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iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone 8 – Which One Should You Buy?

iPhone X and iPhone 8 have substantial differences. iPhone X is the super flagship of Apple for 2017. While iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are just upgraded iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with some tweaks here and there.

iPhone X – from the edge-to-edge display or the seamless curves from stainless steel to glass, the design had been perfected. It will stand out, and it will look like the future. This is truly the future of smartphones.

The biggest difference between both iPhones is the display. iPhone X features an edge to edge OLED display and completely eliminates the home button while the 8 and 8 Plus still have the universally loved and iconic home button.

iPhone X is a treat for photographers. It now has ‘Portrait Mode’ on both the front as well as back cameras. iPhone 8 doesn’t feature dual camera but iPhone 8 Plus does and has a Portrait Mode but not in the front camera. iPhone X has optical image stabilization in both its lenses, 8 and 8 Plus doesn’t.


Portrait Mode in iPhone X uses AI to examine the contours of your face and “light” you in a variety of flattering or dramatic ways. For the same shot, for instance, you can create different effects like “Natural Light,” “Contour Light” and “Stage Light”, the iPhone 8 lacks this feature.


Face ID

Face ID is the facial recognition software that’s only available on the iPhone X, which means you can unlock your phone by just looking at it. It even allows you to pay with your face using Apple Pay.


One of the most fun features you can have on your device. Apple is introducing the all-new Animoji feature in iOS 11, which are animated versions of the popular emoji found on the iPhone. Animoji will use the Face ID hardware face-scanning features of the iPhone X to create custom 3D versions based on your own facial expressions. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus lack this full of fun feature.


iPhone 8 vs iPhone X – Display Differences

The first comparison between iPhone 8 and iPhone X, we will talk about, is their displays:

iPhone X has a mesmerizing 5.8 inch OLED display while 8 and 8 Plus have 4.7 and 5.5-inch Retina Display.

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone X come back to the glass design. The most durable glass outfit enables you to easily clean out the smudges and fingerprints. They are both resistance from water, splashes, and dust, equipped with True Tone display, 3D Touch, etc.

While the first difference is that iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch widescreen LCD, 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, screen coverage up to 65.6%, and iPhone X is 5.8-inch all-screen OLED, 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi, screen coverage up to 82.9%.

The other one is the iPhone X OLED brings much greater contrast ratio than iPhone 8: 1,000,000:1 vs 1,400:1. So based on these stats above, iPhone X provides you with better visual enjoyment.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone X – Size and Weight Differences

iPhone X measures 143.6mm by 70.9mm, and 7.7m thick, with 174g. While iPhone 8 is 138.4mm by 67.3mm and 7.3mm thick, with 148g. So iPhone 8 is 26g lighter than iPhone X. So if you prefer smaller and lighter iPhones, then the iPhone 8 is for you.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone X – Rear Camera Differences

For photo-taking fans, this would be very important. iPhone 8 has just one 12MP camera. However, iPhone X has two cameras on its back: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, which combine to make the interesting portrait mode with a blurred background; Besides the iPhone X optical zoom feature can digital zoom up to 10x, while iPhone 8 is just 5x.

Another word for portrait mode, iPhone 8 Plus has it, too. This is just like iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. So if you have much interest in the portrait mode, you need to choose the iPhone X.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone X – Front Camera Differences

After talking about the rear camera, the front one is naturally the next topic we will focus on about iPhone 8 and iPhone X differences.

The biggest difference between their front cameras is iPhone X is with a TrueDepth camera, while iPhone 8 just with the regular FaceTime HD camera. What is the TrueDepth camera? It’s the one, which brings the two most outstanding and eye-catching features for iPhone X: Face ID, and Animoji.

Besides, the iPhone X front camera also supports portrait mode, Apple calling it Portrait Mode Selfies. So not just rear camera, the front camera also can take photos with a sharp foreground and blurred background. So iPhone X front camera is more fun than iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone X – Secure Authentication Differences

On previous iPhone models, Touch ID is always the way to help us unlock the device, pay the bill, start the app downloading, etc. We are kind of used to its simplicity and convenience.

While as mentioned above, the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera brings us the new generation of iPhone secure authentication – Face ID. It means we need to look at the front camera to unlock the device. Even though Apple says Face ID is much more secure than Touch ID, people still have much concern about it.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone X – Battery Differences

We know the wireless charging is a big one for this generation of iPhones with Qi technology. Also, USB charging is supported on all 3 devices. But there still are some differences in their power and battery.

Compared to iPhone 7, iPhone 8 just lasts as same as iPhone 7, while iPhone X lasts 2 hours longer. iPhone X talking time is 21 hours, while iPhone 8 is 14 hours; As for audio playback, iPhone X is up to 60 hours, while iPhone 8 is 40 hours; However, they last same time for the internet browsing, and video playing.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone X – Price and Date Differences

iPhone 8 is costing 699 USD with 64 GB, and 849 USD with 256 GB, and both delivering pretty quickly. You can have three colors to choose: Silver, Gold, Space Gray.

iPhone X availability is extremely limited. It also has two types of storage: 64 GB with 999 USD, and 256 GB with 1149 USD.

So iPhone X is much more expensive than iPhone 8, with 300 USD. For saving money, iPhone 8 is the better choice.

Without doubt iPhone X is much better than 8 and 8 Plus. It offers so much more as compared to its smaller brothers. If I had to buy I would go with X.