It has been one month since the launch of the iPhone X and the iPhone 8, and the dust and hype have settled down somewhat. It’s time to deliver a sober and detailed verdict on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, underscoring the differences between them both. The central question on everyone’s mind is: “which one should I buy, and why?” And there is no easy answer to this question, but at wearetop10.com, we pride ourselves being on staying on top of all things tech. So let’s go for an in-depth look at some important differences between iPhone 8 And iPhone X.
Who is the true successor to the iPhone 7?
This is a significant question if you own an older iPhone and are thinking about upgrading in 2017. Based on tradition, the iPhone 8 should be the next flagship in the series, after the launch of iPhone 7 last year. And it shouldn’t be out until 2018 since Apple doesn’t usually launch new flagships every year. But Apple bucked that trend this year, probably due to the weight of the tenth-anniversary expectations.
And so have a unique situation. There is no iPhone 7S or 7S Plus. Instead, you have the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which are upgrades on the old flagship 7. Regarding new design and pricing, the iPhone X is the real new flagship in the series. So, should you splurge the extra cash and get the radical new design, or should you go for the more incremental upgrade that is the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus? Let’s check out the specs sheet to get some answers.
The Design: The Old Vs New
Here you have pretty severe issues with the iPhone 8. As an upgrade on the iPhone 7, it offers almost nothing new. It has the same design formula and shape that we have come to see in the iPhones since at least 2014. You get the same old home button with the Touch ID scanner.
The story is radically different when it comes to the iPhone X. It has an entirely new design, one that sees the series say goodbye to the home button. Instead, we have an exciting new technology: Face ID that uses sensors to create 3D maps of the user’s face. These sensors are placed on the top of the phone, in a notch that cuts into the display. Meanwhile, the absence of home button means that Apple has stretched the screen in all four directions, drastically narrowing the bezels.
Both phones feature do have a glass back, for wireless charging. This glass is heavier than the older aluminum, as they had to increase the thickness to make it more durable. It translates into about 10g extra weight for the iPhone 8 over the iPhone 7. Both iPhone 8 and X also retain the lightning charger and the same aluminum Series 7000 frame on the body. Both phones are rated IP67 water and dust resistant.
Regarding design, the iPhone X is miles ahead of the iPhone 8. While the latter sticks to the dull old scheme, the iPhone X is a bold new redesign, one that hints at the exciting possibilities of future paths Apple may take with the series.
The Display: New is better, Way better
This is a no contest without an iota of doubt: the iPhone 8 is no match for the iPhone X.
The iPhone 8 display reminds us that this, in fact, a rebranded iPhone 7S in spirit, design, and specifications. You get the same 4.7inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen, with a resolution of 1334×750 pixels. That is a pixel density of roughly 326ppi. And the ratio between the screen and the body of the phone also remains the same, around 65.6%. Contrast and brightness levels also stay the same, at 1400:1 and 625cd/m2 max respectively.
What you do get as new is something called the “True Tone” technology. They used to have it on the iPad Pro models, where the display reacts to your ambient light settings, improving the color balance for maximum impact and quality at all times. Also available is support for HDR and Dolby Vision, features that should help when you are streaming the latest content on Netflix and Amazon.
The iPhone X is where the fun really begins. The screen is much larger, at 5.8 inches, and it is not a silly IPS LCD anymore. Instead, you have a True Tone OLED, with a resolution of 2436×1125 pixels, for a pixel density of 458ppi. These are the highest ever figures seen for an iPhone display, ever. Just check out the difference in contrast between the iPhone 8 screen and the OLED screen: it is 1,000,000:1 vs 1400:1! It also has the same HDR and Dolby support as the iPhone 8 screen.
With this new screen, Apple has finally caught up with the likes of Samsung and LG, who already had such high-resolution screens on their phones this year (with the Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and LG G6).
