The iPhone X is the most radical reimagining of an iPhone yet. Apple has jumped on the bezel-less bandwagon and created a big, beautiful display that can finally rival Samsung in the screen stakes.
- Stunning, edge-to-edge display
- Intuitive user interface
- Innovative new design
- Astronomical price
- Glass back raises durability concerns
The Apple iPhone X: in more detail
The iPhone X (pronounced 'ten', according to Apple) is a beautiful device. Apple has embraced the current trend for edge-to-edge screens with a sensational new design that's likely to appeal to Apple fans who were disappointed by the iPhone 8's lack of innovation. Other notable new features include the face-scanning technology used to unlock the phone, and wireless charging capability. It's still yet to be released, but TechRadar called it 'one of the most exciting phones released this decade', whilst CNET thinks it has 'truly game-changing potential'. However, all that innovation comes at a cost: it's one of the most expensive smartphones ever made.
The iPhone X is a fantastic-looking phone. It's striking, slim and elegant, and like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, has a glass back. Its curved edges make it comfortable to hold, and even though the screen is bigger, the phone is still smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus overall.
The absence of the home button marks a notable departure from iPhone tradition - Apple has sacrificed it in favour of the all-screen front. This may take some getting used to for iPhone devotees, but the amount of screen you get is likely to make it worth the minor inconvenience.
The iPhone X's gorgeous 5.8-inch screen is its standout feature. The bezels are incredibly thin, making it look completely different to any iPhone that's come before. The resolution has been upgraded to 2,436 x 1,125 pixels, and Apple has finally moved from an LCD to OLED display. The result is stunning: a rich, vibrant display with vivid colours and deep, inky blacks. TechRadar said 'it's hard to overstate how beautiful this screen is'.
One thing to note is that there's a small 'notch' at the top of the screen, where a section of the display was cut out to house the camera and face-scanning technology. Although it detracts slightly from the 'all-screen' effect, it shouldn't get in the way of apps, videos or internet browsing - in fact, some app designers have started working the notch into their designs.
However, not everyone is feeling too pleased about the iPhone X's notch addition, with particular problems arising when the phone is used in landscape mode - for example, the scroll bar will disappear behind the black bar created by the notch, and some games will have a section missing.
Like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the X uses the new, super-fast A11 Bionic chip. It's amazingly powerful - and it needs to be to power all those extra pixels in the display, as well as the phone's advanced AR capabilities. If the iPhone 8 is anything to go by, the X's performance will be exceptionally speedy and efficient.
The iPhone 8 Plus has a fantastic camera - and the iPhone X's is even more advanced. It features the same 12MP wide-angle and telephoto sensors, optical zoom and f/1.8 wide-angle aperture, but its telephoto aperture has been upped to f/2.4, which should mean it performs better in low light. Unlike the 8 Plus, it also has optical image stabilisation on both lenses, which should reduce blur and result in smoother videos.
The new Portrait Lighting mode is able to identify the subject of the photo and make alterations accordingly, resulting in some really impressive effects.
The 'TrueDepth' camera on the front of the phone enables Face ID, which will replace Touch ID. It's a bold move by Apple, and could be very convenient if it works - but we'll have to wait until the phone is released to see how effective it is.
Apple has developed a new version of iOS 11 that takes advantage of the larger screen and lack of home button.
The home screen still looks the same, with the classic icon grid, but a flick up from the bottom of the screen now acts as a replacement for the home button. TechRadar said 'it's intuitive and works well', although it's likely to take some getting used to.
The iPhone X will be available in the UK on 3 November 2017.