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iPhone 8: UK release date, price, specs and best features of Apple's new phone

Matthew Field

Apple's iPhone 8 goes on sale today as the company launches its latest smartphone and a major upgrade to the current iPhone 7. 

Earlier this month Apple launched three new smartphones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and its premium iPhone X handset.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are upgrades to Apple's current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus range, improving some of the main features found on Apple's current products, as well as adding new ones such as wireless charging.

The iPhone 8  will start at £699, with most of the UK's major networks offering monthly deals on the new phone.

"Our intention has always to create something so magical, powerful, that the hardware virtually disappears," said chief executive Tim Cook at the launch.

He added it was a "new step forward for iPhone" that will "set the path for technology for the next decade". 

Introducing the iPhone 8, Apple executive Phil Schiller said the device "improves on everything we love about the iPhone". 

When will the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus go on sale?

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus go on sale today. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available on plenty of UK networks for slightly cheaper plans than the ones expected on the iPhone X. You can order with the main suppliers here:

​You can read the Telegraph's full guide to the best iPhone 8 deals here

How to buy the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 can be found across networks and in store from today, although if you order online you may currently not receive the handset from Apple until between September 29 and October 6.

You can buy the phone through Apple's website or through the main carriers, while it is also available on a handful of third party websites.

The best prices we have found for network deals are on iD Mobile, Sky (for existing customers), Virgin Mobile and Mobiles.co.uk. Virgin Mobile are offering the iPhone 8 free up front for just £29 per month - the cheapest network deal we have found.

Key features | iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Design and appearance

Technology editor James Titcomb describes the new iPhone 8 as "a worthy upgrade" on its current line up. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have a similar look to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

The smaller version has a 4.7-inch screen, while the larger phone has a 5.5-inch screen and a dual camera lens on the back.

The processor is the A11 Bionic, "the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone," Apple says. 

It features glass on the front and the back of the device, "reinforced by a laser welded steel and copper". It will be water and dust resistant sealed. Both models have a HD retina display and feature a 12MP camera. 

What colours does it come in?

The iPhone 8 is be available in silver, space grey and a new blush gold colour. 

The iPhone 8 comes in three colours Credit: Getty

How much does the iPhone 8 cost?

The iPhone 8 will cost £699 for the 64GB version, while the iPhone 8 Plus will start from £799 (64GB). 256GB versions are also available. 

Key info | Release dates and prices

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus best features

Wireless charging

The iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging  Credit: Bloomberg 

Like the iPhone X, the two new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus phones come with wireless charging capabilities.

This means the phone can be charged by simply placing it on a power pad. It is the first time the technology has come to the iPhone range.

"This is a simple thing. We do it everyday. We use them every day and charge every night," said Schiller. 

"Words can't describe how much nicer it is to never plug in a cable again."

iOS 11

The new iPhones come with Apple's operating system iOS 11iOS 11 includes hundreds of new features like a redesigned control centre, better multitasking, improvements to the camera, peer-to-peer Apple Pay and new safety features.

iOS 11: 17 new and hidden features for your Apple iPhone and iPad

Dual camera

The iPhone 8 Plus has a 12MP dual-lens camera, similar to the one featured on the iPhone 7 Plus released last year. It features a larger and faster sensor, a new colour filter and deeper pixels.

Video

Apple claims the new camera delivers “the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone” with better video stabilisation and 4K video up to 60fps.

Home button

While the demise of the home button and Touch ID on the iPhone X has been in the news, the iPhone 8 will maintain the button and Touch ID. It won't, however, have facial recognition.