iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Display Sizes, Cameras, Battery Life, Face ID vs. Touch ID

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  1. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    It is kind of a Hobson's choice between a 3 year old design and a half-baked one.
  2. now i see it macrumors 65816

    Jan 2, 2002
    The question still hasn't been answered:
    Is the iPhone 8 Plus screen larger than the iPhone X?

    Stating device width in mm is no help because the X has slimmer bezels all around. Stating max resolution is of no help because the X has a higher pixel density.

    And since the top notch is going to essentially crop any video or picture, the length measurement is of no help either.

  3. riptidewahoo macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2011
    I have an S8 after owning every previous iPhone and can't help but feel like the iPhone X is only marginally better for a huge price increase/waiting period. Does anyone really need more power than what the S8 provides?

    Cheaper accessories and USB-C, a more open OS, Google cloud vs. iCloud... I do miss iMessages but that's really the only hook I miss.
  4. Krio macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Using the size of screen listed in pixels and the pixel density, here is what I came up with. This does NOT account for the notch on the X:

    iPhone 8: 4.09 by 2.30 inches -> 9.41 square inches

    iPhone 8P: 4.79 by 2.69 inches -> 12.89 square inches

    iPhone X: 5.32 by 2.46 inches -> 13.09 square inches

    With the notch and rounded corners accounted for, it is likely that the 8 Plus has more real estate than the X.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 13, 2017 ---
    Based on my math, probably the 8 Plus by a small margin.
  5. tennisproha macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2011
    Just a heads up, you can switch apps on the current iPhone by 3D touch swiping on the screen from from left to right.
  6. dampfnudel macrumors 68030

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I thought the main benefit of shooting 4K video at 60fps was for fast moving scenes like a sports game, riding in a moving vehicle or aircraft, a marathon, etc.
  7. joekun macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2005
    Any high end phone these days is going to have a lot of power, whether or not they need it will come down to features that require that power. As I am not a fan of Google or Samsung, and no phone is really offering a huge advantage over any other for me I'm just going to get the iPhone 8 plus. I would stick with my 6 plus, because feature wise it is still just fine, but it is starting to have a few issues. If it is true that the iPhone X represents Apple's thinking about the next 10 years of smartphone design then we've reached the end of this cycle of innovation (likely many years ago).
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604


    Aug 3, 2006
    I’m not planning on upgrading because my 7+ suits me just fine at the moment, but this really struck me as odd. I use CC all the time and on the X it’s farther away and difficult to activate.
  9. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    I'm really glad that the X turned out to be disappointing for a lot of people. Less buyers to compete with!

  10. macduke Suspended


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Your comment tells me you don't have iOS 11 installed yet.

    Let's just say you're not going to be happy.
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    Relentless Power macrumors P6

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think it's a little premature to be making that statement yet. I don't believe Apple would release technology that would jeopardize someone's security or means of accessing their personal data. Face ID is something they likely invested a plethora of time into making sure it will work, but as always, technology is always improving to make it better. So I think we need to allow it to have an opportunity before you say "I think it's going to fail very quickly. "
  12. macduke Suspended


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I'm hoping there will be an accessibility option. I just can't think of a way to invoke it. At the very least, for Control Center, there should be an option to show it to the right when you go into multitasking. So if you swipe to the left, it goes to other apps, but if you swipe to the right, it shows Control Center.
  13. vmistery macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2010
    The 8+ seems to be the best compromise. I wonder if the real world battery life in the + will be even better than stated
  14. jun180 macrumors regular


    Apr 27, 2010
    Unfortunately, app switching using this method does not work in iOS 11...
  15. Archmage macrumors member


    Jan 30, 2003
    Michigan, USA
    Removed in iOS 11.
  16. Jc84 macrumors newbie


    Sep 13, 2017
    I'm looking forward to knowing about this too. Does anyone calculate the answer?
  17. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I'd like to see an overlay of the 8/7 8+/7+ and X screens. From what I understand the body of the X is smaller than the Plus but the screen is larger.

    YET from what I have seen the physical width of X screen is the same as non-Plus 4.7" iPhones. One of the things I like best about my 6+, and 7+ is the width of the device for typing and reading. Seems as shame to go to a narrower but longer screen.

    I would have preferred to see the X be narrower than the Plus due to smaller bezels but still have the same screen width.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 13, 2017 ---
    See this.

  18. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Middle England
    Post #29 ^
  19. heartlegs macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2014
    Ah, you'll be back. I was like you.
  20. haydn! macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    I don't really feel either justify their price tag. If the iPhone 8 had a 128gb or product Red option, I'd be interested.

    The iPhone X is a nice phone, but it's essentially what the 8, hell maybe even the 7 should have been. So rather than paying a premium for "tomorrow's smartphone" your paying a premium simply because it's the iPhones birthday.

    It's just a clear money grab and will be interesting to see how Apple tidy up th line-up over the next 18 months as they pretty much now have more iPhone variations on sale than all other Apple products combined haha. Their innovation came through focus and strict discipline on keeping product lines tight and simple. Now they're just a mess.
  21. Ryanmrash macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2016
    Larger screen in a smaller device. Best selling point for me. But still not buying.
  22. ThatTechGuy macrumors member

    May 9, 2012
    "• 4K video recording at up to 60 FPS and 1080p HD video recording at up to 60 FPS."

    *1080p at 240 FPS
  23. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Don't forget: no ugly protruding camera bump.

    And I say that as someone who loves my iPhone 7. I had an SE before that, and it was (and is) a really terrific device.
  24. Techwatcher macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2013
    That's unfortunate lol.
  25. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    I think TrueDepth deserves a bit more attention/love in this analysis. Unlike the TouchID sensor, which has just one purpose, the additional sensors of TrueDepth can and are already being used for other purposes (Animoji, and Clips app SelfieScenes). They seem likely to enable a variety of other uses, individually and in combination. To me, that potential is worth paying for on its own (well, maybe not more than $25), and worth a sensor-by-sensor call-out in this kind of breakdown.

    Although not something that deserves an official call-out in an article of this sort, I'm also looking forward to a reduction in the number of complaint threads here at MR related to defects in the display backlighting (yellowish cast, uneven lighting). I have little doubt the OLED display will spawn defect complaint threads, too, but the added variety will be welcome.

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