Apple has unveiled the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
at its annual September event today, and thankfully, the less expensive iPhones of the three announced today won’t totally break the bank. The iPhone 8 will start at $699, while the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799. Both will have 64GB of storage. That’s a price bump of $50 for both models, up from the 32GB models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but it’s worth noting that the 7 didn’t have a 64GB option.
The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch Retina display, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina 1080p display. They will both be upgradeable to a 256GB model, which will cost $849 for the 8 and $949 for the 8 Plus. (Pricing will also vary by carrier.)
The new phones are made from glass and aluminum and are water resistant. They include improved stereo speakers with deeper bass, A11 bionic chip, Apple’s own GPU, and 12-megapixel dual cameras. Most notably, they are now capable of wireless charging, which will work with any Qi-capable charging pad.
The new phones be available in three colors — silver, space gray, and gold. Apple will open preorders on September 15th in select countries, including France, China, the US, and the UK, and the phones are expected to be in stores on September 22nd. Availability broadens by September 29th to more countries, particularly in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
The iPhone X will be made available in 64GB and 256GB configurations, which will fetch £999 and £1,149 in the UK, respectively. Pricing in the US starts at $999.
Apple will also make the handset available through its iPhone Upgrade Program, with monthly payments starting at £56.45.
Naturally, Carphone Warehouse has been quick to announce that it’ll be stocking the three new iPhones, and pre-registration has kicked off for the iPhone X along with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Mobiles.co.uk, part of the Dixons Carphone Group, has also opened up pre-registrations.
– 5.8in Super Retina (2436×1125) OLED edge-to-edge display
– New ‘all-glass’ design with IP67 certification
– 143.6×70.9×7.7 mm, 179g
– Wireless charging support
– Apple A11 chip with Apple-designed GPU
– Face ID
– iOS 11 with improved Siri, P2P payments
– Vertical 12MP dual cameras with OIS, 7MP front-facing camera
– Support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps
– Wireless charging/fast charging support
– Battery life quoted at 21 hours of talk time
– 64GB/256GB storage
The iPhone X is official and is Apple’s first smartphone to pack an edge-to-edge screen, but unfortunately, rumours of the notch cut out at the top of the screen were also on the money.
The handset’s so-called ‘Super Retina’ OLED display measures in at 5.8 and features a 2436×1125 resolution, making it the highest resolution iPhone to date. It also features Apple’s True Tone display tech and, much like the new Apple TV, supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision content.