The iPhone 8 Plus is the fourth phablet of Apple. Unveiled along with the classic version in September 2017, the iPhone 8 Plus takes the concept of its predecessor while adopting the new look of the iPhone 8, with glass on the faces and aluminum on the edges, and its technical platform, a hexa-core called A11 Bionic. This great mobile also relies on its strengths to seduce and justify an extra cost of 110 euros against his little brother.
The screen of the iPhone 7 Plus …
What are they? First a large 5.5 inch Full HD screen, for a resolution of 401 pixels per inch. This is the same resolution as the previous three years, but the screen has the same improvements as the iPhone 8 regarding colorimetry and energy saving.
Second argument: the iPhone 8 Plus has a larger battery. It would be 2675 mAh and it would offer, with optimizations on iOS, 21 hours of 3G communication. Note that the battery of the iPhone 8 Plus has a lower capacity than that of the iPhone 7 Plus. Like the iPhone 8, it is compatible fast charging and wireless charging (Qi standard). The new phablet also has 3 GB of RAM, compared to 2 GB for the classic version. This surplus would be particularly useful for the last asset of the phablet inherited from the iPhone 7 Plus: its dual photosensor.
The double photosensor of the iPhone 7 Plus
Like the year before, both sensors offer the same resolution (12 megapixels), and the two lenses are radically different. One is wide-angle and opens at f / 1.8. The other is a telephoto lens and opens at f / 2.8. Two advantages to this: the ability to create real background blur and the addition of a 2x optical zoom. The wide-angle sensor is always accompanied by an optical stabilizer, whether in photo or video mode.
The flash is a quad LED. And the focus is phase detection (Focus Pixels technology). The set is protected by synthetic sapphire. Added this year: a “Portrait Lighting” mode to change the brightness after shooting. At the front, the webcam is the 7-megapixel Facetime Full HD compatible camera of the iPhone 7 Plus.
The technical platform of the iPhone 8
For the rest, the iPhone 8 Plus is based on the platform and connectivity of the iPhone 8 classic. So we find the chipset Apple A11 Bionic, a hexa-core with two hearts “Monsoon” for heavy tasks, four hearts “Mistral” for light tasks and a GPU developed by Apple. Alongside these six cores, able to operate at the same time as needed, the A11 Bionic also has an M11 coprocessor and two coprocessors dedicated to the neural system (artificial intelligence).
The modem built into the iPhone 8 Plus is compatible LTE category 16, WiFi ac dual band MiMo and Bluetooth 5.0 (as well as the second generation of Bluetooth customized by Apple called W2). The smartphone is also compatible GPS (Glonass, Galileo and Beidou) and NFC. The iPhone 8 Plus is equipped with two stereo speakers and the fake Touch ID button on the iPhone 7. It is 3D Touch compatible (like the screen) to create multiple levels of interaction.
iPhone 8 Plus with 64GB or 256GB of storage
The smartphone is powered by iOS 11. Its chassis, which looks so much like that of the iPhone is certified IP67 (complete sealing). The 3.5 mm jack is not present. Its role is supported by the Lightning port (an adapter is offered in the box). It measures 7.5 mm thick. It weighs 202 grams.
The iPhone 8 Plus is available in three colors: Silver, Gold and Sidereal Gray. The iPhone 8 Plus (64 GB) is available for 919 euros at launch. The 256 GB version is available at 1089 euros.