The News18 Tech And Auto Awards 2018 witnessed some serious competition for the Smartphone of The Year category, perhaps the most exciting category among all. The contenders for the throne included the Apple iPhone XS Max, the Google Pixel 3 XL, the OnePlus 6T, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. In the end, after some very serious deliberations, the iPhone XS Max emerged as the undisputed smartphone of the year.

The iPhone XS Max, the largest ever iPhone, runs what is known as the A12 Bionic chip, succeeding the A11 Bionic chip from last year’s iPhone X. This is a 7-nanometer architecture chip, and this is quite a rare sight in the world of smartphones.

The A12 Bionic is 15 percent faster than the excellent A11 Bionic, consumes up to 40 percent lesser battery at the same time and the gaming as well as graphics performance is up to 50 percent faster than before.

iPhone X

The iPhone X was already a fantastic performer, be it for gaming, multitasking, running Augmented Reality (AR) apps and even 4K video editing. All this translates into what is perhaps the biggest performance leap one has ever experienced in an “S” generation iPhone evolution. It will in-fact be a travesty of justice if we were to start counting how many apps we can run before we witness the first hints of a performance stutter.

The biggest performance boost is perhaps reserved for the neural engine for artificial intelligence algorithms. The A11 Bionic chip could do 600 billion computations per second, and we thought all along that it was fast.

The Best Part

The dual 12-megapixel cameras now advantage of the new image signal processor, will work with the neural engine to do facial detection and implementing tweaks depending on the frame you have clicked. Apple claims it can do a trillion operations in every photo. The best part is, you don’t have to do anything at all with it. In terms of the photography performance, the great camera combination of the iPhone X, has now become even better.

Apple has added a Smart HDR feature, which will take multiple images of the same frame in the background, at different exposures, and merge them together in the final image to give better detailing of moving subjects, imperfect lighting or a more accurate representation of a complex frame. The magic lies in the fact that you do not see or have to manually control any of this, and all this happens in the background without user intervention.

Over the years, technology has changed our lives and most importantly our mobility. Thus, at News18, we see Technology and Automobiles as an extension of one another. After a stupendous first edition we returned with the second edition of the awards, which were bigger and covered even more genres of technology, as we salute the best of Technology and Automotive innovations in 2018.

Samba Shiva Thadavarthi
Mr. Shiva is a technologist by profession and technical writer by passion. He has served in several organisations as Research and Development manager and wrote versatile articles on the current trends of technological transformation.

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