Playing second fiddle is never fun. That is how iPhone 8 must be feeling since the release of iPhone X.
The iPhone 8 is basically an upgraded iPhone 7S. It has a slight upgrade to its internals and some improved hardware on the outside. The upgrades to iPhone 8 are minimal compared to the new iPhone X, but there is enough here to warrant an upgrade if it is time. So what has changed?
iPhone 8 release date and price
The iPhone 8 should be a better choice for those that are looking to spend normal amount on a phone because the price is not much higher than last year’s price. The iPhone 8 price begins at $699 for the 64GB variant, and the larger, 256GB version will cost $849.
In term of iPhone 8 release date, we are looking at September 15 as the pre-order date, while the actual on-shelf date will be September 22.
One of the major upgrades for iPhone 8 is the latest A11 Bionic chip inside it. The A11 Bionic chip is rumored to be manufactured using the new 10nm process.
If that does not mean anything tangible to you, it basically means the chip can now run more efficiently, so it can help improve the battery life and power, allowing you to take advantage of the new higher-power apps and extending the battery life over previous iterations.
That of course, is not going to make much difference from last year’s iPhone, because we are already seeing iPhones becoming a bit stronger than is needed for most apps, but it will keep things running smoother for a long time.
This type of chip is incredibly powerful for a phone of this size, but it is basically used to push the AR experience.
It looks a bit like overkill for this phone, given that it has no high-power camera, but as a result, the battery should be made more efficient.
Wireless charging and glass back
iPhone 8 design is just like that of iPhone 7, which is a shame considering the fact that the world is clamoring for a new design (especially those that doesn’t want to buy the pricey iPhone X), but the positive is the glass back it has.
That means you can wirelessly charge the device, with all the new iPhones getting the new functionality at the 2017 Apple Event. It will use the Qi standard, which we believe represents the way of charging phones in the future.
What else can we say about this? With it, you just have to plop the phone on the charging pad, and it will start charging. The charging may not be rapid as when you plug in a cable, but it’ll be more convenient.
The iPhone 8 glass back gives it a slightly lighter feel, with a 4.7-inch display taking up lesser space in hand, and the Touch ID button on the bottom is easy to tap on without having to jiggle your phone around in hand.
Considering the overall design, it is similar to before, but there definitely is a slight improvement. The new gold color is also attractive with its two-tone effect.
iPhone 8 screen
The iPhone 8 screen got some upgrades compared to the iPhone 7. this is the least we expect from Apple given that this handset has jumped a number forward.
The 4.7-inch screen is one of the noticeable changes to the iPhone 8 and the screen also sports Retina (Full) HD display, making it sharper and more clear throughout your web browsing and app use. With the new Retina display, the new LCD screen is bright and clear.
It has got the True Tone Technology we have enjoyed from iPad Pro – and it makes a difference to the color of the display.
There is a slight boost to the camera, although Apple is sticking with the tried-and-tested 12MP sensor in the back.
The single sensor is rather disappointing because that was what we saw in iPhone 7 last year. However, it is not terrible because the sensor can take some great pictures, but we’d expected two sensors this year.
Because Apple jumped to iPhone 8, we’ve been expecting major upgrade to the camera. The overall image quality is still excellent though – you should be very happy with your snaps, and zooming into pictures shows that they are still clear, crisp and bright.
Finally Full HD
New color gold is very attractive
No dual camera, no Portrait Mode
The name iPhone 8 is a surprising one for this phone because Apple has not changed a whole heap – all the significant changes have been reserved for the iPhone X.
There are some expected updates onboard, which majorly centered around the faster cheapset Apple claimed will lead to battery life extension, but in summary, this phone pales when you compare to its impressive X-badged brother.
The screen sports higher-res, which is a welcome development, and it also looks brighter and sharper.
Finally, it is more accessible cost-wise, so if you are looking for a new iPhone that is affordable, this is the one you need to go for.