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iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: What’s the difference?

Apple has outed not one, not two, but three new iPhones. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the standard upgrades, while the iPhone X claims to be the future of the smartphone.

So what’s the difference between them? And which is right for you? Read on and find out.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Screen

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The iPhone X is the first iPhone to come with an OLED screen, what Apple calls the Super Retina Display. Other handsets have come with OLED displays before, but Apple claims this is the first screen worthy of being on an iPhone.

OLED doesn’t require backlighting, so it can be slimmer than other screens. It offers unrivalled black levels – instead of approximating black, the pixels turn off, creating a much truer level of blackness.

OLED screens are also brighter than other technologies.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Interface

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The iPhone X is also the first iPhone without a home button. Instead, you swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go to the home page. (Control Centre, which is usually accessed by swiping up, has been moved to the top of the screen.)

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, however, keep the old home button, and work just like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Size

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The iPhone X is the biggest iPhone Apple has ever made. Its screen is a whopping 5.8 inches across diagonally, which is bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus, which is 5.5 inches.

The iPhone 8 is the smallest of the new phones, standing 4.7 inches.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Camera

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The iPhone X has the same rear camera set-up as the iPhone 8 Plus. Namely dual 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto lens shooters. Though it has optical image stabilisation on both cameras, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus only has it on one.

Optical image stabilisation keeps the optics nice and steady when you’re shooting, eliminating blur. It also makes for clearer shots in low light.

The iPhone 8 only has one rear camera, though it has the same 12-megapixel sensor as the iPhone X and 8 Plus.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Wireless

iphone 8 wireless charging

All three new phones have wireless charging. This means instead of scrabbling around for your charging cable in the middle of the night, you just place the phone on the charging mat.

You can also charge the new iPhones on the same wireless charger as the Apple Watch and AirPods, so you can keep all your Apple gadgets charging together, like they sleep in the same bed.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Battery life

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The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus last about the same amount of time as their predecessors. The iPhone X, however, lasts a couple of hours longer, though Apple doesn’t say how many hours of standby time you’ll get.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Processor

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The same A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture is found in all three iPhones. They all also have the same neural engine, and embedded M11 motion coprocessor.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Unlocking

iPhone X face detect security

Because there’s no home button, there’s no Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone X. Chances are Apple wanted to include one, but couldn’t find a way to place it below the screen. Instead, it uses facial recognition – known as Face ID – to unlock the screen. Or you can use a PIN.

There’s no such gadgetry on the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. They use Touch ID, just like every iPhone since the 5S.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Price and availability

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The iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone ever, costing a whopping £999 SIM-free. The iPhone 8 starts at £699, and the iPhone 8 Plus £799.

You can order the 8 and 8 Plus from the morning of Friday 15th September. The iPhone X orders open on Friday 27th October, with shipping starting on Friday 3rd November.

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