Apart from the iPhone X, since 2014, Apple has made only cosmetic changes to the design of its smartphones. iPhone 8 Plus is no exception, from the front it looks like the iPhone 6 Plus.
The display of the new model also covers a protective glass, which is rounded at the edges and smoothly turns into metal on the edges. The bezels around the screen have not become smaller, and given the tendency to decrease them in the flagship models of 2017, the iPhone 8 Plus looks archaic. However, if you look at other Apple products, then this is not the first time the company has been practicing this approach. For example, the design of MacBook Pro laptops does not change for 3-4 years.
The only innovation in the design of the iPhone 8 Plus, or rather in the materials of the case, is the glass on the back panel. It made it possible to reduce the bands of antennas, now they are only on the edges, which should please those who were annoyed by this necessary detail in the design of a smartphone. In addition, the Apple logo and a flash are hidden under the glass, but the camera unit with two modules still protrudes from the body.
The dimensions of the iPhone 8 Plus have grown slightly compared to the 7 Plus, and are 158.4×78.1×7.5 mm versus 158.2×77.9×7.3 mm.
This increase in size did not affect the ergonomics of the smartphone in any way, if you comfortably used any iPhone from the Plus series, then there will be no problems with the new model. And even taking into account the increased weight to 202 grams, the iPhone 8 Plus does not seem to be heavier than the 188-gram iPhone 7 Plus.
Nevertheless, as for a 5.5-inch smartphone, the new Apple model turned out to be quite large. By sacrificing bezels, the company could fit a larger display into this case. The appearance of a glass panel on the back of the case did not in any way affect the protection of the iPhone 8 Plus from water and dust, as well as the 7 Plus the device passed IP67 certification. This means that dust cannot get into the body of the smartphone, and it can be immersed in water to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
Overall, depending on how much you like Johnny Ive’s work, the design of the iPhone 8 Plus can be both dated and timeless classics at the same time. But given that there was no excitement around the release of this model, fans of Apple smartphones are more interested in the iPhone X, and will clearly vote for the new design with their money.
Platform and performance
The iPhone 8 Plus uses Apple’s new A11 Bionic processor. This is a 10nm, 6-core chip, in which four energy-efficient cores are complemented by two high-performance ones, working in a 42 circuit. Also, for the first time, Apple used its own graphics accelerator with three cores.
But what does Bionic mean in the name of the processor? Apple explains that this is more of a marketing, but they also wanted to draw attention to the dedicated neural network chip in the A11 Bionic, which the company calls the Neural Engine. It is capable of processing 600 billion operations per second, and is designed for machine learning. In particular, it allows the iPhone 8 Plus to better understand the shape of the subject in portrait mode by analyzing the image.
In addition to all this, the smartphone has 3 GB of RAM, and the built-in memory can be 64 or 256 GB. Apple removed the 32 and 128 GB versions, because the former is no longer enough, and the latter would affect the sales of the model with the maximum memory capacity. Regrettably, though, the 64GB version didn’t cost the same as the 32GB version. Thus, in fact, the iPhone 8 Plus is more expensive than the 7 Plus.
But at least the performance of the new model is really great. Visually, this is not so noticeable, the new operating system iOS 11 is fast on the iPhone 7 Plus. But in synthetic tests, the new smartphone shows really impressive results.
In addition, a faster processor and faster graphics perform better in applications and augmented reality games. So far, there are not very many of them, but given Apple’s big stake in this direction, as well as the ARKit developer package, in the future AR games and programs will become more widespread.
Contents of delivery
The iPhone 8 Plus box includes Lightning headphones, a 3.5mm adapter, a Lightning cable, and a 5W charger box.
The iPhone 8 Plus uses a 5.5-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. According to our measurements, the minimum display brightness is 2 cd / m2, the maximum is 480 cd / m2, and the contrast is 1: 1123.
Calibration, traditionally for Apple, is at a good level. The screen displays more than 100% sRGB color space with a slight green bias, but with a reference gamut of 2.2 and even backlighting.
The color temperature is closer to the “cold” tones, at 7000K. But this is with the True Tone setting turned off, which, using a four-channel light sensor, adjusts the white balance so that the color temperature of the display matches the ambient light. In this way, this option should reduce eye strain.
In general, although the type and resolution of the screen matrix in the iPhone 8 Plus has not changed, when compared directly with the 7 Plus, the colors on the new display appear more colorful and vibrant.
IPhone 8 Plus doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack, so it’s worth getting used to.
Accordingly, you can listen to music through the bundled headphones with Lightning, via an adapter, or via Bluetooth. With all these options, the smartphone provides good sound quality with sufficient volume headroom. But all this was in the iPhone 7 Plus.
