Apple iPhone X: A challenger to Android flagship phones?

Apple has always been left behind in terms of specifications and hardware since Android started, making their phones far less superior if compared in terms of hardware.

Yes, of course many will say the iOS is indeed more refined that Android, but we can’t take away the fact many will look at the latest hardware of the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and give those phones a smirk because it’s so much ‘below the trend’ of current Android based phones.

In fact, if iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus were to run on Android, they would be considered mid-range smartphones.

This is where iPhone X (mentioned as iPhone ten, but I think people will call them iPhone X more because it’s cooler) comes in.

SPECIFICATIONS OF THE IPHONE X

The iPhone X is the long awaited ‘refreshment’ to the oldest smartphone series and it comes with a 5.8-inch with Retina HD display and OLED Multi-Touch display HDR display.

Compared to the other iPhones, the iPhone X is bezel-free, with the lower chin being quite thin.

It comes in two different storage capacity, 64GB and 256GB, with 3GB RAM, rather mediocre for a flagship phone.

Iphone X
The iPhone X was announced by Apple.

Like the iPhone 8, the iPhone X comes with IP67 dust, water and splash proof resistance, and it is all powered by the A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, which is suposed to ensure the phone performs without a hitch.

At the rear of the phone, two cameras make up the iPhone X rear camera set-up, with both being 12MP and having a ƒ/1.8 aperture for the wide-angle camera, and a ƒ/2.4 aperture for the telephoto cameras, exactly like the iPhone 8 Plus.  The rear camera can capture 4K videos as well, and the camera comes with image stabilizer and auto-focus.

Up-front, there’s a 7MP camera, which also doubles as the security camera to do facial recognition to unlock the phone.  Apple opted to use facial recognition as the only bio-metric security option available, as  they decided to do away with finger print scanners, which I feel is more secure and less annoying if compared to facial recognition.

Iphone X colours
The iPhone X comes in two colours for now.

Anyway, a phone is useless without juice and a good operating system, and it would be worth to also note that the iPhone X runs on the iOS11 and gets its juice from a battery which is said to last longer than the iPhone 7.

MY THOUGHTS OF THE IPHONE X

Except for the bezel-free screen, there’s really nothing to shout about when it comes to the iPhone X although I would admit I kind of love the name, the iPhone X.

Having ‘X’ at the end of the iPhone sounds just about right.

Unfortunately, the iPhone X seems to be nothing more than an upgrade of the iPhone 8 Plus, without the bezel-free screen and mediocore RAM.  They share the same processor, the same rear camera, the same storage space, and the screen is also almost similar.

The screen of the iPhone X
The screen is what sets the iPhone X from the rest. // Photo credit: SoyaCincau

If you pitted both the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note8, it’s an easy decision when you are comparing hardwares.

Despite that nonetheless, neutral users have commended the iOS as the heart of the iPhone as its snappier compared to the Android, and I expect no less from the new iOS11 despite the fact most of the functions found in the iOS is available already on Android.

Anyway, I feel that the iPhone X is rather a let down as Apple isn’t exactly making new innovations here, but rather re-introducing what’s already available on Android, onto the iPhone, again.

WHERE AND WHEN TO BUY THE IPHONE X

The iPhone X officially price starts from US$999 (about RM4,200) in the US .

SoyaCincau reported that the iPhone X will be sold in Singapore from S$1,648 (about RM5,146) for the 64GB model, and S$1,888 (about RM5,895) for the 256 model .

Selected countries will be able to pre-order the iPhone X from 27 October and the phone would be officially released on 3 November 2017. – phonesentral.com