Here, we shine a spotlight on those two Apple devices. How much are they? How different are the smartphones from the iPhone X? When and where will they be available first? Read on.
How much are the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?
Thankfully, you won’t have to fork at least $1,000 (roughly P50,985) out for any of the two handsets. The iPhone 8 variant with 64GB of internal storage will sell for $699 (P35,639) while the one with 256GB of built-in memory will amount to $849 (P43,269). The 64GB and 256GB versions of the iPhone 8 Plus, on the other hand, will go for $799 (P40,721) and $949 (P48,366), respectively.
How different are they from the iPhone X?
For starters, the iPhone X (again, it’s pronounced “ten,” not “ex”) and the iPhone 8 devices look as though they’re a decade part, the way Apple intended them to be. One has an all-screen front, while the other has, well, a healthy amount of bezels, to our disappointment.
The notable differences begin and end with that front panel. The iPhone X has a slightly larger display, though you may not be able to tell with a quick glance at the iPhone 8 Plus because they’re about the same size.
And the screen on the iPhone X is OLED, not LCD, better in every way than that of any iPhone, past and present. All new iPhones support HDR for brighter and more vivid picture, and thank goodness for that.
There’s also that TrueDepth camera system everyone is going to be talking about for a while. It’s unique to the iPhone X, and allows the front-facing cameras to unlock the device using arguably the most advanced facial-recognition tech ever in a smartphone.
It works round the clock — during the day and at night and in dark areas — and it learns your face over time, so it won’t be duped by anyone holding a photograph.
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus official introduction video
To lesser importance, the TrueDepth cameras also make selfies with shallow depth of field and changeable lighting options possible, as well as tracks your facial muscles when creating talking emoji that can be sent using Apple’s iMessage app. So when you wake up to a poop emoji singing “Happy Birthday,” you know which company to thank, or curse.
The 5 different lighting styles of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus’ Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting. The Apple iPhone 8 doesn’t feature this.
Using the TrueDepth camera, the iPhone X can be used to create and send animated emoji or Animoji in iMessage. Unfortunately, this is not available on the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
As for the rest of the hardware, the Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are fairly identical. Their front-facing cameras have 7-megapixel sensors. The primary cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have dual 12-megapixel sensors and deliver videos with better video stabilization, 4K videos up to 60fps, and 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps.
The three smartphones also run iOS 11 on Apple’s new hexa-core A11 Bionic processor; they’re all water- and dust-resistant to a certain degree; they’re made of glass and aluminum; and they can be charged wirelessly.
How about availability?
You will be able to preorder the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus starting September 15, but as in the past, there will be different release dates for different areas.
Availability of the devices will be on September 22 for the following #blessed countries:
- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the U.S., and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The second wave of countries will have theirs on September 29:
- Andorra, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
No word yet on when they will be released in the Philippines, but if we are to guess, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus will most likely be available here starting in November.
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