The iPhone X is smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus, but it has the largest iPhone screen Apple has ever made

  • The iPhone model with the largest screen is the iPhone X, which has a 5.8-inch screen measured on the diagonal.
  • But despite its larger screen, the iPhone X is smaller overall than the iPhone 8 Plus.

Should you buy an iPhone X?

It’s a tricky question if you’re in the market — the iPhone X is pricey, starting at $US999, and Apple’s other phones like the iPhone 8 are just as fast.

But there’s one big reason the iPhone X may make Apple’s other iPhones seem old and outdated: its screen.

The iPhone X actually features Apple’s biggest phone display, measuring 5.8 inches on the diagonal, which is even bigger than the display on Apple’s largest iPhone, the iPhone 8 Plus, which measures 5.5 inches.

It turns out that the iPhone X has the largest iPhone screen that Apple has ever made.

But because the iPhone X’s design stretches the display nearly corner to corner — except for the sensor housing at the top — the overall size of the iPhone X is smaller than that the iPhone 8 Plus. It’s closer in size to the iPhone 8.

There is one caveat: the iPhone X has taller proportions than the iPhone 8 Plus, so although it’s longer on the diagonal, the iPhone 8 Plus has slightly more surface area overall.

Here’s the iPhone X matched up against the iPhone 8 Plus, which is much larger despite its smaller screen:

IPhone XHollis JohnsonThe iPhone 8 Plus, left, next to the iPhone X.

Of course, Apple will also point out that the iPhone X screen uses a new technology for iPhones, OLED, instead of the LCD screens that other iPhones use. The iPhone X screen also has a higher resolution than the iPhone 8 Plus’, which helps make details look sharper when viewed close-up.

In a few minutes playing around with an iPhone X, I found the screen bright and colourful. It looked like a better screen than my iPhone 7. It’s a nice screen.

It’s also the biggest iPhone screen you can buy.

You can read Business Insider’s Steve Kovach on his early impressions after using the iPhone X for a day right here.

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