The newest iPhones are officially here, but if you're a dedicated Apple fanboy (or girl), now comes the tough decision: which device deserves your hard-earned dollars?
There's plenty to love about both the iPhone 8 and the ultra-premium iPhone X, and really, there's no wrong choice. But if you're weighing up which iPhone is right for you, we've got the features and benefits of each device outlined below.
Side by side
|iPhone 8||iPhone X|
|Display||4.7-inch, 326 ppi||5.8-inch, 458ppi|
|Display tech||Retina HD||Super Retina HD|
|Operating system||iOS 11||iOS 11|
|Camera||12 megapixel rear camera|
7 megapixel FaceTime HD front camera
|12 megapixel wide angle and telephoto rear cameras|
7 megapixel TrueDepth front camera
A11 Bionic Chip
A11 Bionic Chip
|MicroSD card slot?||No||No|
|WiFi||802.11 b/g/n/ac||802.11 b/g/n/ac|
|4G LTE||4G LTE Advanced||4G LTE Advanced|
|Dimensions||138.4 mm x 67.3 mm x 7.3 mm||143.6 mm x 70.9 mm x 7.7 mm|
|Water/dust resistant?||Yes - IP67 certified||Yes - IP67 certified|
One of the first things you’ll notice about the 8 (and 8 Plus) is its all-new, durable glass back, which not only looks great, but also enables wireless charging. Like the more expensive X, the iPhone 8 is also water and dust-proof, and features the new True Tone white-balance screen technology for perfect viewing both day and night.
The display itself is a standard 4.7 inches, but offers a vibrant viewing experience thanks to Apple’s wide colour gamut. In terms of performance, the iPhone 8 is powered by Apple’s newest A11 Bionic chip, featuring four efficiency cores that are up to 70% faster than 2016’s A10. The new chip means even faster processing, plus support for gaming and new augmented reality apps.
All of Apple’s new phones will run iOS 11. Apple is touting the updated operating system as the world's most intuitive (and secure), and iOS 11 appears to offer the same ease of use as previous editions. Digital assistant Siri is back with improved voice recognition capabilities and a more expressive voice, and features such as Apple Pay will continue to be supported.
The premium iPhone X features an edge-to-edge screen, cutting away the bezels and home button of previous models. This gives Apple room for its biggest ever, 5.8-inch display, which includes a pixel density of 458ppi and a vivid OLED panel. As with the iPhone 8, you’ll also get True Tone technology, and new dual-domain pixels for viewing at almost any angle.
Swiping the screen has replaced the Home button, so users will need to be comfortable with solely using gestures and touch to navigate the X’s interface. As the fingerprint scanner has been removed in order to incorporate the iPhone X’s all-screen design, you can now unlock your device via Face ID: an Apple-first feature that scans your face with the new TrueDepth front camera. You can use Face ID to unlock your device, authenticate Apple Pay, and much more.
The new facial recognition sensors also mean users can create animated emojis (or ‘Animojis’) based on your facial expressions. You’ll also get all the features of iOS 11, plus Qi wireless charging, water and dust resistance, and ultra-powerful processing, thanks to the aforementioned A11 Bionic chipset (as found in the iPhone 8).
The iPhone 8 features a 12-megapixel front camera - which Apple claims has a larger, faster sensor - plus deeper pixels and an improved colour filter. You’ll also get Optical Image Stabilisation for both your still photos and videos, and an aperture of f/1.8 for improved low-light photography.
In front, you’ll find a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera for premium selfies in a variety of conditions. The front camera also features Retina Flash, plus a wide colour capture and advanced pixel technology.
If you prefer the X, expect dual 12-megapixel cameras in front, with larger, faster sensors, deeper pixels, and an all-new colour filter. You’ll find both wide-angle and telephoto cameras with up to 10x digital zoom, plus Optical Image Stabilisation, for amazing, crisp shots even at a distance.
Portrait Mode has also been given a front facelift, with improved detail and better low-light performance. You’ll also enjoy all the filters and settings you’ve already come to love in the iPhone camera, such as Panorama, Slo-Mo, and 4K video.
Apple’s new front-facing TrueDepth camera is designed to not only authenticate your face (as part of its Face ID biometric security), it also delivers next-level selfies, thanks to its improved depth-of-field capabilities. Faces appear sharply in focus, and the new Portrait Lighting uses algorithms to create the perfect light effects for your facial structure.
Prices and plans
The iPhone 8 is available on contract, on upgrading or leasing plans, and on interest-free payment plans. Click below to start comparing plans and prices from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.
Although we won't have official iPhone X price info from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone or Virgin until pre-sales begin on October 27, our guesses as to what you'll pay with each telco are outlined here.
Again, you probably won't be able to pick up the iPhone X outright from the above carriers, but the phone should available on a standard mobile contract, on upgrade or lease plans, and on payment plans over 12, 24, or 36 months. Apple's official retail prices are as follows: