iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone X

Which is the bet­ter iPhone on pa­per – the one that costs more? You might be sur­prised, writes Susie Ochs

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For the first time, Ap­ple has not just two sizes of its new­est iPhone, but two dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent iPhones. There’s the iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus, which keep the same form-fac­tor we know and love, Retina dis­play, Home but­ton, and all. And then there’s the new hot­ness, the bleed­ing-edge iPhone X, with an OLED dis­play and a TrueDepth cam­era that un­locks the phone when you look at it.

You’ll no­tice that Ap­ple didn’t call the iPhone X the ‘iPhone Pro’, to match the nam­ing scheme of the iPad and Mac­Book lines. That may be be­cause in­side, the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus are re­ally pretty sim­i­lar. They do have some key dif­fer­ences, how­ever. So with­out fur­ther adieu, here’s a com­plete spec com­par­i­son be­tween the iPhone X and the 8 Plus.

Size

The iPhone 8 Plus is the big­ger phone, even though the iPhone X’s dis­play is ac­tu­ally larger when mea­sured di­ag­o­nally. It has a 5.5in screen, but it’s sur­rounded by a bezel with the FaceTime cam­era on the fore­head and the tra­di­tional Home but­ton on the chin.

On the other hand, the iPhone X has a 5.8in screen, but it’s in a more com­pact pack­age with nearly no bezel, no Home but­ton, and a lit­tle ‘notch’ for the front-fac­ing TrueDepth cam­era sys­tem. iPhone 8 Plus: 158.4x78.1x7.5mm, 202g iPhone X: 143.6x70.9x7.7mm, 174g

Dis­play

The big­gest dif­fer­ence be­tween th­ese iPhones is the dis­play. The iPhone 8 Plus sports the same Retina dis­play as it has in prior gen­er­a­tions, an LCD that in the Plus size is full HD at 1920x1080.

Ap­ple com­pletely changed that with the iPhone X. It has an edge-to-edge OLED dis­play, which gives it a much higher con­trast ra­tio and sup­port for HDR video. It’s got a higher res­o­lu­tion (2436x1125) and pixel den­sity too – Ap­ple is even call­ing it “Su­per Retina”.

iPhone 8 Plus: 5.5in, 1920x1080 LCD, 401ppi, 1300:1 con­trast ra­tio

iPhone X: 5.8in, 2436x1125 OLED, HDR, 458ppi, 1,000,000:1 con­trast ra­tio

Per­for­mance

In­side, the dif­fer­ences aren’t so stark. Both phones pack the same pro­ces­sor, Ap­ple’s 64-bit A11 Bionic sys­te­mon-a-chip with an em­bed­ded M11 mo­tion co­pro­ces­sor. Both also have a ded­i­cated neu­ral en­gine to let AI pro­cess­ing hap­pen on the de­vice.

The A11 Bionic has a whop­ping six cores: Two for high-per­for­mance com­put­ing, and four ef­fi­ciency cores for tasks that don’t re­quire as much per­for­mance – or as much power. Ap­ple says the A11 is 75 per­cent faster than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. But bench­marks be­tween the two phones should be pretty sim­i­lar – we’ll be test­ing that out shortly, so stay tuned.

iPhone 8 Plus: 6-core, 64-bit A11 Bionic, M11 mo­tion co­pro­ces­sor, neu­ral en­gine iPhone X: 6-core, 64-bit A11 Bionic, M11 mo­tion co­pro­ces­sor, neu­ral en­gine

Bat­tery

If bat­tery life is the most im­por­tant to you, the iPhone 8 Plus with its phys­i­cally big­ger bat­tery should eke out a lit­tle more life during In­ter­net use and video stream­ing, al­though Ap­ple es­ti­mates about the same bat­tery life for talk time and au­dio play­back.

Both of th­ese iPhones sup­port Qi wire­less charg­ing, and Ap­ple will have its own charg­ing pad next year, al­though plenty of Qi prod­ucts ex­ist al­ready.

Both phones also sup­port fast charg­ing if you spring for one of Ap­ple’s USB-C power adapters and a USB-C to Light­ning ca­ble. It’s speedy, though: Up to 50 per­cent charge in just half an hour.

