Apple iPhone 8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Apple iPhone 8
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Quick Verdict

There's little doubt that the iPhone 8 is the lesser member of 2017's crop of iPhones, but if you favour a smaller handset and have been waiting years for acceptable iPhone battery life, this is a very good premium option.

The good

  • Improved battery life
  • Great processor performance
  • Wireless charging now standard

The bad

  • Old school iPhone design
  • Only a single lens camera
  • iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X are more fully featured

iPhone 8 at a glance
When did the iPhone 8 come out? Pre-orders from 15 September 2017, available 22 September 2017 in Australia.
What’s new about the iPhone 8? A11 Bionic processor, improved camera.
How much does the iPhone 8 cost? $1,079 (64GB)/$1,329 (256GB).

The smallest member of the 2017 iPhone family is a serious premium contender.

Of all the handsets announced at Apple's launch of its 2017 iPhones, the iPhone 8 model was the one that was met with the most lukewarm response.

That's hardly a shock given that the primary focus of the event was clearly the iPhone X, and even if its full-screen display and FaceID features didn't impress you, there was always the iPhone 8 Plus, with its dual cameras and larger battery capacity.

Against that competition, the iPhone 8 is rather easy to overlook, but the reality is that it fills a niche few handset makers even consider any more. That's the space for a more hand- and pocket-friendly device with plenty of power because most smaller-screened Android handsets tend to be low-power, budget devices.


Design

  • Maintains that familiar iPhone look, for better and for worse
  • The glass back adds weight and attracts fingerprints like nobody's business
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Camera

  • The single lens lacks the versatility of multi-lens arrays in other smartphones
  • Still one of the best cameras available in a phone of this size
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Performance

  • Genuinely impressive performance that challenges the value of the iPhone X
  • The relatively small screen limits the benefits of all that power

Battery life

  • Finally delivers all-day performance from an iPhone
  • Wireless charging is a big plus
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Verdict

  • Not a significant upgrade from the iPhone 7
  • Improved battery life is welcome, but still not on par with the competition

Pricing and availability

Apple iPhone 8

Familiar yet impressive

The iPhone 8 doesn't stray far from the traditional iPhone formula, but it still delivers the premium experience expected of an Apple device. Buy yours today outright or on a plan with Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.

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OS iOS 11
Display size (inches) 4.7
Display resolution (pixels) 1334 x 750
Pixels per inch (PPI) 326
Processor A11
Height (mm) 138.4
Width (mm) 67.3
Depth (mm) 73
Weight (g) 148
Battery size (mAh) 1,821
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 2GB
Water resistance IP67
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 7
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
NFC support Yes
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Updated March 27th, 2019
Name Product Display Rear camera Internal storage Battery size More info
5.8
inches

2436 x 1125px

12MP + 12MP

64GB


256GB


512GB

2,659
mAh
5.5
inches

1920 x 1080px

12MP + 12MP

64GB


256GB

2,675
mAh
6.5
inches

2688 x 1242px

12MP + 12MP

64GB


256GB


512GB

3,179
mAh
6.1
inches

1792 x 828px

12MP

64GB


128GB


256GB

2,942
mAh
4.7
inches

1334 x 750px

12MP

64GB


256GB

1,821
mAh
5.8
inches

2436 x 1125px

12MP + 12MP

64GB


256GB

2,716
mAh
4
inches

1136 x 640px

12MP

32GB


128GB

1,624
mAh
5.5
inches

1920 x 1080px

12MP + 12MP

32GB


128GB


256GB

2,900
mAh
4.7
inches

1334 x 750px

8MP

16GB


32GB


64GB


128GB

1,810
mAh
4.7
inches

1334 x 750px

12MP

32GB


128GB


256GB

1,960
mAh
4.7
inches

1334 x 750px

12MP

32GB


128GB

1,715
mAh
5.5
inches

1920 x 1080px

12MP

32GB


128GB

2,750
mAh

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