But what was really improved in the iPhone 8 Plus is the sound of external speakers, they began to sound louder, now you can clearly hear the stereo effect. Let me remind you that one external speaker in the smartphone is located on the lower edge of the case, and the second is combined with the spoken one and is located above the display.
On September 12, Apple introduced three smartphones at once: iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. At the same time, if the company calls the “top ten” only “future”, then the first two models are described on the Apple website as “new generation”. However, the iPhone 8 Plus is hard to tell apart from the 7 Plus in our review, even though it has a glass rather than an aluminum back. However, we all know that looks can be deceiving, and during the presentation, Apple representatives spoke about the new functionality. So let’s see what’s behind the familiar design.
IPhone 8 Plus Review
Autonomous work and heating
As noted at the beginning of the article, we used the iPhone 8 Plus for a month in real life as our only smartphone. And these are calls on cellular communication and instant messengers (Telegram, Messenger, WhatsApp) on average one and a half hours a day, communication in instant messengers, regular updates of the FB feed, reading websites, mail with push notifications and a stream of letters in the region of 30-50 day, less regularly. heavy use of the camera and voice recorder. Almost all the time, the iPhone was connected via Bluetooth to the Apple Watch and about half an hour a day to the Apple Airpods.
In the described mode, the smartphone lived for two days, that is, it had to be charged every other night. Let’s say you use it on Monday and Tuesday, put it on charge at night; Wednesday morning you have 100% and you use without recharging until the night from Thursday to Friday.
In general, this is a good result, roughly comparable to the iPhone 7 Plus, especially for very intensive use. Of course, if you play games or watch movies or online videos (we did not do any of this during our acquaintance with the device), the result will be different. But, we believe, for the majority of potential owners of the iPhone 8 Plus, our scenario is quite relevant.
Of the minuses, we note that the battery is discharged unevenly. So, at the end of the first day, you usually have about 65% of the charge, and at the end of the second day, the charge is already running out (while it is obvious that the smartphone almost does not lose its charge overnight. a maximum of one to two percent).
Of course, we also conducted traditional testing of battery life in several modes.
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Below is a thermal image back surface obtained after two consecutive runs (approximately 10 minutes of operation) of the Basemark Metal test:
The heating is highly localized in the upper right part of the device, which, apparently, corresponds to the location of the SoC chip. According to the heat chamber, the maximum heating was 41 degrees (at an ambient temperature of 24 degrees). Apple iPhone 7 Plus has the same heating in this test.
Packaging and equipment
In terms of the set, the iPhone 8 Plus is completely identical to its younger brother, the only difference is in size. And in size, it, in turn, is completely identical to the iPhone 7 Plus. so much so that even covers from that will fit.
However, using a case with an iPhone 8 Plus is a dubious idea, because you won’t feel like switching to a new iPhone if you had an iPhone 7 Plus before. Of course, the main innovation in terms of design is the glass back.
I must say that in addition to the obvious aesthetic advantages, it also has an important practical plus: it is much less scratched than the coating on the iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black. In less than a year of use, our iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black is already covered with scratches, although the vast majority of this time the smartphone was in the case. In the case of the iPhone 8 Plus, for a month of equally active use in everyday life, no visible damage appeared. not a single smallest scratch, although it was far from always in the case.
As for the colors of the smartphone itself, then, as you know, the iPhone 8/8 Plus is sold in three colors. silver, gold and space gray. Pink is no longer in the assortment, as is Jet Black. But the gold version that we used just gives a noticeable pinkish tint. This is an effect on the amateur, albeit a very curious one. The other two colors are more versatile.
The glass back also has another plus (at least Apple claims that is the case): the new iPhones support wireless charging. We mentioned this in the review of the iPhone 8, but now we decided to check how this is in practice.
iPhone 8. What’s in the box?
Last year, the iPhone X was in the spotlight, and we did not ignore it: read our articles here and here. In addition, we told you about the compact model iPhone 8. But next to these two new products, the iPhone 8 Plus faded into the background, which seems to be not quite a flagship, but at the same time cannot boast of the compactness and attractive price of the iPhone 8. However, it would be wrong to completely discount it. Therefore, we decided to use the iPhone 8 Plus in real life and share our impressions of it. both in comparison with the iPhone X and iPhone 7 Plus. But, of course, you will find traditional test results in the article.
The screen parameters of the iPhone 8 Plus do not differ from those of the iPhone 7 Plus: 5.5-inch diagonal, IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1920 × 1080. By modern standards, these are far from record-breaking parameters. However, as we know, the quality of the screen is not determined by the resolution alone. On top of that, the manufacturer has implemented a number of interesting technologies in the next generation screens.
