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iPhone 7+ (iOS 11.1) owner here. If a friend buys an iPhone X and creates/sends me an Animoji, how will it appear on my phone (if at all)?

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Short answer: Yes.

According to Apple:

You can create your own Animoji and share it with anyone using an iOS device, Mac, or smartphone.

The iPhone X can create the Animoji which can then share the animation to anyone running iOS, macOS, or a smartphone - ANY smartphone. See this article for more details

The Animoji is saved as a .mov file which is sent via MMS and can be viewed by virtually any smartphone (not just iPhones).

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Yes. This site states that Animoji can be seen and heard on other devices because it's sent via MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).

In fact, people with an iPhone X can save their Animoji as a .mov file or as a sticker to use in other messages.

I can verify this works. I sent an Animoji to my wife who has an iPhone SE. She was able to see and hear the message.

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It will appear as a regular video file

(Usually in a .vid or .mov file format that is accepted across all mobile & desktop platforms and Operating Systems.

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