On 12th September 2017, the most awaited smart phone from none other than Apple made their debut at the new Apple Park Headquarters and at the Steve Jobs Theatre in San Cupertino. Rising to shine we have three models this year namely the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus which eventually would be somewhere close to last year’s iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus in design aspects. In Addition, you also get another variant the iPhone X which was mostly in discussion around the globe all this time. As always prices are at its peak and affordability is still in question. Let’s see if the new iPhone is worth your precious time or not.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
On the iPhone 8, you get a slick metallic body molded inside 7.3 mm dimensions which weigh approximately 148 grams. Whereas on the iPhone 8 plus you get a slightly larger dimension with 7.5 MM and weighs 202 grams. You get an Ion-strengthened glass in the front and back alongside oleo phobic coating. Both the models are IP86 certified dust and water resistant up-to 1.5 meters and 30 minutes.
The display on the iPhone 8 is a 4.7 inch LED backlit IPS display with 750 x 1334 pixel resolution which does produce 326 ppi as pixel density. Whereas on the iPhone 8 Plus you get a similar 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution which produces a pixel density of 401 ppi. The display has been improved this time around with True Tone technology which adjusts the screen based on the ambient light reaching the phone sensors.
Inside both the phones you get the new Apple A11 Bionic chipset on a hexa core CPU with a new Apple GPU which does consume half the power as on the series 7 phones but is 30 percent faster. The new chipset is said to be 70 percent faster than the A10 chipset found on the Series 7 phone from Apple. As usual, no memory card slot has been provided and it houses 64 GB or 256 GB internal storage with 2 GB of RAM.
For the camera on the iPhone 8, you get a 12 MP snapper with a f/1.8 aperture on a 28 MM lens and 1/3” sensor size. The camera does support phase detection auto focus, optical image stabilization and a dual tone LED flash on the back. And on the front, you get a 7 MP shooter having a f/2.2 aperture which does support full HD video recording and face detection, HDR and panorama mode. Whereas on the iPhone 8 Plus you get a dual 12 MP snapper where the primary one is a wide angle lens with a f/1.8 aperture and the secondary is a telephoto lens having a f/2.8 aperture. Both the phones are capable of shooting 4K videos.
3.5 MM audio jack is missing and connectivity features include WiFI, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC. You also get a front mounted finger print sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and a barometer. Surprisingly the iPhone 8 does support fast charging on board with 50 percent charge in 30 mins. Whereas on the iPhone 8 Plus you get an additional feature of wireless charging which was an anticipated feature of all times. Battery capacity is identical to that on the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.
Both the phones will be available in Gold, Space Gray and Silver colors to choose from. Preorders will begin on 15 September and you will get your hands on the same starting September 22nd.
With lots of leaks and rumors spreading across, Apple did finally launch the iPhone X alongside the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. iPhone X is surrounded by glass and edges are covered by a metallic frame. It measures 7.7 MM thickness with a combined weight of 174 grams. You get a scratch resistant glass all over and is IP67 certified dust and water resistant up to 1 meters and 30 minutes.
The display on the same is a 5.8 inch Super AMOLED panel which sports a screen to body ratio of 82.9 percent which makes it a bezel less display. Though a small cut out on the top houses all the sensors, ear piece and the front camera. The display features 1125 x 2435 pixel resolution which produces 458 ppi as pixel density.
With iOS 11 you get the new Apple A11 Bionic chipset on a hexa core CPU and the new Apple GPU. For storage, the phone uses 64 GB or 256 GB of internal storage along with 3 GB of RAM.
Optically you get a Dual vertically placed camera’s familiar as on the iPhone 8 Plus with minute differences of aperture here and there. With the dual camera, you also get the dual optical image stabilization and quad –LED true tone flash. Physical home button has been replaced with gestures for navigation and Touch ID got replaced with the new 3D facial recognition. This technology not only unlocks the phone by just looking at it but also can do the same when lighting conditions are very low for the device to read mapped face.
Connectivity features remain the same with dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC and USB 3.0 reversible connector. On board, you also have the accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and barometer sensors. Again the device does support fast charging and wireless charging as on the iPhone 8 Plus.
Will be available in India in Space Grey and Silver colors to choose from and is expected to be shipped for a whopping price of Rs. 89000 for the 64GB version. You will be able to get your hands on the same starting September 29, 2017.