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Apple iPhone X

At a glance

  • Brand new design with all-screen front
  • Wireless charging and facial recognition security
  • Improved dual lens main cameras and selfie camera
12MP camera4K video recording
Face IDFacial recognition
5.8 inches OLED display2436x1125 resolution
Up to 21 hours talk timeFast-charge capable

What's the iPhone X got to offer?

As its name suggests, the iPhone X marks ten years of Apple smartphones. And it's been touted as landmark handset.

For starters, it's the first iPhone with an all-screen front. And the first to do away with a home button.

Under the bonnet, it's also the first to feature facial recognition security, which means you can unlock your handset just by looking at it. And it’s compatible with wireless charging too.

Here we take a closer look at all its key features in turn.

iPhone X design and screen

With previous iPhones, the screen took up about 80% of the front of the phone. The remaining space was taken up with 'bezels' (that's the plastic edging that surrounds a display) and large areas at the top and bottom that housed the front-facing camera and home button respectively.

Not so the iPhone X. With the tenth-anniversary iPhone, the entire front of the phone is taken up by the 5.8-inch Super Retina display. Why? It looks great, for one thing. And brings the iPhone in line with top-of-the-range Samsung Galaxy phones, which also feature all-screen fronts.

But the real advantage of this change of design is that the iPhone X is able to incorporate a larger screen than earlier iPhones without the phone itself having to be any bigger. So it doesn't feel unwieldy in the hand and fits snugly in your pocket.

The screen itself is excellent. Featuring OLED display technology, it's incredibly bright and crisp, with more true-to-life colours. Team that with the iPhone X screen's large dimensions and you've got a phone that's great for watching video while you're on the move.

iPhone X facial recognition security

Instead of Apple's Touch ID fingerprint security, the iPhone X features a security system dubbed Face ID that uses facial recognition technology to scan your unique features. It then remembers them and stores them safely.

That means you just need to look at your phone to unlock it. And you can authorise payments through Apple Pay by looking at the screen, too.

But there's more. Face ID is 'attention-aware'. So it can only be unlocked if your eyes open, meaning there's no way someone can access your phone without you knowing while you're asleep.

And you can use Face ID to bring up notifications and messages, lower the volume on an alarm or ringer and keep the screen lit-up when you're reading.

iPhone X wireless charging

With the iPhone X you no longer need a charging cable to power up your phone. Instead you can place it on a special Apple AirPower charging mat (sold separately). You can place up to three Apple wireless-compatible on the mat and charge them simultaneously.

You can also charge it using wireless charging stations that are often available in airports, hotels and cafes.

iPhone X main camera

The iPhone X dual camera is one of its standout features and teams a 12-megapixel lens with a new telephoto lens.

So what's the advantage of two lenses? Well, chiefly it means you can take photos that have an incredible sense of depth. It creates this effect by bringing your subject into crystal-clear focus, while blurring out background details.

It's especially great for portraits when you use the camera in Portrait Mode. And to make you really look your best, the iPhone X also uses artificial intelligence to scan the precise contours of your face and lights you as flatteringly as possible.

Both cameras are also equipped with optical image stabilisation. That means your photos and videos won't be blurry even if you've got shaky hands. And it helps you get better results in low conditions too.

There's a wide-angle effect for panoramas. As well as a 10X digital zoom to get you closer to your subject for photos and 6X for video.

Fond of mini movies? The iPhone X records in 4K, which is four times as sharp as standard HD. So your home films get a real sheen of professionalism. But you'll need a 4K TV to watch them on if you want to get the effect.

iPhone X selfie camera

The front camera on the iPhone X has the same Portrait Mode as the main camera. So for the first time, you're able to create artful selfies that bring you into sharp focus in the foreground, while blurring the background.

And if emojis are your thing, you'll really appreciate the camera's TrueDepth mode. This analyses more than 50 different facial movements and recreates your expressions in animated emojis. Or Animojis, as Apple has termed them.

So whether you're frowning, grimacing or smiling you'll have a moving emoji to send that mirrors your expression.

iPhone X processor and battery

The chip that powers the iPhone X is a custom-made A11 Bionic processor.

Touted as the most powerful processor to ever feature in an iPhone, it's designed to maximise battery life and keeps everything ticking over smoothly.

The iPhone X has a specially built battery that Apple claims lasts up to two hours longer than the iPhone 7. The fast-charge mode allows you to charge the battery by up to 50% in half an hour.

iOS 11

The iOS 11 edition of Apple's operating system includes a host of new features. But none more important that the iPhone X's ability to understand on-screen gestures.

Thanks to these, you're able to trace a pattern on the display and return to the home screen. Which means there's no longer any need for a physical home button.

iOS 11 also allows you to play augmented reality (AR) games, which overlay graphics onto real world scenes. And there are plenty of useful AR apps too, such as the Ikea application that means you can actually see how furniture would look in your home before you commit to a purchase.

Apple's voice-activated assistant Siri has been improved too and now understands more of what you say and allows you to speak more naturally. You can also use voice commands to send money to a friend and reserve a table in a restaurant.

Finally, iOS 11 is more intelligent than earlier editions. The result is that Siri is more helpful and can provide suggestions that are genuinely useful.

Maps now learns your daily routine and calendar and Siri will then suggest the speediest route for your destinations. And if you're messaging a friend and they ask where you are, Siri will suggest your current location, so you can share it with a single tap.

Keen to find out more? Here's everything you need to know about iPhone X.

iPhone X SIM-free deals: how much is it?

The iPhone X 64GB edition is priced £999. The top-of-the-range 256GB edition costs £1,149.

iPhone X deals: what can I expect to pay?

UK networks have yet to announce pricing for monthly contract iPhone X deals.

Experience tells us that you can usually pick a new iPhone from the get-go for about £45-£50 per month.

However, because the iPhone X SIM free price is quite a bit higher than earlier models, expect that to be reflected by networks with a higher monthly premium.

But if you wait until the phone has been out for a few months, prices will almost certainly start to drop. So it’s worth holding on for a bit, if you're watching the pennies.

Can't wait for the iPhone X? Find a great deal on the iPhone 7.

Shopping around for our best iPhone X deals

Once the networks announce iPhone X deals, we’ll pick out all the best deals in our comparison table.

We’ll also be running an iPhone X buyer’s guide in our editorial section. Once again, we’ll pick out what we consider the best iPhone X deals available at the time of writing.