iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have smaller batteries than last year's models

Shawn Knight

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Apple on Tuesday announced a trio of new smartphones in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the premium iPhone X. While the latter device has been getting the lion’s share of attention this week, the latest news out of China focuses on the two other handsets.

TENAA, China’s version of the FCC, has published details regarding the battery found in the standard upgrades.

As mobile leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer highlights, the smaller iPhone 8 will pack an 1,821mAh battery while the Plus variant will include a 2,675mAh unit.

If accurate, the batteries in the new phones would be smaller than what’s found in the current-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at 1,960mAh and 2,900mAh, respectively.

Apple typically doesn’t specify the size of the batteries in its phones but notes on its website that the iPhone 8’s battery lasts “about the same” as the iPhone 7 (the same is also said about the Plus model versus last year’s flagship).

Apple is able to get away with stuffing a smaller battery into its new iPhones thanks to improvements made in other areas of the device (namely, the A11 Bionic SoC). The six-core chip features two high-performance cores that are 25 percent faster than the A10 and four high-efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than last year’s SoC.

The new iPhone’s GPU, meanwhile, can provide the same level of performance as the A10 at half the power.

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domyz

TS Booster
Yeah batteries... according to breakthoughs since 2000, they should be twice, and twice, and 30%, and 60%, triple, and twice (etc) as fast as before.
 
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David Belkin

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Regarding the removal of the headphone jack.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfSuHJNiaK0

Apple is arguably the most courageous tech company, watched by everyone, love them or hate them, that's the way to go.
The last time they were laughed at was when a Samsung exec mocked the absence of the iPhone 7 headphone jack at the launch of the exploding Note 7, "yes it has a headphone jack", he however failed to mention it also has the ability to catch fire.
 

Nobina

TS Evangelist
It's like Apple does this on purpose to show us how stupid we are but we don't understand them.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
Apples philosophy of "less is more" is often misconstrued and confusing. What they actually mean to say is "We give you less but you must pay more".
 

Theinsanegamer

TS Evangelist
Using an apple device kinda reminds me of being a communist.

"You shall have the battery life apple deems you worthy of, and everyone shall have the same battery life (except those with enough pull/money to get a plus with a bigger battery) and you will like it!. You will use what formats WE choose for you to use! You will use the proprietary ports WE choose for you!"
Regarding the removal of the headphone jack.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfSuHJNiaK0

Apple is arguably the most courageous tech company, watched by everyone, love them or hate them, that's the way to go.
The last time they were laughed at was when a Samsung exec mocked the absence of the iPhone 7 headphone jack at the launch of the exploding Note 7, "yes it has a headphone jack", he however failed to mention it also has the ability to catch fire.
No true audiophile would use a PHONE to listen to high quality music files, of course. Forgot that little tidbit. Also forgot the tidbit of how bluetooth is a LOSSY transmission format and sucks for audio, and drains the battery of the phone faster.

that isnt "courageous" thats "how can we make more money off of accessories/push DRM when the time comes"
 

p51d007

TS Evangelist
Oh it's on purpose for a couple reasons. #1, they will of course sell you an overpriced case, with a built in battery
that will bring the capacity back up to what it should be.
#2, You can't have a big battery. It would detract from the "slim & stylish" design of the iphone, which has become nothing more than a fashion statement for most shallow people that have to have it clutched in their hands.
 

MonsterZero

TS Evangelist
Regarding the removal of the headphone jack.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfSuHJNiaK0

Apple is arguably the most courageous tech company, watched by everyone, love them or hate them, that's the way to go.
The last time they were laughed at was when a Samsung exec mocked the absence of the iPhone 7 headphone jack at the launch of the exploding Note 7, "yes it has a headphone jack", he however failed to mention it also has the ability to catch fire.
Apples phones catch on fire too and electrocute people to death...
 

yukka

TechSpot Paladin
iPhone SE is alright. Long battery life. Headphone jack. iPhone 6s internals. Cost me less than £300. Think someone at Apple was drunk.