Apple Announces iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: A11 Bionic Chip, Portrait Lighting, and Wireless Charging

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They’re finally here. The devices that so many have been waiting for. Apple has announced the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and they surely pack a lot of upgrades, from the looks down to the hardware.

To start off, the new iPhones feature a new design, featuring glass in both the front and the rear. Combine that with aerospace grade Aluminium bezels and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sport 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays respectively, and are both powered by the new 6-core A11 Bionic chip along with a new, second-generation performance controller that can utilize all cores to deliver up to 70% improved performance in multi-threaded tasks, while a new 3-core Apple-designed GPU that delivers up to 30% better graphics performance compared to the previous generation.

The iPhone 8 Plus’ cameras are custom tuned for Augmented Reality, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking. The A11 Bionic chip is also capable of world tracking and scene recognition.

Imaging capabilities have also been improved with a new 12MP camera that uses a larger and faster sensor, and a new Image Signal Processor capable of advanced pixel processing, wide color capture, faster auto-focus in low light conditions, and improved HDR photos.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are also capable of 4K video capture at 60fps, and 1080p slow motion video capture at up to 240fps.

The iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12MP cameras, and features Portrait Lighting that brings dramatic studio effects, letting users capture portraits with a shallow depth of field effect with five different lighting styles.

Another welcome feature of the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is Qi Wireless Charging, which works with a number of third party products such as charging mats from Belkin and Mophie. Apple also gave a sneak peak of AirPower, a mat that can simultaneously charge 3 devices.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with iOS 11, which brings enhancements to Portrait Mode, along with new effects make Live Photos even more fun. It also brings AR to the hundreds of millions of iOS devices around the globe. It also brings an improved Siri, with an all new male and female voice, and is capable of translating US English to five different languages.

iPhone 8 Specs

  • 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone
  • A11 Bionic Hexa-Core Processor with 2nd-Generation Performance Controller
  • Tri-Core Apple-Designed GPU
  • 64GB/256GB of Internal Storage
  • 12MP Rear Camera with OIS
  • Video Capture: 4K at 60fps, 1080p Slow Motion at 240fps
  • LTE-Advanced
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Stereo Speakers
  • IP68 Certification for Water and Dust Resistance
  • iOS 11
  • Qi Wireless Charging, Fast Charging
  • Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold

iPhone 8 Plus Specs

  • 5.5-inch Retina HD display with True Tone
  • A11 Bionic Hexa-Core Processor with 2nd-Generation Performance Controller
  • Tri-Core Apple-Designed GPU
  • 64GB/256GB of Internal Storage
  • Dual 12MP Rear Cameras (Wide Angle f/1.8 + Telephoto f/2.8, Calibrated for AR), OIS
  • Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting
  • LTE-Advanced
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Video Capture: 4K at 60fps, 1080p Slow Motion at 240fps
  • IP68 Certification for Water and Dust Resistance
  • iOS 11
  • Qi Wireless Charging, Fast Charging

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are priced starting at $699 and $799 respectively, and will be available in the US starting September 22.

Source: Apple

 

 

 

 

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