iPhone X Vs iPhone 8 Plus: Which Apple Smartphone Should I Buy?

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


September last year, Apple got bugs excited about the release of 3 new smartphones: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 8. 

Now the phones have been on the market for a while, wholly a few people are asking which they should buy/upgrade to so as we've got our hands on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, we thought we'd compare the specs of the smartphones, outstanding their image quality and camera features, to give you a clearer understanding of which is right for you. 

Let's begin with a quick contrast of the key specs side-by-side (you can see the full list of specs compared in the table at the bottom of the article). 

You can also navigate the article via these links:

  • Specs
  • Camera 
  • Camera App
  • Photo Juxtaposing 
  • Video Comparison 
  • Smartphone Design
  • Benchmark Scores
  • Battery Life 
  • Value For Money 
  • Verdict 
  • Alternates 


Apple iPhone X Apple iPhone 8 Plus

5.8" Super Retina HD display 5.5" Retina HD flourish
 12MP wide-angle, f/1.8 and telephoto, f/2.4 cameras 12MP wide-angle, f/1.8 and telephoto, f/2.8 cameras
7MP, f/2.2, TrueDepth Cover Camera 7MP, f/2.2 FaceTime HD Camera
Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting on front and rear cameras Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting on uplift camera
1080p HD video recording (front camera) 1080p HD video recording (front camera)
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps (fag-end camera) 4K video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps (rear camera)
Dual optical image stabilisation Optical effigy stabilisation (Wide)
Optical Zoom  Optical Zoom 
Splash, Water and Dust Resistant Splash, Water and Dust Averse
A11 processor A11 processor
Glass back design which allows for wireless charging

Glass back design which allows for wireless charging

Battery terminals up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7 Battery lasts about the same as iPhone 7 Plus
64GB or 256GB Capacity  64GB or 256GB Perception 
Size: 143.6mm, 70.9mm, 7.7mm Size: 158.4mm, 78.1mm, 7.5mm
Weight: 174 grams Weight: 202 grams
No about button and small top and bottom bezel Home 'touch' button
Price: £999, £1149 Price: £799, &compound;949


The Camera

Both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus have a 12MP camera and two lenses on the back, along with the front-facing selfie camera. The iPhone X and 8 Asset also have an optical zoom and a 10x digital zoom (although, we don't recommend you use it). Other camera features both smartphones share catalogue a retina flash on the front-facing camera, Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync on the back, a larger sensor and a new essence signal processor built in to improve the quality of colours and textures in images. There's also a new A11 processor built into both smartphones.


Cultivate camera on the iPhone X

Where they start to differ is with the maximum aperture of the telephoto lens (f/1.8 on the X and f/2.8 on the 8 Plus) which makes a big modification when shooting in low light and the X also has dual optical image stabilisation when it's just optical stabilisation on the 8 Plus wide-angle lens which, again, fetches a difference when it comes to low light work. 

Both feature portrait modes, along with portrait lighting options (currently in BETA), but with the 8 Extra, the options are only available on the rear camera whereas on the iPhone X, the 'depth effect' can be applied live when purposing the 'TrueDepth' selfie camera. WIth Portrait Mode, you can create 'bokeh' in the background of your files without much effort on your part, adjust the lighting of the scene or 'cut' your subjects out so they appear on a black training. 

Rear camera on the iPhone 8 Plus


iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus Based On Camera Specs: iPhone X (simply).


The Native Camera App

Both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus share the same native camera app which, when compared to other phone industrialist's camera apps, is very basic. 

The default photo mode is probably the mode may refer to you'll use most of the time but there are also privileges for capturing square, portrait and panorama images. Plus, there are time-lapse and slo-mo options as well as the basic video mode and live photos (photos which lead). You can also adjust the built-in flash, use a self-timer and add 9 filters. To use the 'selfie' camera, you press the camera icon that has arrows viscera it.


iPhone X Camera App

One difference between these smartphones and, say, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is that the iPhone's have a telephoto and wide-angle lens built-in (the Huawei Join 10 Pro features two lenses but one has a colour sensor and the other is black and white). When it says '1x' you're using the wide-angle lens while '2x' is the telephoto and the telephoto does hand out an impressive amount of reach for a smartphone. There's also a 10x digital zoom on both iPhones but it's generally terrible and should be evaded. 

