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The iPhone X is real, here and very expensive

New iPhone X cameras for AR and Animoji

Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone X sports two 12-megapixels cameras on the rear, only this time the lenses are stacked vertically. They still protrude from the back of the phone just slightly, but it’s hard to mind when you consider the specs: dual optical image stabilization, larger sensors for lower-light performance, higher dynamic range, zero shutter lag, and an improved quad-LED True Tone flash.

Coupled with iOS 11’s Camera app, the iPhone X supports Portrait mode and the beta Portrait Lighting feature, which detects the different planes of a person’s face and adjusts the lighting on each one to make everyone look their best. In fact, even the TrueDepth camera on the front of the iPhone X supports Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting—best selfies ever.

On the front of the iPhone X, the TrueDepth face-recognizing camera system has more tricks than just Face ID. A new feature in Messages called Animoji can mimic your mood and expression. They track 50 facial muscles to sync the emoji with what you’re saying, and then send your “talking head” to a friend. You get a dozen options at launch, including the poo emoji.

Yes, your dreams of turning yourself into an animated talking lump of excrement (or, I guess, chocolate pudding?) are finally coming true.

The A11 Bionic chip brings powerful performance

Inside, the iPhone X sports an A11 Bionic chip, which Apple says is 70% faster than the A10 Fusion in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It has six cores, two for high-performance computing that are 25% faster, and four efficiency cores to save battery life during lower-intensity tasks. A performance controller can even combine all six cores at once.

Apple even designed its own GPU, a three-core version that’s up to 30% faster than the GPU in the iPhone 7. Graphics performance is useful for more than just big-name games, though—the iPhone X needs it for augmented reality apps and machine learning too.

iPhone X wireless charging with Qi

iPhone X supports wireless charging with the Qi standard, and Apple will offer existing Qi charging solutions in its retail stores. Next year, Apple will even sell its own extra-wide AirPower charging pad that can simultaneiously charge an iPhone X, an Apple Watch Series 3, and even a set of AirPods once you spring for a new charging case that supports Qi.

Phone X even has LTE Advanced and Bluetooth 5.0, along with stereo speakers and the same dust- and water-resistance as the iPhone 7.

iPhone X colors, price, and release date

This new technology doesn’t come cheap, and the iPhone X will start at HK8,588 for 64GB of storage. You can increase that to 256GB for HK$9,888.

iPhone X comes in space gray or silver—sorry, fans of rose gold and the new bronze-ish gold iPhone 8! Because the bezel on the front is so small, both iPhone X colors have a black front, while the silver iPhone 8 has a white bezel around the screen.

Apple will take preorders starting Friday, October 27, and the iPhone X will ship a week later on November 3. If you need an iPhone before that, the iPhone 8 ships on September 22 (preorders September 15). But the 10th anniversary, flagship iPhone X is the real deal, and we can’t wait to give it a thorough review.

Macworld