When the iPhone X was unveiled a few days ago, tech nerds went on to believe that Apple is simply playing catch up to the flagships from the Android universe. For example, they announced the availability of HDR support for the first time on the iPhone, a technology that was already made available on multiple Android devices last year. However, when Apple puts a technology to use in one of their commercial products, it has to be the most refined iteration of itself and the HDR on iPhone X is no exception.
Before knowing about the HDR on iPhone X, you must know that HDR or High Dynamic Range imaging is a display technology that helps the screen to generate more life-like images with dynamic colour spectrum, more brightness and increased contrast — similar to what the human eye sees. There are many types of HDR and in the present scenario, two of which are used for non-broadcast picture formats:
This is an open source format of HDR picture format that is embraced by most manufacturers looking to jump on the HDR bandwagon without paying licensing fees. Being open source means that it has to work with every kind of device, which also means you don’t see the best of colour, contrast and brightness variations. Some notable devices that use this format are the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One S and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Think of HDR10 as the Android of the HDR world —free to use without any licensing fees.
It is developed by Dolby — a name well-known in the world of audio tuning, and comes with a dedicated chip to render the vast range of colours, contrasts and brightness. If a device supports Dolby Vision, then it has to have the dedicated hardware to gain the benefits of a proper HDR picture. To understand how good Dolby Vision is over HDR10, consider the following data — HDR10 can produce brightness up to 1000 nits whereas Dolby Vision can go up to 10,000 nits; HDR10’s 10-bit colour processor is no match for Dolby Vision’s 12-bit one with more colour range. If a manufacturer uses Dolby Vision, they have to pay a license fee for using their technology.
It is the Dolby Vision format that the iPhone X uses for its OLED display. That’s why you are paying almost a lakh of Rupees for the iPhone X as your eyes will be treated to the best of digital picture reproduction technologically feasible on a mobile display in 2017. So, if you were worried about the quality of the display on your ultra expensive iPhone X, we hope that we have solved your worries.
The iPhone X will be available for purchase in India from November 3, 2017, for Rs 89,000 for the base 64GB variant.