Apple iPhone 8 Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Everything We Know So Far

As the 10th Anniversary iPhone release, a lot is expected of the upcoming Apple iPhone 8.

Many fans of the Cupertino company - including myself - and even just regular mobile consumers are hoping that the model would not only be the most gorgeous iPhone ever released but also be the most innovative and the most powerful both in terms of internal hardware and imaging capabilities.

Update as of September 13, 2017: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have just been officially announced by the Cupertino company. You can learn more about them here.

If you're also excited about imminent release of the Apple iPhone 8, here are purported and unverified "insider information" about this upcoming handset that have already surfaced online:

Rounded Glass-Metal-Glass Sandwich Design

Hardcore Apple fans and mobile industry enthusiasts would know that the controversial iPhone 4 was the first ever smartphone to flaunt a glass-metal-glass sandwich design language, an elegant look that was eventually copied by so many handset makers.

Apple iPhone 8

According to various sources, the Apple iPhone 8 will have a metal mid-frame with rounded corners in between two sheets of curved scratch-resistant glass panels. This will represent a big departure from the "already tired" full metal shell of the Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus.

5.8-inch Bezel-less Edge-To-Edge Display

'Supposed insiders' are saying that the new iPhone will have a 5.8-inch AMOLED display without those thick side bezels found on previous iPhone models. They say that the usable area will be around 5.15 inches across and that its corners will be rounded, just like what's on the LG G6. No word yet on the screen resolution.

Apple iPhone 8
Home Button and Fingerprint Scanner Within the Screen

The Apple iPhone 8 could very well be the first smartphone to have a fingerprint scanner integrated into its glass touchscreen, making the edge-to-edge face possible. Samsung was supposed to implement it on the Samsung Galaxy S8 but failed to do as Synaptics - the Korean Giant's partner in crafting the sensor - ran out of time developing the technology.

Apple iPhone 8

New Dual Camera Module Design

Like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the Apple iPhone 8 will (most likely) have a Dual Camera module at the back making depth of field effect and lossless zooming possible when snapping images. Off hand, based on 'leaked photos' of the 2017 iteration to the iPhone, the main difference lies in the design of the module.

Apple iPhone 8

Whereas Apple iPhone 7 Plus Dual Optics at the rear are oriented horizontally, the ones on the iPhone 8 are said to be oriented vertically within a protruding plate. Also, while the Quad Tone LED bulb of the 2016 phablet is located on the right of its Dual Cameras, the flash of this year's iPhone will supposedly be found in between the two optics.

Update as of August 4, 2017: According to various sources online, Apple iPhone 8's rear camera will be able to record 4K videos at 60 frames per second, which is a clear level-up from the 4K 30fps main recorder of the Apple iPhone 7. If this will turn out true, Apple will again be a trailblazer when it comes to sheer video recording prowess in the world of cameraphones.

Price and Release Date Guesstimate in the Philippines

Since the Apple iPhone 5 in 2012, the Cupertino company has been officially announcing its latest smartphone release within the month of September. And in the Philippines, Apple's network partners and authorized retailers have historically been officially releasing the newest iPhone within the month of November. That said, I'm expecting the Apple iPhone 8 to follow this trend. Now, as for its official price tag, my TechPinas Guesstimate is that it would start at $1000 USD - as earlier reported by other tech websites and blogs - or around Php 49,700 with current conversion and before taxes.

This post aims to collate all relevant information about the 2017 Apple iPhone model, which fans are now calling 'The Apple iPhone 8', and its availability in the Philippines. Trust that we will update this entry regularly or every time we hear important or notable news about this much-awaited handset release. Stay tuned!

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