Just as the rumors had suggested, this year, on 12th of September, in the Apple Launch Event, apple released 3 new iPhones, the iPhone 8/8+ which are just a refresh of the previous iPhone 7/7+ and the brand-new iPhone X (pronounced “Ten”).
Now, in this article, we will talk about the iPhone 8/8+.
Every time in the article wherever it says iPhone 8, it means that both iPhone 8/8+ unless specifically mentioned.
We felt the need to include a specific paragraph on name because it is important. We, and many others, believe that these new devices should have been named iPhone 7s/7s+, because frankly there is not much change.
A better display, a new processor, a better camera and a better battery; these do not justify the new series, but these are rather spec bumps.
Everything aside, its Apples’ devices and they get to name it, so it is what it is, the iPhone8/8+.
Now, let us dive into our regular format review.
Display and Structure
The look and feel of the devices is same as that of last years’. The biggest change is that now the back of the phone is made up of glass, which now enables wireless charging.
Both the devices are IP-67 Dust and Water Resistant. Both sport the similar look and overall button layout.
NO HEADPHONE JACK.
The display is the same as last year, same size, same resolution.
iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch (~65.4% screen-to-body ratio) 750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density) LED backlit IPS LCD display.
iPhone 8+ has a 5.5-inch (~67.4% screen-to-body ratio) 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density) LED backlit IPS LCD display.
What is new here is the inclusion of True-Tone Technology. What it does is, that with the help of all the sensors on your phone, it determines the best brightness and colour (saturation and tint) to always give you an even looking natural look.
Internals (Hardware + Software)
NOTE- All the features of the new chipset and new OS aren’t possible to cover in one brief article, hence only the important information is provided here.
This year, we have a brilliant piece of engineering, the new A11 BIONIC chipset. It is by far the best mobile processor in any phone.
It has a 6 Core CPU design, with 2 High Performance Cores that are 25 percent faster and 4 Efficiency Cores that are 70 percent faster than those on the previous A10 Fusion Chip.
Both possess the same chipset. The iPhone 8 has 2 GB of RAM and the iPhone 8+ has 3 GB of RAM.
The GPU is built into the A11 BIONIC chipset.
The iPhone 8 has a single 12 MP shooter in the back and an 8 MP selfie shooter with OIS.
The iPhone 8+ has dual 12 MP shooters with OIS in the standard wide angle and another with a telephoto lens for 2x lossless optical zoom.
The most major upgrade is on the software. There is improved portrait mode. Videos can now be shot at 4K 60 FPS, and 1080P at 240 FPS for slow motion.
On the iPhone 8 Plus, there’s a new Portrait Lightning feature available for Portrait Mode, which is designed to allow iPhone users to add studio lighting effects to Portrait photos.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been designed with augmented reality experiences in mind.
Each camera features individual calibration with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for more accurate motion tracking.
Battery and Storage
This year, apple has dropped the 32 GB variant and also the 128 GB one. Now you can buy these phones in either 64 GB or 256 GB variants only.
The iPhone 8 has 1821 mAh battery and the 8+ has 2691 mAh battery. Both the devices support fast charging, however the wall adapter that comes in the box does not support fast charging. You will need to buy a separate wall adapter.
Also, both the devices now support Qi Wireless Charging.
Price and Colours
The iPhone 8 will cost Rs. 64,000 and Rs. 77,000 for 64 and 256 GB variants respectively. It will come in 3 colours- Silver, Gold and Space Grey.
The iPhone 8+ will cost Rs. 73,000 and Rs. 84,000 for 64 and 256 GB variants respectively. It will come in 3 colours- Silver, Gold and Space Grey.
Here’s a basic spec table-
|Feature||iPhone 8||iPhone 8+|
|Display||4.7-inch (~65.4% screen-to-body ratio) 750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density) LED backlit IPS LCD||5.5-inch (~67.4% screen-to-body ratio) 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density) LED backlit IPS LCD|
(CPU AND GPU)
|A11 BIONIC||A11 BIONIC|
|RAM||2 GB||3 GB|
|Storage||64/256 GB||64/256 GB|
|Cameras||Rear: 12 MP|
Front: 8 MP
|Rear: Dual 12 MP|
Front: 8 MP
|Wireless charging||Yes, Qi||Yes, Qi|
|Water resistance||IP67 dust and water resistance||IP67 dust and water resistance|
|Software||iOS 11||iOS 11|
So, the final question remains, should you buy it?
If you are coming from an iPhone 7, the buy the 8+.
Any previous model user or Android user can buy it.
But it won’t make sense for an Phone 7+ user to switch to iPhone 8/8+.
But, still, I would recommend you to wait for the iPhone X prices, and then make your decision.
But bear in mind, that in no way are these bad phones.
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