iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: 10 key differences you must know about before you buy


Choices are one of those inevitable things in life; we just have to deal with them by picking what our mind and heart draw us to. A slice of pie or delicious ice cream for dessert? An evening spent reading a book or watching a movie? A vacation at a beach resort or up in the mountains? The luxurious iPhone X or the traditional iPhone 8 as your next smartphone? We can't help much if you're in one of the first few situations, but if you're torn between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, then let us walk you through the differences between the two that you should care about.

#1: The iPhone X is beautiful and efficient...


Technology has come a long way over the last decade, both in terms of functionality and visual appearance. The new iPhone X is gorgeous, as many would agree, and truly stands out next to even Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. And it packs lots of screen space in a small body – it is only slightly larger than an iPhone 8 so it fits well in your hand and pockets, but should be able to display about as much content as an iPhone 8 Plus. This alone is one of the top reasons to go with the iPhone X over an 8 or an 8 Plus. 

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Dimensions

6.24 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches

158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm

Weight

7.13 oz (202 g)

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

Dimensions

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.22 oz (148 g)

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Dimensions

6.24 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches

158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm

Weight

7.13 oz (202 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


#2: ...but could be expensive to repair


One downside to the iPhone X's futuristic design is that it is more expensive to produce and more expensive to repair. Apple is charging more for AppleCare+ for the iPhone X than for the iPhone 8 – $199 vs $129, without that granting you any extra perks. We don't want to imagine how much a screen fix would cost out of warranty. 

#3: The iPhone X has the best display on an iPhone so far...


While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus use IPS LCD displays, as previous iPhones have, the iPhone X has an OLED screen. It isn't only of higher resolution, packing 458 pixels per inch vs 326ppi on the iPhone 8 and 401ppi on the iPhone 8 Plus. OLED technology delivers better contrast and deeper blacks. In addition to that, only the iPhone X supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision content, just like those fancy new 4K TVs. And to top it all off, apple has thrown in its True Tone display technology that adjusts the color temperature of the screen according to your environment. All of the technology packed into the iPhone X's screen could result in the best visual experience an iPhone has ever delivered. But one thing that bugs us is that the notch at the top of the display gets in the way when watching videos. 

#4: ...but it uses gestures instead of a home button



The iPhone X is all about the future, and we're totally fine with that. But the future brings change along the way, and people aren't great when it comes to dealing with change. So there's a few things you and your muscle memory should brace for if the iPhone X tickles your fancy.

You see, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus retain the form factor of their predecessors. The solid-state home button is still there, along with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in it. The iPhone X, on the other hand, lacks a home button. To compensate for its omission, Apple has implemented a number of gestures – a swipe up gets you back to your home screen, and a swipe down from the upper right corner is used to access Control Center, to give a few examples. Somehow we're still not fully convinced that gestures would be as reliable as a simple, tactile, physical button.

#5: The iPhone X features Face ID facial recognition...



No home button on the iPhone X means that there's no fingerprint scanner on it either. To keep the phone secure, Face ID and a sophisticated TrueDepth camera system are used instead. Apple's advanced facial recognition technology employs a range of sensors that read the user's face in three dimensions. It is really, really difficult to fool and it works even in the dark, Apple claims. 

#6: ...but the convenience of a fingerprint scanner may be missed


While Face ID on the iPhone X is more secure than Touch ID on the iPhone 8, we're not quite sure that it would be as convenient or as reliable. For starters, you have to be looking at your iPhone X for it to work. Then there's the question of how dependable Face ID would be if you, let's say, have a pair of sunglasses or are wearing a scarf. And no less importantly, we don't know yet whether the feature would be affected by ambient light in any way – whether it would function properly in complete darkness or in bright sunlight. We're absolutely sure that Apple has invested a lot of money and resources into making Face ID as reliable as possible, but a simple fingerprint scanner is never affected by any of the above circumstances.

#7: Animoji




In the near future, you'll be seeing a lot of these in your iMessage chats. They're called Animoji – animated emoji that aren't just cute, but also mimic your facial expressions with impressive accuracy. There's 12 emoji characters to pick from, including a variety of animals, a robot, an alien, and yes, even Mr Poo is on the list. 

While you don't need an iPhone X to view Animoji, only iPhone X users can generate them. The reason? They require its advanced face tracking capabilities and TrueDepth camera to do their magic. 

#8: Only iPhone X snaps Portrait selfies


Just like the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X can take Portrait photos with its main dual camera. However, the iPhone X can use Portrait mode when snapping selfies as well. This is made possible by its TrueDepth camera system, which allows the iPhone X to separate the subject from their surroundings and add artistic blur to the background. 

Taking your selfie game to the next level, Apple is adding Lighting effects to Portrait mode. These manipulate the image in real time to simulate a variety of studio lighting setups. While the iPhone 8 Plus supports both Portrait mode and Lighting effects with its main camera, only the iPhone X can pull them off with both its rear and main snappers.

