For the longest time, India had to wait a number of months before the newest models of the Apple iPhone would start shipping here. As the years have gone by, we have seen the release time-line shrink, thanks mostly due to the ever-increasing popularity of the Apple branded smartphone. Last year, the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released in India a month after the US release and this year, it looks like we’ll be getting the devices even faster. Apple has announced that the special edition iPhone, the Apple iPhone X will be available for sale in India starting 3 November 2017 and the base 64GB variant will come with a hefty price tag of Rs. 89,000.
The Apple iPhone X is a special edition iPhone designed to celebrate 10 years of the iPhone and as a special tribute to Steve Jobs. It is the first iPhone to sport an OLED panel and a near bezel-less display. Apple is calling this new 5.8-inch display a Super Retina display. Apple says that this is the first OLED panel that “rises to the standards of iPhone, with stunning colours, true blacks, a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide colour support with the best system-wide colour management in a smartphone.” The display comes with Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, meaning that it is just a matter of time before iPhone users start to enjoy HDR content on their new iPhone X.
Other notable features of the iPhone X include FaceID, given that the TouchID sensor has been removed. The 12 Megapixel Dual Cameras on the back have an aperture of f/1.8 and f/2.4 for the wide and telephoto lenses respectively, along with both coming with their dedicated optical image stabilization assemblies. What sets the iPhone X apart from the iPhone 8 is the fact that the front camera on the iPhone X is also capable of taking shots in Portrait Mode, along with being able to leverage the new Portrait Lighting feature.
Apple has always been tight-lipped on the specifications of RAM and the battery, but they do say that the iPhone X should last 2 hours longer, though there is no word on the RAM. Powering everything on the inside is a new Apple A11 Bionic chip along with a dedicated Neural Engine to help with the DepthCamera that enables the FaceID.
The elegant front and back glass finish of the iPhone X looks stunning for sure, but it remains to be seen just how scratch and fingerprint resistant it is. These two will be of particular concern because Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at Rs. 3500, while a new iPhone X Leather Folio will be available for INR 8600. That is a rather steep price tag for a case, besides, why would you want to cover up something this good looking?
“For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realisation of that vision,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionised the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone — one in which the device disappears into the experience.” The realization of Apple’s vision does not come cheap and it would be interesting to see just how quickly the Rs. 89,000 Apple iPhone X sells out in the Indian market. The Apple iPhone X will come in 64GB and 256GB variants in Silver and Space Grey colours.