Apple iPhone 8 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

This should have been a 7S. That simple. But it's complicated. Too complicated perhaps for Apple as we used to know it. A new chipset with an extra couple of processor cores and the first in-house GPU, an all-glass body, a superior camera. Any other year, those sorts of things...
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This should have been a 7S. That simple. But it's complicated. Too complicated perhaps for Apple as we used to know it.

A new chipset with an extra couple of processor cores and the first in-house GPU, an all-glass body, a superior camera. Any other year, those sorts of things would've made a perfectly acceptable S upgrade. You know what we mean, we've all been there. Apple tells everyone it's hard to believe how much has changed. Pretty much everyone eventually agrees on the hard-to-believe bit. Some hundred-million-units-sold later, we're back at step 1.

It used to be that simple. Well, not anymore. Apple is in fast-forward mode and skips straight to number eight.

So, there we are. The iPhone 8 is out with an all-glass design, the powerful new chip, the improved camera and, at long last, wireless charging. The True Tone support for the display is duly noted. The doubled base storage and Bluetooth 5 support are welcome additions as well. But it's all iterative, as you'll notice reading the specs below.

Apple iPhone 8 key features

  • Body: Aluminum 7000 frame, reinforced glass front and rear, IP67 certified for water and dust resistance. Gold, Space Gray, and Silver color options.
  • Screen: 4.7" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS LCD screen of 750p resolution, 326ppi, True Tone adjustment via four-channel ambient light sensor, wide color gamut, 3D Touch.
  • OS: Apple iOS 11.
  • Chipset: Hexa-core (2 Monsoon + 4 Mistral) 2.09GHz Apple CPU, tri-core Apple GPU, 2GB of RAM, Apple A11 Bionic SoC.
  • Camera: 12MP camera with F/1.8 lens, optical image stabilization, quad-LED flash with slow sync, phase detection auto focus, wide color capture.
  • Video recording: 2160p@60/30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps video recording
  • Selfie: 7MP F/2.2 front-facing camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, 1080p@30fps video
  • Storage: 64GB or 256GB of built-in storage.
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.12; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 5.0; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS; NFC (Apple Pay only).
  • Battery: 1,821mAh battery, wireless charging (Qi compatible).
  • Misc: Stereo speakers, pressure-sensitive Home key with fingerprint scanner, Taptic Engine.

Main shortcomings

  • Poor screen-to-body ratio (too much bezel for the size)
  • No 3.5mm audio jack (ships with a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter)
  • No microSD slot
  • iTunes is still required for manual music upload
  • No fast charger provided in the box (and the optional one is expensive)
  • Video camera still recording mono audio only

On paper - and in actual fact - there's enough new stuff in that package. Yet, the Apple iPhone 8 doesn't go beyond the iterative upgrade we've come to expect from an S model. Is it because it's impossible to not take into account the iPhone X? Or is it the new all-glass design is looking too familiar?

Maybe it's the way Cupertino handled some of the upgrades. Like the camera did get better thanks to a new sensor and larger pixel size but Apple isn't exactly verbose about the new imaging technology. There's fast-charging support too but with a caveat: you're not getting it right out of the box. Not with the supplied charger and cabling.

That, and the steep price may give Apple a hard time justifying the iPhone 8, especially to iPhone 7 users. With no intention whatsoever to downplay the good stuff about the iPhone 8, the new model and its spec sheet are pretty predictable. The price is therefore a bit of a surprise - and not a pleasant one either.

Then again, Apple's never had a problem getting the price it thinks is right. Plus, the iPhone 8 may turn out to be convincing enough. We're back right after the break to pop the box open and begin to find out.

 

Specifications

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2017, September 12

Status

Available. Released 2017, September 22

BODY

Dimensions

138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in)

Weight

148 g (5.22 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame

SIM

Nano-SIM

 

IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

DISPLAY

Type

Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

4.7 inches, 60.9 cm2 (~65.4% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

750 x 1334 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)

Protection

Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

 

625 nits max brightness (advertised)
Wide color gamut
3D Touch display & home button
True-tone

PLATFORM

OS

iOS 11, upgradable to iOS 13.4

Chipset

Apple A11 Bionic (10 nm)

CPU

Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)

GPU

Apple GPU (three-core graphics)

MEMORY

Card slot

No

Internal

64GB 2GB RAM, 256GB 2GB RAM

 

NVMe

MAIN CAMERA

Single

12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), PDAF, OIS

Features

Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR

Video

2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps

SELFIE CAMERA

Single

7 MP, f/2.2

Features

Face detection, HDR, panorama

Video

1080p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

No

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

2.0, proprietary reversible connector

FEATURES

Sensors

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

 

Siri natural language commands and dictation

BATTERY

 

Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery (6.96 Wh)

Charging

Fast charging 15W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Qi wireless charging

Talk time

Up to 14 h (3G)

Music play

Up to 40 h

MISC

Colors

Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Red

Models

A1863, A1905, A1906

SAR

1.32 W/kg (head)     1.36 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

1.19 W/kg (head)     1.17 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 248.98 / £ 240.00 / € 285.99 / ₹ 38,999

TESTS

Performance

AnTuTu: 237594 (v7)
GeekBench: 10214 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 20fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Display

Contrast ratio: 1395:1 (nominal), 3.957 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 71dB / Noise 77dB / Ring 80dB

Audio quality

Noise -93.5dB / Crosstalk -80.4dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 66h

     

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