iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Does bigger always mean better with the iPhone X?
During Apple’s annual September event, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were both announced alongside a brand-new iPhone X. The iPhone X (which is pronounced iPhone 10), is Apple’s flagship tenth-anniversary phone – placing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as strange half-way houses between the iPhone 7 and iPhone X.
If you’re wondering how the iPhone 8 stacks up against the iPhone 7, you can read our iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 comparison. We give a quick rundown of what you can expect of the iPhone X in our hands-on review, but for all your iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus queries, we’ve got everything you need to know in the comparison below.
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Design
In the design department, it’s business as usual with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Apple hasn’t really switched up the overall design of its iPhone since 2014’s iPhone 6 and the iPhone 8 Plus isn’t going to look wholly different from your iPhone 7 Plus – unless you bought one in Jet Black (a colour option Apple no longer offers).
Unlike the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have Touch ID as usual and similar button placements to before. The iPhone 8 Plus also retains dual cameras, with the iPhone 8 sticking to a single sensor.
In terms of dimensions, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are both exactly the same size as their earlier counterparts. Due to the addition of their glass backs for Qi Wireless Charging, both phones are slightly heavier than what came before – but not by much.
Regarding the iPhone 8 against the iPhone 8 Plus specifically, the iPhone 8 Plus looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 8, but bigger. Therefore it’s slightly heavier than the iPhone 8 Plus, but if you’re used to the iPhone 7 Plus, you won’t notice much of a difference.
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Display
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus both have the same 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display. The iPhone 8 spreads this over 4.7in, while the iPhone 8 Plus stretches it to 5.5in. Both displays are equipped with Apple’s TrueTone technology, helping create a paper-like quality to the display. Basically, you shouldn’t be blinded by its brightness in low light.
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Hardware
As Apple’s big and fancy flagship phones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will easily improve upon the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple never tells us what RAM its phones are equipped with, but we do know that it’ll use Apple’s latest mobile chip, the A11 Bionic to power its devices. This is the same chip that’s found in the iPhone X too, but it’s unclear if the hexa-core processor will be different from the one in Apple’s new flagship. We do know that Apple is promising a bigger battery for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – offering up to two more hours battery life – but we don’t actually know what its capacity is.
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On the features front, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are near identical to their predecessor. The inclusion of a glass back allows for Qi Wireless Charging as standard, and the iPhone 8 camera will now come with Optical Image Stabilisation – something previously only present on the iPhone 7 Plus.
This time around, Apple lets you opt for either 64 or 256GB of storage as standard on both models. Both phones will launch with iOS 11 too.
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Camera
Apple’s iPhone 8 camera is identical to that of the iPhone 7, except this time with optical image stabilisation built in. The iPhone 8 Plus camera is also practically identical to that of the iPhone 7 Plus. Comparing between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, you can expect the exact same differences as in the previous generation.
The iPhone 8 Plus comes with a dual-camera setup for shots with depth and artificial focus. It’s also great for AR too, with both phones pushing themselves as brilliant AR camera devices for Apple’s AR Kit projects.
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Price
In terms of price, Apple really hasn’t budged on its standard pricing model for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X may be an eye-watering £989, but the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus only cost around £100 more than last year’s models – largely due to Apple doing a rather unfavourable $1 = £1 conversion due to the tanking value of our currency.
iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Verdict
It’s really down to what you want to be using. If you like big phones, chances are you’ll prefer the iPhone 8 Plus over the iPhone 8. Both are iPhones. Both are, essentially, the same phone – but one is larger. It’s rather obvious now you think about it, isn’t it?