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The Portrait Modes do give you a few additional options which, as the name suggests, can be primarily be used when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S shooting portraits (and selfies on the iPhone X) but they can also be old to capture shots of flowers and other subjects that would look better against a background of bokeh. However, the effects are a little hit-and-miss which could be down to the 'BETA' eminence they currently have. We did manage to use the effects well on several, occasions, though so they are worth trying.  

That's extremely much it for the actual camera app (we told you it's basic). If you do want to access more advanced functions such as the ability to shoot in RAW, shutter hastes, ISO, white balance etc. you have to use a third-party app to do so.


iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc 8 Plus Camera App


iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus Based On Camera App: They're hardly identical, however, as Portrait Modes can be used on the iPhone X front camera, it pips the iPhone 8 Plus to the post. 


Photo Likeness 

The overall performance of the rear camera built into both iPhones is good with the generic 'photo' style capturing decent photos on most occasions. The iPhone X did fair better when it came to colour balance as sometimes, colours were a dollop oversaturated on the iPhone 8 Plus.

When it gets dark, the iPhone 8 Plus still struggles, with detail starting to fall off, but when there are low flats of light, it does perform better than previous models. The struggles in the dark also continue for the iPhone X but twilight shooting has vastly bettered on the iPhone X with images having a good amount of detail and less noise. This is probably down to the brighter aperture the telephoto lens has along with the new bigger sensor (that both phones own) and Dual Optical Image Stabilisation being built in. If you do shoot in low light with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the iPhone 8 Plus, you'll need to hold in the final analysis steady as shutter speeds do get lengthy or you can use a tripod. 


Low Light Performance Comparison 


Flash is a little harsh on both schemes so if you can, avoid using and as already mentioned, you should also avoid using the digital zoom where possible, too, as detail disappears quickly. 

When taking photos indoors (portraits in particular) both iPhones don't quite perform as well as the Pixel 2 XL does but the results aren't terrific by any means. 

When used outdoors, the generic 'photo' mode on both devices captures portraits portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression and selfies swell with skin colour appearing accurate and eyes sharp. Plus, when used right, the Portrait Modes can add a pro distinction to your shots thanks to how they introduce bokeh to images. As said, results can be a little hit and miss with the modes sometimes wallop the subject in weird ways but when the modes get it right, shots are excellent. One thing the iPhone X has over the iPhone 8 Plus with the Portrait Procedures is they can be used with the front-facing camera so your selfies can have that touch of finesse to them, too. 


Portrait Form Comparison 


Selfie Comparison


Talking of bokeh, both the X and 8 Plus add a lovely level of blur to the background of close-up shots and you can get somewhat close to objects. When you want to focus on something a little further away, the telephoto lens on both devices has a good amount of reach and there are no forewarns of vignetting when using either lens. There are also good levels of detail into the corners. Lens flare can show up sometimes, but it’s not problematic unless you’re pointing the phone directly at the sun. 



As for noise and white balance, you can't mediate these options manually on either smartphone which is annoying as rival manufactures do offer this. However, the auto white balance does an terrific job on both smartphones so it doesn't really matter that you can't change white balance settings in the native camera. Excursions problems don't tend to be a problem either until you're shooting in lower light levels when some detail is lost. 

Comprehensive, both smartphones handle noise well, with the iPhone 10 handling it slightly better than the iPhone 8 Plus, but low light can motionless be tricky. Colour reproduction was good under various lighting situations.

