The wrapper is off the next gen Apple smartphones, and now many consumers will be making the iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X vs. iPhone 7 comparison. These are very much three differing handsets, with the iPhone X being the premium model, and the iPhone 7 now the affordable variant. The iPhone 8 effectively slices the recent iPhone releases in to, being the mid-range release. But how do these three smartphones compare?

iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X vs. iPhone 7
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Design is an obvious difference in the iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X vs. iPhone 7 battle. The iPhone X delivers a grand new reworking of the iPhone concept with a design dominated by a wraparound OLED panel. Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 are rather similar, featuring larger bezels than their more expensive cousin, with the Home button retained in both devices.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are almost identical in size, with the iPhone X being only marginally larger. There is a difference of a few millimeters between the three handsets, but the considerably larger display of the iPhone X means that this cannot be considered a huge disadvantage.

And the iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X vs. iPhone 7 comparison is particularly relevant in this department. The Quad HD OLED display included in the iPhone X is clearly superior to the LCD panels in both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7, neither of which are full HD. In all honesty, the iPhone X wipes the floor with the competition here.

The quad-core 2.34 GHz processor included in the iPhone 7 is more than decent, but the new A11 chip with six-cores is obviously more than a match for this CPU. The new processor should ensure that the iPhone X and iPhone 8 both impress in the performance department.

With Apple having included a new camera in the iPhone X with upgraded aperture, the photographic capabilities of this top of the range smartphone are clearly superior to either the iPhone 8 or iPhone 7. This is despite the fact that the megapixel rating of the three cameras is identical. This is aof minimal importance when the dditional functionality of the iPhone X camera is taken into consideration, though.

One area where Apple has decided not to massively upgrade the iPhone X is the memory included in the device. The 3GB of RAM memory is slightly more than is included in the iPhone 8 or iPhone 7, but it is on a par with the existing iPhone 7 Plus.

It was widely anticipated that Apple would include a 512GB model in the iPhone X and iPhone 8 generation. But the consumer electronics giant has instead decided to stick to the storage provision from the iPhone 7 range, meaning that the maximum available storage in both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 is 256GB.

Full details of the battery cells included in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X have yet to be released by Apple. But the Californian corporation did states during its presentation to unveil the two devices that the battery life of these next generation handsets will be superior to that of the iPhone 7. We could see the battery for the iPhone X exceed 3,000 mAh in capacity, although this has not been confirmed as of yet.

An obvious area for iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X vs. iPhone 7 comparison is the features included in the three smartphones, with both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X benefiting from new functionality.

Firstly, both of the new Apple handsets benefit from an augmented reality system that has already received praise from those who have had a hands-on with the next generation devices. It was not entirely clear ahead of the release of the iPhone 8 whether it would benefit from the augmented reality technology, but it has indeed been implemented in each of the new Apple handsets. There is no such provision in the iPhone 7.

Secondly, Apple has implemented a new Face ID facial recognition system in the iPhone X, which isn’t present in the iPhone 8, let alone the iPhone 7. Both of the more affordable variants of the iPhone range rely on traditional Touch ID functionality, while even the new iPhone 8 still possesses a Home button.

Another major new feature included in both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X is a sophisticated wireless charging system, which is a new item of functionality for the iPhone series. This did not feature in the iPhone 7 whatsoever.

Animojis, present in both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, have also made a few headlines since they were introduced yesterday. These animated emojis weren’t not present in the iPhone 7 generation.

The iPhone X has a somewhat serious image, and the elevated production costs involved in the device mean that it is only available in Space Grey and Silver colours. The iPhone 8 has a Gold option, but actually neither of the new smartphones provides consumers with the array of options presented to iPhone 7 buyers.

Last year’s Apple flagship is still available in Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Red, and it is perhaps surprising that Apple hasn’t made more colours available for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 at launch.

Finally, price is an obvious area for the iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X vs. iPhone 7 comparison to be made. The iPhone X is undoubtedly a pricey unit, costing $999 at release. The mid-range iPhone 8 looks like a very affordable smartphone by comparison, with the pricing set by Apple at $699 for the base unit.

It is always hard to compare these figures with an older smartphone, but the iPhone 7 isn’t available for a significantly lower price than the RRP for the iPhone 8. Apple has slashed the price of the iPhone 7 in India, but US consumers will actually struggle to get hold of the smartphone for a much lower figure than the $699 of the iPhone 8.