Android vendors are increasingly packing their smartphones with greater RAM and bigger batteries. The OnePlus 5 comes with 8GB RAM while Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 offers 6GB RAM. The Huawei Mate 9 comes with a 4,000mAh battery and Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom packs a monster 5,000mAh battery. In contrast, Apple seems hell-bent to reduce the battery size in its flagship smartphones. A fresh report claims that the iPhone X battery is even smaller than the last year’s iPhone 7 Plus. That’s quite surprising considering the iPhone X has a bigger display and many new features that would consume more battery.
The 10th-anniversary iPhone features 3GB RAM
Noted tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, who has been notoriously accurate in the past, posted screenshots of the iPhone X technical documentation. The documents were leaked through Chinese regulator TENAA, which is similar to the FCC in the United States. The leaked images revealed that the 10th-anniversary iPhone includes 3GB RAM, the same as the iPhone 8 Plus.
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It means the iPhone X has only half the RAM as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. Don’t jump to conclusions that Apple’s most expensive iPhone is slower than the Note 8. Recent benchmark tests have shown that the iPhone X is far more powerful than any Android phone on the planet, including the Galaxy Note 8. Apple is able to deliver better performance even with a lower RAM because it tightly integrates the hardware and software.
iPhone X battery lasts two hours longer than the iPhone 7
What about the iPhone X battery? According to the TENAA listing, the device comes with a 2,716mAh battery. By comparison, last year’s iPhone 7 Plus had a 2,900mAh battery, and the older iPhone 6 Plus featured a 2,915mAh battery. Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller claims that the iPhone X battery lasts two hours longer than the iPhone 7 series. The iPhone X’s energy efficiency can be attributed to software optimization and the new A11 Bionic chipset.
Earlier this month, Steve Hemmerstoffer had revealed in another Twitter post that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come with a 1,821mAh and 2,675mAh battery, respectively. The iPhone 8’s battery is noticeably smaller than the iPhone 7’s 1,960mAh. The iPhone 8 Plus also has a smaller battery than its predecessor, which debuted last year with a 2,900mAh battery.
It means the iPhone X battery is only slightly larger than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus’s 2,675mAh pack. Apple doesn’t talk about battery size and RAM of its products. The TENAA listing further showed that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus pack 2GB and 3GB RAM, respectively. It’s the same as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Apple claims the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus batteries last “about the same as iPhone 7.”
iPhone X is the biggest iPhone upgrade in years
The iPhone X is a huge upgrade over the previous generations. It has a 5.8-inch all-screen Super Retina OLED display with no physical home button. The phone comes with a new Face ID for security and authentication. Apple claims Face ID is so secure that there is only one in a million chance of fooling the technology. By comparison, there is a one in 50,000 chance that a random person could fool the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Apple has added a new Portrait Lighting feature to both the rear and front cameras. The front camera on the iPhone X also supports the Portrait Mode. Both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses on the back now offer optical image stabilization. Apple has also introduced animated emojis called Animojis. The iPhone X costs $999 for the 64GB model and $1,149 for the 256GB variant. Apple CEO Tim Cook says the iPhone X is still a bargain!
iPhone X shipments could be delayed by several weeks
The iPhone X is set to release on November 3rd. It will be up for pre-orders on October 27. Wall Street analysts are confident that the device would face severe supply shortages during the holiday quarter. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes Apple will not be able to meet the consumer demand until early 2018. The company is reportedly making only 10,000 units of the iPhone X per day.
A new report from the Nikkei Asian Review claims that yield rates for the iPhone X’s 3D sensors are still far from satisfactory. The 3D sensors support the Face ID facial recognition system. However, Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu told Nikkei that Apple was on track to manufacture two million units in September and another 10 million units in October. The full-scale production of the iPhone X will begin in the second week of October, said Pu.
The Yuanta Investment analyst estimates that Apple will produce 40 million iPhone X units by the end of 2017, which is 5 million fewer than the previous estimates. Supply will be scarce during the first few weeks. People pre-ordering the 10th-anniversary iPhone on Oct.27 may have to wait up to seven weeks to get their units. A few reliable sources told Fast Company that the shipment delays could go on for as long as six months.
However, the delay is unlikely to hurt Apple’s revenues. The lukewarm sales of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus suggest that consumers are willing to wait for the revolutionary new iPhone X, even though it costs $1,000 for the base model. Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White told investors that consumers in developed countries “will pass on the iPhone 8/8 Plus and buy the iPhone X.” Even those sitting on the fence would likely wait to see the 10th-anniversary iPhone.