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iPhone X vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Features and Specs Comparison

By Vinod Yalburgi , Sep 13, 2017 05:09 AM EDT
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Apple has finally launched the highly-anticipated premium flagship phone 'iPhone X' at the recent event held at Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino. The company also unveiled the successors to iPhone 7/7 Plus namely 'iPhone 8' and 'iPhone 8 Plus', which share a bunch of common internal components, albeit differing in a few functional aspects.

Apple's Tenth Anniversary iPhone aka 'iPhone X' comes with an assortment of revolutionary features that are not part of the other two next-gen iPhones. Let's take a sneak peak at all those features that make iPhone X superior to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus:

Display, Design and Dimensions

Although all the three iPhones come with damage and scratch-resistant glass, only the iPhone X sports the bezel-less edge-to-edge OLED display while the iPhone 8 variants ship with LED-backlit IPS LCD display.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus inherit identical front panel looks and design from the iPhone 7, including the capacitive Home button with a built-in Touch ID scanner.

The iPhone X features a massive 5.8-inch OLED display with 1125x2436 pixels resolution at 458ppi. In contrast, the iPhone 8 sports a 4.7-inch 720p display with 326ppi and the iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 401ppi.

The iPhone X display flaunts rounded corners, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus displays come with square edges.

Dolby Vision and HDR10 support are exclusive to the 5.8-inch OLED display on the iPhone X, as these features are not available on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

With due credit to its bezel-less display, the iPhone X is relatively smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus in the overall dimensions, despite featuring a larger display.  

The iPhone X is 7.7 mm thick, 143.6 mm tall, and 70.9 mm wide. The iPhone 8 is 7.3 mm thick, 138.4 mm tall, and 67.3 mm wide. The iPhone 8 Plus is 7.5 mm thick, 158.4 mm tall, and 78.1 mm wide

Processor Chipset, RAM and Storage

All the three iPhones are powered by Apple's hexa-core A11 Bionic chip, besides featuring a dual-core Neural engine and M11 motion coprocessor.

Both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus ship with 3GB of RAM while the iPhone 8 includes just 2GB of RAM.

All the three next-gen iPhones come in 64GB and 256GB storage variants.

Biometric Authentication

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus still support the fingerprint scanner with a second-generation Touch ID sensor built into the capacitive Home button at the front.

On the other hand, the iPhone X debuts Face ID for its new Facial Recognition technology.

Battery

The iPhone X boasts up to 21 hours of 3G talk-time and up to 60 hours of music playback time, akin to the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone 8 on the other hand is rated to offer up to 14 hours of 3G talk-time and up to 40 hours of music playback. All the three iPhones ship with non-removable Li-Ion battery and bring support for Qi wireless charging as well as fast battery charging (50% charge in 30 minutes).

Camera

iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X sport a dual rear camera setup with 12MP sensors. The primary sensor comes with f/1.8 lens and supports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) while both devices come with a different configuration for the secondary 12MP telephoto lens.

The 12MP telephoto lens on the iPhone X supports OIS and an f/2.4 aperture. On the contrary, the iPhone 8 Plus lacks OIS and has a smaller f/2.8 aperture on its 12MP secondary sensor with telephoto lens.

The iPhone 8 gets just a single 12MP sensor with OIS and f/1.8 aperture. All the three phones are equipped with a new color filter and deeper pixel gamut for superior image quality. You can get crisp and clear photos in challenging lighting conditions, thanks to its Quad-LED True Tone flash.

Coming to the front-facing selfie camera, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sport a 7MP FaceTime HD camera while the iPhone X equips a 7MP TrueDepth camera. All three iPhones offer Portrait and Portrait Lighting mode for selfies.

Connectivity

All the three phones feature LTE-A, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi ac, and a Lightning port.

Pricing and Availability

The iPhone 8 is still the cheapest of the three newly launched iPhones with a starting price of $699. The iPhone 8 Plus gets a base price of $799 while the top-end iPhone X will be available in 64GB and 256GB variants at $999 and $1,1,49 respectively.

As for the availability, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be up for pre-order starting September 15. The iPhone X pre-orders are expected to go live on October 27.

Coming to the release date, the iPhone X will hit the retail shelves in 55 countries on November 3. On the contrary, the iPhone 8 variants will be available in the retail market as early as September 22.  

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