Alexey Kudryavtsev, editor of the “Monitors” and “Projectors and TV” sections, will tell you about the quality of the display.
The front surface of the screen is made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface, resistant to scratches. Judging by the reflection of objects, the anti-glare properties of the screen are better than that of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) (hereinafter simply Nexus 7). For clarity, here is a photo in which a white surface is reflected in the turned off screens (on the left. Nexus 7, on the right. Apple iPhone 8 Plus, then they can be distinguished by their size):
The screen of the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is slightly darker (brightness in photographs is 104 versus 113 for the Nexus 7). The doubling of reflected objects in the Apple iPhone 8 Plus screen is very weak, which indicates that there is no air gap between the layers of the screen (more specifically, between the outer glass and the surface of the LCD matrix) (OGS type screen. One Glass Solution). Due to the smaller number of boundaries (such as glass / air) with greatly different refractive indices, such screens look better in conditions of intense ambient light, but their repair in the case of cracked outer glass is much more expensive, since the entire screen has to be changed. On the outer surface of the screen there is a special oleophobic (grease-repellent) coating (effective, similar to that of the Nexus 7), so fingerprints are much easier to remove, and appear at a slower speed than in the case of ordinary glass.
With manual brightness control and with the display of the white field on the whole screen, the maximum brightness value was about 580 cd / m², the minimum. 2.7 cd / m². The maximum brightness is very high and, given the excellent anti-glare properties, the readability of the screen even on a sunny day outdoors will be at a good level. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable value. In the presence of automatic brightness control according to the light sensor (it is located above the slot of the front speaker), which is enabled by default. In automatic mode, when the ambient light conditions change, the screen brightness both increases and decreases. The operation of this function depends on the position of the brightness adjustment slider. with it the user sets the desired brightness level for the current conditions. If nothing is changed, then in complete darkness, the brightness drops to 3.0 cd / m2 (very dark), in an office illuminated with artificial light (about 550 lx), the screen brightness is set to 100-160 cd / m2 (acceptable), and in in very bright environments (equivalent to bright daylight outdoors, but no direct sunlight. 20,000 lux or slightly more) rises to 670 cd / m² (even higher than when manually adjusted). The result did not quite suit us, so in the dark we slightly moved the brightness slider to the right and for the above three conditions we got 15, 120 and 670 cd / m² (ideal). It turns out that the automatic brightness control function works adequately, and it is possible to adjust the nature of the brightness change to the user’s requirements. At any brightness level, there is no significant backlight modulation, so there is no screen flicker either.
This smartphone uses an IPS-type matrix. The micrographs show the typical IPS subpixel structure:
For comparison, you can see the gallery of micrographs of screens used in mobile technology.
The screen has good viewing angles without significant color shift, even with large gaze deviations from the perpendicular to the screen, and without tint inversion. For comparison, we present photographs in which the screens of Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Nexus 7 display the same images, while the brightness of the screens was initially set to about 200 cd / m² (along the white field across the entire screen), and the color balance on the camera was forcibly switched to 6500 TO.
Note the good uniformity of brightness and color tone of the white field.
The color balance is slightly different, the color saturation is normal. Recall that a photograph cannot serve as a reliable source of information about the quality of color rendition and is provided only for a conditional visual illustration. In this case, apparently due to the peculiarities of the Spectra screen radiation, the color balance and brightness of colors in the photographs of the Apple iPhone 8 Plus screen are somewhat different from what is seen with the eye and is determined by the spectrophotometer.
Now at an angle of approximately 45 degrees to the plane and to the side of the screen:
It can be seen that the colors did not change much on both screens and the contrast remained at a high level.
The brightness at the angle of the screens decreased (at least 4 times, based on the difference in exposure), but in the case of the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, the drop in brightness is less. When deviated diagonally, the black field is lightened to a medium degree and takes on a purple tint. The photos below demonstrate this (the brightness of the white areas in the direction perpendicular to the plane of the screens is about the same!):
When viewed from a perpendicular view, the uniformity of the black field is good:
The contrast (approximately in the center of the screen) is high. about 1270: 1. Black-white-black response time is 26ms (14ms on 12ms off). The transition between gray tones of 25% and 75% (based on the numerical value of the color) and back takes 34 ms in total. The gamma curve, plotted using 32 points at equal intervals in terms of the numerical value of the shade of gray, showed no blockage in either the highlights or the shadows. The exponent of the approximating power function is 1.81, which is below the standard value of 2.2, so the image is a little lighter. In this case, the real gamma curve significantly deviates from the power dependence:
Such spectra are found in top-end mobile devices from Sony and other manufacturers. Apparently, this screen uses LEDs with a blue emitter and a green and red phosphor (usually a blue emitter and a yellow phosphor), which in combination with special matrix light filters allows obtaining a wide color gamut. Yes, and in the red phosphor, apparently, so-called quantum dots are used. For a consumer device, a wide color gamut is in no way an advantage, but a significant drawback, since as a result, the colors of images. drawings, photographs and films. oriented to the sRGB space (and there are an overwhelming majority of them) have an unnatural saturation. This is especially noticeable on recognizable shades, such as skin tones. However, in this case, the color gamut is neatly adjusted to the sRGB borders and as a result, visually the colors have natural saturation.
