Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are here with A11 Bionic chipsets and Wireless charging support
Apple has unveiled the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, along with the top-notch iPhone X. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are revamped versions of the iPhone 7 duo, with improved performance, better camera, enhanced audio, wireless charging support, and a glass back panel.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus comes with the same look as that of the iPhone 7, though with a glass back-panel and an Aerospace-grade aluminum frame instead of an aluminum unibody design. Both of these have a glass design reinforced by steel, which Apple claims to be the most durable of all smartphones. These phones are slightly bulkier than their predecessors.
Display of the iPhone 8 is 4.7 inches with 750×1334 px resolution while that of the iPhone 8 Plus is 5.5-inch with 1080×1920 px resolution. Both of them have a True Tone display with Cinema Wide Color Gamut and 3D touch.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus comes with stereo speakers, which produces sound 25% louder than the iPhone 7 and has a deeper bass.
All of the new iPhones, the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus are powered by an A11 Bionic chipset. This new chipset has a Hexa-core CPU and comprises of 4.3 billion transistors. Of the six cores, two are for performance and are 25% faster than the A10 Fusion’s two high-performance cores, whereas the other four cores are energy efficient and 70% faster than the A10’s low-power cores.
The new A11 Bionic chipset comes with the first Apple-designed GPU with 3 cores, which is said to be 30% faster than the A10 Fusion’s GPU and consumes half as much power. Augmented reality is also supported by the iPhone 8/8 Plus through Apple’s ARKit framework. Apple has dumped the 32GB and 128GB variants so the iPhone 8 duo now comes in only two storage options: 64GB and 256 GB.
Apple has upgraded the camera of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Although the resolution is the same, it now comes with a new Apple-designed ISP that provides faster low-light autofocus, an improved pixel processor, and better noise reduction.
The iPhone 8 has a 12MP camera with f/1.8 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization, and on the iPhone 8 Plus, the same 12MP sensor is accompanied by another 12MP sensor with a telephoto lens and f/2.8 aperture. The dual-sensor camera adds optical zoom and portrait mode capability; rest of the camera features are same on both devices.
In addition to portrait mode, Apple has also introduced a new feature in the iPhone 8 Plus, which is called the ‘Portrait Lighting’ mode. Although it’s still in beta, this mode capture exquisite shots. So you can adjust the focus and lighting of the person’s face and background. So you can blacken the background with a spotlight effect on your face, blur the background etc. You can do this in real time and after the snap has been taken as well. You can see some of these effects in the images below.
The camera of both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus can record 4K videos at 24fps, 30fps, and 60fps as well, all thanks to the new ISP. Apple boasts it to be the “Highest-quality video capture ever in a smartphone”.
The Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus comes with the support for Qi Wireless charging and Fast charging as well. It can be charged from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes. And next year, Apple will introduce the AirPower, a device that can charge your iPhone, Watch Series 3, and AirPods together wirelessly.
Pre-orders will start from September 15 while it will go on sale on September 22. The 64GB variant of the iPhone 8 will cost $699 and the iPhone 8 Plus will cost $799. The duo will come in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray.