This year's release of the new iPhones in my opinion are a "backseater". What I mean by that is compared to it's other competitors in an overall standing, Apple scored pretty low. If you're going to get the new iPhone, you better be a big time iPhone fan and not someone who's trying to get the best phone for the price on the market. In this article, we're not going to compare the best smartphones in the market. Instead we're going to compare the iPhone 8 versus the iPhone X.
iPhone 8 Versus iPhone X Comparison
|iPhone 8||iPhone 8 Plus||iPhone X|
|iOS||iOS 11||iOS 11||iOS 11|
|Colours||Gold, Silver, Space Grey||Gold, Silver, Space Grey||Silver, Space Grey|
|Display||4.7in Retina HD (1334x750, 326ppi) IPS||5.5in Retina HD (1920x1080, 401ppi) IPS||5.8in Super Retina Display (2436x1125, 458ppi) OLED|
|Processor||Apple A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor||Apple A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor||Apple A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor|
|Rear camera||12Mp, f/1.8, 5x digital zoom, quad-LED flash||12Mp wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS + 12Mp telephoto, f/2,8, optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, Portrait Lighting, Portrait Mode, quad-LED flash||12Mp wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS + 12Mp telephoto, f/2.4, OIS, optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, Portrait Lighting, Portrait Mode, quad-LED flash|
|Front camera||7Mp FaceTime HD, f/2.2, 1080p video||7Mp FaceTime HD, f/2.2, 1080p video||7Mp FaceTime HD, f/2.2, 1080p video|
|Video recording||4K at 24/30/60fps, 1080p slo-mo at 240fps||4K at 24/30/60fps, 1080p slo-mo at 240fps||4K at 24/30/60fps, 1080p slo-mo at 240fps|
|Biometric security||Touch ID||Touch ID||Face ID|
Comparing the two phones’ specifications on paper, of course the iPhone X is far better. In today’s world of size matter, the 17.3% difference in screen-to-body ratio matters. The question is doubt if it's worth the extra $300 for the iPhone X as oppose to the iPhone 8.
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 iPhone X display in 18.5:9 aspect ratio also it is more elongated, while the shift to OLED delivers a much greater contrast ratio (1,000,000:1 versus 1,400:1) and power savings. The increased resolution and pixel density of the iPhone X are the highest ever on an iPhone. The iPhone 8 does match the iPhone X in support for Apple’s True Tone technology (which color balances against ambient light for greater accuracy) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content which is appearing on iTunes, Netflix and Amazon.
But, the iPhone X is merely catching 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.
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Yes the iPhone X may be slightly taller than the iPhone 8, but it is barely any wider or thicker and 17% heavier. 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 emphasizes the removal of the top and bottom bezels on the iPhone X made such a big difference.
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)
The iPhone X is of no way perfect. Its screen has a notch at the top for Face ID 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 might be a deal breaker for some users, but the loyal Apple users will always stay with Apple.
Furthermore both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 are very similar in design. Both have glass backs which enable wireless charging to be added for the first time, IP67 water and dust resistance, allowing full submersion in up to 3.28 feet of water for 30 minutes and rigid Series 7000 Aluminum in their chassis. Both also retain the Lightning port and stereo speakers which are 25% louder than the iPhone 7.
The iPhone X only comes in Silver and Space Grey. The iPhone 8 adds Gold to these options. They are also expecting to release Red as a limited edition at some point in the near future.
The iPhone X and iPhone 8 could not be more different on the surface, internally they deliver almost identical performance.
iPhone X/iPhone 8 - Apple A11 ‘Bionic’ chipset: Six Core CPU, Six Core GPU, M11 motion coprocessor, 3GB RAM (iPhone X), 2GB RAM (iPhone 8)
The extra RAM may seem important, but with the iPhone 8 driving a lower resolution screen and a single lens camera (again more in the Camera section) the real world performance of the two iPhones will be identical. Their performance will be industry leading, as Apple claims their A11 chipsets deliver 25% faster CPU and 30% faster GPU (graphics) performance than the A10 in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The A11 is also 70% faster when multitasking. Given the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remain the most powerful smartphones around, the iPhone X and iPhone 8 will only see Apple extend its lead at the top of the performance chart.
Still no explanation of the ‘Bionic’ portion and how the iPhone X stands out. While Apple has removed the ever-faulty Touch ID from the iPhone X, it has been replaced by Face ID facial recognition which Apple says is just as fast and even more secure.
Facial recognition, used by the likes of Samsung, has been poor but the Bionic chip in combination with new sensors on the front of the iPhone X can accurately map a user’s face in 3D. This makes it both reliable and unable to be fooled by photographs or even (Apple points out) masks.
