iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – Is it Worth the Upgrade?

During the Apple Event last week, they unveiled the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Now the question, is it going to be worth the upgrade?

Die hard iPhone fans were expecting the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be an all screen, bezel-less phone. But it turns out that the leaked renders were from another iPhone that they also unveiled on the event, the iPhone X. Now let’s go back to the 8 and 8 Plus.

Design and Aesthetics

The main difference between both devices are the size and specs. Their design is so much similar to the design of the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus. Honestly speaking, they could very well have just called them the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.

iPhone 8 glass

But aesthetics aside, there are a lot of upgrades in its specifications. For starters, the aluminum back is now replaced with glass. This makes the new iPhones a bit thicker and heavier that their predecessor. It still has an aluminum inner chassis and still have its IP67 water and dust resistance.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus waterproof

Performance

The 8 and 8 Plus is going to be fast, faster than the 7 and 7 Plus. Apple didn’t disclose any clock speeds, but they stated that it will be equipped with a 64-bit, 6 core processor, claiming that it will be 25% more faster than their A10 chip when using the performance cores and 70% faster using the high efficiency cores. Graphics will also be 30% faster, and it will only consume half the power than the A10.

Cameras

iPhone 8 Plus rear camera

On paper, it looks like the 8 and 8 Plus still retain most of the specification with their predecessor. The iPhone 8 still has a 12MP, f/1.8 wide angle lens, while the iPhone 8 Plus still has dual cams, adding a 12MP telephoto lens.

Battery

The 8 and 8 Plus’ battery life is just about the same as the 7 and 7 Plus, as Apple stated. But it does have fast charging, having 50% charge from 30 minutes of charging. It’s not as fast as the fast charging of some notable Android Phones, but definitely an improvement on previous iPhones. Wireless charging is also featured on the phones, adapting to the Qi standard.

iPhone 8 Specification

  • Dimensions – 67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3 mm (2.65 x 5.45 x 0.29 inches)
  • Weight – 148 g
  • CPU – A11 Bionic Chip with 64-bit architecture
  • RAM – TBA
  • Storage – 64 GB, 256 GB
  • Display – 4.7” Retina HD Display, 1334×750, 326 ppi
  • Rear Camera – 12MP, f/1.8
  • Front Camera – 7MP, f/2.2
  • Battery – TBA
  • OS – iOS 11

iPhone 8 Plus Specification

  • Dimensions – 78.1 x 158.4 x 7.5 mm (3.07 x 6.24 x 7.5 inches)
  • Weight – 202 g
  • CPU – A11 Bionic Chip with 64-bit architecture
  • RAM – TBA
  • Storage – 64 GB, 256 GB
  • Display – 5.5” Retina HD Display, 1920×1080, 401 ppi
  • Rear Camera – 12MP wide-angle, f/1.8 + 12MP telephoto, f/2.8
  • Front Camera – 7MP, f/2.2
  • Battery – TBA
  • OS – iOS 11

The 64 GB variant of the iPhone 8 is priced at USD 699 (Php 35,681), while the 256 GB variant is at USD 849 (Php 43,338). And for the iPhone 8 Plus, the 64 GB model is at USD 799 (Php 40,785), while the 256 GB variant is at USD 949 (Php 48,442). Both phones are available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray.

Both iPhones isn’t really the big upgrade we were expecting. Personally, it feels like a subtle improvement. All eyes are on the iPhone X, but with it have a huge price tag, people may be inclined to opt for the 8 and 8 Plus for now.

 

 

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