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Su­pe­rior per­for­mance and cam­era are the two strik­ing fea­tures of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Business Today - - NEWS - By NIDHI SINGAL

While the all-screen iPhone X with FaceID is ea­gerly awaited, we got our hands on the iPhone 8 (4.7-inch dis­play) and 8 Plus (5.5-inch dis­play). Here’s our first im­pres­sion:

The de­signs of the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 are not very dif­fer­ent from the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7, re­spec­tively. The only dif­fer­ence be­ing that the iPhone 8 se­ries is made of glass – durable glass with a 50 per cent deeper strength­en­ing layer. Ap­ple has used aero­space-grade 7000 Se­ries alu­minum for the side bands. The glass rear sup­ports wire­less charg­ing us­ing the Qi standard and can be wire­lessly charged us­ing Belkin and Mo­phie ac­ces­sories as well.

The in­nards have re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant up­dates. The new iPhones come pre­in­stalled with iOS 11 out of the box. While set­ting up, I was able to trans­fer all the data from my ex­ist­ing iPhone (run­ning iOS 11) in less than 10 min­utes. It not only fetched all the pho­tos, mes­sages and data, but also in­stalled the apps and placed them in the ex­act same fold­ers and lo­ca­tions as on the source. The new phones come equipped with Ap­ple’s True Tone tech­nol­ogy that mea­sures am­bi­ent light us­ing sen­sors, and ad­justs the colour tem­per­a­ture, mak­ing the dis­play look vi­brant.

In­side the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is Ap­ple’s new A11 Bionic chipset, which also powers iPhone X, with two per­for­mance cores and four high­ef­fi­ciency cores. The chip di­vides the tasks be­tween per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency cores. Al­though there is no vis­i­ble dif­fer­ence while brows­ing the web or stream­ing videos, my ex­pe­ri­ence while gam­ing and us­ing AR apps such as In­sight Heart and Sky Guide was re­mark­able. The chip also in­cludes a new image sig­nal pro­ces­sor for im­pro­vised cam­era per­for­mance. It can de­tect el­e­ments in the scene and cap­ture bet­ter HDR pho­tos.

The sin­gle 12 MP rear cam­era on the iPhone 8 now sup­ports op­ti­cal image sta­bil­i­sa­tion which re­duces mo­tion blur and cap­tures bet­ter images in low light. The iPhone 8 Plus fea­tures the same 12 MP wide-an­gle cam­era along with a tele­photo cam­era for cap­tur­ing images with a bokeh ef­fect. The iPhone 8 Plus’s Portrait mode has set­tings such as portrait light­ing with nat­u­ral light, con­tour light, stu­dio light and stage light that use ma­chine learn­ing to cap­ture stun­ning images with en­hanced bokeh ef­fect. One can also switch be­tween the modes by edit­ing the depth image in the Pho­tos app.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are avail­able in space gray, sil­ver and gold colours, and in 64 GB and 256 GB ca­pac­i­ties, with the lat­ter cost­ing `13,000 more. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users may skip this new up­grade – and, per­haps, wait for the iPhone X till Novem­ber – but those still us­ing the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus or older iPhones could def­i­nitely con­sider these. ~

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