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iPhone X pre-orders start this week: 9 features to expect

Apple's iPhone X will be available Friday, October 27 and ship on November 3. Here are the features we look forward to most.
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Battery life

Apple says the iPhone X's custom battery design that lasts up to two hours longer between charges than iPhone 7. Apple is promising up to 21 hours of talk time, 12 hours of Internet use, 13 hours of video playback (wireless), and 60 hours of audio playback (wireless).

With fast charging, you can charge the iPhone X's battery to half full in 30 minutes.

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New cameras

The iPhone X features dual 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras on the rear. Of course there's optical zoom, digital zoom up to 10x, and Live Photos stabilization. Panaroma mode, body and face detection, and Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync.

The 7-megapixel front-facing camera uses TrueDepth to perform an aperture-reduction trick in its Portrait mode to make selfies look better.

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No home button

Thanks to all that screen, Apple has rid of Touch ID on the iPhone X. Miss Touch ID? You may want to buy the iPhone 8. Luckily, Touch ID has been replaced on the iPhone X with something better...

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Facial recognition

Since it ditched Touch ID, Apple has turned to Face ID. It uses a bunch of sensors in the notch on the front of the device to scan to unlock, authenticate, and pay. Apple says Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera and projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face.

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Wireless charging

Like the new iPhone 8, Apple's added wireless charging to the iPhone X. It will be capable with Apple's new AirPower charging mat, along with other Qi wireless chargers. Of course, you can still charge with a Lightning cable.

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Animoji

Animoji is a new feature in iOS 11 that are animated emoji based on the expressions you make into the iPhone X's True Depth front-camera. Your face is tracked for the best expression.

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Faster chipset

Apple has included its new A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture and neural engine that it claimed is capable of up to 600 billion operations per second. Over the A10, the four efficiency cores in the all‑new CPU are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion. There's also an embedded M11 motion coprocessor.

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Build

Past that big screen and all-glass back, iPhone X is wrapped in a stainless steel band and "reinforces" the smartphone, according to Apple.

iPhone X will be available in:

  • 64GB Silver
  • 256GB Silver
  • 64GB Space Gray
  • 256GB Space Gray

With all that glass, you should also decide if you want Apple Care protection for your iPhone X.

Our own Jason Perlow recently dissected iPhone X's specifications and features against the Galaxy Note 8.

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Will you pre-order or wait?

If you're unable to nab one of the fist iPhone X pre-order batches, Apple said a limited stock will be available in-store on Nov. 3 at 8AM local time, but added walk-in customers should "arrive early." For the first time, Apple will start sales in all 57 countries and territories on the same day.

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