What’s the Difference Between iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X Aspect Ratio?

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If you’re wondering about the differences in aspect ratios between iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, you’re not alone. The iPhone X falls between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus when it comes to size. The iPhone X aspect ratio is also wildly different compared to the other models.

If you’re moving to the iPhone X from the iPhone 8, the differences will probably be noticeable. But if you had a plus-size iPhone, will the iPhone X feel smaller or bigger? Let’s look at the specifics to get that answer.

Body Size vs. Screen Size

First, let’s talk about the body dimensions. The iPhone X is 5.65 inches (143.6 mm) long, 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) wide, and 0.30 inches (7.7 mm) thick. The iPhone 8 Plus is 6.24 inches (158.4 mm) long, 3.07 inches (78.1 mm) wide, and 0.30 inches (7.5 mm) thick.

However, the iPhone X has a screen size of 5.8 inches, with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 while the iPhone 8 Plus screen is 5.5 inches and an aspect ratio of 16:9. So even though the size of the iPhone 8 Plus is bigger, the iPhone X still has a bigger screen. This is due to the thinner bezels on the iPhone X.

Different screen size means a narrower iPhone X aspect ratio.

Screen size of the iPhone X

But to many, moving from an iPhone Plus to an iPhone X feels like downgrading in screen size. I can’t speak for myself, because I don’t plan to upgrade to the iPhone X from my iPhone 7 Plus. But people on this Reddit thread share their experiences when making the switch.

The consensus among users is that the switch to iPhone X makes it feel like going to an iPhone 8. This is probably due to the fact that the iPhone X is thin and tall, while the other models feel like a more balanced ratio. Most people can adjust of course, but it leads many to wonder whether Apple will introduce an iPhone X Plus next year.

Phone Layout

This useful piece by The Verge gives insight into the models. Because the iPhone X has a narrower aspect ratio, you’re still getting more surface area on iPhone Plus models. Because of this, the iPhone X won’t display plus-sized app layouts. The “horns” on each side of the notch don’t add much in terms of usable screen. Therefore, the iPhone X uses the same app layouts as the iPhone 8.

Different iPhone X aspect ratio means only certain screen space can be used.

Useable screen areas that developers can use on the iPhone X

You’ll see more vertical content at once in portrait mode, but in landscape mode you’ll see less vertical space than even the iPhone 8. This is because Apple wants developers to avoid the home indicator that sits at the bottom of the iPhone X screen in lieu of a Home button. You also won’t get the iPhone Plus/iPad-style multi-panel views either.

So if you’re an iPhone Plus user looking at the iPhone X, just be aware that it will feel like going to a smaller model, despite the larger screen.

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