Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were announced alongside the iPhone X, Watch Series 3 and a new 4K Apple TV at the company’s event in September 12. The iPhone X is Apple’s most premium, tenth-anniversary iPhone while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the successors to last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Compared to the changes being made in the iPhone X, pronounced iPhone ‘ten’, both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have got minor upgrades. And while both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are slightly better than their predecessors, you might be interested in picking up one of the phones before the festive season kicks off.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: Availability in India, launch offers
Consumers can look forward to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in India starting September 29. Both devices will be available to pre-order on September 22. Pre-bookings will open on midnight, Friday, September 22. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be made available through Amazon India, Flipkart, Infibeam and Apple’s own authorised resellers. Reliance Jio will also start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 8 lineup at Reliance Digital stores, Jio stores and Jio.com between September 22 and September 29.
According to IANS, Reliance Digital will offer a 70 per cent buyback on iPhone 8 and 8 Plus’ original purchase price on return of the device after a year. There’s also a cashback offer, but there’s a catch to it. Customers will get Rs 10,000 cashback on September 29, the day of the launch, when they use a Citibank credit card to purchase the device.
Meanwhile, Amazon India has launched a dedicated pre-order page for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, we suggest you to head over to the e-commerce site to sign up and, be the first to get the new iPhone 8. The page will go live midnight at 12:00 am IST, Friday, September 22. Another major e-commerce site Flipkart, too, has listed both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on its site. The e-commerce site is offering No cost EMI options, 10 per cent extra off with SBI Debit and credit cards, 10 per cent cashback through PhonePe wallet, and 5 per cent off on Axis Bank Buzz credit cards. Other than Amazon India and Flipkart, the new iPhone 8 lineup will be available through Infibeam.
Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: Price in India
In India, iPhone 8 will cost Rs 64,000 for the 64GB storage variant and Rs 77,000 for 256GB storage. The iPhone 8 Plus on the other hand will cost Rs 73,000 for 64GB storage and Rs 86,000 for 256GB. Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be offered in two storage options; 64GB and 256GB.
Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: Color options, upgradable to iOS 11
The new iPhones come in three colour options: Gold, Silver, Space Gray. Yes! Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are upgradable to the latest iOS 11 mobile OS. In fact, the devices will be shipped with iOS 11 out of the box. iOS 11 is already seeding as a free download on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch either over-the-air or via manual update.
Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: Features, specifications
Like their predecessors, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. But the company has made the displays much better compared to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Both are Retina HD displays and also feature Apple’s True Tone technology. They now come with a slightly revamped design, notably a glass back and a new gold finish. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also come with Apple’s faster A11 Bionic chip which feature six cores. As expected, the new processor will be faster than the old A10 chip found inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The new glass design also means both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can be charged through wireless charging. In contrast, both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were launched without the wireless charging support. The new iPhones are designed to take advantage of augmented reality applications. Like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the new iPhones are IP67 dust and water resistant.
Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: Camera
On the camera front, the iPhone 8 gets a 12MP single primary camera, while the iPhone 8 Plus gets a pair of 12MP shooters. The iPhone 8 has an improved 12MP camera with larger sensor, enabling faster autofocus in low light. Meanwhile the iPhone 8 Plus includes a new portrait lighting mode. In terms of video, both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second (fps).
Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: No Face ID, Battery Life
No! Face ID is currently reserved for the iPhone X. While Apple has dropped the home button from the iPhone X, the company hasn’t yet abandoned Touch ID from the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
The battery on the iPhone 8 is smaller compared to the iPhone 7. That’s according to a listing on TENAA, China’s version of FCC. Evidently the iPhone 8 has a battery of 1,821mAh, compared to the iPhone 7’s 1,960mAh. The iPhone 8 Plus has a battery of 2,675mAh, in comparison to the iPhone 7 Plus’ 2,900mAh.
— Steve H. (@OnLeaks) September 14, 2017
At the launch event earlier this week, Apple said both phones should last “about the same” as their predecessors. It is unclear why Apple has reduced the size of the battery on the new iPhones.