Apple iPhone X vs Apple iPhone 8 Comparative Review, Side by Side Actual Photos, Specs and Price Comparison

Are you a big Apple fan who believes that no other handset is right for you except for the iPhone?

Do you own an older generation iPhone and you're thinking about upgrading to a 2017 model?

Do you think the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a confused release and considering its price, you'd rather go for an Apple iPhone X?

Are you wondering if you should save money by going for the Apple iPhone 8 or if you should go all out and choose the more expensive Apple iPhone X?

If your answer is YES to all of these questions, this TechPinas comparative post is for you.

In this entry, I'll try to compare the Apple iPhone X to the Apple iPhone 8 - from design to specs, battery life to imaging capabilities - to help you choose which 2017 iPhone is right for you.

Weight and Dimensions

Small footprint and lightweight build have always been the main advantage of the smartphone versus other gadgets that we use on a daily basis like the laptop or the tablet. In most cases, the more a handset stays true to these qualities, the better it is.

And if we were to follow that logic, it's clear that the Apple iPhone 8 is superior to the Apple iPhone X.

Weighing just 148 grams and measuring 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, the iPhone 8 is a lot easier to hold and keep in the pocket compared to the iPhone X with dimensions of 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and 174-gram heft.

Design and Build

Both models are IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, which means that they are protected against entry of liquid when submerged in a meter of water for 30 minutes.

Also, they have the same glass-metal-glass sandwich construction which makes them look downright handsome and stunning.

How they are different is when it comes to material used for their mid-frame. Apple iPhone X's main shell is crafted from stainless steel while Apple iPhone 8's body is made of anodized aluminum.

Stainless steel is more expensive and more premium than aluminum so in this department, Apple iPhone X wins.

Display Quality

This is perhaps the one department where the Apple iPhone X has clear superiority over the Apple iPhone 8 and even the Apple iPhone 8 Plus.

Not only is iPhone X's 5.8-inch 1125 x 2436 pixels AMOLED display larger, more brilliant, and more crisp than the iPhone 8's 4.7 inches 750 x 1334 pixels IPS screen -- but it is also the first display panel from Apple to cover the entire face of the iPhone by having a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio along with rounded corners!

Apple iPhone X vs Apple Apple iPhone 8
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Apple iPhone X's display set-up is also the first of its kind from the Cupertino, which - I believe - makes this model a landmark release.

Having an all-screen face, iPhone X likewise introduces several new touch gestures for navigating the interface including swipe up to return to homescreen, swipe down from the right of the "notch" to access connectivity shortcuts, and swipe up and hold in the middle of the screen to go to the multitasking panel.

The new gestures don't really take an awful lot of time to get used to but if you'd rather stick to the traditional way of using the iPhone, the iPhone 8 offers exactly that.

Imaging Capabilities and Other Camera Features

The Apple iPhone 8 has a single 12 MegaPixel 22mm f/1.8 camera at the back with Optical Image Stabilization, Phase Detection Autofocus, and Quad LED flash.

The Apple iPhone X also has these but adds a secondary 12 MP 52mm f/2.4 optic that allows for 2X lossless zoom and Portrait Mode, which mimics DSLR bokeh effect where the subject's background is blurred.

Having played with both phones, I'd say the Apple iPhone X also delivers clearer photos and 4K videos in low light settings and gives more brilliant colors in various lighting conditions.

As for the front cam, while both Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X both have a 7MP f/2.2 selfie snapper, the one on iPhone X has what the company calls "True Depth Sensor", which isolates the face in every shot, allowing the user to take self-portraits with bokeh effect, making Face ID possible, and letting you create fun Animojis that you can share with your friends.

Internal Hardware

The models are powered by the same Apple A11 Bionic processor with M11 co-processor, which means that they will handle gaming and overall performance with pretty much the same power.

But since the Apple iPhone 8's display has lower resolution that makes it less resource intensive, I would imagine that this can result in smoother performance - if a bit - on this smaller release.

Both iPhone X and iPhone 8 also share the same 64GB and 256GB non-expandable internal storage options, which makes them even in this sense.

However, the iPhone X has more RAM at 3GB versus just 2GB in the iPhone 8. More RAM results in smoother multitasking experience.

