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iPhone 8 Pre-Orders Open in SA — But How Much Will It Cost?

The iStore announced on Friday, October 13 that pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now open. But how much will they cost? Surprisingly, less than the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ at launch…

Over the past few years, the majority of Apple iPhones have been more expensive than current-gen flagships from other brands. But with the focus on the iPhone X as the new pioneer for the brand, the iPhone 8 is actually slightly cheaper than one of its biggest competitors — the Galaxy S8 — was at launch.

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The Galacy S8 was R15 499 at launch, while the S8+ was R17 499. However the devices have had their prices significantly reduced recently due to the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.

So how much does the iPhone 8 cost? Well, the starting price for the iPhone 8 (64GB) is R13 499, while the iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) will be R15 499.

If you want a variant with higher storage, the 256GB versions of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are R16 499 and R18 499 respectively.

But what are you getting for this? See below for a refresher on the iPhone 8 specs…

iPhone 8 Specifications

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Much like with the iPhone 7 and its larger companion, the iPhone 8 Plus is the more powerful of the two devices. As with its predecessor, it is also the only variant that has a dual camera.

If you were hoping for a bezel-less or edge-to-edge display, you’ll be disappointed, as Apple has reserved this for their iPhone X instead.

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But there are a few other noteworthy features of the phone, so don’t discount it just yet. It could make for a great alternative for iPhone fans who just don’t have R20 000 to spend on a phone.

The specifications of each model are included in the table below:

iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus
Display 4.7-inch 1334×750-pixel display

LCD with IPS technology

5.5-inch 1080p display

LCD with IPS technology

Chipset A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture

Neural Engine

Embedded M11 motion coprocessor

 

A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture

Neural Engine

Embedded M11 motion coprocessor

 

Main Camera 12MP camera

ƒ/1.8 aperture

Digital zoom up to 5x

4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

 

12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras (dual camera)

Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture

Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x

4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

 

Front-facing camera 7MP camera

1080p HD video recording

ƒ/2.2 aperture

 

7MP camera

1080p HD video recording

ƒ/2.2 aperture

 

Battery 1821 mAh 2691 mAh
Memory 2GB RAM

64/256 GB internal storage

3 GB RAM

64/256 GB internal storage

Other features Splash, water & dust-resistant

Fingerprint sensor in home button

Splash, water & dust-resistant

Fingerprint sensor in home button

 

Is it Worth The Price?

Nothing definitive can be said until enough people have had hands-on experience with the handset. While US customers have had the chance to do this, unfortunately SA consumers have to wait until October 20.

It is the same price as the Galaxy S8 at the time of its release; but the iPhone 8 has a smaller battery, a lower display resolution, and less RAM.

What does work in Apple’s favour is the dual camera of the iPhone 8 Plus. Currently, Samsung’s only dual camera phone is the Note 8, which has a price starting from R18 499. Of course, there are other cheaper dual camera Android phones on the market.

 

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The iPhone 8, and even the iPhone X, will be facing stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Google. The Pixel 2 was recently announced by Google, with a noticeably lower price tag that similar flagships. Of course, the SA market may never see this phone.

It can be said though, from a specs perspective, that the iPhone 8 Plus will offer customers one of the best hardware-to-price ratios of any recent iPhone models. In fact, it looks like in terms of value-for-money, the iPhone 8 might even beat out its upcoming sibling. Of course, we have to wait and see what the local price for the iPhone X will be.

Between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, if I had to suggest a variant based on specs alone (without experiencing the device) – the larger version is definitely the better deal.

Does the iPhone 8 pique your interest? What do you think of Apple’s latest phone? Let me know in the comments below…

 

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