Apple today finally released the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the more premium and exclusive iPhone X. The three handsets might share the same internals but they do differ from each other in certain aspects.

After all, there is a reason why Apple is charging $999 for the iPhone X, with the other two iPhones carrying a lower price tag. Apple is not charging a premium just for the bezel-less OLED display. The iPhone X does come with a bunch of features that are not found on the other two iPhones. So, let’s see what exactly makes the iPhone X better than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus below.

Design, Display, and Dimensions

  • The three phones differ from each other primarily in terms of their design
  • While all the three phones are made from glass, the iPhone X features a bezel-less edge-to-edge OLED display at the front
  • The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, on the other hand, feature a front design similar to the iPhone 7 — right down to the capacitive Home button with an integrated Touch ID scanner
  • The iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch 750p display with 326 ppi, while the iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 401 ppi
    • The iPhone X comes with a bigger 5.8-inch OLED display with a 1125 x 2436 resolution and 458 ppi
    • The OLED display on the iPhone X has rounded corners, while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus displays have square edges
  • The 5.8-inch OLED display on the iPhone X features Dolby Vision and HDR10 support
    • The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus do not support either
  • Thanks to the bezel-less design, the iPhone X is smaller than iPhone 8 Plus despite coming with a bigger display
    • The iPhone X is 7.7 mm thick, 143.6 mm tall, and 70.9 mm wide
    • The iPhone 8 is 7.3 mm thick, 138.4 mm tall, and 67.3 mm wide
    • The iPhone 8 Plus is 7.5 mm thick, 158.4 mm tall, and 78.1 mm wide

Chipset, RAM, and Storage

  • All three phones are powered by Apple’s 6-core A11 Bionic chip
    • It features a dual-core Neural engine and M11 motion coprocessor
  • The iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus feature 3GB RAM
    • The iPhone 8 features only 2GB RAM
  • All three phones are available in 64GB and 256GB storage capacities

Biometric Verification

  • The iPhone X features Face ID for facial recognition
    • The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature a second-generation Touch ID sensor integrated into the capacitive home button at the front


  • The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X feature a dual-12MP camera setup at the rear
    • The primary 12MP shooter on both handsets features an f/1.8 lens and OIS
    • Both phones also offer Portrait and Portrait Lighting modes
  • The secondary 12MP telephoto lens, however, is different on both devices
    • The 12MP telephoto lens on the iPhone X features OIS and an f/2.4 aperture
    • On the iPhone 8 Plus, the 12MP telephoto lens lacks OIS and has a smaller f/2.8 aperture
  • The iPhone 8 only features a single 12MP f/1.8 aperture shooter with OIS
  • All three phones feature a new color filter and deeper pixels for improved photo quality
    • They also come with Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature a FaceTime HD camera with 7MP resolution
    • The iPhone X features a 7MP TrueDepth camera
    • This allows the handset to offer Portrait and Portrait Lighting mode for selfies as well


  • All three phones feature LTE-A, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi ac, and a Lightning port


  • The iPhone 8 Plus has almost the same battery life as the iPhone 7 Plus
    • The iPhone X offers 2 hours of additional battery life over the iPhone 8
    • The iPhone 8 offers the same battery life as the iPhone 7
  • All three phones support Qi wireless charging and fast wired charging

Price and Availability

  • The iPhone 8 was Apple’s cheapest iPhone announced today despite its price tag being bumped to $699
    • The iPhone 8 Plus also saw its price being bumped to $799
    • As for the iPhone X, its 64GB and 256GB variants are priced at $999 and $1,149
  • The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus go up for pre-order on September 15
    • Pre-orders for iPhone X go live on October 27
  • The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will hit retail stores on September 22
    • The iPhone X goes on sale in 55 countries on November 3

Also, it looks like the SIM-free or unlocked iPhone X won’t be available at launch in the U.S, whereas you can buy a SIM-free or unlocked iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus when the pre-orders open on September 15. It is possible that the SIM free or unlocked iPhone X will be available when pre-orders open on October 27, but Apple usually delays the launch of the unlocked iPhone by a month in the U.S. Unlocked iPhone X would be available in other countries when pre-order opens.

So, the iPhone X or the iPhone 8? Which phone do you plan on picking up in the coming few weeks? Drop a comment and let us know!


The post has been updated with information about the availability of SIM-free and unlocked iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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Founder and Chief Editor of Colabyte, Jitendra Malviya likes to keep on top of technology and loves to help people around him get through the day to day trouble they face with technology. So that, they can love technology as much as he does!

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