Apple iPhone 8 Plus

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Preliminary rumoured specifications

Just as the months of August and April are of significance to Samsung, September is when Apple gears up for its annual keynote event. September 2017’s keynote promises to be one of a kind as for the first time, Apple will not be releasing two, but probably four different iPhones. We know that the rumour mill has been more about Apple releasing three iPhones come this September but if the latest set of rumours is to be believed, a fourth and larger version of the iPhone 8, known as the iPhone 8 Plus is also set to be coming into existence.

Premium, dual-glass panel design

One of the many rumours that have gathered pace as the clock ticks on Apple’s September 12 keynote event is the iPhone 8 Plus featuring a dual-glass panel design instead of the aluminum 7000 series used before in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. That reminds us of the days when the iPhone 4 became Apple’s first predominantly glass device and we’ll welcome this change to the iPhone with open arms as it adds further gloss to an already premium smartphone in the iPhone 8 Plus.

Dimensions are rumoured to be thicker than the iPhone 7 Plus but not by a big margin of-course. IP68 certified dust and waterproofing takes its rightful place atop its well-built exterior.

Display stretches from top to bottom and bigger than before

One of the things that’s all but confirmed now due to multiple leaks is that the iPhone 8 Plus features a purely bezel-less display. Unlike the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 that do feature very thin bezels, the iPhone 8 Plus features a display that literally touches its top and bottom panels; statistically, the smartphone packs a 5.8 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 528ppi pixel density. Allowing a quality 1242p HD resolution, you’re sure to get amazed by the iPhone’s new display that boasts both a technology Apple’s never used before and design. The famed 3D-touch is back again and Sapphire Crystal Glass protection gives the display some much needed sturdiness.

Dual 3D sensing primary camera

Innovating with every release, the iPhone 8 Plus’s powerful dual 12 megapixel primary sensor will surely prove to be the best in the business. Housing 3D sensing(of which we don’t know much about yet) along with phase detection autofocus, OIS, 2x optical zoom and a dual-tone LED flash, the camera is packed with features from head to toe. The selfie sensor stands at 7 megapixels and is said to have the capability to take HDR and panorama shots as well.

The best hardware in the market

There’s no denying the fact that Apple produces the best smartphone performance out there due to their software/hardware optimizations. The iPhone 8 Plus mirrors exactly that by featuring a quad-core processor with 4GB of RAM plus Apple A11 chipset for its built-in iOS 11.

Its internal storage stands at either 64 or 256GB which is subject to debate as of now while other feature that are yet to receive a go-ahead include the smartphone’s battery capacity, wireless charging and the place where its fingerprint scanner will be located.; it could either be embedded under the display or be a rear-mounted one. The smartphone will inherit all colours from the previous iPhones, possibly barring the red one, while a new addition namely Rust Pink will be added to its larger than ever set of colour schemes.

Official Specifications

The wait is over. Apple’s famed Keynote brings us to the advent of not one but three different iPhones. We’ll be more concerned about the iPhone 8 Plus for now which was touted to be released as the iPhone 7S Plus. That hasn’t turned out to be the case and here we are; behold the new iPhone 8 Plus ladies and gentlemen with an expected launching price of 95,000 rupees.

Speculation was indeed true as we have an all-glass build here

Of the many things proven to be true, one of the most prominent ones is the fact that all three new iPhones have ditched the previously widely used Aluminum 7000 series unibody. Instead, all three have moved into a new direction that involves dual-glass panels within some excellent dimensions that include a 7.5mm width and 202g weight. IP67 certified dust and waterproofing is also in attendance.

Inherits the display from the iPhone 7 Plus with some improvements

Speaking of its front panel, the smartphone features an improved 5.5 inches back-lit LED IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 401ppi pixel density. It was expected that Apple would only deal with Super AMOLED displays with its newest iPhones but that hasn’t turned out to be the case with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Instead, only the iPhone X sees that technology for now.

The 401ppi pixel density allows for an excellent 1080p HD resolution atop the smartphone’s display that’s imply fabulous in all aspects; the wide colour gamut and true-tone display add further attention to detail.

Fortunately you do get 3D cameras with the iPhone 8 Plus

Boy, is that a sigh of relief. It was widely reported that Apple would bank on 3D cameras for the iPhone X which fortunately for most of us out there hasn’t turned out to be true. Instead the smartphone features a dual 12 MP primary camera with technologically improved 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, OIS and a dual-tone LED flash. One of the two sensors is a telephoto sensor while the other is a wide-angled one (as was the case with the previous iPhones). Your craze with the portrait mode is likely to regain momentum while the camera’s claim to be the best in the business has also taken a huge hike upwards.

While you may have heard of the aforementioned features before, what you haven’t heard of is that the smartphone’s secondary 7 MP sensor is in-fact a 3D camera as well. As has always been the case with Apple adding something that hasn’t been seen before, the front camera now possesses the portrait mode capability as well like the device’s primary sensor.

Simply no compromise on performance

Apple’s stern attitude with iPhones’ processing power has taken a massive step vertically as the iPhone 8 Plus features a hexa-core processor with 3GB RAM. With the A11 Bionic chipset and the aforementioned processing power, there absolutely won’t be any stoppages atop the iOS 11.

The device’s internal storage stands at either 64 or 128GB while everyone’s heard about the front-mounted Touch iD, non-removable battery, USB type-C v3.0 and vastly improved Fast Charging that promises 50% of charging within 30 minutes of plugged-in time. No headphone jack and dual stereo speakers were a given while the addition of Qi Wireless Charging was another expected addition to the smartphone’s glimmering arsenal of features. Colour schemes available include Gold, Silver and the famed Space Gray.

iPhone 8 Plus pros:
  • New build materials add further premium-ness to an already premium smartphone
  • The display promises excellence quantitatively and qualitatively
  • Cameras see further improvement especially the selfie sensor
  • Unrivalled processing power has gotten even faster with the addition of the A11 Bionic chipset
  • At least 64 gigs of internal storage is exactly what you wanted
  • Improved Fast Charging and addition of Qi Wireless Charging
iPhone 8 Plus cons:
  • Can’t seem to complain about anything other than its sky-high pricing

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General Features
Release Date2017, September
SIM SupportNano-SIM
Phone Dimensions6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 in
Phone Weight202 g
Operating SystemiOS 11, upgradable to iOS 11.4.1
Screen Size5.5 inches
Screen Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen TypeLED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen ProtectionIon-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
Internal Memory64/256 GB
Card SlotNo
ProcessorHexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
GPUApple GPU (three-core graphics)
TypeNon-removable Li-Ion 2691 mAh battery (10.28 Wh)
Front Camera7 MP
Front Flash LightNo
Front Video Recording1080p@30fps
Back Flash LightYes
Back Camera12 MP
Back Video Recording2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps