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The iPhone X was a game-changer for Apple. With top-tier specs, an amazing screen, brilliant cameras, and impressive security features like facial recognition - it's still a superb smartphone.

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iPhone X at a glance

iPhone X

With Apple’s tenth anniversary smartphone, the iPhone X, the Californian tech giant was clearly trying something new. But did the gamble pay off?

Design

Well, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus follow a similar design to previous models, the X has a radically different design to those handsets, with a distinct look and some unique - and rather brilliant - functionality.

Take the screen, for example…

Screen

iPhone X screen

It's bigger, brighter and better than previous models. It's AMOLED, with a 1125x2436 pixel resolution. Indeed, not only is it inanely sharp, it's also huge - 5.8 inches - and spreads right to the edges of the front.

And, brilliantly, because there's almost no bezel, the phone itself doesn't feel oversized - it's comfortable to hold in one hand for most people.

Under its glossy exterior, the handset features the hexacore Apple A11 chip and 3GB RAM. It’s not Apple’s latest chipset, but still a powerful bit of kit.

Camera

iPhone X camera

The iPhone X’s camera boasts dual 12MP lenses on the rear, one a telephoto lens capable of 2x zoom. On the front, is a 7MP camera, which is capable of taking some surprisingly high quality selfies.

Moreover, thanks to the camera’s TrueDepth mode, you can also use the front camera to record your voice and facial expressions and supplant them on an emoji – including animals and faces.

There’s good news if you record videos on your phone, too. The iPhone X comes with 4K video recording - which means four times clearer image quality than standard High Definition.

Battery and wireless charging

iPhone X wireless charging

Unsurprisingly, its battery is bigger even than the one in the supersize iPhone 8 Plus and should last a full day for most users.

Elsewhere, you can pick up a charging plate, and juice up your iPhone X wirelessly. (Android phones with wireless charging include Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 8.)

Face recognition

Woman on beach looking at iPhone X screen

This time around, Apple has done away with Touch ID fingerprint security and opted for Facial recognition security instead. As the name suggests, Face ID technology lets you unlock your handset or pay for things with your face, plus a lot more.

For example, you can also use face ID too turn the volume down on your phones ringer, and even maintain screen-brightness.

When it comes to storage, the X comes with up to 256GB. Two internal memory options are available too - 64GB and 256GB. That's plenty of room for photos, apps and messages. And don't forget, you have free iCloud online storage too.

iPhone X specs

General
Manufacturer Apple
Operating System iOS
Release Date 01/09/2017 00:00:00
Sim Card Type Nano
Sensors
Accelerometer Yes
Proximity Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
GPS Yes
Size & Weight
Form Factor
Thickness 7.7 mm
Size 70.9mm x 7.7mm x 143.6mm
Weight 174 g
Battery
Battery Type Lithium Ion
Capacity mah
Standby hours
Talktime 21 hours
Display
Display Size 5.8 inches
Screen Type Super AMOLED
Resolution 1125 x 2436 inches
Pixels Per Inch 458 ppi
Touch Screen Type Capacitive
Processing power
CPU 0 mhz
Processor Cores 6 Cores Cores
Memory 3000 MB
Storage
Internal Storage 64, 256
External Storage No
Camera & Video
Primary Camera 12 MP
Flash Yes
LED Flash
GEO Tagging Yes
Auto Focus Yes
Fixed Focus Yes
Touch Focus
Face Detection Yes
Smile Detection
Image Stabilisation Yes
Video Quality 4K
2nd Camera 7 MP
Data
Generation 4G
Frequency Dual-band
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes
Wi-Fi Direct No
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
Sound
Loudspeaker Yes