If this is the iPhone 8, we’re in for a treat

With the iPhone 8 launch nearing, the barrage of leaks and rumours that we are constantly exposed to seem to reveal a radically designed iPhone 7 successor. Although the rumours usually aren’t of much substance, all the sources seem to be pointing at one common factor: a near bezel-less device with TouchID underneath the front panel. Something that looks like this:

Phone accessory maker MobileFun has, in the past, released accurate depictions of phones before they are released. Here’s the latest one, wrapped in a MobileFun case, of course:

This seems to confirm the design. A mix of the Galaxy S8 and Andy Rubin’s Essential phone, it’s rather sexy. Although the design may be considered a bit unusual coming from Apple,  it makes sense considering the intense competition it’s been receiving lately from all around the world.

Rumoured specs for the iPhone 8+
– 5.8in 2.5D OLED edge-to-edge display
– New design with an ‘all-glass’ construction
– Wireless charging support
– Apple A11 chip
– Rear-facing Touch ID sensor
– iOS 11 with improved Siri, P2P payments
– Face-scanning technology
– Vertical dual cameras on rear
– Support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps

Take the OnePlus 5 and the Essential phone, for example. At the moment I would likely set Apple aside and pursue getting the OnePlus 5 or waiting for the Essential phone.

But if Apple were to make this the iPhone 8, it would likely make me change my mind on my current choices. Unfortunately, the rumoured price of the best model is going to cost you over $1000, so I think I’d make a U-turn on that decision very quickly.

The iPhone 8 is expected to be announced in August 2017, 10 years since the launch of the original iPhone.

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