Weight and Bulk: Marginal Differences Between iphone 8 and iphone X
Despite having a larger screen, the iPhone X is not that much heavier than the iPhone 8. It is only slightly taller (143.6 vs 138.4mm), and slightly wider (70.9 vs 67.3mm). And in terms of thickness, it is only just 4mm thicker. When you put both phones on the scale, the iPhone X weighs around 174g, while the iPhone 8 clocks in at 148g. That is a difference of just 26g or just around six teaspoons of sugar!
So if you were to hold both these devices in your hand, the differences would be extremely minor. In contrast, the iPhone 8 Plus is larger, thicker and heavier at 202g.
Cameras: An unequal battle
The iPhone 8 misses out on the dual back camera found on both the iPhone X and the 8 Plus. This puts it at a severe disadvantage. Its cameras are almost identical to the iPhone 7: with a 12MP wide angle rear camera (f/1.8 aperture, and optical stabilization), and 7MP shooter up front (f/2.2 aperture).
The iPhone X on the other hand, has the same rear camera as the iPhone 8, with an extra 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom at the back. This has Optical Image Stabilization and Portrait Mode. The front cameras on both phones are identical.
The iPhone X also gets the advantage of a better processor, with advanced Face Recognition technology. So despite having similar cameras, expect the photos from the iPhone X to better.
OS & Performance: An Even Playing Field
Both devices use iOS 11 and have virtually identical specifications under the hood. They both get the A11 Bionic Chipset, which has six cores for the CPU, and six cores for the graphics processor. They also have the M11 motion co-processor to collect data from all the sensors. Where the iPhone X wins out marginally is in the RAM department: it gets 3GB while the iPhone 8 has to make do with just 2GB of RAM.
But in terms of actual performance, the difference should be much less. For this, the iPhone 8 should thank the lack of advanced goodies like an OLED screen and dual camera. Those hardwares are more resource intensive, which brings down the performance of the iPhone X much closer to the iPhone 8.
But what is abundantly clear is that both phones are much, much faster than the older iPhone 7 series. The A11 is an industry leading chip, its GPU and CPU are 25-30% faster than its predecessor the A10, and it is also much better at multitasking. So Apple remains at the top when it comes to performance with both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
Battery & Charging: Only minor differences
Both phones got wireless charging and wired quick charging, features that were already on numerous Android phones. And it is a welcome addition to the iPhone range, though battery life does disappoint somewhat.
The iPhone 8 has no advantages over the iPhone 7 in this regard, which is quite disappointing. The X at least has a minor improvement, with Apple claiming a 2-hour increase in battery life over the iPhone 7. So both phones are almost neck and neck in this regard, with the iPhone X narrowly ahead.
Storage & Price: Bring on the pain!
Before getting to the bad bits regarding the asking price, let’s check out the good news first. 32GB storage is now history, with both iPhones sporting 64GB as the base storage option. There is also the premium 256GB version available.
Now to the painful bit. For the iPhone 8, it is only a slight jolt, with an increase of $50 over the original price of the iPhone 7. You can have the 64GB version for $699 (INR 61,990), while the 256GB version is $150 costlier at $849 (INR 77,000).
And that brings us to the real kicker: the price of the iPhone X. Apple has gone into uncharted territory with the design of their new flagship. And they have also gone into uncharted territories high up in the sky with their asking price! The iPhone X costs an unheard of $999 (INR 89,000) for the base model, $1149 (INR 1,02,000) for the 256GB variant.
Regarding design, there is no question; the iPhone X is the most exciting phone out there. The unique addition of facial recognition instead of touch may change the way we interact with phones for the foreseeable future. And the addition of a better, larger screen and a better camera just adds to the allure.
But in terms of sheer practical common sense, it is hard to argue against the iPhone 8. Sure it doesn’t have the great display or the Face ID, but that is the only significant difference between iPhone 8 And iPhone X. It lacks the dual camera, but that will matter only if you really care about optical zoom.
In virtually every other department, the iPhone 8 is equal to the iPhone X. In speed, performance, charging, and battery life, the difference is negligible. What is not insignificant is the price difference of $300. Is the iPhone X really worth that premium, when it shares a lot of the essential features of the iPhone 8? Only your wallet can answer that question!