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We (briefly) got our hands on one the iPhone X demo units after Apple introduced the high-end device. Here are some quick impressions, followed by a video of the device in action.

The iPhone X really does give you the best of both traditional iPhone models. You get the larger screen and dual cameras of the "plus" model in a phone not much bigger than the standard size one.

The facial recognition is the big "wow" feature. Face ID is the more impressive technological feat, but "animoji" — emoji that respond to your facial moves — are the most fun use of the facial recognition technology. It will be interesting to see what other uses Apple and developers make over time.

Those in the market for a new iPhone will have a tough choice. The iPhone X is the phone they are probably going to want, but they will have to wait more than a month longer than for the iPhone 8 (as we reported) and shell out at least $1,000. The iPhone 8, meanwhile, will be available sooner and starts at $699.

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