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Apple iPhone 8 Preview: Seems no essence of excellence

04 October 2017 5

Back on October 12th, Cupertino giant unveils the much hyped iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus alongside the special 10th-anniversary device iPhone X. Those who already owned iPhone 6 won't find the latest iPhone 8 much different. Last year Apple brought minor upgrades over the 2015's iPhone 6s, same is the case this year but the company brought a change in the rear covering of Apple flagship. The new iPhone 8 might not bring something exciting as far design is a concern but surely it brings upgraded hardware under the hood.

Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced it has to compete against its rivalries as well it has to prove to be worthy enough to upgrade. We already compared the iPhone 7 against most of its competitors and predecessor, now is the perfect time to have a preview of latest standard iPhone 8 to know everything under its hood in detail. The iPhone 8 brings the better display, camera, new AR app, latest A11 Bionic chipset and wireless charging as opposed to its predecessors.

Unfortunately Apple didn't reinvent the design wheel of iPhone 8 but instead, the company's main focus for this year was iPhone X. The iPhone 8 will lure those hardcore iPhone fans who don't want to adopt the latest design but instead, they want to stick to the basic design with thick bezels. Without any further ado, let's have a look at what iPhone 8 is bringing this year.

67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3 mm
4.7 inches - 1334x750 px
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Design

The iPhone 8 isn't bringing drastic changes on the front facing side but instead, the iPhone 8 has a new rear cover. Last year iPhone 7 has unibody metal chassis but that's not the case this year. Though chassis is made up of metal the rear is replaced with glass. It is Apple's biggest upgrade since iPhone 5. The new glass rear brings wireless charging support. The iPhone 8 form factor is pretty same as its predecessors. From the front facing side, you can't judge the generation of the device.

The new iPhone 8 is 7.3mm thicker, 67.3mm wider and 138.4mm taller. It is minutely smaller than iPhone 7. Despite being thinner it is 10g heavier than last year device. Without any doubt, the iPhone 8 looks a bit dated because of thick bezels in front of Samsung and LG's bezel-less devices.

Apple joined the bezel-less trend with the iPhone X but the company opted the traditional thick bezels design for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The single rear snapper is slightly protruding, it easily adjusts if you use case but those who want to use the device without any case they will have to take care while putting the device on a flat surface.

The power/lock button is on the right edge whereas the volume controllers and mute button are on the left edge. The device has the physical home button with Touch ID fingerprint scanner under it. The iPhone 8 design isn't bad looking but at such price tag, it's pretty hard to adjust for minor improvements. Apple claims the glass rear on the iPhone 8 is the sturdiest glass ever used by the company. The glass rear makes iPhone 8 a bit slippery as opposed to the predecessor.

We will recommend having a bumper to avoid smash of glass in case of sudden accidental drops. Like most of the glass rear smartphones, it is fingerprint magnet as well.

Display

On paper, the iPhone 8 display doesn't bring any improvements over the predecessor. In fact, both iPhone 7 and 8 has a IPS LCD display of 4.7-inches with a screen resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels. The display pixels density remains at 326 ppi. For those who are unaware Apple used similar kind of display for the iPhone 6 as well.

However, Apple brings True Tone display technology with the iPhone 8 which was initially announced with iPad Pro. The device will monitor the ambient light and it will adjust the colors accordingly. For instance, it will be showcase warm colors during day usage whereas during night usage it will automatically adjust to cooler colors. This results in better contrast and color saturation.

It might look like a minor feature but in reality, the difference is quite prominent between the display with True Tone and non-True Tone device. Still, the iPhone 8 display punch is no way near to the Samsung's Galaxy S8. Apple's improvement is to make sure screen looks good but they didn't increase the pixels density. Overall experience is pretty good. The small display could be an issue for those who are using large display devices but also at the same time it allows the user to operate single-handedly without stretching.


Battery

Apple didn't reveal the details regarding the battery cell of iPhone 8 lineup at the announcement but instead, the company stated it will be comparable to the predecessor. Unfortunately, instead of upgrading the battery cell, Apple used a slightly smaller battery cell that's why they didn't reveal it ahead of release.

From what we know so far the iPhone 8 has a battery cell of 1,821mAh instead of 1,960mAh. Though the battery life is comparable to the iPhone 7 it isn't an upgrade over the predecessor. On normal to heavy usage, the device can't survive a single day on normal battery mode but instead, you will have to activate power saving mode after 7 PM, it will die around 9 PM. In case of normal usage, the device last till 11 PM with low power mode activated around 30%.

The upgrade in the battery section is the inclusion of wireless charging. Apple opted the glass cover to bring wireless charging as it doesn't support metal body device. The iPhone 8 supports Qi Wireless charging, there is a number of third part charging pads available in the market with Qi standard. The speed of charging via Pad is significantly slower than wired charging. Apple will be announcing their own charging pad next year, however, the company recommended two third part pads from Mophie and Belkin.

