Top 5 features of the iPhone X

Apple announced a number of new devices including the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and this… the iPhone X. The iPhone X didn’t come as a surprise, because we already saw its leaks months ago. But, that doesn’t take away all the excitement it brought to Apple fans and smartphone enthusiasts alike.

There’s a lot to cover for the new iPhone X, so we trimmed down the top features we like about Apple’s latest mobile phone. Starting with the…

Borderless OLED display

Apple finally brought OLED display technology to their phone, and what better way to introduce this to their audience than with a borderless design. Like with other flagships from Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi, the iPhone X features an edge-to-edge screen, but with a minor cutout on top like on the Essential Phone. Apple calls this the Super Retina Display, and it has the highest resolution on an iPhone at 2436 x 1125 pixels. It has a wide color gamut and support for HDR content.

TrueDepth camera system

Inside the small cutout at the top of the iPhone X’s gorgeous display is a set of sensors, earpiece, and what Apple calls their TrueDepth camera system. It packs the following: an infrared camera, flood illuminator, dot projector, and your usual 7-megapixel selfie camera. This camera system is what enables the new Face ID feature. If Touch ID uses your fingerprint to unlock the phone, Face ID uses your face (obviously). Apple is proud to introduce this as not just another face detection tech which other devices already have.

According to the company, Face ID will be able to recognize the user even after changes in facial features. It’s foolproof with a chance of error at just 1 in 1,000,000.

Rear design

The back of the iPhone X also has interesting features. It’s now made of glass (remember the iPhone 4?) and Apple calls it the most durable ever. Another prominent feat here is the vertical dual cameras, which have a pair of 12-megapixel sensors with optical image stabilization on both.

Like with the iPhone 7 Plus, one of the lenses offers 2x optical zoom and gives the phone some cool portrait shooting tricks. This includes the new portrait lighting effect that give the photo more depth and drama — like it’s taken at an actual studio.

AR support

Augmented reality or simply AR is nothing new to mobile devices, but only a few have it. The iPhone X is the first mobile phone from Apple to own this, and we’re looking forward to check it out ourselves. If Apple will push this to consumers properly (not just some gimmick), AR games and apps could go mainstream.

Wireless charging

At last, wireless charging comes to the iPhone! The glass rear made this possible and it’s such a relief that Apple uses the Qi wireless standard. This means you can use your existing wireless charging pad (given that it also uses Qi) with the new iPhone X, or even with the iPhone 8. No need to purchase new ones, unlike speaker docks with proprietary Lightning connectors.

One more thing…

Animoji

We’re a sucker for cute features, and Animojis are no exemption. Every day, we use emojis to communicate and have an expressive conversation, so these Animojis are the next step. The iPhone X uses its facial tracking feature to detect the user’s facial movements and animate certain emojis. It works inside iMessage only, which makes it limited to iPhones — for now.

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