For its part the Bionic chip controls a Neural engine which handles up to 600 billion operations per second so it can “learn” when a user is wearing sunglasses, a hat or even grows a beard. How well this works time will tell but Apple does promise it will not collect any of the facial ID data the iPhone X records and it will remain on the phone.
The iPhone 8 does not have the Face ID but instead a Touch ID. Depending on your feelings about facial versus fingerprint recognition, this will result in either the iPhone X or iPhone 8 being a clear winner here.
Apple confirmed that the new iPhones will be able to tap into LTE Advanced networks, which have a theoretical peak speed of 500 megabits per second. That's fast, but not nearly as fast as what their Android competitors can hit.
The lack of Gigabit LTE on the new iPhones is noteworthy because the carriers are starting to trumpet the technology as a big advance that offers more speed and capacity -- even if it's not yet broadly available. When more of these advanced networks go online throughout the next year, you'll start to see Android phones blow past iPhones when it comes to their cellular connections.
Even if you don't actually hit 1 gigabit per second, a Gigabit LTE network is a heck of a lot faster than anything you're getting now. A test by Australian carrier Telstra saw real-world speeds of 100 megabits to 300 megabits per second, or about 30 times what your standard LTE signal looks like.
But there are myriad other benefits. Beyond the higher speeds, the carriers will be able handle more people on their networks -- an increasing number of whom are on unlimited data plans gorging on streaming movies and video games.
The X mixes up the iOS 11 interface: Instead of swiping up for Control Center and down for notifications, it's down for Control Center and up to go home -- or, up and hold to switch between apps. For Siri, you'll now hold down the long side button, like on the Apple Watch, instead of pressing the home button (because there is no home button). Will it feel intuitive or annoying? Will it just take getting used to?
Another key difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are their cameras. 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 versus f/2.8) and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). It is also what enables Portrait Mode.
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). These specifications are the same as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple says 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.
If optical zoom and Portrait Mode is not that important to you, then the iPhone 8 will be every bit a match for you. The iPhone X though the larger question is whether Apple can again compete for the smartphone camera crown which Samsung and Google have dominated in recent years.
The iPhone 8 will disappoint you in its battery life. Apple has struggled with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 all having similar stamina and history repeats as Apple admits there has been no tangible improvement between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. But the iPhone X is different. Apple saysthe iPhone X will last “up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7” and, while it isn’t clear where this number comes from, Apple’s spec page shows the main boosts are to talk time and audio playback.
iPhone X and iPhone 8 battery life is closer than you might imagine. Apple finally added wireless charging and wired quick charging to all its new iPhones. The former works with Qi chargers (though only at a slow 7.5 watts) while the latter delivers up to 50% charge (from flat) in just 30 minutes.
The problem is Apple doesn’t supply quick chargers in the box and they are expensive. This becomes a bigger problem when you look at the price rises for the new iPhones themselves…
Storage & Price
iPhone X and iPhone 8 basics are at 64GB this year. No more 32GB. In only providing two storage options and the iPhone 8 has increased $50 against the iPhone 7, the iPhone X takes Apple’s pricing……
iPhone X - 64GB ($999), 256GB ($1,149)
iPhone 8 - 64GB ($699), 256GB ($849)
The iPhone X is $300 more expensive than the iPhone 8 and $200 more than the iPhone 8 Plus at the same storage capacities and all these prices are before tax. This makes Apple’s omission of a fast charger in the box quite extraordinary. The fast chargers don’t come with a cable, which in turn is different from the cable Apple bundles with the phones.
Whether these prices are justifiable will be entirely down to each customer’s bank balance, but most will gain some solace from spreading the cost over a two year carrier contract.
My Final Thoughts
If I was a loyal Apple fan, I'm going to tell you that I can't wait to get the Apple X. That's just the truth about the whole thing. I'd have to have the latest of Apple. Since I'm not an Apple fan, I'm going to tell you that I still haven't found that version of the iPhone to pull me away from the Samsung Note series. I am very willing and wouldn't mind having an Apple iPhone as my primary phone. But you're going to have to give me one that's going to blow my mind. The year 2017 will be remembered for the year of the iPhone X not the iPhone 8. The iPhone X fundamentally changes iPhone design for the first time since the original phone launched in 2007 and it may revolutionize how we log into our smartphones. That's one thing that you'll have to respect about Apple is their ablity to take charge in the industry. They took away the headphone port, and still held that with the latest version. Most likely, it will probably be the norm in the near future with no headphone port. And now, they're going to make it a norm for facial recognition login.
For $300 less users will get a phone which has virtually identical performance, photography and charging as well as similar battery life. You won’t get the larger display, you won’t get Face ID but you will get Touch ID which the iPhone X lacks. All of which means your choice comes down to one question: How much are you willing to pay for that new design…?