iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone X: Which one should you buy?

For the first time in Apple history, we’ve been given the choice of 3 iPhone upgrades in one release period, with endless spec updates to amaze us.

But if you’re left wondering whether you should preorder the iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus tomorrow or wait until the iPhone X is released read on.


iPhone x iPhone 8 display

  • All: All devices offer True Tone display, Wide colour display (P3), 3D Touch and 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • iPhone X:  Super Retina HD 5.8-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED Multi-Touch display, Edge to Edge design, 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • iPhone 8: Retina HD 5.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi, 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical),
  • iPhone 8 Plus: Retina HD 4.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)

Rear Camera

  • All: Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync, Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos, ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • iPhone X: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Wide-angle: Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture, Dual optical image stabilisation, Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x, Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting (beta)
  • iPhone 8: 12MP camera, Digital zoom up to 5x
  • iPhone 8 Plus: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture. Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture, Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x, Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting (beta)

Front Camera

  • All: 7MP photos, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash, Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos, 1080p HD video recording
  • iPhone X: TrueDepth camera, Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting (beta), Animoji
  • iPhone 8/8 Plus: FaceTime HD camera


  • All: 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, Optical image stabilisation for video, Optical zoom;Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse video with stabilisation


  • All:: A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, Neural engine, Embedded M11 motion coprocessor

Secure Authentication

  • iPhone X: Face ID, Enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition
  • iPhone 8/8 Plus: Touch ID, Second-generation fingerprint sensor built into the Home button 


  • All: Splash, Water and Dust Resistant
  • iPhone X: 143.6 mm x 70.9 mm x 7.7 mm (174 grams)
  • iPhone 8: 138.4 mm x 67.3 mm x 7.3 mm (148 grams)
  • iPhone 8 Plus: 158.4 mm x 78.1 mm x7.5 mm (202 grams)


  • All: GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (some models), 4G LTE Advanced, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS, NFC with reader mode, Wi‑Fi calling

Apple Pay

  • iPhone X: Pay with your iPhone using Face ID in shops, within apps and on the web
  • iPhone 8/8Plus: Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in shops, within apps and on the web

Video Calling

  • All: FaceTime video, Initiate video calls over Wi‑Fi or a mobile network to any FaceTime-enabled device

Audio Calling

  • All:  FaceTime audio, Initiate audio calls over Wi‑Fi or a mobile network to any FaceTime audio–enabled device, Voice over LTE, Wi‑Fi calling

Audio Playback

  • All: AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3) and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+)

Video Playback

  • All: Video formats supported: HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2 and Motion JPEG, Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 content, AirPlay Mirroring, photos and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later), Video mirroring and video out support: up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)


  •  All:  Use your voice to send messages, set reminders and more, Get intelligent suggestions in Messages, Mail, QuickType and more, Activate with only your voice using “Hey Siri”, Listen to and identify songs


  • All: Built-in rechargeable lithium‑ion battery, Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers), Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter, Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes
  • iPhone X: Up to 21 hours talk time, Up to 12 hours internet use, Up to 13 hours video playback, Up to 60 hours audio playback
  • iPhone 8: Up to 14 hours talk time, Up to 12 hours internet use, Up to 13 hours video playback, Up to 40 hours audio playback
  • iPhone 8 Plus: Up to 21 hours talk time, Up to 13 hours internet use, Up to 14 hours video playback, Up to 60 hours


  • All: Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometer


  • All: Nano‑SIM, Not compatible with existing micro‑SIM cards


  • All: Lightning

Read more about the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X before release.


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