‘The Smartphones of the Future’ – iPhone X, iPhone 8 & 8 Plus
By Pratik Roy Choudhuri

A decade has passed since Apple released the first iPhone and ushered in an era of smartphones. While leading telecom giants at the time based their sales on style and their global brand names, Apple revolutionized the market by claiming technological superiority over other handsets. Ten years on, they lie undisturbed on the top of the pile, championing smartphone technologies that the world has never seen before. The commemorative iPhone X, dubbed by many as the ‘smartphone of the future’, is a testimony to the company’s superiority over others as the company looks to redefine the functions of a phone, much like they did a decade earlier.

The iPhone X

The most noticeable difference between the iPhone X and its predecessors is the missing home button. Instead, users can unlock their phones by simply looking at them. With scores of sensors, an Infra-Red depth and TrueDepth camera as well as a projector that maps your face with 30,000 infrared points, the facial recognition system works like a charm. Apple says as long as infrared light can pass through, the phone is capable of recognizing a face even after someone wears sunglasses, make up or tougher yet, a mask. But one has to look directly at the phone in order for them to unlock it. While demonstrating the feature, the phone quickly locked as the demo assistant closed his eyes and unlocked again as he opened them, much to the awe and delight of the crowd.

Another new feature has been the introduction of ‘Animojis’ or animated emojis. The 7-megapixel front camera, which supports portrait mode, lets the emojis react to the user’s facial expressions. The rear camera is a dual lens 12-megapixel camera with a f/1.8 wide-angle aperture lens and a f/2.4 telephoto aperture lens. Along with advanced pixel processing and a new color filter, both the front and rear cameras use the new Natural Lighting effect. The video quality has been improved as the camera allows 4k resolution recording in 60fps as well as slow motion recording at 240fps. Providing the pace is the A11 Bionic Chip that increases the phone’s speed by 25-30%. With a better battery life than the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone X has wireless charging. Apple has announced a new charging mat called AirPower, which is yet to be released.

A quick look at the phone is perhaps enough to convince a user regarding the phone’s beauty. Indeed, the iPhone X is one of best looking models so far with an all glass back replacing the aluminum one. A 5.8-inch OLED screen is the first of its kind in an iPhone. With a 1,125 x2,436 pixels resolution and the addition of Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, Apple claims to fixed issues related to color and brightness that has been a constant problem for OLED screens in the past. The crisp sharpness and the balance of colors in the display just go on to prove their claim.

The iPhone X (pronounced “ten” not “ex”), is poised to be in a league of its own once it is released in the markets. Available in 64GB and 256GB configurations for $999 and $1149 respectively, it also posed to be the costliest smartphone. A potential buyer can pre-order a handset from October 27th, 2017, as deliveries begin on November 3rd.Set to release in 55 countries, the iPhone X is certainly one of the most awaited gadgets of the year.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The announcement of the flagship iPhone X nearly overshadowed that fact that two other models were also announced by Apple, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. Compared to the previous models, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is certainly an improvement. Both have the same processor, rear camera, glass back and wireless charging like the iPhone X. Compared to the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8’s battery is more or less the same. The iPhone 8 supports Apple’s True Tone Feature which adjusts the screen according to the light available in the environment. At $649 for a 64GB model and $849 for a 256GB model, it is the cheapest among the new releases. But a 4.7-inch screen and a 1334×750 pixels resolution of the iPhone 8 might put off a few potential buyers, especially if compared to the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.

The 5.5-inch LCD screen of an iPhone 8 Plus seems more user friendly as does the phones other features. Its battery is the best among iPhones till now. The most attractive feature about the iPhone 8 is perhaps the fact that it has most of the features of an iPhone X without actually being as costly. It lacks the attractive facial recognition technology of the iPhone X but retains the ‘Home’ button along with the finger-print lock system. While people might debate over the issue, the fact remains that many users feel comfortable with a ‘home’ button and with the facial recognition yet to prove its popularity, the iPhone 8 Plus scores a major victory in retaining core Apple customers. The iPhone 8 Plus is somewhat, a phone for an easier transition to the smartphones of the future that the iPhone X is supposed to spearhead. In a way, it is a much more pragmatic buy at $799 for a 64GB model and $949 for a 256GB model. Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are slated to hit the markets from 22nd September onwards.

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