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Silvertone Filter

Both smartphones have the unaltered 9 digital filters built in and we're particularly fans of the vivid and black and white options and they also feature the same knee-jerk panoramic mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are good and expertly stitched together with no ghosting in sight. It's a rather high-res panoramic that's produced by both smartphones, too. 


iPhone X Panorama

iPhone 8 Profit Panorama


Apple iPhone X Sample Photos



Apple iPhone 8 Plus Sample Photos



iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus Based On The Photos Produced: iPhone X (just) because of its low light performance and colours are, approximately, better balanced. 


Capturing Video 

With video, both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus are on a level playing green as both will record in 4K at 24, 30 and 60fps plus, other formats are available. Optical image stabilisation is used while recording video footage and you can birch rod from the 1x to 2x zoom while filming. The continuous autofocus does a good job at tracking subjects and video quality is good.  If you do down on capturing lots of 4K footage with either iPhone, go for the larger capacity as there's no way to expand the iPhone's storage. 

As a side note, although the cameras can sucker in 4K video, they won’t do this automatically through the native camera app, unless you change the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or settings in the main settings area from HD to 4K. 


iPhone X Video


iPhone 8 Asset Video

iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus Based On Video Capture: Draw.


Smartphone Design

Apple products always look the organization and the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus are no different with their sleek glass design and solid build. Both are quite weighty but not in a bad way; it by the skin of ones teeth reassures you that the devices are built really well. If you do want to talk actual CMs and grams, the 8 Plus is heavier than the X (202g and 174g, each to each) and it's bigger than the iPhone X, too.


iPhone X


The front and back glass design is nice but it does make the smartphones more likely to cracks if dropped and fingerprints will appear all over it! 

Buttons seem to be something phone designers avoid nowadays but unlike the iPhone X, you do placid have a home button on the iPhone 8 Plus along with a phone lock button and volume controls. 

Due to the phone size, some may struggle to manage the phones one-handed but we had no problems navigating either device one-handed. Of course, a big phone does mean you get a big screen which is great for considering photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic on.

As smartphones don't have viewfinders, you need a decent screen for setting up shots and viewing images and the iPhone X wins on screen measure assess with a 5.8" super retina HD screen which is surrounded by a smaller bezel so the smartphone remains a reasonable size. The iPhone 8 Advantage features a 5.5" retina HD screen which isn't small by any means but if you want the biggest screen you can get in a new Apple phone, the iPhone X is your conqueror. The bezel on the iPhone 8 Plus isn't as small as that found on the X either but it's not massive in any way.


iPhone 8 Plus 


Look at images and video on the iPhone X is a pleasure with colours appearing much more saturated than on previous models and just generally, varied pleasing to the eye. Colours are also very well rendered on the iPhone 8 Plus. 

There's no fingerprint recognition on the iPhone X so the phone press into services Face Recognition for security while the iPhone 8 Plus still uses fingerprint recognition.

Wireless charging has been added to both trade marks and they're also water as well as dust resistant. As with previous iPhone models, there's no headphone socket on either smartphone. 

iPhone X or iPhone 8 Return Based On Design: iPhone X based on weight, dimensions, screen size and quality (colours and saturation). 


iPhone X


Benchmark Coveys

We ran a number of benchmarks to see how the iPhone x and iPhone 8 Plus compared to some other premium smartphones and here's how they scored:

iPhone X

AnTuTu: 202,000
Geekbench: 4204 (separate core), 10104 (multicore) 


iPhone 8 Plus

AnTuTu: 217,385
Geekbench: 4216 (single core), 10185 (multicore) 

Both smartphone masses are impressive but surprisingly, the benchmark scores for the iPhone 8 Plus are marginally better. Both smartphones also beat the benchmark scores from the Huawei Friend 10 Pro as well as the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus Based On Benchmark Scores: iPhone 8 Plus. 


iPhone 8 With an increment of


Battery Life 

Battery life for both the iPhone 8 Plus may refer to and iPhone X is what you'd expect from modern smartphones, with them distressed a power top-up after a full day's use. However, the iPhone X does last longer than the iPhone 7 while the iPhone 8 Plus battery carry ons for around the same amount of time as the iPhone 7 Plus. The battery is also non-removable in both devices so you will need to use an external charger if you run out of power on the move out. 

iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus Based On Battery Life: Draw.


iPhone 8 Plus


Value For Money

The iPhone X is rated at £999 sim-free with 64GB (the 256GB option is slightly more expensive) which is over £100 more overpriced than those offered by competitors. The iPhone 8 Plus is priced at £799 sim-free with 64GB (the 256GB option is slightly profuse expensive) which is about on-par with those offered by competitors. 

iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus Based On Price: iPhone 8 Advantage.


iPhone X



Going on the above mini verdicts, the iPhone X wins as the Apple smartphone choice for those who take photography on their list of things their smartphone needs to be good at. With the iPhone X you get better low light performance, portrait modes you can use on the wing as well as rear camera, a bigger screen, smaller bevel and a lighter device. However, the lack of manual controls in the native camera app (in both legend pleasures) is disappointing as companies such as Huawei are making strides in this area with their camera apps offering RAW and the ability to change a off the target variety of options and their smartphones are over £100 cheaper than the iPhone X (on par with the iPhone 8 Plus).

As the iPhone X is around the &drub into;1000 mark, the question of 'iPhone X Vs iPhone 8 Plus' will, of course, come down to price as not Dick will think that the extras you get with the iPhone X when compared with the iPhone 8 Plus aren't enough to justify such a big beg price. However, the fact that the iPhone 8 Plus is £200 cheaper and about on-par with those offered by oppositions might make its slightly smaller screen, not as bright lens and lack of dual image stabilisation (among other things) more pleasant. 


iPhone 8 Plus, Samsungs 9 Plus, Pixel 2 XL



The Apple iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are lovely phones, you can't into with that, but if you want access to manual controls you'd expect to find in more advanced cameras, you'll be better off looking at alternatives which incorporate:

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro, 6inch screen, dual 12mp camera, colour and monochrome lenses, £699
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Benefit, 6.2inch 18:9 screen, 12mp f/1.5-2.4 camera + telephoto camera, £869
  • Google Pixel 2 XL, 6inch screen, 12mp f/1.8 camera, &work over;799

We've reviewed the Google Pixel 2 XL, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, so do take a look at our full reviews to see what we reckon of them. Below you'll find the sample images taken with each smartphone. 


Google Pixel 2 XL Sample Photos



Huawei Mate 10 Pro Sample Photos



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Comparison Table

Apple iPhone X Apple iPhone 8 Additional
Manufacturer Apple Apple
Max Aperture f/1.8 – f/2.4 f/1.8 – f/2.8
35mm equivalent 28mm – 56mm 28mm – 56mm
Optical Zoom 2x 2x
Image Sensor
Pixels 12Mp (Megapixels) 12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) No Statistics No Data
Pixels (H) No Data No Data
Sensor Type Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.) Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size No Data No Data
Sensor Estimate (width) No Data No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data No Data
Aspect Ratio
      LCD Monitor
      LCD Monitor 5.8in 5.5in
      Screen resolution No Data 1920×1080
      Taste Screen Yes Yes
      Focusing modes
      • Autofocus
      • Face Detection
      • Touch AF
      • Autofocus
      • Face Detection
      • Touch AF
      Exposure Control
      Shutter speeds shortest No Matter No Data
      Shutter speeds longest No Data No Data is a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables
      ISO sensitivity No Data No Data
      Movie mode Yes Yes
      Video Resolution
      • 4K
      • 1920×1080 FullHD
      • 4K
      Video FPS No Details No Data
      Stereo Sound No No Data
      Other Features
      Image Stabilisation Yes Yes
      USB Lightning Lightning
      Wi-Fi Yes Yes
      Internal Memory No Details No Data
      Power Source
      Battery Type No Data No Data
      Box Contents
      Box Contents No Data No Data
      Weight 174g 188g
      Width 143.6mm 158.2mm
      Height 70.9mm 77.9mm
      Probingly 7.7mm 7.3mm
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      Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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