iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone 8 Plus – What’s The Difference?

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Apple has a new bag batboy flagship. It’s called the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the thing is an absolute beast. It’s the biggest, most powerful iPhone Apple has ever made.

The thing is, Apple is still leaving its former king, the iPhone 8 Plus on sale. But can that two-year-old phone even compete anymore? Let’s take a look at how the iPhone 8 Plus compares to the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone 8 Plus Quick Comparison

iPhone 8 plus vs iPhone 11 pro max
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Design

  • iPhone 8 Plus – The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5in display and features Apple’s original biometric authentication system called Touch ID, which uses your fingerprint instead of your face to unlock your phone. Its industrial design features a glass and aluminium body and comes in a wide range of three color options.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max – The iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with a 6.5in OLED display. It features Apple’s biometric authentication system called Face ID. The textured matte glass and stainless steel design make it an absolutely gorgeous phone. And this year their glass back will feature a matte finish.

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – The iPhone 11 Pro Max with its matte glass back and steel frame steals the show.

Displays

  • iPhone 8 Plus – The iPhone 8 Plus features an LCD display that is 5.5in and has a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution at 401ppi.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max – The iPhone 11 Pro features an edge-to-edge OLED display that is 6.5in and has a 2688 x 1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi.

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – Without a doubt, the iPhone 11 Pro Max wins the day here thanks to its OLED display.

CPU/Processor

  • iPhone 8 Plus –  the iPhone 8 Plus features the two-year-old A11 chipset, which is about 40% slower than the A13.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max –  the iPhone 11 Pro Max features the blazing A13 chipset.

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – The A13 is 40% faster than the A11.

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Camera

  • iPhone 8 Plus – The iPhone 8 Plus features a 7MP front-facing camera. On the rear camera you get a dual 12MP wide and telephoto camera.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max – The iPhone 11 Pro Max features a 12MP front-facing camera. But the rear camera is a triple-lens system with a 12MP wide-angle, ultra wide-angle, and telephoto lens, triple optical image stabilisation, optical zoom, and 4K video recording. It too also supports advanced photo features like portrait photography and night mode.

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – That triple-lens puts the dual-lens to shame.

Storage Options

  • iPhone 8 Plus – 64GB or 128GB
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max – 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB

Battery Life

  • iPhone 8 Plus – The iPhone 8 Plus’s battery will get you about 14 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max – The iPhone 11 Pro’s battery will get you about 20 hours of battery life with mixed usage. It also features wireless charging.

Winner? iPhone 11 Pro Max – You get an extra six hours of battery life.

Price

  • iPhone 8 Plus – The 5.5in iPhone 8 Plus costs cost £579 (64GB) and £629 (128GB).
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max – The 6.5in iPhone 11 Pro Max will cost £1149 (64GB) and £1299 (256GB) and £1499 (512GB).

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Verdict?

So can the iPhone 8 Plus compete against the iPhone 11 Pro Max? Nope–it’s not even close. 2019’s iPhone 11 Pro Max DESTROYS the iPhone 8 Plus in every metric. It features that sweet triple lens rear camera system with a 12MP wide-angle, ultra wide-angle, and telephoto lenses, triple optical image stabilisation, optical zoom, and 4K video recording. There’s just no way the old dual-lens system on the iPhone 8 Plus can compete.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max also features an OLED display, versus the iPhone 8 Plus’s LCD display. This means your screen is just going to look better on the 11 Pro Max. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is also 40% faster than the iPhone 8 Plus thanks to its A13 processor. The iPhone 11 Pro Max wins thanks to it camera, display, and better industrial design. That’s not even to mention the design of the iPhone 8 Plus looks archaic compared to the all-screen design of the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone 8 Plus: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 11 Pro Max:

  • Display: 6.5-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with a 2688 x 1242-pixel resolution at 458ppi
  • Dimensions: 158.09mm x 77.8mm x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 226 grams
  • Storage: 64, 256, or 512GB
  • Processors: A13 Bionic chip with third-generation Neural Engine
  • Front camera: 12 MP TrueDepth camera with 4K video recording at up to 60 fps
  • Rear camera: Triple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras with Night mode; 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 20 hours (video playback)
  • Other: Face ID, NFC, wireless charging, IP68 waterproof (4m)

And here are the specs for the iPhone 8 Plus:

  • Display: 5.5in LCD Retina HD display with a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution at 401ppi
  • Dimensions: 158.4mm x 78.1mm x 7.5mm
  • Weight: 202 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 128GB
  • Processors: A11 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • Front camera: 7MP FaceTime HD camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Rear camera: Dual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras; 4K video
  • Battery: Up to 14 hours (video playback)
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, wireless charging, IP67 waterproof (1m)

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