It also supports Fast charging but the customers will have to pay $75 to grab the fast charger and cable. Apple is offering simple charger

Camera

On paper, the iPhone 8 camera is pretty same what we have seen on the iPhone 7 but it brings a number of goodies which weren't available on the predecessor. The rear snapper is the 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The device can zoom digitally up to 5X.

The device can shoot Full HD videos at slow motion 240fps whereas on normal 60fps it can shoot 4K videos. Apple didn't add much to the camera settings but instead, they keep it simple. During the day in well-lit conditions, the iPhone 8 shot pretty amazing pictures.

The captured images detail level is pretty good. You can instantly access the Instagram square by just a swipe within the camera menu, this surely will fascinate iPhone 8 users. The camera performance remains top-notch in daylight but during low-light, the device captured images quality suffered. The images captured in low-light lacks the detail which we have seen during daylight.

Shooting in 4K requires hundreds of GBs, According to Apple shooting one minute 4K video at 60 fps will eat your 400MB. So if you do a lot of 4K video recording we will recommend to make sure you have enough memory as is not expandable. Up front the selfie camera remains 7MP, it provides screen flash for better results during low-light conditions. It can record Full HD videos.

Hardware

Apple introduced A11 Bionic chipset with the new iPhone 8 lineup. The new chipset not only beats its predecessor but also it emerges as the most powerful chipset available in the market. The new chipset not only takes care of AR apps but also it is power efficient. The Hexa-core chipset on the iPhone 8 is accompanied with 2GB RAM whereas the iPhone 8 Plus has 3GB RAM. Despite having 1GB less RAM, it is as powerful as the iPhone 8 Plus. The extra RAM is meant for the dual camera sensors of iPhone 8 Plus. The first quad on the iPhone 8 is low-power cores whereas the other two are high-power cores.

On Multi-core Geekbench test the A11 Bionic chipset manages to score 9037. It can easily beat Android competitors available in the market. One of the key aspects of iOS is its Augmented reality feature which is still in its early stage. The iPhone 8 is one of the best devices for avid gamers as the device is pretty capable to handle anything you through at it. The stereo speakers on the iPhone 8 are much improved and according to Apple, they are 25% louder than the predecessor.

Specs Apple iPhone 7
Display 4.7-inches
Screen resolution 1334 x 750 pixels
SoC A11 Bionic
RAM 2GB
Storage 64/256GB
Rear camera 12MP with f/1.8 aperture
Front camera `7MP
OS iOS 11
Battery 1,821mAh
3.5mm headphone jack No
PI67 Yes
Software

The iPhone 8 is pre-installed with iOS 11 but that's not special at all when devices till iPhone 5S are getting the latest iOS update. With the new iOS, Apple rebuilt the Control center, AR support and apps are spruced up as well. Apple's AI assistant Siri is also improved with a new voice over which sounds more natural now. The iOS 11 still lacks menu for multi-tasking like Android's split-screen feature. Though multi-tasking won't be fun on a 4.7-inches device.

The iPhone 8 goes on sale from September 22nd across the globe. As expected Apple further increased the price tag of new iPhone 8 and sets a new price bar for the standard iPhone. It is the most expensive standard iPhone ever announced by Apple. The base variant with 64GB storage cost $699 in the US whereas the UK customers will have to £699. In Australia, the device can be grabbed for AU$1,079. Last year iPhone 7 was available for $649. The increase in price is somewhat justifiable as the iPhone 8 has double storage under the hood.

Those who want more storage, they can grab 256GB variant which is available for $849. This variant will be available for £849 in the UK whereas in Australia you can purchase it for AU$1,329. In case if you don't want to spend that much money you can opt last year iPhone 7 and even iPhone 6s is available officially.

Conclusion

The iPhone 8 is pretty much similar to the predecessors iPhone 7. It brings incremental changes under the hood but if you are looking for a wow factor you will have to disappoint. The iPhone 8 bringing upgrades in camera, display, and chipset but these upgrades also increase the price tag.

The extra power on the iPhone 8 isn't necessary as the device still has single camera sensor. The iPhone 7 can also operate pretty quickly without any glitch. The glass rear is a welcome change alongside the support for wireless charging. We have to admit the iPhone X ruined the wow factor of iPhone 8. Apple iPhone devices are known to be the best but it seems like iPhone 8 won't be the first best this year but instead, it will be the second best device.

It will attract those who don't want to spend much on the iPhone X but instead, they want to settle on iPhone 8 is the much cheaper device. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any stand out feature to be one of the options available in the market apart from having Cupertino giant's logo on the rear.

The iPhone 8 is slightly better than iPhone 7 but still, it is far away from iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Unless you are craving for new iPhone, the iPhone 8 isn't the best value for your money. The iPhone 8 will have to face stiff competition from Android flagships available in this price range.

At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the latest iPhone 8 Preview in the comments section below.

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