Along with the Watch Series 3, Apple also unveiled its latest smartphones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Aesthetically, these two look a lot like their predecessors. However, the company has let go of the metal unibody in favor of glass panels on front and back. Both the phones retain water and dust resistance.
Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are powered by the same A11 Bionic chip. The latest hexa-core SoC (System on Chip) replaces the 4-core A10 Fusion chip. The A11’s Primary two performance cores are said to deliver 25 percent performance gain and the secondary cluster of high efficiency cores clock 70 percent faster speeds. The new GPU extracts 30% more performance using only half of the energy required to drive the A10’s GPU.
Both the devices get newer optics. The iPhone 8 Plus features a 12 MP dual lens rear camera, whereas the iPhone 8 settles for a single lens. The iPhone 8 plus inherits the portrait mode. Additionally, it gets a ‘Portrait Lighting’ mode to correct the image lighting in real-time. It can record 4k at 60 fps (frames per second) and 1080p videos in slo-mo 240 fps.
Apart from the camera, a major differentiator between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is the screen size. The iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch screen with 750×1334 pixels. It translates to the pixel density of 325 ppi, which is not something to brag about. Things are a little better with the 5.5-inch screen on the iPhone 8 Plus, as it packs in 1080×1920 pixels. Here, you get a respectable pixel density of 400 ppi.
Apple claims that redesigned stereo speakers are up to 25 percent louder and deliver deeper bass. The latest iPhones also get Bluetooth 5.0, Quick Charge support and Qi wireless charging.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in space gray, silver, and gold finish. The devices will be up for pre-order starting from September 15. Sales will commence on September 22. The iPhone 8 64 GB base model will be priced at $699. The base model of Plus variant will cost you $799.