Camera: dual wielding
If you want a slice of that dual-camera action you’ll still need to plump for an iPhone 8 Plus, which has had its sensors upgraded, and which also now offers the new Portrait Lighting when shooting those shots with the beautifully blurred background. You now get optical image stabilisation in both of the sensors, which should make a noticeable difference in real-world use. We didn't get to spend much time with the camera, but we'll report back when we have.
Thanks to the updated processor, fiddling with the Portrait Lighting in the app is quick and easy, so you can expect Instagram to soon be overloaded with these supercharged selfies.
The iPhone 8's camera has also been upgraded, but you still only get one sensor, and it remains a 12MP affair - albeit it will now apparently capture 83% more light.
Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus initial verdict
They might not come with Animojis but there’s a lot to love about Apple’s more affordable new iPhones.
There’s no edge-to-edge screen or Face ID, either, but opposable thumbs are one of the things that set humans apart from the animals, so it’s worth keeping them well worked and reminding them of that.
What the new iPhone 8 models do get is the new A11 Bionic processors and top-notch cameras (particularly where the 8 Plus is concerned), plus they’ll fit most of your iPhone 7 cases and accessories. Wireless charging is included here as it is on the iPhone X, and the new design sure does look pretty.
No, they're (probably) not going to be as good as the X overall, but if your bank account frowns at the thought of a RM4000+ smartphone, you won't go far wrong by picking up an 8 or 8 Plus. We'll have a full review for you very soon.