Major Differences between iPhone X and iPhone 8

Major Differences between iPhone X and iPhone 8
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Last year, Apple surprisingly released to the market three distinct new phones. Not bothering with an iPhone 7s, the cellphone powerhouse instead came out with the iPhone 8.

Next they announced the iPhone X (or iPhone 10) as a unique celebratory device created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and its features are quite different to those that came before it.

Confused about which one to purchase for yourself? Continue reading to find out the main differences between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 as pointed out by one of the most popular mobile service providers in Saudi Arabia.

The Display

According to a Forbes.com review, and we agree, the most obvious place to start when comparing the iPhone X and iPhone 8 is through their respective displays:

  • iPhone X – 5.8-inch 18.5:9 True Tone OLED, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi), 82.9 percent screen-to-body ratio
  • iPhone 8 – 4.7-inch 16:9 True Tone LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% percent screen-to-body ratio


Quite frankly, the difference couldn’t be clearer. The iPhone X offers a dramatically larger and more elongated display screen. Additionally, its shift to OLED delivers a much more significant contrast ratio (1,000,000:1 vs 1,400:1) as well as energy savings. OLED is the same screen tech used by Samsung and LG and offers impeccable blacks and far superior colors than LCD displays.

The enhanced resolution and pixel density of the iPhone X are the greatest improvements ever in terms of display on an iPhone.

That being said, both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X have Apple’s True Tone technology, which color balances against ambient light for higher accuracy.

The Design

Apple’s shortcomings in real design advancement dismayed those anticipating the iPhone 7. Those who actually bought it were left with a phone that felt almost identical to the iPhone 6.

This time, however, the most significant difference between the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X is the industrial design.

  • iPhone X – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and 174g (6.14 oz)
  • iPhone 8 – 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in) and 148g (5.22 oz)

The iPhone X is a little taller than the iPhone 8 but is barely any broader or thicker, and only 17% heavier. This is due to the removal of the top and bottom bezels on the iPhone X. It’s an eye-catching, innovative design that is so much more striking than your quintessential iPhone.

One of the negatives of the iPhone X is its large “notch” at the top intended for Face ID. For many people, this “notch” makes for an unusual viewing experience when it comes to full screen photos and video. On the iPhone X the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is gone, which in turn frees up the front of the phone for the massive display.

Both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 have glass backs which facilitate wireless charging and IP67 water and dust resistance (you can fully submerge them in up to 1 meter of water for about 30 minutes). Both also retain the lightning port and stereo speakers which are 25% louder than those of the iPhone 7.  

Lastly, the iPhone X only comes in silver and space grey, while the iPhone 8 also comes in gold.

The Performance

Both of these models are operated with the A11 Bionic chip, that is built from the same 10nm process as the Snapdragon 835. With a new manufacturing process, consumers are hoping that it means a more competent device with a more polished performance and greater battery life.

The iPhone 8 comes with 2GB RAM, but you can count on the iPhone X upping that to 3GB — both are incredibly fast phones. While the additional RAM may seem significant, as the iPhone 8 drives a lower resolution screen and a single lens camera, the performance of these two iPhones is actually indistinguishable.

The iPhone X replaced Touch ID with Face ID facial recognition. The Bionic chip combined with the sensors on the front of the iPhone X to accurately map a user’s face in 3D which means it should be both reliable and unable to be fooled by photographs or even masks.

Apple promises it will not collect any of the facial ID data the iPhone X records, and that it will remain on the phone.

On the other hand, the iPhone 8 doesn’t feature Face ID but keeps Touch ID. For many consumers, feelings concerning facial versus fingerprint recognition, is the main influence for choosing between the two.

The Extras

On both phones, iOS 11 comes pre-installed, and they boast new features such as an enriched Siri, fresh Control Center and a remodeled App Store. The iPhone X also features some special iOS additions such as a virtual home button.

When it comes to cameras, the camera on the back of the iPhone X is similar to the one on the back of an iPhone 8 Plus. However, the tinier iPhone 8 still only has a camera with a singular 12MP sensor.

However, the two of them (8 Plus and the iPhone X) have two 12MP cameras and the additional sensor operates as a telephoto zoom lens. Another difference is the 8 Plus only has

OIS on its traditional sensor, whereas the iPhone X boasts it on both.

An additional unique characteristic of the iPhone X is its new front-facing camera that can produce similar results to the Portrait Mode function on the back.

Do you have an iPhone X or an iPhone 8? What do you see as the biggest differences? Let us know in the comments!


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Azhar Abulhamayel is the Head of Marketing – National Segment and High Value at Zain KSA. The company was the first operator in the Middle East to commercially launch the 4G/LTE network. Zain serves +10M customers, has extended its network coverage to 94% of the population, and attracts thousands of new customers daily.

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