How outrageous is that $999 price tag — IPhone X

Google & Samsung May Not Say a Thing but Qualcomm Is Here with a List of “Android Firsts” Just a Day Before iPhone

The foldable smartphone is on the conglomerate's product strategy "roadmap", with "its release aimed for next year", Koh Dong-jin, president of the mobile business, said Tuesday at the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 8. "[.] Inventions from Qualcomm lay the foundation for so many technologies and experiences we value in our smartphones today - on Android and other platforms". Indeed, the only device that I'd expect to get a "new" LCD is a potential refresh of the iPhone SE.

How the iPhone X compares. Apple is expected to announce a lot of technological firsts in the world of smartphones at the iPhone launch event, especially involving the better facial recognition feature that is claimed to get rid of the TouchID fingerprint sensor. Contract manufacturers that produce the iPhone and iPad, like Compal Electronics Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Pegatron Corp. and Wistron Corp., are withholding royalty payments to Qualcomm, claiming that they are too high considering that they are Standard Essential Patents. Pre-orders for both those phones begin Friday September 15.

So you see, once again, it doesn't matter who came first.

Qualcomm's list of Android-first innovations includes Fast/Quick Charging, dual cameras, facial recognition, augmented reality (AR), depth-sensing, bezel-less design, water-resistant touch screen, OLED display, 4K display, Gigabit LTE, Ultra HD playback, NFC with app support, Bluetooth 5, virtual 5.1 surround sound, and HDR capabilities in various entertainment apps, among others. The specific feature is listed followed by the Android model it was first seen on.

The phone's actually smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus (launched simultaneously with the iPhone 8 and X) - but it's got a whopping 5.8in OLED screen, described by Apple as 'Super Retina' (translation: it's sharp).

Also bear in mind that the BOM costs are only a fraction of the retail price of the handsets, and that R&D and all the other myriad costs associated with bringing a product to market aren't included in this costing.

12, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) lifted the curtain off a trio of new iPhones: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X (pronounced "iPhone ten").

Apple will need to source OLED displays more cheaply to sell lower-cost devices employing such displays.

But even with the lack of major surprises, Apple's phones are still expected to sell well.

Apple notes that the iPhone X has the same width as the 4.7-inch display of the iPhone 6, 7, and 8, but also has 145pt more display height-wise. But based on early demos, it doesn't look like Apple is doing much software-wise to hide the notch.

Samsung is seen at risk of losing the crown as the world's largest smartphone maker as Huawei Technologies, the No. 3 maker globally, and other competitors gain ground.

The phone's a 'glass sandwich' model, with glass front and back - although Apple claims it's the 'most durable' ever, so you won't be walking around with cracked glass (in theory).

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