At this year’s September event, Apple announced three iPhone models, including iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. While the whole world is now focused on the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are still something that may encourage you to upgrade this year.
This year, Apple has removed the “S” from its iPhone lineup to go straight to the iPhone 8. Basically, the new iPhone 8 is the iPhone 7s, as the device comes with a slight upgrade to the internals and a small design change. However, that doesn’t make the device a bad choice, as it still ranks among the most desired phones out there, especially for those customers who don’t want to slash $1000 in the iPhone X.
If you are planning to buy the iPhone 8 when it launches on September 22, make sure you check out our hands-on review in the section below.
Release date and pricing
Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 8 will be available for pre-order on September 15 and hit retail stores on September 22. In this US, the new device starts at $699 SIM-free for the starting 64 version, while the 256 GB version retails for $849.
Design and screen
This year, Apple has re-adopted the glass back design on all the three iPhone models. The glass back design was once a fan favorite back in 2010 when Apple launched the iPhone 4. On the front of the device, there’s still Touch ID, but it has been upgraded for better authentication.
The new iPhone still sticks with the 4.7 inch display, but the screen now features a Retina Full HD technology, thus offering more details and sharper image. This year, Apple continues to use the LCD panels for its iPhone models (iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus), but the company has added its True Tone technology to the display.
Apple’s True Tone technology made its debut on the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro and received mostly positive reviews from users. Basically, the technology dynamically adjusts the color temperature of your display to match with the lighting around you.
A11 Bionic chip
One of the highlights of this year’s iPhone lineup lies in Apple’s latest A11 Bionic chip. Basically, Apple’s A11 chip is built on a new 10nm process and offers a significant boost in performance over the A10 chip used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
According to Apple, the company’s A11 Bionic chip features two performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. The performance cores are around 25 percent faster than the A10 chip found in the iPhone 7, while the efficiency cores are up to 70 percent faster.
With A11 Bionic chip inside, the 4.7 inch iPhone ranks among the most powerful smartphones on the market and is ready to take on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
iPhone 8 Camera
The camera on the iPhone 8 gets a slight improvement this year with larger sensor and deeper pixels. On the back, we still have a single 12 MP shooter with optical image stabilization and 5x digital zoom. There’s a 7-megapixel FaceTime camera on the front of the device.
Despite a slight upgrade, the cameras on the iPhone 8 offer impressive photos even in low-light conditions, making it one of the best camera phones out there.
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