Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.39 GHz

There is a Apple A11 Bionic Hexa core processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2691mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2691 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 16 days standby time, 1260 minutes (2G), 1260 minutes (3G).



Apple’s typical launch claim that ‘this is the best iPhone we’ve ever made’ is absolutely true.

- Steve Litchfield , iPhone Hacks 

More of the same from Apple – just a little better in most departments and a little more expensive, too.

- Jonathan Bray , Expert Reviews 

Reviews summary

8.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 44 reviews

What's good

  • Sharp, vibrant display
  • Blazing fast performance
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent camera
  • New camera modes for better lighting and background bokeh

What's bad

  • Heavy and unwieldy
  • Expensive
  • Overshadowed by iPhone X

Of all the phones Apple has released the iPhone 8 Plus has garnered the least amount of hype.

It’s not that it’s a bad phone. It’s just that Apple immediately superseded the 8 Plus with the announcement of the more advanced Apple iPhone X.

However, if you can’t afford the X, is the 8 Plus worth your money? Keep reading to find out!

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If you’re looking for a stunning new design from the 8 Plus, you’ll be disappointed. Reviewers point out it looks almost exactly the same as its predecessor.

With that said, Apple added slight changes such as a durable glass rear. Though Apple touts it as the “most durable glass ever on an iPhone” experts still recommend a case.

But adding glass also added extra weight. The 8 Plus weighs around 202g without a case. For many, this was almost too heavy for comfortable use. Add in its width of 3.07 inches and it’s no wonder experts consider it bulky and unwieldy to use one-handed.

The 5.5 inch IPS display offers the same full HD experience as the iPhone 7 Plus. While not an improvement over previous models on paper, critics are quick to point out the display is crisp. They also noted excellent detail, good contrast and excellent natural color balance.

The one addition to the screen is True Tone technology, which adjusts the color temperature based on ambient light conditions. It’s a very subtle change. But when compared to a 7 Plus, reviewers found the display on the 8 Plus looked more natural.

The iPhone 8 Plus is no slouch in the performance department. It sports the same six-core A11 Bionic processor as the iPhone X.

When pitted against high-end Snapdragon chips, experts found it very comparable. In real life testing, they were blown away by its speed. They noticed no lag or delay—even when pushing the processor to the limit by multi-tasking, playing graphics intensive games or using an augmented reality app.

Battery life didn’t blow critics away, but they could get around a full day out of a single charge—even with intensive use. The 8 Plus also offers quick charging and wireless charging so you can top your phone off quickly if needed.

Cameras are one of the biggest draws for iPhones. The 8 Plus is no exception. The rear camera is a dual 12-megapixel lens setup. One has optical image stabilization and an f/1.8 lens while the other is an f/2.8 telephoto lens. Apple has also increased the size of the imaging sensor and added a new image signal processor.

All of this together means the 8 Plus should take amazing pictures. When reviewers tested it, this held true. The camera focused quickly on subjects. Reviewers also praised the camera for its detailed pictures with vibrant colors and great dynamic range regardless of lighting conditions.

The main update to the camera, however, is Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. Both use depth information and facial mapping to provide a creamy bokeh background and illuminate faces in difficult lighting situations.

While a decent phone, reviewers have a hard time recommending the iPhone 8 Plus. The Guardian states, “If you’re an iPhone-only buyer... don’t buy the iPhone 8 Plus at the very least until you’ve seen what the iPhone X is capable of…” Trusted Reviews adds, “I really like the iPhone 8 Plus, but I have a feeling I’m going to like the iPhone X more.”


Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)


Gearburn

A refined 7 Plus with wireless charging

from Gearburn

Wireless charging and pioneering video quality options aside, it’s a case of quiet refinement for the 8 Plus, bringing a camera experience that’s a little better and improved battery life.

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Wireless charging and pioneering video quality options aside, it’s a case of quiet refinement for the 8 Plus, bringing a camera experience that’s a little better and improved battery life.

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GottaBeMobile

One of the best phones you can buy

from GottaBeMobile

The iPhone 8 Plus is a mature version of a design that Apple’s been iterating on for four years. You know what you’re getting and it’s a solid phone.

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The iPhone 8 Plus is a mature version of a design that Apple’s been iterating on for four years. You know what you’re getting and it’s a solid phone.

