Last month Apple, at its annual Keynote, announced the introduction of not one but two new iPhones; the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Although the iPhone 8 Plus was released at the end of September, the iPhone X will be making its way into the market in just a few days, November 3rd. Don’t know which one to get? Or just wondering what’s the difference? You’ve come to the right place:
The obvious place to start when comparing the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus is their design.
The iPhone 8 Plus represents yet another iteration of the same design that was first introduced in 2014, with the iPhone 6 Plus. On the other hand, the iPhone X is a completely new design. Both of the phones have a glass backs, so Apple can add wireless charging.
- iPhone X – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in), 174g (6.14 oz)
- iPhone 8 Plus – 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm (6.28 x 3.07 x 0.32 in), 202g (7.13 oz)
Similarly, both the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X omit the headphone jack, making the lightning jack as the only port on the phone. They also feature dual stereo external speakers, which are stated to be 25% louder than the iPhone 7.
What puts the iPhone X in another league is the introduction of the OLED display:
- iPhone X – 5.8-inch True Tone OLED, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi), 82.9% screen-to-body ratio
- iPhone 8 Plus – 5.5-inch True Tone LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), 67.7% screen-to-body ratio
However, the pixel count is fractionally lower in the iPhone X. Also, the OLED panel doesn’t have a higher brightness level than the regular LCD screen, even though Samsung (OLED screen manufacturer) has a better OLED screen in both the Galaxy Note 8 and the S8.
Both the iPhones share a primary 12 megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture on the back. But, the second 12MP telephoto camera on the iPhone X is faster than the telephoto on the iPhone 8 (f/2.4 vs f/.2.8).
In addition, although technically both the iPhones have the same front camera, the additional face-recognition software that comes with the iPhone X should increase the ability for portraits, custom emojis, and recognition accuracy.
Although the iPhone X clearly seems like the better phone, in this category the iPhone 8 Plus takes it all. Boasting a 15-20% increased battery life compared to the iPhone X. (The iPhone 8 Plus is similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, while the iPhone X is similar to the iPhone 7 – in terms of battery life).
Storage and Cost
Apple increased the entry-level from 32gb to 64gb. However, they completely removed the midrange 128gb option, which they had with the iPhone 7.
- iPhone X – 64GB ($999), 256GB ($1,149)
- iPhone 8 Plus – 64GB ($799), 256GB ($949)
It must seem like the iPhone 8 Plus is just a regular iPhone, very similar to the previous iPhone 7 Plus and barely any new upgrades, but that’s not to write it off, its an incredibly capable phone. However, 2017 is all about how Apple changed direction with the introduction of the iPhone X. Whether you want to get in on the ground floor of generation one is the big decision.
Ultimately, the extra $200 buys you a classy design, superior display, better camera, and Face ID (Facial recognition for lock screen).
It’s no question that the iPhone X is the first of a new series and “future” for the iPhones. The question is how soon and how much are you willing to pay to be a part of it?