The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus look pretty much the same as their predecessors, but they have a new back cover that’s coated in glass and gives them a somewhat fresher look. The glass blends into the sides of the phone incredibly well, better than we’ve seen on other phones. There’s a subtle density to the glass, too, and overall it looks a lot better than the back of the 7. That glass back allows for wireless charging, which is one of the big new features here.
The big change to the front this time around is the addition of True Tone feature to the phones’ screens, which lets them adjust to the color tone of the room. The 8’s display isn’t noticeably better than 7’s, and it’s going to be hard to detect the changes if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Otherwise, not much has changed on the front of the device: there’s still a home button and there’s still Touch ID. There are also still big bezels surrounding all sides.
What really does stand out there is the new camera features. The portrait lightning features on the 7 Plus, in particular, were impressive. While you can still tell that the artificial lightning effects aren’t perfectly realistic, they’re milse ahead of any other camera gimmick we’ve seen. They look more natural, are relatively subtle, and are just a smarter implementation overall.
For the most part, though, these iPhones are iterative updates over last year’s models. They have a newer processor, the A11 Bionic, which seemed plenty fast, and better cameras, including new 12-megapixel sensors and an image processor built by Apple. But otherwise, these phones aren’t seeing dramatic changes like on the iPhone X.
Both phones will be available later this month, on September 22nd. The iPhone 8 will sell for $699 and the 8 Plus will sell for $799. This year, there are only two configurations available for each of them: a 64GB entry-level model and a 256GB upgraded model.
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