The futuristic iPhone X is actually thicker than the iPhone 5


Back in the day, Apple was known for making each new iteration of their products thinner — the laptops, the iPods, iPhones, and iPads. However, there's only so far you can go with the currently available tech and, for the past few years, Apple's iDevices haven't been getting skinnier. In fact, the lowest the iPhones went was with the iPhone 6, which reached a profile of 0.27 in (6.9 mm). The next year, Apple introduced 3D Touch and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus grew by 0.2 mm or roughly 0.01 inch.

So, officially, the thinnest iPhone ever was the now 4-year-old iPhone 6. But here's another curious thing — the new iPhones grew as well. So, while last year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were 0.28 in (7.1 mm) and 0.29 in (7.3 mm) in thickness respectively, this year's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are 0.29 in (7.3 mm) and 0.30 in (7.5 mm) respectively. Wha-a-at?

It's fine, guys, it's all good! In fact, for years, the smartphone-loving community has been chanting the opinion that we don't need to go thinner, we'd rather have bigger batteries, right? Well, it looks like we just might get tha... oh, darn it!

Phone modelBattery capacity
iPhone 61,810 mAh
iPhone 6 Plus2,915 mAh
iPhone 6s1,715 mAh
iPhone 6s Plus2,750 mAh
iPhone 71,960 mAh
iPhone 7 Plus2,900 mAh
iPhone 81,821 mAh
iPhone 8 Plus2,675 mAh

Now, on to the burning question — how is the iPhone X doing? Well, Apple's phone of the future is said to be able to last 2 hours longer than the “regular” iPhone. Early leaks have said that the X will employ an L-shaped battery for increased capacity, but there's no official info out there to tell us how much that capacity would be yet. We guess we'll have to wait a couple of months.

But here's an interesting thing — the iPhone X is thicker than both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It measures at 7.7 mm (0.30-ish inches), making it thicker than the 6-year-old iPhone 5. So, it's official, we guess — Apple has put a stop on the “race for thin”, at least for the time being.

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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28 Comments

1. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 83; Member since: May 02, 2017

Ye and the sky is blue. So what?

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Actually the sky technically isn't blue. Just throwing that out there (I get your point though).

3. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

iPhone 6 thin big battery 6S got 3D touch - a ton more weight, thicker and smaller battery 7 preserved the formfactor - added a bigger battery and lover weight and better internals now iphone 8 got wireless charging - a ton more weight, thicker amd smaller battery. It's kind of glaring how similar the addition of 3D touch is to the adition of wireles charge from enginering standpoint - just need to squeze another layer of tech in there. Thankfully don't think there is something that will require such kind of formfactor change again, and things should settle down the iPhone 7 route - not so much thinner big battery and less weight.

4. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

what is futuristic about this phone PA?

7. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

The fact that you cant get it yet but will be able to in the future?

11. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

In fairness you can get a phone that does more and costs less right now.

12. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

ROFL!

14. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Well sir.. I own Galaxy S8.. I don't need or want an iPhone x.. In the future i will get Note 10 or S10..

17. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Galaxy S9, even more futuristic!

21. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

Absolutely nothing.

5. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Futuristic..... Really.... They finally caught up with Samsung /Android.. Now they are futuristic. The pull up notifications is Android in reverse by crackberry. Screen by Samsung so what's so futuristic. You guys kill me I finally can say iPhone arena. By the way the review on the Note's screen Is way off based on another site's evaluation. When you go outside with auto brightness it gets extremely bright. Adaptive display by Samsung now coined another new invention by Apple. https://www.google.com/amp/s/9to5google.com/2017/08/28/samsung-galaxy-note-8-display-test-brightness/amp/#ampshare=https://9to5google.com/2017/08/28/samsung-galaxy-note-8-display-test-brightness/

13. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

to be HDR-10 compliant i thought you had to reach at least 1000 nits?

19. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

That's what I thought as well

22. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

They haven't caught up they are still at least 4 years behind. No QHD, no IR blaster, no FM radio. Bezels meant to deceive the buyer into thinking Its edge to edge when it is not. I could go on. Does it even have video stereo audio recording and audio zoom? Its not flagship material

6. pecapello

Posts: 106; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

2.675 mah on the iPhone 8 Plus ? Are you kidding me ? I mean.... 2.675 mah !!!!!!!!!

8. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

bigger battery doesn't mean its better. its also a sacrifice for wireless charging.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's literally the only thing the iPhone X does that I'm jealous of. But you are right, also, the phone is supposed to last longer than previous models so they can get away with a smaller capacity battery if it means that they were able to make the device overall more efficient... unless their battery sucked on previous models, which I cannot account for.

23. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

Bigger battery does mean better. My V10 testifies to that. I put a bigger battery in it anytime I want and it lasts and last while other phones go dead. What good is a dead phone?

20. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And sheep made fun of the smaller battery in the note 8 iPhone 8 and 8+ both got smaller batteries, oh yeah it apple so that's fine.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hey! Apple must have finally received the memo, thinness isn't everything! Right on. Though the difference is hardly noticeable.

15. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I am finally done with this website. 1. iPhone X futuristic - Note 8 & S8's are just good looking phones. 2. iPhone 8 & 8+ "Familiar beautiful design" even after 4 years - Note 8 is nothing special, just a rehashed S8+ with a SPen just in 6 months even though there are noticeable differences. Hypocrisy at worst. when will you learn PA? really not acceptable.. :(

16. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

they call sony stale for using the same design language, but iphone is just perfect... watch when all iphones go the way of the X, they will backtrack and say iphone 8 was the same boring safe design as the 6

18. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Tell you what though, compared to other iPhones the X is really futuristic

24. Xilam unregistered

Are those measurements considering the camera bump, or without. If without - I consider it moot!!! You're phone is as thick as the camera bump, period!

28. Boogieman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

7.7mm ex. camera bump. All other manufacturers specify Inc camera Bump = IPhone = MEGA-thick MEASURED my iPhone 7+ for verification and 8.8mm inc camera bump 7.3mm ex camera bump (spec) = Add at least 1.5mm to above 7.7 makes iPhoneX 9.2mm THICK

25. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

People still think the iPhoneX is bezel-less? There's about 0.5cms between the edge of the screen and the phat side of the phone :/ Visual trickery (well done) is all it is. The screen to body ratio tells you all.

26. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Futuristic????

27. Boogieman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

7.7mm ex. camera bump. All other manufacturers specify Inc camera Bump = IPhone = MEGA-thick MEASURED my iPhone 7+ for verification and 8.8mm inc camera bump 7.3mm ex camera bump (spec) = Add at least 1.5mm to above 7.7 makes iPhoneX 9.2mm THICK Its a BRICK :)

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