The Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will launch in India on 29 September—a week after they go on sale in the US—while the top-end iPhone X will debut on 3 November. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available for Rs64,000 onwards.
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus price
The iPhone 8 price in India for the 64GB variant is Rs. 64,000, while the 256GB model costs Rs. 77,000. Similarly, the iPhone 8 Plus price in India has been set as Rs. 73,000 for the base 64GB storage variant, while the model with 256GB storage is Rs. 86,000. The iPhone 8 models’ release date in India is September 29, as part of the second phase of release, with pre-orders beginning from September 22. As for the iPhone 8 price in the US, the 64GB and 256GB variants of the smaller model will be $699 and $849, respectively, and the iPhone 8 Plus will cost $799 and $949 for the 64GB and 256GB variants.
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus specifications
Key specifications of the iPhone 8 series are: 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone on the iPhone 8, while iPhone 8 Plus has the bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with True Tone. Both phones are powered by the A11 Bionic chip, which is a six-core processor with four efficiency cores. Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are both water and dust resistant. Both phones have Touch ID for authentication and there’s no edge-to-edge display. The front camera on the iPhone 8 series is 7MP with Retina Flash for improved selfies.
The iPhone 8 still has a single lens camera with 12MP sensor. Apple iPhone 8 Plus has the 12MP+ 12MP rear cameras with Portrait mode, a new Portrait Lighting (beta) and 4K video up to 60 fps. Apple also brought wireless charging support to both phones and these phones will work with Qi chargers, which is the universal standard.
The iPhone 8 series also has redesigned stereo speakers, which Apple claims are up to 25 per cent louder and deliver deeper bass, etc. On the processor front, Apple is claiming the four efficiency cores are 70 pe rcent faster than the A10 Fusion. The new chip also integrates an Apple-designed GPU with a three-core design that delivers up to 30 percent faster graphics performance.
On the AR front, Apple says the iPhone 8 series has cameras which are “individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking.” This is to ensure a better AR experience on the iPhone given Apple has opened ARKit for developers.