Apple iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 is an iPhone through and through. If you’ve owned an Apple handset from the iPhone 6 onwards, you’ll pretty much know exactly what you’re getting with this phone.
Android fans and iPhone pessimists will be quick to point out the seemingly minor incremental upgrades over 2016’s iPhone 7, but for those with an iPhone 6S or before that’s less of a problem.
While it may not offer much over its direct predecessor, the iPhone 8 has enough about it to make it an exciting upgrade for those with older iPhone handsets.
There’s extra power under the hood, which powers Apple’s new AR (augmented reality) app push, a tweaked display and camera, a glossy glass rear and the addition of wireless charging – plus, if you’re upgrading from an iPhone older than the iPhone 7, its dust and water-resistant body will be a bonus.
Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.1 x 7.3 mm
OS: iOS 11.1
Screen size: 4.7-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 1920
CPU: Apple A11 Bionic
RAM: 3GB LPDDR4X RAM
Rear camera: Dual 12MP
Front camera: 7MP
iPhone 8 price and availability
- Launch price (64GB): $699 (£699, AU$1,079)
- Launch price (256GB): $849 (£849, AU$1,329)
- On sale from September 22, 2017
- Glass rear looks and feels great, and enables wireless charging
- Front still bezel-heavy and almost identical to past three generations
- 4.7-inch Retina HD display, same as the iPhone 7
- Apple’s True Tone tech improves colors and contrast
The iPhone 8 features the same camera as its predecessor, but with a new sensor. The iPhone 8 Plus also features the same two cameras as the iPhone 7 Plus, but with some improvements. Both phones have a 12 MP wide-angle camera with six-element lens, autofocus, IR filter, burst mode, f/1.8 aperture, digital image stabilization, and optical image stabilization. It can record 4K video at 24, 30, or 60 fps or 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, and slow-motion video (1080p at 120 or 240 fps), timelapse with stabilization. It can capture panoramas as well. The 8 Plus is also accompanied by a telephoto lens with 2× optical zoom and 10× digital zoom, Portrait Lighting (beta), and a f/2.8 aperture. The quad-LED True Tone flash now has Slow Sync as well. DxOMark gave the camera on the iPhone 8 a rating of 92 (up from 85 on the 7), and the 8 Plus a rating of 94 (up from 88 on the 7 Plus).
For a short time, the 8 Plus was the highest ranked phone they tested, along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. They were soon overtaken by the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which scored a 98.
Both models have a 7 MP Face Time HD camera with a f/2.2 aperture. It can capture in burst mode, it has exposure control, face detection, auto-HDR, auto image stabilization, Retina flash, and 1080p HD video recording. The iPhone 8 contains the Apple A11 Bionic SoC, which is a hexa-core processor using the 10 nm process.
Both iPhones come with 64 and 256 GB options. There are three color options: Silver, Gold and Space Gray.
The iPhone 8 features Qi-standard wireless charging and is rated IP67 for water resistance.The phone has a glass back instead of the complete aluminum housing found on the iPhone 5 onwards, making it the first to do so since the iPhone 4S in 2011.