Apple iPhone 8 Plus
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus looks like the iPhone 7 Plus, which looks like the 6S Plus. The only thing that marks out the newer model visually is the addition of the glass back and the two-tone effect it creates… if it wasn’t for that, it would be impossible to tell this and the 7 Plus apart.
That said, maybe this is more of a statement about the state of the industry. Apple has never changed things for the sake of it, and with the 8 Plus it feels like Apple saying there’s nothing truly fundamental out there to move to.
Except… we also have the iPhone X, which does move the dial dramatically, plug in reams of new technology and alter the way we think about the iPhone.
So one can only surmise that this is the ‘default’ iPhone, the one that the people not willing to spend exorbitant sums of money on a handset will look to.
Despite not being in the X’s price bracket, however, the iPhone 8 Plus is still one of the most expensive flagship phones on the market – so it needs to have something a little different to command interest over the previous models.
There are some strong upgrades: the camera has been enhanced, the internal workings are now among the most powerful in the industry, and little tweaks throughout smooth off rough edges in a way that makes us feel inside computer and lathed them off himself.
Add to that a better battery and screen, and the iPhone 8 Plus is the better iPhone compared to the smaller 8.
But today’s smartphone user is getting more discerning, and holding onto their handsets for longer than ever before… so the new phablet from Apple needs to deliver.
Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
OS: iOS 11
Screen size: 5.5-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 1920
CPU: Apple A11 Bionic
Rear camera: Dual 12MP
Front camera: 7MP
iPhone 8 Plus price and release date
- Launch price (64GB): $799 / £799 / AU$1,229
- Launch price (256GB): $949 / £949 / AU$1,479
- Launched September 22, 2017
Glistening gold back offers new powers
- Glass back allows for wireless charging
- Looks luxurious in gold
New Portrait Lighting mode
- Portrait mode is faster and better than before
- Portrait Lighting is a small but impressive new feature
A11 Bionic engine
- Brilliant benchmark results
- Doesn’t seem speedier in practice than 7 Plus or Note 8