The iPhone 8 Plus was released in September, and the iPhone X will arrive on Nov. 3. As new products from one of the world’s most influential companies, both are already impacting the market. But consumers are wondering: what’s really special about these phones, and what makes each of them unique?

The iPhone X is an overdue, wild redesign. The surface is almost all screen, with Apple’s first ever OLED display and largest ever 5.8-inch size. Taller and narrower than the Plus models, the X boasts dual rear cameras, both with optical image stabilization, a front-facing camera with depth sensing and animagi support, and wireless charging. Apple tops it off with a Face ID feature, replacing the home ID button.

As displayed in the chart below, U.S. consumers will pay roughly one thousand dollars for these features. This is the most expensive iPhone to date!

The 8 Plus includes a new sensor and image signal processor, promising richer colors, better low-light shots, and faster autofocus. There is also portrait lighting mode, which can add 3D lighting to your photos. Compressed videos now include 4K video at 60FPS, with 1080p slow motion at 240. Color temperature can be adjusted to match ambient light, which improves the appearance of the display.

Augmented Reality is a brand new feature for the iPhone 8 Plus that implements state-of-the-art A11 bionic chips. New motion processors, graphics, camera sensors and image signal processing are also included. The AR kit requires an iPhone 6 S or later, meaning slightly older phones can also use this feature. Of course, the iPhone X offers a better display.

The least expensive of the new iPhone releases, the iPhone 8, comes with some upgrades of its own. These include a Larger 4.7-inch, pressure-sensitive 3D Touchscreen, improved camera with more megapixels and better optical stabilization, water resistance, Qi-compatible wireless inductive charging, stereo speakers, better battery life, and True Tone display. True Tone adjusts screen colors based on ambient light. Additionally, the iPhone 8 comes with a far faster A11 Bionic processor, up to 256GB of storage, 4K video recording, 1080p slow-mo video recording, Live Photos, much better camera flash, a 7-megapixel front-facing camera, Apple Pay, a fast-charge option (requires USB-C power adapter and cable), and ARKit support.

Competition for the iPhones include the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a phone with a built-in stylus and two cameras on the back. With the Galaxy Note 8, users can change the background blur, widen pictures, and take less shaky videos. At only 70 dollars, the Galaxy Note 8 is an extremely cost-efficient option, but many are hesitant to buy after last year’s Note 7 made headlines with its exploding battery.

Google’s Pixel 2 is another interesting alternative. With prices starting at $649, the Pixel 2 offers a new feature called Google Lens. This allows you to take a picture of a landmark, book, or painting, and then give a quick description of it, which can be handy. The phone has squeezable functions, allowing access to other small functions, and is also waterproof.

Which one is worth buying? Well, there is currently not enough data to prove which one is worth it in the long run. Without long term tests or user reviews, much is unknown about these products. But in the end, it’s up to the preferences of the consumer. For those on a budget, the Galaxy Note 8 may be most appealing, but others may favor the upgraded camera of the iPhone 8. Wherever you stand, one thing’s for sure: technology is developing fast, and it’s exciting to imagine what new innovations will surprise us next.


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