iPhone 8 vs iPhone X: How do Apple’s latest releases compare?

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Introducing the iPhone 8 and iPhone X

The rumours around Apple’s latest product launch have been proven true with the tech giant showcasing two new iPhone models: the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the iPhone X. The double release forms part of Apple’s celebrations to mark 10 years since the first iPhone came out.

So far, the iPhone X has received more attention than the iPhone 8 (not least of all because of its price). The iPhone X is all about Apple envisioning the future of smartphones. From the inclusion of face recognition technology to the super retina display, it’s clear this phone is a masterpiece of Apple innovation.

Nonetheless, it’d be wrong to allow the X to overshadow the more affordable iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 and the larger 8 Plus might not scream luxury like the iPhone X, but inside, the 8 has all the key upgrades.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone X - Compare Main Features

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iPhone 8 vs iPhone X: How do Apple's latest releases compare?

Improved designs retain Apple’s signature style

Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X have a glass front and back. It not only looks great but has a practical purpose: to enable wireless charging. The glass, we’re told by Apple exec Paul Schiller, is “reinforced by laser welded steel and copper” to make it the “most durable glass ever on a smartphone.” As you’d expect from a premium phone, these handsets are also water and dust resistant.

iPhone 8 Front

iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 8: available in space grey, silver & gold

The iPhone 8 comes in two sizes – the basic model will have a 4.7-inch display while the display of the 8 Plus will measure 5.5-inches. At just 7.8mm wide, the iPhone 8 is ultra slim, and the smaller version will fit comfortably in your jeans pocket. It’s a good-looking phone, but the presence of bezels and a home button is all very old school Apple. In fact, aside from the glass finish, there’s little differentiating the design from earlier iPhones.

By contrast, the iPhone X is a bit of a design breakthrough for Apple. That’s right; they no longer have a home button, and the display is (very nearly) edge-to-edge. At last! Some relics of Apple’s style do persist, such as the narrow black outline that eats into the display in places. But overall, the display-to-surface area ratio is much better than earlier iPhones.

iPhone X Front

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Enhanced performance supports augmented reality

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X share the same A11 bionic chipset. Apple claims the chip is the “smartest ever in a smartphone” and will give their phones the power to handle new trends in tech, such as augmented reality.

Augmented reality is now a big deal for Apple, who realise it’s where things are heading. For this reason, the A11 chip is 70% faster than the iPhone 7’s A10 chip. This speed creates two extremely efficient handsets with the same power as your average PC.

Importantly for gamers, the graphics processing unit (GPU) is also 30% faster, meaning the handsets are perfect for virtual reality gaming. To complement the 3D graphics rendered by the GPU, you have new sensors for motion tracking. The combination of the two allows the phones to superimpose images onto your actual surroundings to achieve a truly immersive gaming experience. Of course, for best results, you’ll still want to pair the phones with a virtual reality headset.

New cameras, new features

Both handsets have dual-lens cameras: one wide-angled lens to increase the scope of your photos and a telephoto lens that helps you zoom in and focus. It is lovely but no less than you’d expect from a top-end phone.

Where Apple has moved forwards is in the way its new iPhones process images. An upgraded image processing sensor (ISP) will help these phones quickly focus in low light. Also, multi-band noise reduction will reduce unwanted variations in image brightness. With all of this underpinned by optical image stabilisation to eliminate blur, your shots should be truer to life than ever.

A fancy new feature to appear on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X is portrait lighting mode. This feature separates the person in your photo from the background to let you play around with how the light hits their face. For those selfie lovers out there, this is going to give you the freedom to contour your face like never before. Don’t want to faff about with effects while taking the photo? That’s fine; you can apply this feature retrospectively on the saved image.

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It’d be wrong to touch on the phones’ cameras without mentioning the video. These cameras support 4k video recording to give you quality shots with a superb level of detail. Also, Apple has enhanced their slow-mo mode to let you play back 1080p at 240 fps – that’s double the frame rate of the iPhone 7.

What does the iPhone X have that the iPhone 8 doesn’t?

Face ID

Yes, Apple has joined Samsung in heralding in the age of face recognition. The iPhone X comes with an infrared camera and a bunch of sensors that allow the phone to remember your face. This impressive addition involves the phone mapping out a model of your face using precise maths. Want to grow a beard? Buy a pair of specs? Paint your face blue? That’s okay – the software is intelligent enough to adapt to tweaks in your appearance.

Animojis

The iPhone X has a ‘TrueDepth’ front-facing camera that supports a feature we’re dying to try out: animojis. Wtf are animojis? Well, these are animations that map onto your face to turn you into a living, breathing emoji. Choose from a range of emoji designs, from the cheeky monkey to the poo emoji, and the animation will take on your facial expressions.

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Stepping back to evaluate the new iPhones

Okay, the iPhone X is super cool. It unlocks at a glance, has a brilliant OLED super retina display and lets you turn yourself into a laughing panda. But, it does come at a hefty price: £999. There will be those who slate this price tag, which makes the iPhone X a phone for the rich. The power and craftsmanship that’s gone into this device almost justify the eyebrow-raising cost.

Putting our feet firmly back in 2017, there aren’t many reasons to break the bank for an iPhone X. For Apple fans, the iPhone 8 is a quality phone that includes all the most important upgrades. For example, the faster A11 chip and motion tracking for augmented reality. Meanwhile, anyone open to traveling to the dark side (i.e. Android) will find new releases that perform to a similar level for a lower cost.

iPhone 8 and iPhone X product specs

 iPhone 8iPhone X
Pricecirca £699.00circa £999.00
Body
Weight148g 174g
Dimensions138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29in)143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30in)
Display
Size 4.7 inches5.8 inches
Resolution750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)1125 x 2436 pixels (~458 ppi pixel density)
Platform
OSiOS 11iOS 11
ChipsetApple A11 BionicApple A11 Bionic
CPUHexa-coreHexa-core
Memory
Card slotNo
No
Internal64 GB or 256 GB, 2 GB RAM64/256 GB, 3 GB RAM
Camera
Image capture12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flashDual 12 MP, f/1.8 & f/2.4, phase detection autofocus, OIS, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
Video2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps
Sound
AudioStereo speakers
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
Stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
Features
SensorsFingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerFace ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer