I just saw Apple's new iPhones. What's the difference between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X? Is one of them better than the other? Which one should I get?
Nikesh, via email
Our expert Kim says...
Apple's unleashed three new smartphones upon the world: the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X. They're all pretty similar inside but - as you've probably noticed, Nikesh - there are some definite differences, with each one suited to a slightly different kind of user. Let's take a closer look at them.
The phones compared
Here's how they compare at a glance.
|iPhone X||iPhone 8||iPhone 8 Plus|
|Display||5.8in, AMOLED, 1125 x 2436px||4.7in, LCD, 750 x 1334px||5.5in, LCD, 1080 x 1920px|
|Processors||A11 Bionic (six-core)||A11 Bionic (six-core)||A11 Bionic (six-core)|
|Storage||64GB, 256GB||64GB, 256GB||64GB, 256GB|
|Rear camera||Dual 12MP, OIS on both, 2x optical zoom||12MP, OIS||Dual 12MP, OIS (f/1.8 lens only), 2x optical zoom|
|Front camera||7MP with laser facial recognition||7MP||7MP|
|Headphone jack?||Er... no||Nope||No, sorry|
|Price?||From £999||From £699||From £799|
This is the big flagship of the bunch - packed with top specs, a stunning design, and the best screen we've ever seen on an iPhone.
The main draws here are:
1 - The screen. It's a whopper, covering the entire front of the phone right to the edges, and the quality is quite something. It's AMOLED like a Samsung Galaxy phone, and has a resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels.
2 - The camera. It's the best thing put on the back of an iPhone yet. It has two lenses, one telephoto and one wide-angle, both of which have OIS (optical image stabilisation) to focus them better.
3 - Face ID. The iPhone X has sensors at the top that use infrared to identify your face. This is to replace Touch ID, since there's no room for a fingerprint sensor on the handset - you can literally unlock your phone with your face.
The other thing that sets the iPhone X apart is the price. It's a whopping £999 or £1149, depending on storage - but thankfully there are contract deals available to make that more manageable.
Get the iPhone X if:
- You want the best of the best
- You love a giant HD screen
- You want to take the best possible photos
- You can afford the extra expense (though contracts are available, remember)
- You prefer Face ID over Touch ID
- You never really liked the home button anyway
The iPhone 8 is more of an upgrade to the iPhone 7 than anything. The shape and design are basically the same as the 7, only with new materials, including a shiny glass back and 'aerospace-grade' aluminium around the sides.
Other upgrades include some new, extremely powerful processors - a hexa-core A11 Bionic chipset, the fastest yet - and wireless charging, allowed for by that glassy rear.
Besides those, most things are the same. It has the usual 4.7-inch screen, plus a home button - so it has the standard Touch ID and fingerprint sensor rather than facial recognition tech.
Get the iPhone 8 if:
- You like the standard iPhone shape
- You aren't made of money (it's the cheapest of the current batch)
- You don't want a huge screen
- You prefer Touch ID over Face ID
- You like to take good photos, but aren't fussed about optical zoom
iPhone 8 Plus
There's always a plus-sized version of the iPhone knocking around, and this time it's the iPhone 8 Plus - an upgrade on the 7 Plus model, and a bigger version of the regular 8. Specifically, it has a 5.5-inch screen with a Full HD resolution.
The camera on this one is better than on the standard iPhone 8 too - like the iPhone X, it's a dual-lens affair, though unlike on the X, you only get OIS on one lens.
It has a bigger battery than on the 8 and the 7 Plus too, and possibly more RAM, so it's a bit more high-powered.
Get the iPhone 8 Plus if:
- You want a big screen, but still want a home button
- You prefer Touch ID over Face ID
- You'll be using your phone for work or business
- You want to take great photos