What's The Similarities & Differences Between iPhone X and iPhone 8 (Plus)

By Abby Poole to iPhone, Apple Resources | Last Updated on Dec 14, 2018

There's tension in the air ahead of Apple's September 12th launch event. Everyone is busy with the conjecture of iPhone 8, iPhone X or iPhone Edition. And the mystery is finally solved with the special 10th anniversary marking handset - iPhone X, together with Apple's annual updates iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. But iPhone X vs iPhone 8/Plus, what's the difference? Which one is worth your money more comparing iPhone X and iPhone 8 (Plus)? Here is a quick comparison of iPhone X and iPhone 8 on specifics, key features, prices to give you a glimpse of the differences between iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus.

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iPhone X vs iPhone 8/Plus: What Are The Similarities and Differences?

Apple has long been expected to iterate on a more advanced iPhone above the main line. And the rumor of iPhone 7 Pro has been bubbling with noise ever. Until now we finally get the iPhone X, the regular iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. It's said that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the merely our previous expected iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, while Apple drops the 7S branding and go straight to 8, so the iPhone 8 is renamed in iPhone X. No matter how they are named, we care more about the specs, key features, iPhone X pros and cons compared to iPhone 8/Plus, the similarities and differences between iPhone X and iPhone 8. Now let's go in details.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus, Which Will You Buy?

    

iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus Comparison in Specs, Features

iphone x vs iphone 8 design

1. Design & Size

To compare iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the design of iPhone X could be the most obvious changes that your friends know you have the latest gadget. It's an all-new look that drops the bezels around the display. Almost the entire front of the iPhones will be screen save for a cutout at the top for the earpiece, selfie camera, and sensors. The sides will be a continuous stainless steel band and the back will be made of glass - like the iPhone 4 from 2010. Look for the rear cameras to be vertically, not horizontally aligned, for better augmented reality apps.

Besides, comparing with the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus, which continue the design of iPhone 7/Plus, including the Home button, iPhone X features with a much bigger 5.8-inch sceen, without home button.

iphone x vs iphone 8/plus display

2. Display

And since there is no bezels and no borders on the top and bottom of phone, the focus will be on the new screen. You can see more texts, videos, and website information without scrolling down because the screen will be taller and larger than that of iPhone 7/Plus.

Though iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus embrace the similarity of a wider screen, there are differences for iPhone X vs iPhone 8 display - iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus adopt the more conventional LCD display screen, while iPhone X is equipped with the upgraded OLED Super Retina display, which will reproduces colors more accurately and makes content much crisper. BTW, the OLED display has been used for Samsung, LG smartphones for a long time. In this respect, Android does better than iPhone.

iphone x or iphone 8 processor

3. Processor

Apple is also highly likely to introduce a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) for the iPhone X, probably a six (4+2) core processor - claiming that four are the high-powered "Mistral" cores, with two "Monsoon" cores supplementing the four for lesser computational needs. This means that you tasks can be divided, for example, tasks like e-mail checking and music playing will be handled by the high efficiency cores, preserving battery life when in use much better than if the tasks were dealt with by the high power chips. Well, to compare iPhone X and iPhone 8 processor, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also use the same upgraded A11 processor.

iphone x wireless charging

4. Wireless charging; Fast Charging

Both iPhone X and iPhone 8 are available to charge wirelessly and fast, which improves iPhone battery life greatly. Though wireless and fast charging is nothing new in the market, to use it in the iPhone models still comes to the most expected thing for iPhone users. With it, you can charge the iPhone 8 or iPhone X within 20 minutes without staying close to the charging source or mat. In this aspect, iPhone X and iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus embrace a great similarity to solve iPhone 8/X battery fast drain issue. When comapring iPhone X and iPhone 8, the former iPhone will last 2 hours longer, while there is no difference on battery life of iPhone 8/Plus vs iPhone 7/Plus.

iphone x vs iphone 8 face id

5. Face ID

iPhone X is the first iPhone enabling 3D facial scanner - Face ID, which is much faster and accurate than the normal 2D scanner and kill the poor Touch ID indeed. And once you set up Face ID on iPhone X, you can unlock your phone, pay for iTunes or App Store and even autofill Safari simply with your face detected. As for iPhone X or iPhone 8 on the Face ID issue, it's a pity that iPhone 8/Plus contines the Touch ID on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. So if you wanna have a new experience on logging in your iPhone, pay with Apple Pay or pay for iTunes/App Store and even auto fill Safari, do no hesitate to purchase an iPhone X.

Moreover, do you know that Apple's new Face ID camera isn't just about security, but also capable of customizing animated messages that use your voice and reflect you facial expressions. Briefly, it's Animoji.

iphone x vs iphone 8 capacity

6. RAM & Capacity

From the comparison among iPhone X between iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone 8 features 2GB RAM, while iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X both feature 3GB. For the comparison's sake of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus RAM, there is not a huge difference in terms of RAM specs.

As for the capacity, there is no difference for iPhone X vs iPhone 8/Plus. All of them offer 64GB and 256GB storage, so that you are no longer worry about the iPhone storage problems compared to the former iPhone 7/Plus, iPhone 6S/SE/6 Plus/5s/5 etc.

iphone x and iphone 8/plus camera

7. Camera

iPhone X camera gets upgraded with portrait lighting, enhanced video capture modes, Quad-LED True Tone flash,and ƒ/2.4 aperture telephoto. Specificly for video recording, the iPhone X features a 12MP rear-facing camera with support for augmented reality capabilities and 4K video at 60 FPS or 1080 video at 240 FPS. But it's unlikely to see a dual lens camera ship on the smaller iPhone 8 model. That will be reserved for the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. As for the front camera, both pack a 7MP camera with support for 1080p video at 30 FPS.

How Much Will iPhone X, iPhone 8/Plus Cost?

The new iPhone X, iPhone 8/Plus come to be the most expensive iPhone ever over these years. That's because of the OLED display indeed. You know the OLED display panel supply is completely controlled by Samsung, which charged Apple $120-130 for panel module. And then users have to pay more for their own iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus. So what's the price of iPhone X, iPhone 8 (Plus)? BTW, the OLED edge-to-edge not applied to iPhone 8/Plus, so they will cost less than iPhone X.

iPhone 8 Price: 64GB: $699; 256GB: $849
iPhone 8 Plus Price: 64GB: $799; 256GB: $949
iPhone X Price: 64GB: $999; 256GB: $1149

Actually, the high price of iPhone X is highly criticized. Many people indicate that they get excited to see iPhone X, but then they see it will cost $1000 or so, which is much higher than what they've expected.

Side-by-side Comparison between iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus

Phone


iPhone X


iPhone 8


iPhone 8 Plus

Color

Silver, Space Gray

Silver, Space Gray, Gold

Silver, Space Gray, Gold

Design

No home button, it's all screen

with home button (continue iPhone 7's design)

with home button (continue iPhone 7s' design)

Display

5.8-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display; Super Retina HD display

4.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology; Retina HD display

5.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology; Retina HD display

Processor

A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture

A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture

A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture

Charging

Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers), fast charging

Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers), fast charging

Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers), fast charging

Camera

Dual-lens camera, 12MP wide-angle and telephoto rear cameras; 7MP front camera

Single-len 12MP camera; 7MP front camera

Dual-lens camera, 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras; 7MP front camera

Capacity

64GB, 256GB

64GB, 256 GB

64GB, 256GB

ID

Face ID

Touch ID

Touch ID

Battery

Lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7

Lasts about the same as iPhone 7

Lasts about the same as iPhone 7 Plus

Splash, Water, and Dust Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Also see: iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8

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