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Apple iPhone 8 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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If you favour a smaller handset and have been waiting years for acceptable iPhone battery life, the iPhone 8 is a very good premium option.

4.7 inches

Display size

750 x 1334px

64GB, 256GB

Internal storage

12 MP

Rear camera

1,821 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
4.7 inches
Resolution
750 x 1334px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
326 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
7MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
138.4mm x 67.3mm x 73mm
Weight
148g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
A11
RAM
2GB
Operating system
iOS 11
Internal storage
64GB, 256GB
Battery capacity
1,821mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP67
Wireless charging
Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,079
Launch date2017-09
Apple iPhone 8

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

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
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Pricing and availability

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Apple iPhone 8 specs

Display

Display Size
4.7 inches
Resolution
750 x 1334px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
326 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
7MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
138.4mm x 67.3mm x 73mm
Weight
148g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
A11
RAM
2GB
Operating system
iOS 11
Internal storage
64GB, 256GB
Battery capacity
1,821mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP67
Wireless charging
Qi

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