This applies to those images in which the sRGB profile is registered or no profile at all. However, native to modern top-end Apple devices is the Display P3 color space with slightly richer greens and reds. Display P3 is based on SMPTE DCI-P3 but has a D65 white point and a gamma curve of approximately 2.2. In addition, the manufacturer claims that since iOS 9.3 color management is supported at the system level, which makes it easier for iOS applications to correctly display images with a prescribed color profile. Indeed, adding the Display P3 profile to the test images (JPG and PNG files), we got a wider color gamut than sRGB (output in Safari):
Note that the coordinates of the primary colors almost exactly coincided with those prescribed for the DCI-P3 standard. Let’s look at the spectra in the case of test images with the Display P3 profile:
It can be seen that in this case, no cross-mixing of the components occurs, that is, this color space is native to the Apple iPhone 8 Plus screen.
The grayscale balance is good, as the color temperature is close to the standard 6500 K, and the deviation from Spectra of absolute black body (ΔE) is less than 10, which is considered acceptable for a consumer device. At the same time, the color temperature and ΔE vary little from shade to shade. this has a positive effect on the visual assessment of the color balance. The change in values from hue to hue indirectly indicates that software color correction is being used. (The darkest areas of the gray scale can be ignored, since the color balance there is not very important, and the error in measuring color characteristics at low brightness is large.)
This Apple device has a Night Shift function that makes the picture warmer at night (how much warmer. the user indicates). For a description of why this correction might be useful, see the iPad Pro 9.7 article. In any case, when having fun with a tablet or smartphone at night looking, it is better to lower the screen brightness to a minimum, but still comfortable level, and only then, to calm your own paranoia, turn the screen yellow by setting the Night Shift.
Also, the smartphone has a True Tone function, which, if enabled, adjusts the color balance to the environmental conditions. For example, we activated it by placing the smartphone under LED lights with cool white light, and ended up with values of 6.6 for ΔE and 6900 K for color temperature. Under a halogen incandescent lamp (warm light). the same parameters turned out to be 4.0 and 6100 K, that is, the color temperature became lower. The function works as expected. Note that the current standard is to calibrate display devices to a white point of 6500 K, but in principle, correction for the color temperature of external light can be useful if you want to achieve a better match of the image on the screen with what is seen on paper (or on any medium. on which colors are formed by the reflection of incident light) in the current conditions.
Let’s summarize. The screen has a very high maximum brightness and has excellent anti-reflective properties, so the device can be used outdoors without any problems, even on a sunny summer day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable level. It is also acceptable to use the mode with automatic brightness adjustment, which works adequately. The advantages of the screen include an effective oleophobic coating, no air gap in the layers of the screen and no flicker, good black stability to deviation of the gaze from the perpendicular to the screen plane, high contrast, as well as support for sRGB color gamut (with the participation of the OS) and good color balance. There are no significant shortcomings. At the moment, this is perhaps one of the best displays among all smartphones.
Review of the smartphone Apple iPhone 8 Plus: testing and experience of use
IPhone 8 Plus Wireless Charger
Unfortunately, Apple has not yet released a proprietary AirPower charging station, so you have to use third-party solutions.
So, we decided to try one of the cheapest options. Buro Q5. and measured how long it takes to charge iPhone 8 Plus.
The result was not very happy: in half an hour, a heavily discharged iPhone charges by about 12%. In total, the process will take at least four hours. Here, however, it should be noted that the current strength of the Buro Q5 is 1 A. Of course, there are 2 A wireless chargers on sale, but there are much less of them than single-amp chargers, and
In general, if you want to use third-party wireless charging, you can do this, and there shouldn’t be any problems, but be prepared for a slow recharge, or look for a dual-amp charging and pay much more for it.
Like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the iPhone 8 Plus runs on the Apple A11 Bionic. It is a 64-bit SoC with 6 cores, of which two are high performance and four are energy efficient. over, at maximum load, all six cores can work simultaneously.
