iPhone 8 and iPhone X have some little differences, but they also have a lot in common. Find out which one iPhone latest model is the best for your use.
Recently Apple announced three new iPhones at its special event on 12 September 2017, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten). If you are thinking about upgrading your phone, you are likely to be wondering which model will suit you best. Here we’ll look at the two phones that are most appropriate if you are not keen on the idea of a large handset.
The iPhone 8 and the iPhone X may appeal more than the larger iPhone 8 Plus for a number of reasons. Maybe you have small hands, or perhaps you would prefer a lighter phone that slipped neatly into your pocket, in that case, these two iPhone models are smaller and lighter than the iPhone Plus models.
Alternatively, you may be excited by the new features of the iPhone X but wondering whether you really need to pay around £1,000, or if the iPhone 8 will give you the features you want the most.
Difference: IPHONE8, IPHONE8 PLUS, IPHONE X(pronounced iPhone Ten)
|iPhone 8||iPhone 8 Plus||iPhone X|
|iOS||iOS 11||iOS 11||iOS 11|
|Colours||Gold, Silver, Space Grey||Gold, Silver, Space Grey||Silver, Space Grey|
|Display||4.7in Retina HD (1334×750, 326ppi) IPS||5.5in Retina HD (1920×1080, 401ppi) IPS||5.8in Super Retina Display (2436×1125, 458ppi) OLED|
|Processor||Apple A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor||Apple A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor||Apple A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor|
|Rear camera||12Mp, f/1.8, 5x digital zoom, quad-LED flash||12Mp wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS + 12Mp telephoto, f/2,8, optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, Portrait Lighting, Portrait Mode, quad-LED flash||12Mp wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS + 12Mp telephoto, f/2.4, OIS, optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, Portrait Lighting, Portrait Mode, quad-LED flash|
|Front camera||7Mp FaceTime HD, f/2.2, 1080p video||7Mp FaceTime HD, f/2.2, 1080p video||7Mp FaceTime HD, f/2.2, 1080p video|
|Video recording||4K at 24/30/60fps, 1080p slo-mo at 240fps||4K at 24/30/60fps, 1080p slo-mo at 240fps||4K at 24/30/60fps, 1080p slo-mo at 240fps|
|Biometric security||Touch ID||Touch ID||Face ID|
|Price||£699/£849 ($699/$849)||£799/£949 ($799/$949)||£999/£1,149 ($999/$1,149)|
|Buy SIM-free||From Apple||From Apple||From Apple|
In the above table, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X are both smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus (and other Plus models).
Here’s how the dimensions of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 compare:
- The iPhone X measures 143.6mm by 70.9mm, and is 7.7m thick.
- The iPhone 8 is 138.4mm by 67.3mm and is 7.3mm thick.
- The iPhone 8 Plus is 158.4mm by 78.1mm and is 7.5mm thick.
- The iPhone X weighs 174 grams.
- The iPhone 8 weighs 148 grams.
- The iPhone 8 Plus weighs 202 grams.
So here the iPhone 8 wins – with a difference of 26 grams.
The iPhone X and iPhone 8 is almost identical when it comes to size and weight but there is one very big difference: the size of the screen.
- The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display.
- The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display.
- The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display.
So the iPhone X definitely has the bigger screen.
There is one other thing to say about the display on the iPhone X – it’s an OLED screen that Apple is calling a Super Retina display.
- The iPhone X display has a TrueTone, 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi, with 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
- The iPhone 8 display offers a Retina Display, 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, and 1400:1 contrast ratio.
- The iPhone 8 Plus display is a Retina Display, 1920×1080 pixel resolution at 401 ppi, and 1300:1 contrast ratio.
Both phones have a 12MP camera on the back but there are some key differences.
The iPhone X, like the iPhone 8 Plus, actually has two cameras on the back. That’s a ƒ/1.8 aperture wide-angle and ƒ/2.4 aperture telephoto camera, which combine to create the stunning portrait shots with the blurred background that those phones can take. The iPhone X (and Plus) has an optical zoom and can digital zoom up to 10x.
The iPhone 8 camera is also 12MP, but it is just the one camera with a ƒ/1.8 aperture, so it can’t take the fancy portrait shots, and its digital zoom goes to 5x.
The missing Home Button
There is one huge difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 (and the iPhone 8 Plus) and it may be the thing that turns you off the iPhone X altogether.
The trade off for getting the bigger screen on the iPhone 8 is the demise of the Home Button. Yes, the trademark Home Button, which was perhaps as part of a design of the iPhone as the click wheel was on the iPod, has gone.
The removal of the Home Button means that Apple needed to make some changes to the iPhone interface. So if you were to buy an iPhone X you would have to learn a new way to navigate the interface. You may adapt to this quickly, or you may find yourself frustrated. It depends on how willing you are to embrace change, and how intuitive the new way of interfacing with the iPhone is. This is another thing we will have so suspend judgement on until we get a chance to play with it ourselves.
There is another change as a result of the missing Home Button. Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint recognition system for securing your phone so that only you could open it, and allowing you to pay for things using Apple Pay, has been replaced with Face ID.
Those are the main differences that will probably make the biggest difference to you. But there are a few more differences between the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in terms of specs.
There are also a few things that are identical as we will outline below.
- iPhone X: Space Grey / Silver
- iPhone 8: Gold / Silver / Space Grey
- iPhone 8 Plus: Gold / Silver / Space Grey
- iPhone X: 64GB / 256GB
- iPhone 8: 64GB / 256GB
- Phone 8 Plus: 64GB / 256GB
- iPhone X: Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529
- iPhone 8: Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (SAME)
- iPhone 8 Plus: Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (SAME)
- iPhone X: A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, M11 motion coprocessor
- iPhone 8: A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, M11 motion coprocessor (SAME)
- iPhone 8 Plus: A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, M11 motion coprocessor (SAME)
- iPhone X: Lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7
- iPhone 8: Lasts about the same as iPhone 7
- iPhone 8 Plus: Lasts about the same as iPhone 7
- iPhone X Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers)
- iPhone 8 Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers) (SAME)
- iPhone 8 Plus Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers) (SAME)
The iPhone 8 is available here and costs £699 for the 64GB version and £849 for the 256GB version. If you’re looking to buy the iPhone 8 on contract, check out our round-up of the best iPhone 8 deals.
The iPhone 8 Plus costs £799 for 64GB or £949 for 256GB. Both phones are on sale now.