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The iPhone X has some pretty stiff sibling rivalry from the iPhone 8 Plus. If you don’t obsess about edge-to-edge OLED displays and Face ID, the Plus is probably a better deal. Better because there’s key commonality between the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus but you’ll pay a lot less for the Plus (and probably have a lot less trouble getting one).
And, to be clear, the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 also matches the iPhone X on most of the specs below, with the exception of the dual-lens camera on the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus.
Primary rear camera: the same. The iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus have the same camera: 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras. Wide angle f/1.8 and telephoto f/2.8 apertures and optical zoom, 4K video up to 60FPS, wider color gamut, less noise, better in lower light, improved portrait mode, among other things. (And much of the above also applies to the smaller iPhone 8.)
Identical A11 chip is in both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
Processors: the same. This makes the iPhone 8 the X’s equal when it comes to processing oomph — a critical spec, if not the most critical. The A11 Bionic processor comes with a Neural Engine and embedded M11 motion coprocessor. And the new Apple‑designed three‑core GPU (graphics processor unit) is up to 30 percent faster than the (prior-generation) A10’s GPU.
Qi standard wireless charging in both the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X.
Wireless charging: the same. Wireless charging that works with industry-standard Qi chargers. The glass back allows you to set the iPhone 8/8 Plus down on a mat to charge it up.
iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8: glass front and back.
Glass front and back: the same. And speaking of glass, Apple is claiming the “most durable glass ever in a smartphone” in all of the new phones.
Splash, water, and dust resistant: the same. Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529 on all phones. The IP67 rating means that the phones are protected from dust and can be submerged in about 3.3 feet of static water for up to 30 minutes.
Price and availability: Not the same.
iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB version and jumps to $1,149 for 256GB. But it won’t ship until November 3.
iPhone 8 Plus is $799 for 64GB and $949 for 256GB. And it’s available on September 22 (Apple’s site currently says “ships: 1–2 weeks.”).
iPhone 8 start at $699 for 64GB and $849 for 256GB. (Apple’s site also says “ships: 1–2 weeks.”)
iPhone X: Yes, it’s different. The iPhone X is obviously going to be the only choice for lots of buyers because of its novel “all-screen” OLED-display design, front “TrueDepth” camera and Face ID unlocking (and no home button).