One thing to highlight is that the Lighting effects can be applied or undone after the fact. In other words, you are free to take a Portrait shot and spice it up with a Light preset at a later time. Or you can remove the effect if you're not perfectly satisfied with the results.

#9: iPhone 8 Plus still has the best battery life


Apple doesn't say how much charge its latest iPhones can hold, yet we do know how much talk, web browsing, music or video playback time the new models can deliver. According to Apple, the iPhone X lasts longer than the iPhone 8 – you can squeeze up to 2 additional hours of average use out of it. But the iPhone 8 Plus is still the champ when it comes to iPhone battery life. Here's the official data from Apple giving us an idea as to how all three compare.

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 Plus
Talk time
(wireless)
Up to 21 hoursUp to 14 hoursUp to 21 hours
Internet useUp to 12 hoursUp to 12 hoursUp to 13 hours
Video playback
(wireless)
Up to 13 hoursUp to 13 hoursUp to 14 hours
Audio playback

(wireless)
Up to 60 hoursUp to 40 hoursUp to 60 hours

#10: The iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone yet 


The iPhone X has a stunning design, a beautiful OLED display that stretches from end to end, superior cameras, and Animoji. But it also costs a lot more – $999, to be exact, if you choose the base, 64GB model. This makes it $200 more expensive than an iPhone 8 Plus, while the iPhone 8 costs $300 less. And the $1149 price tag for the 256GB iPhone X makes this the most expensive iPhone Apple has ever announced.

Is it worth it? Well, opinions will surely be polar, and we can't give you a definite answer until we take all three new iPhones through the review treatment. But to a large extent, the answer to this question is rooted in the type of user you are. The iPhone X is a luxury item, so you wouldn't buy one only for the technology inside it. You'd spend a grand on it for the experience, for the bragging rights, for the feeling of knowing that you own Apple's latest and most advanced iPhone yet. At the same time, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are still shaping up as great phones at a reasonable price, so do keep those on your radar.

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19 Comments

1. afrohoxha

Posts: 254; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

So when you compared iPhone 7 with Galaxy s8 looks and display were subjective...Now there is no comparison because iPhone x is way better in those two than iPhone 8. lol

2. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 83; Member since: May 02, 2017

How many articles about the differences will you post?

3. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

iphone x is the most ugly iphone yet

12. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

And yet PA says it is beautiful and many would agree... Uhhhhh...

15. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hopefully you will have money to buy it.

18. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

As an iPhone user I agree. No Home button is a deal breaker. Will be getting the 8.

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

John Cena will never be able to use the Face ID feature. Guess why?

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

YOU CAN'T SEE ME!!!

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

This guy gets it :D

16. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lol!!

5. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Why has everyone forgotten it's 1000 quid for joust 64gb, meaning you'll probably pay 1150. This is mental, everyone's going crazy saying how amazing the phone is.... no one is going to buy it because it's too expensive. I mean I'm not gonna pay 80 quid plus a month just on a phone. Sure you can probably pay less, but they you have no data... so it's useless. I find it so weird how people are just accepting this price. I personally top out at 500... it's just a phone, I'd rather get a laptop instead at the 1000 price point.

6. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Article about iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 differences please... /s

7. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

If the X has the best display on any iPhone does that mean that phonearena is finally accepting the fact that SAMOLED has always been superior to all the iPhone screens?

8. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Nice Article by PA.Iphone 8 and 8 plus looks really outdated in design dept.I think Apple should decrease the bezels on them.Their design is outdated and even budget phones have less bezels incomparison to this.I think Apple done it in order to increase the sales of Iphone X.Nobody wants to buy such outdated designed phones in this time.I think most people going to buy Iphone X.Also I dont understand the decision of removing touch ID on Iphone X.Apple can give touch id on back like other OEM's.Let the user decide whether to use touch ID or Face Id.But as always no matter what Apple do their fans were always ready to shell their money on iphones.No one has the fan following like Apple do.

11. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

The iPhone X is the most disjointed iPhone I have ever seen.

13. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

How the rock can talk with Siri in space? Oh my god he the rock and his voice can travel in vacuum.

14. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

How the rock can talk with Siri in space? Oh my god he the rock and his voice can travel in vacuum.

17. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Your source to everything Apple : iPhoneArena

19. peschiera

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Dear Nick T. from PhoneArena, You have stated: "the iPhone X can use Portrait mode when snapping selfies as well. This is made possible by its TrueDepth camera system" Are you sure the so called TrueDepth camera is anything else but a normal front facing camera of other brands? Are you aware that S8/s8+ have been offering a portrait mode for selfies as well, long before iPhone X? And of course, Note 8 offers this as well. The feature is called Selective Focus. As I have registered today, I am not allowed to embed a link. Please google for "Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A combination of beauty, beast and near-perfection!" and scroll to Front Facing Camera part and look at the selfie portrait shot on a S8. At the event last week, Apple indicated that they were first introducing portrait mode for selfies, but this is typical for Apple.

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