Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

The iPhone 8 Plus might externally look like it's last year's technology, but beneath that familiar exterior lurks a true beast of a smartphone. It's feasible that the iPhone 8 Plus may go down as Apple's best phone of 2018, maybe even better than the iPhone X.

The good

  • Astonishing battery life
  • Industry leading processor performance
  • Portrait lighting works very well

The bad

  • Design is showing its age
  • No storage expansion
  • Low light camera performance could be better

iPhone 8 Plus at a glance
When did the iPhone 8 Plus come out? Pre-sales from 15 September 2017, available from 22 September 2017.
What’s new about the iPhone 8 Plus? A11 Bionic processor, improved dual lens camera.
How much does the iPhone 8 Plus cost? $1,229 (64GB) or $1,479 (256GB).

The iPhone 8 Plus is an exceptional handset, and it might even be better than the iPhone X.

When Apple announced its 2018 class of iPhones, the lion's share of attention went to the flagship Apple iPhone X. It's not hard to see why, what with its fresh full screen (if you ignore the notch) design, FaceID features and jaw-dropping asking price.

That left the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in a difficult position because in a market that Apple itself hypes up to expect nothing but the best, taking the "lesser" handsets, especially at premium prices, might seem like a dumb move.

Nobody wants to look dumb, but as I've found testing the iPhone 8 Plus, dumb is the last thing you can call this particular handset.

Design

  • Much the same as the iPhone 7 Plus
  • The glass-coated backing increases the chances of the phone slipping from your fingers

Camera

  • Only a slight improvement over the camera on the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Still impressive both from a hardware and software perspective

Performance

  • Sets a new standard for smartphone performance
  • The ordinary screen resolution leaves something to be desired

Battery life

  • Tremendous battery life that not only trounces other iPhones, but most other premium handsets too
  • Support for Qi wireless charging frees you from requiring Apple-approved charging products

Verdict

  • Excellent battery life and a more affordable price tag make it a more compelling alternative to the iPhone X
  • Not quite remarkable enough to warrant upgrading from the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

Pricing and availability

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Premium and polished

While it's not a revolution in iPhone design, the iPhone 8 Plus makes key improvements in battery life and performance. Grab one for yourself on contract through Telstra, Optus or Vodafone, or purchase one outright from participating retailers.

Promoted
  • Apple sells the iPhone 8 Plus outright for $1,229 with 64GB of onboard storage, or $1,479 with 256GB of storage.
  • Telstra, Vodafone and Optus also offer the iPhone 8 Plus on a variety of contract plans.
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OS iOS 11
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401
Processor A11
Height (mm) 158.4
Width (mm) 78.1
Depth (mm) 7.5
Weight (g) 202
Battery size (mAh) 2,675
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 3
Water resistance IP67
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution 12
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.8
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 August 20th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
A11
5.8
2436 x 1125
64GB
256GB
A11
4.7
1334 x 750
64GB
256GB
A11
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
256GB
A10
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
256GB
A10
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
256GB
A9
4
1136 x 640
32GB
128GB
A9
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
A9
4.7
1334 x 750
32GB
128GB
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6
A8
4.7
1334 x 750
16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB

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