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The Sweet Setup

Provides the best value of any new iPhone available

from The Sweet Setup

The iPhone 8 Plus holds fast to what has worked so well for the last 4 years: well-designed hardware integrated seamlessly with great software.

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The iPhone 8 Plus holds fast to what has worked so well for the last 4 years: well-designed hardware integrated seamlessly with great software.

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Digit

A curious case of a great smartphone that fails to excite

from Digit

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a dependable workhorse and the default choice if you are looking for a pure performance flagship smartphone. However, it simply doesn't have the design and looks to match its performance credentials.

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The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a dependable workhorse and the default choice if you are looking for a pure performance flagship smartphone. However, it simply doesn't have the design and looks to match its performance credentials.

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IT Pro

Fast but far from inspirational

from IT Pro

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a decent phone. Its battery life is good, the cameras are (still) impressive and wireless charging is a nice touch even if it does come years behind its Android rivals. But it’s not the best you can buy.

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The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a decent phone. Its battery life is good, the cameras are (still) impressive and wireless charging is a nice touch even if it does come years behind its Android rivals. But it’s not the best you can buy.

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KitGuru

Definitely a good phone, it is just very boring

from KitGuru

On the whole, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a very safe release, and sadly, that means it isn’t very exciting. It keeps the same, ageing design of yesteryear with its bulky bezels and physical home button. Compared to 2017’s Android flagships – and even Apple’s own upcoming iPhone X – the 8 Plus looks quite dated. The same is true of the software – iOS 11 has brought a new control centre, but other than that it is all a bit samey. More thought is required, I reckon.

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On the whole, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a very safe release, and sadly, that means it isn’t very exciting. It keeps the same, ageing design of yesteryear with its bulky bezels and physical home button. Compared to 2017’s Android flagships – and even Apple’s own upcoming iPhone X – the 8 Plus looks quite dated. The same is true of the software – iOS 11 has brought a new control centre, but other than that it is all a bit samey. More thought is required, I reckon.

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The Indian Express

Till the iPhone X comes, this is the best

from The Indian Express

I would buy this phone just for its camera. In fact, the sheer dependability and performance of this phone is good enough to make it a top contender in the premium segment. However, if you are already using an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, the jump might not make much sense.

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I would buy this phone just for its camera. In fact, the sheer dependability and performance of this phone is good enough to make it a top contender in the premium segment. However, if you are already using an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, the jump might not make much sense.

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Pocketnow

A fine phone, but not the exciting iPhone

from Pocketnow

Plenty powerful, and more than capable. The iPhone 8 Plus is a testament to future Apple apps and services. Instantly the front runner for the future of Augmented Reality. Better video compression helps tremendously for reigning in video file sizes. Wireless charging is a welcome addition to this ecosystem. All great positives for daily use, IF you can overlook the worn out design.

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Plenty powerful, and more than capable. The iPhone 8 Plus is a testament to future Apple apps and services. Instantly the front runner for the future of Augmented Reality. Better video compression helps tremendously for reigning in video file sizes. Wireless charging is a welcome addition to this ecosystem. All great positives for daily use, IF you can overlook the worn out design.

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Reviewed

This generation of iPhone is all about minor upgrades

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There's no denying the appeal of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus: They're posh, exquisitely-crafted devices with powerful hardware, streamlined software, and some of the best camera experiences the smartphone industry is currently offering.

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There's no denying the appeal of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus: They're posh, exquisitely-crafted devices with powerful hardware, streamlined software, and some of the best camera experiences the smartphone industry is currently offering.

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Softpedia

Feels familiar but so, so much better

from Softpedia

The iPhone 8 feels like home; the home you had been planning to upgrade for years but kept waiting for the right moment, the perfect deal, the latest piece of wonder-tech.

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The iPhone 8 feels like home; the home you had been planning to upgrade for years but kept waiting for the right moment, the perfect deal, the latest piece of wonder-tech.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 22, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 11

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Processor Apple A11 Bionic Hexa core 2.39 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/256 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.15 W/kg
Body: 1.15 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2691 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 840 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 752 minutes
3G Surfing Time 780 minutes
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1260 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1260 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.8 x 0.8 cm (6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 202 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Retina display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 10x digital
Flash
Yes (Quad LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera), Exposure control, HDR, Burst mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Image stabilization, Self-timer, F2.2 aperture, HDR, Burst mode, Exposure control
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, eAAC, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple A1864, A1897

Additional Sensor: Barometer

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