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iPhone 8 Plus Vs iPhone XS

iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 Plus Starting from €204.00
iPhone XS
iPhone XS Starting from €272.00

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iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS
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iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS
Width 78.1 mm 70.9 mm
Height 158.4 mm 143.6 mm
Weight 202 g 177 g
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.7 mm
Volume 92.78 cm³ 78.4 cm³


iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS
Resolution 1080 x 1920 px 1125 x 2436 px
Density 401 ppi 458 ppi
Size 5.5 inches 5.8 inches


iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS
Battery capacity 2675 mAh* 2658 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Fast charging Yes Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes
Battery life 21 h 21 h

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum power


iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS
Maximum storage 256 GB 512 GB
CPU frequency 2.53 GHz 2.5 GHz
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 3 GB 4 GB
LTE support Yes Yes


iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS
Front camera resolution 7 MP 7 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes Yes
Optical zoom Yes Yes
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px


iPhone 8 Plus iPhone XS
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 3 3

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iPhone XS vs iPhone 8 Plus Comparison

Which would you buy, the iPhone 8 Plus or the iPhone XS?

Getting to grips with all the options when deciding on a new phone can be hard. Just how do the different models compare? Here’s the lowdown on the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone XS to help you decide which is the phone for you.

iPhone 8 Plus – a classic-style iPhone with great battery life.

The iPhone 8 range was Apple’s last release to have the classic home button style. (Unless you count the iPhone SE 2020). It may have a slightly less modern appearance these days, but this phone still has plenty to offer. A lot of people really like the home button, and although you do lose out on screen size, the iPhone 8 Plus still has a 5.5-inch screen. In comparison, the iPhone XS, which is a very similar size (there’s about 1 mm in it) offers a 5.8-inch screen, because there’s no home button or bezels. The iPhone 8 has the edge over the iPhone XS when it comes to battery life, and you’ll get about an extra hour of whatever you are doing with the iPhone 8.

iPhone XS -  a sleeker, more modern phone

The iPhone XS was released about a year after the iPhone 8 Plus, and inevitably that means improved tech and a more modern appearance. It has an A12 processor, compared to the A11 on the iPhone 8 Plus, so it’s faster. Camera-wise, there isn’t much in it, both phones have a 12 MP dual rear camera, and a 7 MP front camera, but the newer iPhone XS takes slightly better pictures in portrait mode because of newer software. We’ve already mentioned the screen size, but it also offers higher resolution and more realistic colors than the iPhone 8 plus. The iPhone XS has a stunning OLED screen compared to the older style LCD screen on the iPhone 8 plus.

How do you decide?

The iPhone XS is the more modern phone with a larger, sharper screen and slightly more modern camera, and faster processor– the main compromises are battery life and the price. The iPhone XS cost €1,179 on release compared to €829 for the iPhone 8 plus. If you want to make savings then the iPhone 8 is a great phone with excellent cameras and battery life. Of course, you can get both these phones at a much better price when you buy refurbished.

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