iPhone X which is by far the most interesting of Apple iOS 11 Has A Nasty Surprise For Apple And iPhones 6 Big Predictions For The Smart Home/Security Space In 2018’s new iPhones. But the iPhone X is also over 40% more expensive than the iPhone 8, so is it worth the substantial extra outlay?
Displays – The Past Vs The Future
There’s only one place to start when comparing the iPhone X and iPhone 8: their displays…
- iPhone X – 5.8-inch 18.5:9 True Tone OLED, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi), 82.9% screen-to-body ratio
- iPhone 8 – 4.7-inch 16:9 True Tone LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio
The difference couldn’t be more stark. The iPhone X display is dramatically larger (though an 18.5:9 aspect ratio also means it is more elongated), while the shift to OLED delivers a much greater contrast ratio (1,000,000:1 vs 1,400:1) and power savings. Meanwhile the increased resolution and pixel density of the iPhone X are the highest ever seen on an iPhone.
Where the iPhone 8 does match the iPhone X is support for Apple’s True Tone technology (which colour balances against ambient light for greater accuracy) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content which is appearing on iTunes, Netflix and Amazon.
It is also worth noting the iPhone X is merely playing catch up to its rivals with the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and (incoming) Google Pixel 2 XL all delivering similar specifications this year as well as higher 2K (2960 x 1440) resolutions.
Design – Bulky Vs Compact
Comparing iPhone X and iPhone 8 screen sizes suggests the former should be huge, but another highlight of Apple’s flagship phone is how compact it is:
- iPhone X – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and 174g (6.14 oz)
- iPhone 8 – 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in) and 148g (5.22 oz)
Yes the iPhone X may be slightly taller than the iPhone 8, but it is barely any wider or thicker and only 17% heavier. Contrast this also with the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus – 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm (6.28 x 3.07 x 0.32 in) and 202g (6.63 oz) – and it emphasises why the removal of the top and bottom bezels on the iPhone X is such a big deal.
But the iPhone X is not perfect. Its display has a large ‘notch’ at the top for Face ID (more about this in the Performance section) which makes viewing full screen photos and video a little odd and it has lost the Touch ID fingerprint sensor altogether to free up the front of the phone for that massive display. This is going to alienate some users.
Furthermore both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 share several design similarities. Both have glass backs which enable wireless charging to be added for the first time (more in the Battery Life section), IP67 water and dust resistance (allowing full submersion in up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes) and rigid Series 7000 Aluminium in their chassis.
Both also retain the Lightning port (when there were faint hopes Apple would move to USB-C) and stereo speakers which are 25% louder than the iPhone 7.
Lastly the iPhone X only comes in Silver and Space Grey, while the iPhone 8 adds Gold to these options. Both will presumably have (Product) Red limited editions at some stage.
Cameras – Dual Vs Single
Another key area of difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are their cameras.
Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X has a 12 megapixel telephoto lens which enables 2x optical zoom. This is great for zooming in on photos in good light and should be better than the dual camera on the iPhone 8 Plus as it has a faster aperture (f/2.4 vs f/2.8) and optical image stabilisation (OIS). It is also what enables Portrait Mode.
Elsewhere, however, the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are identical with a primary wide-angle rear 12 megapixel, f/1.8 aperture camera with OIS and a 7 megapixel, f/2.2 aperture front facing camera (no OIS).
If these specs sound familiar that’s because they match the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, though Apple claims the A11 Bionic will compensate for this. The chip has an Apple-designed ISP (Image Signal Processor) which improves pixel processing, low-light autofocus and noise reduction. The iPhone X will also use its Face ID sensors to deliver Portrait Mode on the front camera.
Iphone X is by far the beautiful and feature enriched phone.