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Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The iPhone 8 Plus might externally look like it's older 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.

5.5 inches

Display size

1080 x 1920px

64GB, 256GB

Internal storage

12MP + 12MP

Rear camera

2,675 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
401 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
7MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158.4mm x 78.1mm x 7.5mm
Weight
202g

Connectivity

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

Power, storage and battery

Processor
A11
RAM
3GB
Operating system
iOS 11
Internal storage
64GB, 256GB
Battery capacity
2,675mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP67
Wireless charging
Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,229
Launch date2017-09
Apple iPhone 8 Plus

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

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

When Apple announced its 2017 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
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Camera

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

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus specs

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
401 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
7MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158.4mm x 78.1mm x 7.5mm
Weight
202g

Connectivity

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

Power, storage and battery

Processor
A11
RAM
3GB
Operating system
iOS 11
Internal storage
64GB, 256GB
Battery capacity
2,675mAh

Device features

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

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