Ports and Connectivity

Apple iPhone X and iPhone 8 also have the exact same ports (or lack thereof) and connectivity options. The have a singular Lighting port at the rear which supports a number of dongles including one for the 3.5mm audio jack, which comes with free with the package. As for connectivity, you have WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4G LTE-A.

Battery Size and Uptime

Apple iPhone X runs on a 2,716 mAh battery which is far larger than the Apple iPhone 8's 1,821 mAh pack.

As expected, the iPhone X also offers longer uptime compared to the iPhone 8, which has been proven by various extreme battery life tests done by various tech bloggers and vloggers. With extreme use including Full HD video viewing, 3D gaming, and 4K recording, the iPhone X can stay on for more than 5 hours while iPhone 8 can only deliver a little more than 3 hours. Uptime of both handsets should be a lot more with regular use -- with iPhone X staying on for more than 8 hours.

Alright! So having shared all that, here's my quick guide in choosing between these two models:

Choose iPhone X if...

1. You don't mind paying a larger amount just to enjoy the latest features that Apple has to offer.
2. You want a larger and more premium iPhone and you don't mind the extra heft.
3. You need the benefits of a Dual Camera module from Apple.
4. You need longer battery life from your iPhone
5. You find the all-screen face cool and you have no issue learning new touch gestures.
6. You want bokeh in your selfies and need to create those fun animojis.

Choose iPhone 8 if...

1. You want to get the latest iPhone model with an updated processor but you think the additional Php 15K (minimum) that you need to spend to get the iPhone X is not justifiable.
2. You prefer a smaller iPhone that can slip in your pocket easily.
3. You're OK with just being able to take great photos and videos anytime you want and you're don't really care about bokeh effect or 2X lossless zoom.
4. You always bring a powerbank anyway and you're OK with charging your iPhone on the go.
5 You prefer a more classic iPhone look and experience.
6. You don't care for the larger bezel-less display and you don't want to learn new touch gestures to navigate your iPhone's interface.

There you have it! I hope you find this comparative review useful. As bonus, I even made this meticulous side-by-side technical specs comparison of the Apple iPhone X and Apple iPhone 8 for you. I hope you find this useful.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specifications Comparison Table

Apple iPhone X Apple iPhone 8
Dimensions 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm
Weight 174 grams 148 grams
Build Durable Glass, Stainless Steel Durable Glass, Aluminum
IP Certification IP67 Dust and Water Resistant IP67 Dust and Water Resistant
Display 5.8 inches, 1125 x 2436 pixels, 458 ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, AMOLED, All-Screen Display 4.7 inches, 750 x 1334 pixels, 326 ppi, 16:9 ratio, IPS
Screen To Body Ratio 82.9% 65.4%
Rear Camera Dual 12 MegaPixels, (28mm, f/1.8 + 52mm, f/2.4), Optical Image Stabilization, Phase Detection Autofocus, 2x Lossless Zoom, Quad-LED Flash

4K 60fps, 1080p 240fps Video Recording Capability
Single 12 MegaPixels, f/1.8 aperture, 28mm, OIS, PDAF, Quad LED Flash

4K 60fps, 1080p 240fps Video Recording Capability
Front Camera True Depth Sensor, 7 MegaPixels,
f/2.2, Face ID support

1080p 30fps, 720p 240fps Video Recording Capability
7 MegaPixels, f/2.2

1080p 30fps, 720p 240fps Video Recording Capability
Animoji Creation Support Yes No
CPU 2.39 GHz Hexa-Core Apple A11 Bionic with M11 Co-Processor,
Apple GPU
2.39 GHz Hexa-Core Apple A11 Bionic with M11 Co-Processor,
Apple GPU
Internal Storage 64GB, 256GB options 64GB, 256GB options
Battery Size 2,716 mAh Li-Ion, Non-removable 1,821 mAh Li-Ion, Non-removable
Wireless Charging Yes Yes
Fingerprint Scanner No Yes
Face Unlock YesNo
3.5mm Audio Jack No No
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
Bluetooth 5.0, 4G LTE-A/
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
Bluetooth 5.0, 4G LTE-A
Home Button Yes Yes
Price Starts at $999 USD

Price Guesstimates in the Philippines:
64GB - Php 60,000 to Php 65,000
256GB - Php 70,000 to Php 75,000
Starts at $699 USD

Official Prices in the Philippines via Apple Store Online PH:
64GB - Php 44,990
256GB - Php 54,490

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