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Apple iPhone 8 Plus announced with A11 Bionic Chip, Dual Rear Cameras and Wireless Charging

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Alongside announcing the 10 year anniversary edition – iPhone X – and the iPhone 8, Apple has also announced the iPhone 8 Plus. The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is successor to last year’s iPhone 7 Plus and has a design similar to that of its predecessor.

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While the Apple iPhone 8 Plus looks similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, it now boasts a glass-aluminium design. The back of the iPhone 8 Plus is glass whereas the side frames are made up of aluminium for extra durability. Speaking of durability, Apple says the glass used in the iPhone 8 Plus is the “most durable glass ever in a smartphone”.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

At the front, you will find a 5.5-inch Full-HD Retina display. However, unlike the iPhone X which comes with OLED display, the iPhone 8 Plus sports an LCD one. Below the display, you get the good old home button with Touch ID, and above that, is a 7 MP camera secondary camera. There are also stereo speakers on the front which Apple says are now up to 25% louder.

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At the back, you get 12 MP dual cameras which are a combination of one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens. Because of the dual camera setup, users can take pictures with blurred background through the Portrait Mode. Moreover, the Portrait Lighting feature that we saw on the iPhone X has trickled down to the iPhone 8 Plus. Furthermore, the cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus have also been fine-tuned to offer better AR experience.

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus also comes with the new A11 Bionic chip that has been used on both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8. It comes with a six-core CPU. Out of those six, two are high-performance cores whereas the other four are low-power tasks. Apple says that the performance cores are 25% faster and the power-efficient cores are 70% faster than last year’s A10 Fusion chip.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus Specifications

  • CPU: A11 Bionic Chip with Neural Engine and Embedded M11 Motion Co-Processor
  • Operating System: iOS 11
  • Display: 5.5-inch Retina HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution) with True Tone, 3D Touch, 1300:1 contrast ratio, 625 cd/m2 max brightness, oleophobic coating
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP (wide-angle lens, f/1.8 aperture) + 12 MP (telephoto lens, f/2.8 aperture) with OIS, 2x Optical Zoom, 10x Digital Zoom, Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, Quad-LED True Tone flash, 4K video @60fps, slow motion 1080p video @240fps
  • Front Camera: 7 MP f/2.2 FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash, 1080p@30fps video, 720p@240fps video
  • Internal Storage: 64/256 GB
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, Lightning Port
  • Other: IP67 dust and water resistance, Fingerprint Scanner (Touch ID), Stereo Speakers
  • Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Gray
  • Battery: Capacity unknown, supports Qi Wireless Charging

Apple iPhone 8 Plus Price and Availability

  • Price of Apple iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB: $699
  • Price of Apple iPhone 8 Plus 256 GB: $849
  • Availability: Pre-orders start from September 15. Goes on sale from September 22 (September 29 in India)

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