - and the rumors were correct. iPhone X all‑new 5.8‑inch Super Retina screen fills the hand and dazzles the eyes. OLED displays are superior to the LCD panels currently used in Apple's iPhones because, rather than requiring a backlight, an OLED-based screen lights up individual pixel when necessary.
- TrueDepth camera: The rear dual-camera setup has been completely redesigned and there's now a Quad LED True Tone flash. The 'True Depth' camera array features dual 12MP sensors, with f1.8 and f2.4 (wide angle) apertures. It seems very advanced, yet is mainly utilized in this presentation at least, for quite stupid things, such as tracking your face in order to animate an emoji.
- iPhone X Processor: The iPhone X sports the A11 Bionic chip, which has six cores and is the most powerful chip yet in a smartphone.
- Wireless charging: The all-glass design of the iPhone X enables wireless charging and charging devices from Belkin and Mophie will be available. Apple also gave a sneak preview of its AirPower charging pad, which can charge an iPhone, Watch and AirPods simultaneously.
- Available Colors: Despite rumors of a new 'blush gold' color, only the iPhone 8 was given a new color option, simply known as 'gold'. The iPhone X will only be available in space gray or silver.
- Water-resistant: The iPhone X is water-resistant to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes - a rating known as IP67. This is the same rating seen on last year's iPhone 7. IP67 means it can survive a dip in the sink or down the loo, and it won't break if you pour a drink over it, but you probably don't want to take it swimming.