Apple unveiled its latest flagship smartphone — known as the iPhone 8 — on September 12, 2017, and it was released ten days later. This year, Apple skipped the “S” moniker for the flagship smartphone as the company decided to use the iPhone 8 name instead of “iPhone 7S.” The overall design of the iPhone 8 appears to look the same as its predecessors, but the new Apple smartphones are built with a stronger glass shell on the front and back that is held in place with an aerospace-grade 7000 Series aluminum frame.
The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch LCD display with a 750p resolution (1334 x 750 pixels). And the iPhone 8 is rated IP67, meaning it is splash-, water- and dust-resistant. Shortly after Apple released the iPhone 8, a number of reviewers decided to conduct speed, durability, drop and water tests on it. Here are the results of those tests:
In a speed test, YouTube personality Jonathan Morrison pointed out that the Apple iPhone 8 is miles ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S8 under the hood. The Galaxy S8 has an 8-core processor, but Apple’s six-core A11 Bionic chip combined with iOS 11 is more powerful based on Geekbench scores. The Geekbench single-core score of the Galaxy S8 is 1,847 and multi-core score is 6,155. And the iPhone 8 single-core score is 4,266 and multi-core score is 10,277. What makes the Apple A11 chip in the iPhone 8 so powerful is that it can utilize all six cores at the same time. Morrison pointed out that the iPhone 8 speed is “on par with a 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is crazy in terms of a smartphone.”
YouTube channel JerryRigEverything conducted a scratch test on the iPhone 8 based on Mohs scale of mineral hardness. In JerryRigEverything’s test on a scale of 2-9, he determined that the iPhone 8 scratches at a level 6 with a deeper groove at a level 7. This is the same score that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 7 received. JerryRigEverything said that the “screen is impervious” to razor blades, coins and keys, but he still recommended getting a screen protector.
The Home button, the earpiece and the front-facing camera were not damaged by a razor blade. And the entire rear surface of the phone is covered in glass so it was not damaged by the razor blade either. When scratching at the camera lens covering with the Mohs picks, JerryRigEverything determined that there were scratch marks at a level 6 and above.
JerryRigEverything also did a bend test on the iPhone 8. When he did a bend test on the iPhone 7 last year, the waterproofing adhesive was ruined, but Apple fixed that problem in the iPhone 8. “There is no glass separation on the front or the back no matter how you bend it. This phone is definitely skinny jean approved.”
JerryRigEverything also did a drop test on two iPhone 8 devices, one with an Anker KARAPAX Shield+ case and one without the case. The drop tests were done from knee height, waist height and chest height. From knee height, both the devices were undamaged. After several drops at waist height, the iPhone 8 without a case got dinged up and cracked in the corner and the plastic case on the other iPhone 8 was slightly damaged — which is a better situation than having a damaged iPhone. And the iPhone 8 without a case shattered even more after it was dropped from chest height. The iPhone 8 with a case still was not damaged at about 9 feet.
Khristian Flohr of UnlockRiver.com conducted a test where he lifted an iPhone 8 up 1,000 feet using a drone and dropped it. The iPhone 8 cracked on the front and back, but it was still functional. Flohr pointed out that the iPhone 8 is “way stronger” than the iPhone 7 based on the drone test he did last year.
EverythingApplePro decided to compare the iPhone 7 against the iPhone 8 in a water test. The touch navigation feature on the iPhone 8 does not work on the display when it is submerged underwater, which is also the case with the iPhone 7. When the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 were submerged 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes, the two devices were still functional at the end of the test. And the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 were also tested at 5.5 feet and both devices still worked. EverythingApplePro also jumped into a river several times with a backpack containing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 and both devices still worked just fine afterward.
What Are Some Of The Other iPhone 8 Features?
The iPhone 8 has 64GB and 128GB storage capacity options and it is available in three colors: gold, silver and space gray. As mentioned earlier, the iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch widescreen LCD and a 1334 x 750 pixel resolution (326 ppi). The Retina HD screen on the iPhone 8 has a True Tone display and supports 3D Touch. To complement the A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, there is also an embedded M11 motion coprocessor and a neural engine. The 12-megapixel rear-facing camera in the iPhone 8 has a f/1.8 aperture, digital zoom up to 5x, optical image stabilization, quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63-megapixel), a sapphire crystal lens cover, autofocus, Live Photos with stabilization, body and face detection, auto HDR, burst mode, timer mode, photo geotagging, 4K video recording (24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps). The FaceTime HD Camera on the iPhone 8 is 7 megapixels with a f/2.2 aperture and supports 1080p HD video recording, Retina Flash, Auto HDR, body and face detection and image stabilization. The battery on the iPhone 8 lasts up to 14 hours based on wireless talk time, up to 12 hours based on Internet use, up to 13 hours based on wireless video playback and up to 40 hours based on wireless audio playback. Plus it can fast charge up to 50% in 30 minutes.