According to the reports from last week, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are being outsold by the last year’s models, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. That being said, it is pretty understandable, as the iPhone 7 costs $100 less, since the launch of the iPhone 8. The vast majority of people are eagerly expecting the iPhone X which will be available for pre-ordering this Friday and shipping out starting Nov. 3. Still, if you haven’t made your decision regarding which smartphone to choose, this iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone X comparison unveils all the details crucial to your final decision. The iPhone X, undoubtedly, looks tempting if you can afford it. But, what if the iPhone 8 Plus is underestimated? Read on!
iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone X – Specs
There are many similarities that the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X share, some features are even the same. Both sport the A11 Bionic chipset, and 3GB of RAM. Also, both smartphones are available in two storage options, 64GB and 256GB. Both also support wireless charging based on the Qi standard and fast charging. Customers can opt to charge their smartphone via an inductive charging pad. Apple even announced the AirPower mat that will come out in 2018. The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X users can utilize AirPower for wireless charging.
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When it comes to the fast charging features, both smartphones can be charged to 50% battery life in about 30 minutes, thanks to Apple’s 29W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapters, that are, unfortunately, sold separately. Luckily, if you own the new MacBook Pro model, the power adapter is included.
Also, both iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X sport the IP67 dust- and water-resistance certification, same as the predecessors, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone X – Price
As you may already know, the iPhone X costs $200 more compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799, while the iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB storage option. The price plays a bigger role if you are purchasing the iPhone X up front. However, if you are using Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Plan, or participating in one of the installment plans of the major U.S. carriers, the price, perhaps, won’t make much difference. Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, as mentioned above, share many similarities, and as such, purchasing the iPhone 8 Plus, over the iPhone X won’t make a crucial difference (unless you want to own a smartphone with the bezel-less screen.)
iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone X – Features
The iPhone X has a larger screen at 5.8-inches, while the iPhone 8 Plus sports the 5.5-inch display. It is also important to note that the iPhone X has higher resolution at 2436 x 1125 pixels compared to the iPhone 8 Plus’ 1920 x 1080-pixels. It is also worth mentioning that the iPhone X ditches the bezels, except for the notch on the top of the smartphone for the front-facing camera. It is no secret that this year features the death of the bezel when it comes to flagship smartphones. However, the iPhone X exceeded everyone’s expectations. The iPhone 8 Plus doesn’t feature the bezel-less design, however, the screen displays handy content at once, despite the lower resolution.
Both smartphones feature 12MP rear dual-lens cameras which consist of a telephoto lens and a wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture. Also, both are equipped with quad-LED True Tone flash, optical zoom, and digital zoom up to 10x. However, the iPhone X also boasts dual optical image stabilization, while the iPhone 8 Plus uses optical image stabilization only for the wide-angle lens. It doesn’t hurt to mention that the f/2.4 aperture on the iPhone X is faster than the f/2.8 aperture for the iPhone 8 Plus’ telephoto lens.
Also, the TrueDepth camera of the iPhone X uses new 3D sensors to match your facial expressions and utilize the new “Animoji” feature, which is an advantage compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. The set of Animoji are animations that mimic user’s facial expressions once taken by the front-facing camera.
Featuring the bezel-less screen, the iPhone X ditched the Home Button, and thus the Touch ID, which is implemented in the Home button of the iPhone 8 Plus. Instead, iPhone X features a Face ID on the front-facing camera. Users of the iPhone X will have to raise their smartphone up, look at the front-facing camera and swipe to unlock their smartphone. Also, as the iPhone X doesn’t have a Home button anymore, users of this smartphone will have to use the side button to activate Siri.
iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone X – Conclusion
There’s no doubt that the upcoming iPhone X is vastly feature-rich, compared to the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 8. Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 Plus, is a more affordable smartphone, and if you are already used to the “Plus” iPhone architecture and functionality, then you are not going to miss much, by sticking with the iPhone 8 Plus.
Still, if you are fond of futuristic, brand-new smart gadgets, and don’t want to miss out on iPhone X’s set of new and unique features, then Apple’s iPhone X is the true flagship for you.