iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone X

What’s new in the iPhone 8 Plus?

Trying to decide between iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X? Here’s what you need to know. iPhone 8 Plus, at first glance looks pretty similar to iPhone 7 Plus – complete with the familiar home button – except that the back is now made from glass rather than aluminium. This allows for one of the biggest changes between iPhone 8 Plus and previous models – wireless charging.

As you’d expect, there are some nice-to-have upgrades, too. These include a new True Tone display that adjusts the screen when used in different lighting, making it look more natural. There are upgrades to the camera, too, and a new portrait mode with some great effects to try out.

iPhone X – taking it to the next level

Along with iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus boasts the new A11 chip – 70% faster than the previous year’s A10 and capable of machine learning. But it’s iPhone X that really starts to take full advantage of this.

The first thing you’ll notice about iPhone X is its new design. A thinner, more flexible screen curves round the sides to meet the smooth glass back and home button has been gone – replaced by a bar incorporated into the screen. And while it’s physically smaller than iPhone 8 Plus it actually has a larger screen – 5.8 inches vs 5.5 inches – so your videos and images will look even better. And, of course, it supports wireless charging, too.

There’s a new section at the top to accommodate the front facing camera and 3D sensors. These allow 3D facial recognition – so you can unlock iPhone X just by looking into the screen. And thanks to A11’s machine learning capability, iPhone X learns to recognise you as your features change over time.

The 3D sensors also help make the most of the new selfie ‘portrait mode’ and even let you create ‘animojis’, where your expression is mapped onto personalised 3D emojis.

If you’re a fan of the current iPhone design, you might want to go for iPhone 8 Plus. But if you want access to all the features unlocked by 3D recognition and more, iPhone X may well be worth the extra spend.

 

 

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Capacity1 64GB
256GB
64GB
256GB

Display Retina HD display with 3D Touch
5.5 inches (diagonal)
1920x1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
Retina display 
5.8 inches (diagonal)
2436x1125-pixel resolution at 458ppi

Size and Weight2 Height 158.4 mm (6.24 inches)
Width 78.1 mm (3.07inches)
Depth 7.5 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight 202 grams (7.13 ounces)
Height 143.6 mm (5.65 inches)
Width 70.9mm (2.79 inches)
Depth 7.7 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight 174 grams (6.14 ounces)

Splash, Water and Dust Resistant3 Yes Yes

Chip A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
A11 chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
 

Camera 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras

Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture Telephoto: f/2.8 aperture

Optical image stabilisation

Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Exposure control

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

Portrait mode

Portrait Lighting (beta)
 
12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras

Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture Telephoto: f/2.8 aperture

Optical image stabilisation

Digital Zoom up to 5x

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Exposure control 

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

Portrait mode

Portrait Lighting (beta)
 

Video recording 4K video recording at 24 fps,  30 fps or 60fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

Optical image stabilisation for video

Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 6x

Quad-LED True Tone flash

Cinematic video stabilisation

Continuous autofocus video

Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Time-lapse video with stabilisation

Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Playback zoom
 
4K video recording at 30 fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

Optical image stabilisation for video

Digital zoom up to 3x

True Tone flash

Cinematic video stabilisation

Continuous autofocus video

Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Time-lapse video with stabilisation

Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Playback zoom
 

FaceTime HD Camera 7-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Retina Flash

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

1080p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Body and Face detection

Burst mode

Exposure control

Portrait mode

Portrait Lighting (beta)

Animoji
 
7-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Retina Flash

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

1080p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Face detection

Burst mode

Exposure control

Portrait mode

Portrait Lighting (beta)

Animoji
 

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