After months of hype and crazy rumours, Apple finally took the wraps off the iPhone X at an event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino earlier this year. The device, launched to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, is the most radical update to the iPhone line-up yet.
But all this has a massive out-of-the world cost. You will literally have to pay a king’s ransom if you want to get your hands on the iPhone. No doubt smartphones have been getting extremely expensive year on year. It is true that there was a time when a device costing more than Rs 50,000 was completely unheard of. But it looks like the iPhone X has shattered all price barriers.
Exactly How Expensive Is The X?
Let’s get some perspective on it. We can get 2 Galaxy S8’s for about Rs 1,15,000. A fancy 250cc bike can be bought for Rs 1 lakh. Only one iPhone X can be bought for Rs 1,02,000. Even though there is a cheaper model with 64GB storage for Rs 89,000, even that seems a bit too much at first glance.
But don’t be fooled, the iPhone X is not an ordinary smartphone. Going in from the striking new design to future forward augmented reality features, Apple has gone all out to ensure the iPhone X lives up to the legacy left by Steve Jobs and establishes itself as the best smartphone out there. But the question remains – is it worth the extravagant price?
The First New Design In Years
The very last time Apple overhauled the full design of the iPhone dates back to the iPhone 6 in 2014. Apple made its fans wait for years for a design refresh. But the iPhone X has surely been worth the arduous delay. The iPhone X comes with a striking bezel-less design and a polished stainless steel frame with glass on the front and back. Apple has also claimed that this is the most durable glass ever used in a phone.
Apple has marketed the device saying that the iPhone X is ‘all screen’ which is quite true.
The iPhone X has a 5.5-inch edge-to-edge True Tone OLED display that occupies almost the entire front fascia of the device. Almost. Like Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1, it seems that there is a ‘notch’ at the top that houses the sensors and the front camera. It looks like with the iPhone X, Jony Ive’s dream of an iPhone device that is just a pane of glass is looking much closer to reality.
The display supports
- HDR 10
- Dolby Vision
- And has a contrast ratio of a million-to-one.
Pretty solid if you ask me. It has got:
- A great camera with dual OIS
- The blazing fast A11 bionic chip.
- Face ID to unlock, whilst at the same time lacking a fingerprint sensor, which many believe is faster.
But you could get a similar amount of performance in the Pixel 2 or the Note 8, which are 2/3rds the price.
Is the iPhone X worth it then? If fancy design is your thing and new tech such as the Face ID intrigues you – then yes, it probably is. If the absolutely top-notch performance doesn’t matter, and you’d rather keep the good old fingerprint sensor on your phone, then you should probably skip.