New Delhi: Living up to the hype it generated on the 10th anniversary of iPhone, Apple on Tuesday unveiled iPhone 'X' with facial recognition system, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, new Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K. The device can be pre-ordered from October 27 will be available from November 3 for Rs 89,000 in India. Hosting the event for the first time at the opulent Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, the tech giant introduced iPhone 'X' - an ultra-premium model. iPhone 'X' sports a unique "FaceID" facial recognition system to unlock the device. Just look at your phone to unlock it. The feature is enabled by a 'True Depth' camera system in the A11 neural engine. Wearing a hat, glasses or new hairstyle will not fool the FaceID system that also works with Apple Pay. The device with 2046 X 1125 resolution supports HDR in Dolby Vision, HDR10 and True Tone and comes in Space Grey and Silver colours with 'Super Retina' display. Users can tap on the screen to wake up iPhone X that has 12MP dual-camera system with deeper pixels and dual optical image stablisation at the rear. iPhone 'X' does wireless charging via Qi technology.
Whereas, The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, at Rs 67,900, looks set to satisfy technology junkies who are on-the-go. Industry analysts quickly gave the device a thumbs-up. "Note 8 looks a great device with Samsung getting the software and AI piece right over there. With the likely announcement of Apple's premium phone, flagship competition is likely to push the overall average selling price (ASP) of premium segment after the introduction of Note 8 at newer price points," Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Mobile Devices and Ecosystems, Counterpoint Research, told IANS. The device (we experienced Maple Gold one) comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory (expandable up to 256GB). Upfront is the patented 6.3-inch "Infinity Display" with curved edges. On the left bumper, there is a volume rocker and a dedicated button for Samsung's artificial intelligence (AI) assistant "Bixby". On the right bumper, you can find the power button. Galaxy Note 8 is fitted with a 12MP dual-camera system at the rear, along side a flash and fingerprint sensor. The rear camera comes with two 12MP lenses -- wide angle and telephoto. Both are equipped with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) for sharper photos and videos. The photos came out very well in both day and night light conditions. Users can change the area and amount of blur by using "Live Focus" feature. We also tried "Pro" mode and "Food", and the results were promising. The SIM tray is at the top and below are the charging port, a 3.5mm jack, speaker grill and an enhanced "S-Pen". Samsung has given more power to the S-Pen which has a latency of less than 50 milliseconds. Pulling out of S-Pen opens a host of options, including ones that would let you scribble on screen, magnify and even translate languages for you. The South Korean giant included a couple of test videos in the device that played flawlessly with high-quality output. The phone has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and fits quite well in the hand. The device is also equipped with an industry-leading 8MP "Smart Auto Focus" selfie camera. Other security options such as "Face Lock" and "Iris scanner" are easy to set up. In our review, the features worked fine. A peek into the hardware information showed that 3.3GB of 6GB RAM was free. The device runs an Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Almost 53GB of the total 64GB of the memory was available for users.
With IANS Inputs