With the 10th anniversary of the iPhone inching closer and closer, the number of iPhone 8 leaks is reaching critical levels. We've seen copious amounts of renders, blueprints, 3D-printed mockups, we've heard all the rumors and speculation about the fingerprint sensor (or possibly the lack thereof), about the display, about the camera, about the power and volume buttons, about the entire design and its countless prototypes... We've heard it all, folks! There are some details about the iPhone 8 still shrouded in mystery, that's for sure, but then there's a lot of stuff that we do know about it with a great degree of certainty. And one of those things is how big it will be!
One of the most striking aspects of the iPhone 8, at first glance at least, is its new, almost edge-to-edge OLED display. Ditching the standard 16:9 screen aspect ratio in favor of a taller, narrower display, Apple is the next in line to introduce a smartphone with an almost bezel-less design. Unlike the Galaxy S8/S8+ and the LG G6, however, the iPhone 8 pretty much does away with the bottom bezel altogether, but it still has a remnant of a bezel up top that cuts into its display and houses a number of important sensors, a camera, and the phone's earpiece. Whether you like this design choice or not, Apple's got a clever way of merging, so to speak, this rudimentary bezel with the display by aligning the now-pitch-black status bar with it, which helps create an illusion of seamlessnes thanks to the deep blacks of the new OLED display.
So, with so many almost bezel-less phones coming out this year, it's interesting to see in what ways the different companies will approach the problem of maximizing real estate without actually increasing phone size. And really, who doesn't want a small phone that's edge-to-edge display? Well, there are the folks who still like their phones with bezels, but it's pretty much a safe bet that they'll be having trouble finding new phones with big chins starting this year and next!
But without further ado, let's see how the upcoming iPhone 8 stacks up against its main competitors, as well as its predecessors, in terms of size:
At 71 mm in width, the iPhone 8 is a smidgen wider than the iPhone 7, but it's also noticeably taller, standing at 143.5 mm. However, it is still substantially smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus and feels more akin last year's compact model when held. It also looks pretty darn snazzy with the 5.8" display filling out its front like that!
Next up, the iPhone 8 versus its main competitors – the Samsung Galaxy S8 and its bigger brother, the Galaxy S8+. The iPhone is a little bit shorter than the Galaxy S8 but it is also a tad wider as well, which makes it feel more like—well, like an iPhone. It still is considerably smaller than the Galaxy S8+ though, which stands at 159.5 mm tall. As far as thickness goes, the iPhone 8 measures in at 7.5 mm but it get's to around 9.1 mm at the camera bump. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ measure in at 8 mm and 8.1 mm, respectively.
The iPhone 8 and the Google Pixel are almost identical in size, but just look at what a difference the edge-to-edge display makes. The LG G6 is taller than both but is almost identical to them in width. One of the most noticeable design differences between the G6 and the iPhone 8 is the lack of a bottom bezel on the latter. As far as the top half of the phone goes, the iPhone 8 has an almost identical-looking bezel to that of the G6 above its screen, although, as we said in the beginning, it is actually more screen and less bezel, as portions of the status bar have sneaked their way up there.
So, how do you like the iPhone 8 thus far? Are you a fan of the semi-bezel up top or would you rather have a uniform, albeit slimmer, edge like on the S8/G6? Tell us in the comments below!
Disclaimer: The dimensions used in this comparison are based on a 3D-printed mockup that's based on CAD blueprints for this iPhone 8 design.
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