And, of course, you can al­ways charge up the old­fash­ioned way too: a stan­dard Light­ning ca­ble and USB power brick are still in­cluded. iPhone 8 Plus: Up to 21 hours talk time, 13 hours In­ter­net use, 14 hours video play­back, 60 hours au­dio play­back iPhone X: Up to 21 hours talk time, 12 hours In­ter­net use, 13 hours video play­back, 60 hours au­dio play­back

Rear cam­era

The iPhone 8 Plus still has an edge over the reg­u­lar 8 when it comes to cam­era fea­tures. But the iPhone X has

the same dual-lens cam­era on the back as the iPhone 8 Plus, and the same video record­ing fea­tures too.

The one lit­tle dif­fer­ence is that the iPhone X has ‘dual op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion’, mean­ing it works on both of the rear lenses, while the iPhone 8 Plus has just “op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion,” ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple.

Cam­era specs

iPhone 8 Plus: 12Mp wide-an­gle (f/1.8) and tele­photo (f/2.8) cam­eras, op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion, op­ti­cal zoom, 10x dig­i­tal zoom, quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Por­trait mode, Por­trait Light­ing (beta at launch)

iPhone X: 12Mp wide-an­gle (f/1.8) and tele­photo (f/2.8) cam­eras, dual op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion, op­ti­cal zoom,

10x dig­i­tal zoom, quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Por­trait mode, Por­trait Light­ing (beta at launch)

Video record­ing

iPhone 8 Plus: 4K video record­ing at 24, 30, or 60 frames per sec­ond. 1080p video record­ing at 30 or 60 fps. Slo-mo record­ing in 1080p at 120 or 240 fps. Op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion, op­ti­cal zoom, up to 6x dig­i­tal zoom, time-lapse with sta­bi­liza­tion.

iPhone X: 4K video record­ing at 24, 30, or 60 frames per sec­ond. 1080p video record­ing at 30 or 60 fps. Slo-mo record­ing in 1080p at 120 or 240 fps. Op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion, op­ti­cal zoom, up to 6x dig­i­tal zoom, time-lapse with sta­bi­liza­tion.

Front cam­eras

The front-fac­ing cam­eras on th­ese two phones are so dif­fer­ent, Ap­ple gave them dif­fer­ent names.

The iPhone 8 Plus has the tra­di­tional FaceTime cam­era, but it has been im­proved. With a f/2.2 aper­ture, it takes 7Mp stills and records 1080p video. Like the rear cam­eras, it cap­tures wide-gamut colour when tak­ing pho­tos and Live Pho­tos. There’s a Retina screen flash to help you get bet­ter light­ing for your self­ies.

The iPhone X has all of those same fea­tures, but its TrueDepth cam­era goes a lot fur­ther. Since you log in to your iPhone X with the new Face ID fea­ture, the TrueDepth cam­era has spe­cial sen­sors that as­sist in this se­cure fa­cial recog­ni­tion. They in­clude an in­frared cam­era to see you in the dark, a prox­im­ity sen­sor, a flood il­lu­mi­na­tor, and a dot pro­jec­tor that helps make a 3D map of your face to make sure you’re not a photo.

All the tech in the TrueDepth cam­era is packed into the lit­tle ‘notch’ at the top of the iPhone X screen, and it helps this cam­era have ex­tra fea­tures for tak­ing self­ies too. Namely, it sup­ports the same Por­trait mode and (beta) Por­trait Light­ing fea­ture as the rear-fac­ing cam­era. Plus, it has An­i­moji, a fea­ture that an­i­mates an emoji (like a puppy, a uni­corn, or yes, a talk­ing pile of poo) with your voice as you speak. It’s a silly way to show off this much tech­nol­ogy, but it’s an­other thing that will be fun to demo for friends after you show them how you can un­lock your iPhone X by just look­ing at it. iPhone 8 Plus: FaceTime HD cam­era with 7Mp pho­tos and 1080p video, f/2.2 aper­ture, Retina Flash

The iPhone X fea­tures a 5.8in Su­per Retina HD HDR dis­play

The A11 Bionic chip and M11 co­pro­ces­sor will en­able smooth AR ex­pe­ri­ences in iOS 11

Ap­ple’s own AirPower charg­ing sta­tion is com­ing in 2018

On the iPhone X, the two cam­eras are stacked ver­ti­cally, while on the iPhone 8 Plus they’re side by side

Phil Schiller de­scribes the sen­sors and emit­ters in the TrueDepth cam­era on the iPhone X

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