Apple iPhone X review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Quick Verdict

Apple's thrown everything it could into the iPhone X, and it's the best phone they've made to date. However, at its premium price it's not a handset for everybody.

The good

  • Great processor performance
  • Sharp display screen
  • Fast camera
  • Face ID is very cool technology
  • Animoji are fun (for a while)

The bad

  • The notch is an annoying intrusion
  • FaceID needs refinement
  • No headphone jack
  • iPhone 8 Plus has better battery life
  • Very high asking price

iPhone X at a glance
When did the iPhone X come out? Preorders for the iPhone X began 27 October 2017 for shipping from 3 November 2017.
What’s new about the iPhone X? OLED display, no home button, facial recognition features
How much does the iPhone X cost? $1,579 (64GB) / $1,829 (256GB)

The iPhone X is the best iPhone Apple has produced to date, but it's not the iPhone most people should buy this year.

On the whole, Apple is a very conservative company. Once it has fixed its position on a particular feature (or lack thereof) it takes significant pressure for it to make substantive changes.

Substantial change is precisely what the Apple iPhone X sells itself on, because in many ways it is a radical re-imagining of the iPhone platform, and a very clear signal of the direction Apple intends to take its mobile platform into the future.

That being said, if you're looking to buy an iPhone X right now, you need to know if it's worth Apple's hefty asking price.


Design

  • The "notch" isn't for everybody
  • The glass body is gorgeous, though you'll probably want to protect it in a case
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Camera

  • The best iPhone camera yet
  • Selfie portrait mode can work really well thanks to the FaceID cameras
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Performance

  • The best iPhone for performance, but not a massive advantage over the iPhone 8
  • Lack of buttons mean new gestures require some getting used to

Battery life

  • Battery life not as good as iPhone 8 Plus
  • Qi wireless charging is handy, but slower than competitors
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Verdict

  • For most people wanting an Apple phone, the iPhone 8 Plus is a better option
  • A good indication of Apple's future, but too expensive for most users
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Pricing and availability

Apple iPhone X

Apple's most advanced smartphone

The iPhone X is Apple's vision of what the future of smartphones looks like. Get yours today, available outright or on a contract from Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.

Promoted
  • Apple sells the iPhone X outright for $1579 with 64GB of onboard storage, or $1829 with 256GB of storage.
  • The iPhone X is also available from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on contract plan terms.
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OS iOS 11
Display size (inches) 5.8
Display resolution (pixels) 2436 x 1125
Pixels per inch (PPI) 458
Processor A11
Height (mm) 143.6
Width (mm) 70.9
Depth (mm) 7.7
Weight (g) 174
Battery size (mAh) 2,716
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 3
Water resistance IP67
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution 12
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.4
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 7
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 10th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Apple A12
6.1
1792 x 828
64GB
128GB
256GB
Apple A12 Bionic
5.8
2436x1125
64GB
256GB
512GB
Apple A12
6.5
2688 x 1242
64GB
256GB
512GB
A11
5.8
2436 x 1125
64GB
256GB
A11
4.7
1334 x 750
64GB
256GB
A11
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
256GB
A10
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
256GB
A10
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
256GB
A9
4
1136 x 640
32GB
128GB
A9
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
A9
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
A8
4.7
1334 x 750
16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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