iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature glass backs and wireless charging
Today was a big day for Apple. Not only did it introduce a cellular-enabled Apple Watch and an all-new flagship iPhone, it also revealed updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are official. While they look similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, both models include notable upgrades. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature glass on the front and back, which enables them to support Qi wireless charging.
The cases of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also include an aluminum band that matches the color of the phone’s body. And Apple touts that both models have been microscopically sealed for IP67 dust and water resistance.
The screens on these models are similar to last year, with the iPhone 8 boasting a 4.7-inch 1334×750 LCD display and the iPhone 8 Plus packing a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 LCD screen. Both phones do include Apple’s True Tone feature, though, which adapts the screen color and intensity to your ambient light.
These two new iPhone models also include stereo speakers, a Touch ID fingerprint reader below their display, and a 7-megapixel front-facing camera above the display.
Around back, the iPhone 8 has a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. The iPhone 8 Plus has dual 12MP rear cameras, one wide angle and one with 2x optical zoom, as well as a Portrait Mode for bokeh photos and a new Portrait Lighting feature that’ll improve your bokeh images by helping you to give studio lighting effects to your photos. Both phones also offer 4K video capture at 60fps and as well as slo-mo 240fps video recording at 1080p.
Inside both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is Apple’s A11 Bionic processor. It features a six-core design with two performance cores which are 25 percent faster than Apple’s A10 Fusion and four high-efficiency cores which are 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion.
Finally, Apple says that the battery life on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be about the same as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, respectively. That means that the iPhone 8 should get up to 14 hours of talk time and 12 hours of internet use, while the iPhone 8 Plus should get up to 21 hours of talk time and 13 hours of internet use.
Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be offered in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. Storage options will include 64GB and 256GB for both models. Pricing for the iPhone 8 will be $699 for the 64GB model and $849 for the 256GB version, while the iPhone 8 Plus will start at $799 for the 64GB version and go up to $949 for the 256GB model.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will begin on September 15th. The new phones will launch one week later on September 22nd.
T-Mobile has confirmed that it’ll offer both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but no pricing details have been revealed. T-Mo does plan to have a trade-in offer for the new phones that’ll let you trade in an iPhone 6 or newer and get up to $300 off (via 24 monthly bill credits) an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X on EIP.
One other T-Mobile-specific detail worth mentioning is that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus do include support for LTE band 66, but not the LTE band 71 that’ll use T-Mobile’s new 600MHz spectrum. Here’s the full wireless band support for both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus:
- FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
- TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
- TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
- CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)