Ap­ple iPhone X

Ap­ple iPhone X

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By James Lu

The iPhone X is the most ex­cit­ing iPhone since… well, the first iPhone. Much of that is due to its new bezel-less 5.8-inch Su­per Retina HD OLED dis­play. The 5.8-inch dis­play has a 2,436 x 1,125-pixel res­o­lu­tion (~458ppi), but be­cause of its tall 19.5:9 as­pect ra­tio, it’s not ac­tu­ally that big. In fact, the iPhone X is closer to the iPhone 8 in size than it is to the 8 Plus, and if you watch reg­u­lar 16:9 as­pect ra­tio con­tent on it, there’ll be big black bezels on ei­ther side, so it will ap­pear about the same size as a phone with a 5-inch dis­play.

While the bezel-less dis­play is the fo­cal point of the new iPhone, it’s not the only shiny new thing on the X – quite lit­er­ally. The X has a new stain­less-steel band that runs around the sides of the phone; on the Sil­ver model it’s a gleam­ing chrome fin­ish, while the Space Gray X gets a DLc coat­ing that is equally re­flec­tive, but not quite as flashy.

Like the 8 and 8 Plus, the back of the X is glass, which en­ables wire­less charg­ing. The X also boasts a du­al­rear cam­era setup like the 8 Plus, only this time, both 12MP cam­eras have OIS. The wide-an­gle lens is the same f/1.8 lens you’ll find on the 8 Plus, but the tele­photo lens is an up­graded f/2.4 shooter (the 8 Plus has an f/2.8 tele­photo lens). The ben­e­fit of both lenses be­ing op­ti­cally sta­bi­lized is that there’s now no down­side to shoot­ing in zoom mode.

Okay, let’s talk about the ele­phant in the room: the dis­play notch. Some apps use iOS’s auto-lay­out sys­tem and fill the en­tire screen, but will of­ten have con­tent dis­ap­pear­ing be­hind the notch, or will be cut off at the sides due to the un­usual as­pect ra­tio. Other apps that don’t fill the screen in­stead have huge black borders at the top and bot­tom. Now, I un­der­stand that even­tu­ally these prob­lems will go away as more app de­vel­op­ers up­date their apps for the X, but for now it’s an

an­noy­ance, and it spoils my en­joy­ment of an oth­er­wise amaz­ing dis­play.

The other big new fea­ture on the X is Face ID. Ev­ery­thing on the X re­volves around Face ID: it’s how you un­lock your phone, it’s how you use Ap­ple Pay, it’s what en­ables An­i­moji, it’s the whole rea­son the notch in the dis­play ex­ists.

So does Face ID work? Yes... for the most part. The tech­nol­ogy be­hind Face ID uses an IR light, a dot pro­jec­tor, and a IR cam­era, col­lec­tively called the ‘TrueDepth cam­era’ all tucked into the notch at the top of screen. When you turn on the dis­play, the IR light turns on, and if the IR cam­era de­tects a face, the dot pro­jec­tor flashes a pat­tern of 30,000 dots. The cam­era then takes a 2D photo, which gets turned into math­e­mat­i­cal depth model, sent to the se­cure au­then­ti­ca­tion chip, and matched against the stored value. This all hap­pens in un­der a sec­ond, and in the­ory, it’s just as fast as Touch ID.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, Face ID works great. Raise the phone, look at it, and your screen un­locks. But it’s not per­fect and some­times, it takes longer than usual to un­lock. It also re­quires you to look at the phone from a mostly head-on an­gle, and it doesn’t work if your phone is side­ways or up­side down.

Like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X uses Ap­ple’s new A11 Bionic pro­ces­sor. As ex­pected, bench­mark per­for­mance on the X was class-lead­ing, and it eas­ily blew away ev­ery An­droid com­peti­tor. As for bat­tery life, the X lasted 12 and a half hours on our video loop­ing bench­mark, which is nearly two hours longer than the iPhone 8, but slightly shorter than the 8 Plus.

The iPhone X is the iPhone we’ve been wait­ing for, and fi­nally de­liv­ers an am­bi­tious and for­ward-fac­ing take on what an iPhone can be. But like a lot of first-gen­er­a­tion hard­ware, it’s not with­out flaws. Face ID works, but it’s not the finely-tuned per­fec­tion that is Touch ID; the new Su­per Retina HD dis­play looks amaz­ing, but it’s spoiled by that notch.

New things come at a price too: the iPhone X is ex­tremely ex­pen­sive. If you’re still on the fence, stick with what­ever iPhone you al­ready have, or go for an 8 or 8 Plus in­stead. Wait for Ap­ple to fine-tune Face ID and work out how to cram all of those TrueDepth cam­era sen­sors into a smaller pack­age.

The iphone you’ve been wait­ing for, but it’s not per­fect.

The rear cam­eras on the iphone X are ver­ti­cally ori­en­tated.

The alu­minum frame has been re­placed with a shiny stain­less steel.

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