Although Apple’s iPhone X took Tuesday’s event by storm, the Cupertino-based company also unveiled an essential upgrade from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that the company dubs the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

The two new handsets bring hardware and cosmetic upgrades to the current iPhone lineup. An all-glass front and rear that are reminiscent of the days of the iPhone 4/4s are standard in all three colors. Apart from that, the bodies look and feel a lot like the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus you might already use, but with a few minor tweaks.

In this piece, we’ll discuss all the under-the-hood features that come standard on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models:

Finish:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Space Gray

Capacity:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB

Size & weight:

  • iPhone 8:
    • Height: 5.45 inches (138.4 mm)
    • Width: 2.65 inches (67.3 mm)
    • Depth: 0.29 inch (7.3 mm)
    • Weight: 5.22 ounces (148 grams)
  • iPhone 8 Plus:
    • Height: 6.24 inches (158.4 mm)
    • Width: 3.07 inches (78.1 mm)
    • Depth: 0.30 inch (7.5 mm)
    • Weight: 7.13 ounces (202 grams)

Display:

  • iPhone 8:
    • Retina HD display
    • 4.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
    • 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
    • 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • iPhone 8 Plus:
    • Retina HD display
    • 5.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
    • 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
    • 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • Both models:
    • True Tone display
    • Wide color display (P3)
    • 3D Touch
    • 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
    • Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
    • Display Zoom
    • Reachability

Splash, water, and dust resistance:

  • Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529

Chip:

  • A11 six-core Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Neural Engine
  • Embedded M11 motion coprocessor

Camera:

  • iPhone 8:
    • 12MP camera
    • ƒ/1.8 aperture
    • Digital zoom up to 5x
  • iPhone 8 Plus:
    • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
    • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture/Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
    • Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
    • Portrait mode
    • Portrait Lighting (beta)
  • Both models:
    • Optical image stabilization
    • Six‑element lens
    • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
    • Panorama (up to 63MP)
    • Sapphire crystal lens cover
    • Backside illumination sensor
    • Hybrid IR filter
    • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
    • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
    • Live Photos with stabilization
    • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
    • Improved local tone mapping
    • Body and face detection
    • Exposure control
    • Noise reduction
    • Auto HDR for photos
    • Auto image stabilization
    • Burst mode
    • Timer mode
    • Photo geotagging
    • Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG

Video recording:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 8 Plus only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264

FaceTime HD camera:

  • 7MP camera
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Retina Flash
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Auto HDR
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Body and face detection
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Exposure control
  • Timer mode

Touch ID:

  • Fingerprint sensor built into the Home button

Apple Pay:

  • Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores, within apps, and on the web
  • Complete purchases made with Apple Pay on your Mac
  • Receive and redeem rewards using rewards cards

Carriers:

  • AT&T
  • Verizon
  • T-Mobile
  • Sprint
  • Virgin Mobile

Cellular & wireless:

  • Model A1863 & model A1864:

    • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
    • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
    • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
    • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Model A1905 & model A1897:
    • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
    • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
    • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • All models:
    • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
    • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
    • NFC with reader mode

Location:

  • Assisted GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cellular
  • iBeacon microlocation

Video calling:

  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular

Audio calling:

  • FaceTime audio
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling

Audio playback:

  • Audio formats supported: AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

Video playback:

  • Video formats supported: HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG
  • Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 content
  • AirPlay Mirroring, photos, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)

Siri:

  • Use your voice to send messages, set reminders, and more
  • Get intelligent suggestions in Messages, Mail, QuickType, and more
  • Activate with only your voice using “Hey Siri
  • Listen and identify songs

External buttons & connectors:

Power & battery:

  • iPhone 8:
    • Lasts about the same as iPhone 7
    • Talk time (wireless): Up to 14 hours
    • Internet use: Up to 12 hours
    • Video playback (wireless): Up to 13 hours
    • Audio playback (wireless): Up to 40 hours
    • Fast-charge capable: Up to 50% charge 30 minutes
  • iPhone 8 Plus:
    • Lasts about the same as iPhone 7 Plus
    • Talk time (wireless): Up to 21 hours
    • Internet use: Up to 13 hours
    • Video playback (wireless): Up to 14 hours
    • Audio playback (wireless): Up to 60 hours
    • Fast-charge capable: Up to 50% charge 30 minutes
  • Both models:
    • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers)
    • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
    • Fast-charge capable

Sensors:

  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Barometer
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Headphones:

  • EarPods with Lightning Connector

SIM Card:

  • Nano-SIM
  • iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus are not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards

Operating system:

Environmental requirements:

  • Operating ambient temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: −4° to 113° F (−20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)

In the box:

  • iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus with iOS 11
  • EarPods with Lightning Connector
  • Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

That’s everything you can expect from the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

  • This is literally a 7S. Not a 8. The hardware changes are not even close to match the usually dramatic change between iPhone numbers.

    • Exactly. Wow, am I disappointed in Apple this year. Wow, because I had never been before except for minor things.

      • Highlander

        You got the X for dramatic changes. So, take your pick.

    • But so what. At least you get a completely new external design made of glass. It’s not like a carbon copy of the iPhone 7/7Plus.

      • But it breaks the pattern: 3G>3GS>4>4S>5>5S>6>6S>7>8…

        S models always came during uneven years, number models during even years. This breaks everything. It also tarnishes Steve Jobs’ legacy, which is pretty ironic, considering where the keynote was held.

        There was also no reason for skipping the S, considering the iPhone X bring more than enough new features.

      • shredical

        Really? “a completely new external design made of glass” Sorry to say that but on which planet is this “all new”? they flipped material… wow… design stayed the same.
        As a looong time iDB reader (think it was the time when iPhone 3G came out) and Apple user/fan it’s sad to see what Apple and some people think what all new means! Yes iPhone X for example is new, but in what kind it justifies this ridiculous price? Apple was different years ago when they really pushed technology. Why not just release the X as the new phone only and make it max 100 more? Apple may make existing tech better (because of iOS and hardware designed so tight) but where is really the push and future here?

        Like KingShoter007 states correctly, the 8 is an 7s and nothing more!

        And I am not hating here, this comes from a long time loyal Apple user. At some point you can’t justify some things anymore… and playing some Steve Jobs speeches and quotes during the keynote won’t make it better (and I enjoyed this keynote moment).
        Sadly there is no real innovation anymore form Apple since Steve is gone.

  • Steve Harold

    If it can capture 1080p at 240, can it capture like 480 at 480 or something?

    • TheAvatarNice

      No

  • ShawnTXDFW

    I was kind of upset that Jet Black wasn’t a color option. It’s only been a new color for a year. So why not push that color with the new glass backs?! This would’ve been nice on both the iPhone 8 and iPhone X models. I’m not understanding why they pushed Jet Black away so soon. Space Grey (I guess!) is certainly the closest to black so I guess that’s the color I have to go with this year. Anyone else upset over ridding some of the color choices?

  • Mike M. Powell

    Give me portrait lighting on the 7+ and I can happily skip both these phones for another year.