The tenth anniversary iPhone X- the biggest update to the iPhone ever – is launching in India tomorrow. The iPhone X is arguably the most hotly anticipated phone of the year and for good reason – it eschews the now four year old iPhone 6 design in favour of minimal bezels, a gorgeous glass back and a stunning edge-to-edge display.
Packed to the rafters with features
The iPhone X is also packed to the rafters with future forward features – Apple’s incredibly powerful A11 Bionic chipset which has blitzed Android competition in benchmarks, Face ID which is capable of reading your face even in the dark, dual cameras with Portrait Lighting and incredibly smart AI features. With the iPhone X, Jony Ive’s dream of an iPhone that is just a pane of glass is that much closer to reality.
The iPhone X’s OLED display supports HDR 10, Dolby Vision and has a contrast ratio of a million-to-one. It also comes with Apple’s TrueTone technology which changes its colour temperature and hue depending on the surroundings in order to reduce eye strain. This is the first time Apple has used OLED technology on an iPhone which brings with it punchier colours and deeper blacks. Apple has also joined the wireless charging bandwagon with the iPhone X.
Price, how to buy and get an iPhone X in time
But all this extravagance comes at a cost – the iPhone X comes in at Rs 89,000 for the base 64GB variant and goes up to Rs 1,02,000 for the model with 256GB of storage. The iPhone X will go on sale in India on November 3 – that is tomorrow – from 6PM onward.
The tenth anniversary iPhone will be available from authorised Apple retailers as well as online channels such as Amazon and Flipkart. You will also be able to purchase Apple-designed accessories like leather and silicone cases starting at Rs 3,500, while the iPhone X Leather Folio case will be available for Rs 8,600.
If you are really keen on getting your hand on an iPhone X you will have to move fast as the device is expected to be in incredibly short supply. Stocks are expected to be low all over the world (not just India) – It has been rumoured that Apple has been facing a lot of delays in iPhone X production due to the OLED display.
There are a few ways to get the phone on time. First of all, you can simply walk into the stores early and try your luck. However, keep in mind that offline stores usually have very few stocks on day one. The second way to is to acquire the phone via Airtel and Jio.
Airtel, Jio offers
Airtel is offering the iPhone X via its online store bundled along with its plans. “A mad scramble for the device is expected amongst the die-hard iPhone loyalists in India. And given limited stocks of iPhone X available globally, the Airtel Online Store will be amongst the handful of platforms in India for the early birds to get their hands on the device,” – a senior executive told ET Times.
This offer is only applicable to Airtel postpaid customers. Airtel will deliver the device free of cost to a customer’s doorstep. When purchased via a citibank credit card, customers can also avail a cashback of Rs 10,000.
Reliance Jio is also offering a rather lucrative offer on the iPhone X. Customers can avail 70 percent buyback on the MRP of the tenth anniversary iPhone if they return the phone after a year. But they have to opt for a Rs 799 monthly plan which offers 90GB of data per month for postpaid users along with free voice and SMS.
iPhone X first impressions
Many reviewers all over the world, including us at India Today Tech have had a chance to play around with the iPhone X for a while and the first impressions are generally quite positive. The gorgeous glass and metal design and edge to edge OLED display is getting the lion’s share of praise. This is what we had to say in our quick review.
“The iPhone X seems almost flawless, and a phone that you will not only fall in love at first sight but will probably keep loving for at least a year. The iPhone X is unlike any other iPhone Apple has released. It is special. And it looks and feels like one. It feels like a new beginning, but a beginning made with the best bits from the past. In my brief use, I found the iPhone X screen to be gorgeous.”
Face ID is getting mixed reactions though, with some loving it and others pining for Touch ID. We found that it works flawlessly but is not as fast as Touch ID. Picking the phone up and holding it in front of the face takes just a moment more than picking it up and unlocking it with Touch ID.