The iPhone X is now officially official, given the big debut treatment at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park earlier today.
Journalists and others at the event were given a brief time with the company’s newest inventions, including the newest flagship iPhone, and publications are starting to put up their initial hands-on reports up for others to read. As one might expect, the iPhone X feels like a true-to-hype successor to the iPhone lineup as a whole up to this point, and the future of smartphones in general.
Below, there’s a brief roundup from those who have spent a little time with the iPhone X, giving their two cents on what they’ve been able to experience so far. We’ll be updating this post with more input as it becomes available.
“The thing that a lot of people want to talk about with the iPhone X is its $999 price, but when you have the phone in your hand, the price is the last thing you’re thinking about. The only thing that really matters about the X is its screen, which stretches all the way across the front of the phone. The 5.8-inch OLED screen is what Apple calls a “Super Retina Display” with 1125 x 2436 pixels of resolution, making it the highest density screen on any iPhone. It’s super sharp to look at and punchy and vibrant as you’d expect from and OLED screen. It has all of Apple’s signature tech too, including 3D Touch and True Tone.”
“Familiar, and yet so very different. That’s my first impression of the iPhone X, Apple’s brand new flagship iOS smartphone, revealed today at the Steve Jobs Theater in California. First things first, arguably the most important thing if you don’t want to look stupid when you walk into your nearest Apple Store: it’s pronounced “iPhone Ten”, not “iPhone X”.
It’s a fitting name for what Apple is describing as the device it sees it building the next decade of mobile technology on. To achieve that, they’ve left few stones unturned, and while this certainly feels like an iPhone, it also feels like something very new. There are hints of the aluminum-bodied original iPhone from a decade ago in the polished outer rim, but everything else is thoroughly new.”
“Apart from the Essential Phone, the new iPhone looks like one of the least-bezelled phones on the market. The lip on the top of the 5.8-inch screen is the only thing that gets in the way of you and the new operating system, with the effect rather stunning.
Sat next to last year’s iPhone 7, the iPhone X is a completely different device. The effect of the wider and fuller screen is going to really impress, especially if you’ve not held the Samsung Galaxy S8, which has a similar display.
It’s hard to overstate how beautiful this screen is – and that’s not hyperbole brought on by extreme fatigue. It’s deep, rich and smooth, and draws level with Samsung in the quality stakes easily.”
“When Apple unveiled the iPhone X, Tim Cook said it was the reflection of the company’s vision of the smartphone of the future. Well, as impressed as I am by the X’s level of craftsmanship, performance and software thoughtfulness, I think Tim might have been overstating things. The X’s set of features are progressive for Apple, but we’ve seen quite a few of them before. I obviously can’t render a verdict without having played with an X for more than a few minutes, but here’s hoping the real deal reveals itself to be more than the sum of its parts.”