The headline of Apple for the 2018-2019 seasons is naturally the iPhone X, the tenth anniversary iPhone, the most revolutionary in years. So revolutionary, with its “borderless” screen, that Apple has for the first time postponed its launch.
Therefore, the brand also launched the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, to occupy the field in September, but also and especially to constitute the heart of the range.
- Apple iPhone 8 Plus model
- A version of the iOS 11
- iOS interface
- Screen size 5.5 inches
- Definition 1920 x 1080 pixels
- A pixel density of 401 dpi
- SoC A11 Bionic
- ARMv8 Processor (CPU)
- 3 GB RAM
- Internal memory (flash) 64 GB, 256 GB
- No MicroSD
- Camera (back) Dual 12 Megapixel sensor
- Camera (front end) 7 Megapixels
- 4K video recording
- WiFi Yes
- Bluetooth 5.0 + LE
- LTE, HSPA, GSM networks
- Supported bands 2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
- SIM nano-SIM
- NFC Yes
- Ports (Inputs / Outputs) Lightning
- Yes Geolocation
- 2900 mAh battery
- Dimensions 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
- Weight 202 grams
- Colors Silver, Gray, Gold
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The iPhone 8 Plus is a time machine. Seen from the front, nothing distinguishes it from the iPhone 6 Plus, launched in 2014. The aesthetic codes have not evolved these last four generations, an eternity on the scale of this market.
All that distinguishes one generation from another is the appearance of the main button (with or without Touch ID), the appearance of the camera (with one or two sensors) and, for this last generation, the glass back.
Nevertheless, Apple has further improved the level of finishing, still a little more irreproachable. The brand has managed to remove the tiny gap between the glass slab and the aluminum frame, just wide enough for a speck of dust to settle in, but too thin for a needle to extract.
If the borders of the screen are of another time, the screen as such is at the forefront. Admittedly, it’s not yet an OLED screen, but it’s the quintessence of LCD. Our probe has rarely measured curves as linear as this IPS panel Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels).
The contrast ratio is “only” 1400: 1 with a brightness of 200 cd / m2, the colors are not at all as flattering as on an OLED screen, but they look natural.
The biggest strength of this screen is that it adopts True Tone technology, previously reserved for some iPad. The iPhone adapts to a certain extent the color temperature of the screen at the ambient color temperature. The technology goes completely unnoticed until it is disabled in the settings. The gap between the screen and the real world is obvious.
And True Tone not only pushes the reds as some nighttime modes do, but it also maintains an excellent balance over the entire brightness range. Measuring the color temperature does not make much sense in this context, but we measured a 7250 K color temperature with True Tone enabled in an office lit mostly by daylight.
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The iPhone is the most used cameras in the world; Apple was expected at the turn. In the wake of its launch, the iPhone 8 Plus briefly took first place in the DxOMark rankings.
But this is a coincidence of the calendar since it was quickly joined by the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, released a little earlier. The Google Pixel 2 dislodged them, in turn, a few days later, despite their single-sensor camera.
Now let’s talk about the new portrait mode. Let’s cut short the suspense, it deserves its beta status. As a reminder, the portrait mode uses the second sensor, that capped with a telephoto equivalent 56 mm f / 2.8, to capture the image, and the first wide-angle sensor f / 1.8 to measure the depth.
This depth information is used to simulate a background blur such as would have been obtained with a large sensor camera such as an SLR. In addition to the background blur, the iPhone 8 Plus software now calculates a facial mapping that “creates light effects worthy of a photo studio”.
One can choose, before or after the shooting, to reinforce the outlines (to increase the contrasts), on a blurred background or on deep black background, possibly in black and white. But these new modes work well only in ideal situations, in which the original photo is often more natural and more successful.
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Let’s move on to the performance of the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone 8, with which it shares its Apple A11 Bionic chip and it’s 3 GB of RAM.
The new iPhone is once again enjoying perfect vertical integration, as Apple is developing its own chip – with its own CPU microarchitecture and now its own GPU – perfectly adapted to its iOS operating system.
The iPhone 8 takes each year a step ahead of the competition, with scores in the order of 50% higher than those obtained with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the best SoC so far for Android smartphones.
Let’s briefly discuss the operating system of iPhone 8, iOS 11 to date. The author of this test is an eternal indecisive who constantly carries an Android smartphone and an iPhone because he appreciates almost as much as the other one.
Both OS have their advantages and disadvantages, so their followers and detractors, depending on the criteria of each.
With iOS we are at the hotel: everything is clean, everything is tidy, but we rely on the rules, while with Android we are at home: we do what we want, but it’s sometimes messy. But this analogy completely ignores a criterion that is close to my heart: that of personal data.
Good Points of iPhone 8 Plus
- Stellar performance
- The best LCD screen on the market
- One of the best cameras
- Finishing level
Negative Points of iPhone 8 Plus
- Outdated design
- Internal competition of the iPhone X
- iOS 11
Technically, iPhone 8 Plus is an evolution of one of the most successful smartphones on the market, whether in terms of computing power, screen quality or photo and video quality. Unfortunately, in terms of design, it is an iPhone 6s, that is to say, a phone at the level of flawless finish, but outdated lines.
The iPhone 8 Plus is only interesting if you remove Android and consider it is the best iOS smartphone to date.