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Apple is about to unveil not one, not two, but three phones this year, and two of them are coming to stores near you very soon. It’s not just ‘upgrades’ like what you’d consider the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus to be, either – there’s a brand new flagship phone in the queue, and it’s called the iPhone X. Are you excited now?
All three phones have a few things in common. No surprise there, since they’re coming out in the same year. The primary similarities lie in the processor (A11 Bionic), front and rear camera megapixel counts (12- and 7-megapixel respectively), video recording capabilities, wireless charging, glass, IP67 water and dust resistance, maximum screen brightness, 3D Touch, fast charging, and 64GB or 256 GB storage options.
Now come the differences. Are they discreet enough to make you take the leap over to the newest model? Or will you be a daredevil and jump right to the flagship iPhone X?
As usual, the ‘mainstream’ iPhone 8 is the smallest of the bunch, although not by far, starting from 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm. The iPhone 8 Plus, being a Plus, is 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm, just a smidgeon thicker for an extra 20mm of phone height.
Screen Size & Resolution
For once, bigger iPhone doesn’t mean bigger screen, thanks to the iPhone X’s omission of the familiar physical Home button. This means that although the iPhone X is almost 15mm shorter than the iPhone 8 Plus, it still boasts a bigger screen at 5.8 inches versus the iPhone 8 Plus’s 5.5 inches. It’s the first iPhone to feature edge-to-edge phone screens. Smaller phone, bigger screen – not bad at all! Oh, and don’t forget that the iPhone X also has the best screen resolution of them all.
Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus retain the Retina HD IPS LCD screen, but the iPhone X sees an upgrade to a Super Retina OLED screen. Basically, this translates into better contrast for displays and HDR video support, specially for the iPhone X. Well, it is a flagship phone….
Both the higher-end iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X offer up to 21 hours of talk time or 13 or 12hours or Internet use, respectively, but the iPhone 8 is not too shabby with 14 hours of talk time or 12 hours of Internet use. Unless you’re calling people a lot, the Internet use capacity sounds almost similar, in theory, although real-life use will cause its life to vary.
Who’d forget about the all-important camera? All the iPhones ship with front and rear cameras, as is the norm today, but both the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X actually come with dual rear cameras. This means you actually will have two rear cameras, one for wide-angle camera and one telephoto camera, both at 12MP. The front camera is 7MP across all iPhones.
Besides wireless charging, processor and screen type, there are several new features unique to the flagship iPhone X, such as:
1. Face ID
This is one of the newest and biggest changes to the way you usually use iPhones. With Face ID, you no longer need to hit your Home button then input your password in order to unlock your phone – now all it needs is one good look at your face! Simply face your iPhone X directly, and it should unlock. Of course, you can revert to the old password method if you so wish.
2. New Animoji
Animoji are emoji that mimic your facial expressions thanks to the same sensor technology that brought you the Face ID. If you wax nostalgic over the days of MSN Messenger emojis, now is the time to up the game and bask in memories. Now your emoji will act exactly how you want it to act – say hi to animoji!
At $669, the iPhone 8, the ‘cheapest’ model, is set to retail around RM2,941 or higher in Malaysia. The iPhone 8 Plus is $100 more expensive, setting it around RM3,361 or higher. And the iPhone X? Don’t even think of it unless you have $999 – that’s around RM4,202 today, or higher by the time it arrives. For some of us, price might just be the deciding factor for these new phones.
Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are set to hit global shores on 22 September, but don’t expect to see the iPhone X until 3 November. Yes, it’s a very short time for you to long after an upgrade, so it’s time to crack down on the details and make a decision early: September, or November?