Several previously unknown details about the iPhone X’s specifications and internals have just been revealed by a filing with Chinese communication regulators.
Those details include the premium device’s onboard memory, its battery capacity, and its CPU clock speed. They were first spotted Tuesday morning by mobile leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer in a filing to the Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA), a subdivision of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Firstly, the iPhone X’s file with the TENAA lists the device as having a 2,715mAh battery capacity. For comparison, TENAA filings also show that the iPhone 8 will sport a 1,821mAh battery and the iPhone 8 Plus will be equipped with a 2,675mAh battery.
Apple’s rumored “L-shaped” battery may contribute to the increase in mAh, or Apple may just have had more room in the iPhone X due to an internal space redesign. In either case, the company likely resorted to equipping the iPhone X with a larger battery due to its massive screen.
While OLED displays are generally more power-efficient than traditional LCD displays, the power draw of the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch display is probably larger than the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus — with their 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, respectively. Presumably, advanced features like the TrueDepth camera and Face ID likely draw more battery life, too. Despite that, Apple estimates that the iPhone X’s battery will last about two hours longer than the iPhone 7 Plus.
Additionally, the listing clocks the iPhone X as having 3 gigabytes of RAM, on-par with the amount of memory in the iPhone 8 Plus (the smaller iPhone 8 has 2GB). While that’s a lot less RAM than, say, a Galaxy Note 8, Apple devices tend to be much more efficient with their memory than Android devices. That’s because Apple’s hardware and software are both first-party, and are designed to work in sync with each other. Even with less RAM than comparable flagships, Apple’s current lineup of devices are still the fastest smartphones on the market by far.
On a similar note, the filing with the TENAA lists the A11 Bionic as having a clock speed of 2.4GHz — slightly more than the Galaxy Note 8. Clock speeds are an indicator of how many instructions a particular CPU can execute per second. In layman’s terms, a higher clock speed allows a CPU to perform more work.
Pre-orders for the highly anticipated iPhone X officially kick off on Oct. 27. The flagship OLED handset will start shipping out to consumers and will become available in-store on Nov. 3. Of course, due to the high demand and low supply, it might be hard to get your hands on an iPhone X until next year.