The iPhone X, Versus The iPhone 8 And 8 Plus

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With Apple switching up its game and announcing three new iPhones today instead of the usual two, there's now some confusion between which features come on which handsets. So to make things a bit clearer, here's a rundown of all the major differences between the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.

Specs

The iPhone X will come in space grey and silver, while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will get a third colour option in gold.

Aside from their screens, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X aren't that different inside. They all come with Apple's new A11 Bionic Chip, which features a six-core design with two cores dedicated to intense processing, and four cores to help keep things energy efficient. They also all have wireless charging and the same storage options, starting with a base of 64GB or a larger 256GB upgrade.

The screens however, are where things diverge, as the standard iPhone 8 sports a 13cm 1334 x 750 LCD, while the 8 Plus features a 15cm full HD (1920 x 1080) LCD. Then there's the iPhone X, which will have a entirely different type of display thanks to its so-called Super Retina OLED panel which has an even higher 2436 x 1125 resolution. The iPhone X will also be the only iPhone with HDR video support and a super high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 (versus 1,400:1 for the iPhone 8).

Size-wise, despite having a larger screen, the iPhone X (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches) is actually smaller than the 8 Plus (6.24 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches) thanks to its non-existent bezels, while the standard iPhone 8 remains the smallest of the bunch at 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29-inches.

Cameras

The standard iPhone 8 still gets one rear camera, while the iPhone 8 Plus gets two.

As with the last generation of iPhones, the standard iPhone 8 is still limited to a single rear camera, while the 8 Plus and X sport dual 12-megapixel shooters in back. On the front, all three iPhones features the same 7-MP f/2.2 selfie cam. But when you dig a little deeper, there are some subtle, but important difference between the dual cam setups on the 8 Plus and X.

The iPhone X's dual cameras are arranged vertically too,

First, the iPhone X has optical image stabilisation on both cameras, while the 8 Plus has OIS only on its main camera, not the zoom. On top of that, the iPhone X's secondary 2x zoom camera has a larger f/2.4 aperture, which will let in more light and capture better low-light photos than the iPhone 8 Plus' f/2.8 2x zoom cam.

Other differences

The iPhone X trades out TouchID for FaceID. Take your pick.

The last major differentiator (besides price) between the new iPhones is the iPhone X's lack of home button and TouchID. Instead, the X sports Apple's new FaceID system which will scan your face anytime you need to unlock your phone or use Apple Pay.

Price and availability

Starting at $1079, the iPhone 8 is the cheapest of the three, while the iPhone 8 Plus costs $1229. Both will be available for pre-order starting September 15, with shipments going out on September 22.

Meanwhile, if you want the iPhone X, you're going to have to wait. Pre-orders don't start until October 27, and shipments slated for November 3. Also, you're going to have the shell out $1579. And if you want an iPhone X with 256GB of storage, you're going to have to shell out a whopping $1829.

TL;DR

As revolutionary as Apple made the iPhone X out to be, in some ways, it's mostly a style play. There's no doubt the X is the best-looking iPhone yet, but aside from that bezel-less OLED screen, its only other advantage over the 8 Plus is a slightly better secondary zoom camera.

Some people might even say the X is downgrade, as trading out a home button and TouchID for facial recognition could be a jarring change for what has become an important mainstay feature. Then again, if you want the latest and greatest from Apple including that new Super Retina screen, there's really only one way to go. The choice is yours.

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Comments

    sooooo. the x only has a lower res (than other phone suppliers) oled going for it?

      Not an apple fanboy... but if you honestly believe you need 570 ppi on a 5"-6" screen.... then.... well. I don't know what to tell you.

      Some people get way too caught up with raw numbers. You'll find the color accuracy / white balancing is way more relevant for daily use.

        PPI matters quite a bit if you want to support mobile-based VR, which is much more likely to boot the VR industry than dedicated PC headsets.

        In any case, Samsung remain the experts when it comes to high quality OLED manufacture (LG retooled their design recently and have had a lot of first gen manufacturing defects, and Japan Display have almost no OLED capacity) so hardware-side accuracy and white balance will likely be in common with Samsung's current products (which is excellent, albeit with rare white balance defects). Software just comes down to what the OS will let you do, which is probably 'a lot' for both systems.

    Japan Display has some pretty deep problems with their OLED supply chain at the moment, so it's probably safe to assume the X is running a Samsung AMOLED screen. If so, it makes the 'super retina' and 'finally an OLED worthy of being on an iphone' marketing spiel all the more silly sounding.

      Another source for the screens is LG Display. The rumours are that Google is going with them for the Pixel 2's OLED screen.

        Yeah, I noted LG in my other comment above. Last I heard they were retooling the whole OLED process and were suffering from low manufacturing yield. Has that been resolved yet?

        That aside, most info I've managed to find suggests Apple's using Samsung screens for now while they wait for LG to finish repurposing its P10 factory by mid 2018, and hoping that Japan Display won't go bankrupt in the meantime so they can be a backup supplier. It's hard to find anything concrete though so I guess we'll have to wait for the teardown.

    As a reminder: just as your fingerprint is not a password, neither is your face. It is better than nothing, but shouldn't be confused with auth that depends on a secret.

      Yep. Authorities can force you to provide your fingerprint or face for unlocking your phone, but they cannot force you to give up your pin

        And more importantly: you can change your password.

        At least with touch ID, you had 10 fingers to choose from ...

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