As before, the difference between the iPhone with the Plus prefix in the name is 3 GB of RAM instead of 2 GB for the younger brother. How this affected performance. let’s see!
Let’s start with browser benchmarks: SunSpider 1.0.2, Octane Benchmark, Kraken Benchmark, and JetStream. The Safari browser was used. Especially for a more visual comparison, we ran new benchmarks on the iPhone 7 Plus, updating the smartphone OS to the latest version.
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As you might expect, the iPhone 8 Plus outperforms the iPhone 7 Plus, and quite confidently. But there is no superiority over the iPhone 8, in these browser tests the difference in the total amount of memory does not affect.
Now let’s see how the iPhone 8 Plus performs in complex benchmarks AnTuTu and Geekbench 4.
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Again, it confidently outperforms its predecessor, especially in the Geekbench tests, which measure the performance of the CPU and RAM. But there is no tangible gap from the iPhone 8, and the larger model even lost in AnTuTu. Apparently, the increased amount of RAM does not give a clear gain in these tests.
The last group of benchmarks is dedicated to GPU performance testing. We used 3DMark, GFXBenchmark Metal, and Basemark Metal Pro, designed specifically for devices with Metal technology.
Recall that Offscreen tests are displaying a 1080p picture regardless of the actual screen resolution. And Onscreen tests are displaying an image in the resolution that matches the device’s screen resolution. That is, the off-screen tests are indicative of the abstract performance of the SoC, and the rest of the tests are indicative of the comfort of the game on a specific device.
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Judging by the GFXBenchmark, the iPhone 8 Plus is not that much superior to the iPhone 7 Plus, while it lags behind the iPhone 8. But this is quite logical: the lower the screen resolution, the more frames per second the device can show. However, in all tests with a fixed resolution, the iPhone 8 Plus is just in the lead, and this is already strange. what ensures such a clear victory over the iPhone 8?
Next test: 3DMark (Ice Storm Unlimited and Sling Shot modes).
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Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus unboxing
And again, the iPhone 8 Plus outperforms the iPhone 7 Plus, and much more significantly than in the GFXBenchmark. But the difference with the iPhone 8 already fits into the range of possible measurement error.
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And here the iPhone 8 is already the leader, for the same reason as in the onscreen tests GFXBenchmark. However, the difference between the devices is not so great, and the advantage of the new products over the iPhone 7 Plus is rather modest (albeit undoubted).
In general, the iPhone 8 Plus performed at about the same level as the iPhone 8; we did not record a significant effect from the increase in the amount of RAM in our tests. As for the difference with the iPhone 7 Plus, it certainly is, but in different modes it manifests itself in different ways.
Specifications Apple iPhone 8 Plus
- SoC Apple A11 Bionic (6 cores, 2 of which are high performance and clocked at 2.1 GHz, and 4 are energy efficient)
- GPU Apple A11 Bionic
- Apple M11 motion coprocessor including barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope and COMPASS
- RAM 3 GB
- Flash memory 64/256 GB
- No memory card support
- Operating system iOS 11
- IPS touch display, 5.5 ″, 1920 × 1080 (401 ppi), capacitive, multitouch, support for 3D Touch technologies and Taptic Engine response
- Cameras: front (7 megapixel, video 1080p 30 fps, 720p 240 fps) and rear with two lenses (12 megapixels, optical zoom 2 ×, video shooting 4K 60 fps)
- Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz; MIMO support)
- Cellular: UMTS / HSPA / HSPA / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, LTE Advanced support
- Bluetooth 5.0 A2DP LE
- Fingerprint scanner Touch ID version 3
- NFC (Apple Pay only)
- Universal Lightning connector
- Supports Qi wireless charging
- Li-polymer battery 2675 mAh, non-removable
- GPS / A-GPS, Glonass
- Dimensions 158 × 78 × 7.5 mm
- Weight 202 g
For clarity, let’s compare them with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 Plus, in order to understand, firstly, what is the difference between the two generations of larger Apple smartphones, and secondly, is there a difference between the two models of the new generation (in addition to the size, of course).
The main difference between the larger new iPhone and its younger brother (in addition to the size and display area, of course) is 3 GB of RAM instead of 2 GB. We’ll talk about how this affects performance later. As for the comparison with the iPhone 7 Plus, here it is worth paying attention to the emerging 4K 60 fps video recording mode (the “seven” had only 4K 30 fps), as well as to the slightly reduced battery capacity. However, it is too early to draw any conclusions from this. you have to look in practice.
Well, let’s get to know the smartphone live.