iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with smaller batteries, sizes revealed


The Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with smaller sized batteries than earlier generation iPhones, and the iPhone 8 Plus in particular comes with the smallest battery ever used in a Plus-sized iPhone. The information comes from a listing of the new iPhones with Chinese regulator TENAA.

Interestingly, Apple says officially that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will last as long as previous iPhones and this is likely due to the more efficient Apple A11 Bionic chip.


Here are the newly-revealed iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus battery sizes:



So... what is the reason for those smaller battery sizes? Is it an attempt to make a thinner phone? Is it the new glass back and wireless charging that take up more space? We can only guess, but the reduced battery sizes are a fact.

Another curious detail that the listing confirms is the amount of RAM in the two new iPhones: 2GB of RAM in the iPhone 8 and 3GB of RAM in the iPhone 8 Plus.

This is far from the amount of RAM you get with most high-end Android phones that ship with 4GB or 6GB of the stuff, but keep in mind that Apple's iOS is a different architecture that is a little bit better in handling those resources.

source: TENAA via @OnLeaks

Related phones

iPhone 8
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1821 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone 8 Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2691 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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41 Comments

37. monoke

Posts: 1209; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

'Bro u can now quick charge to 50% in 30!' 'Now that's what I'm talking about! Apple kicking azz this year! ' 'Only thing tho yo... It is a 2675 mAh battery.' 'Doh!!!'

36. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

I've got a 3850 mah battery in my V10 right now. Its awesome...LOL!

34. preeins123

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 10, 2015

I think they reduced the battery to accommodate the Wireless charging and the glass back being thicker and heavier.

26. Sloiz

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 21, 2017

Simple reason: charge as much you can and give as little as you can.

21. Nopers unregistered

So many people crying about battery capacity. Let’s wait and see if there’s any effect on actual battery life first.

27. gigicoaste

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

You are missing the point. So what if will last the same as previous versions thanks to software and tech, why not to last longer??

17. terhesg

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

I'm sure they didn't sell enough of their ridiculously ugly battery case, so they cut off the battery sizes to improve the sales on it... More profit!

33. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1613; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Phones are designed the same so those old cases should fit the new smaller battery phones lol.

16. R0bert

Posts: 9; Member since: May 31, 2017

It can only be a thinner battery to make room for the QI induction coil for wireless charging, plus maybe a more robust battery with thicker separators, Samsung's experience with the note 7 will be a warning to everyone in the tech industry about the dangers of fast charging flimsy high capacity batteries.

31. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Note 7 fiasco is merely due to bad batteries rather than other things because, S7 Edge carries 3600Mah & wireless charging in a even smaller chassis. Also Note 8 with all the bells & whistles like 600mah more battery than iPhone 8 plus, wireless 'fast' charging, waccom digitizer, SPen, higher IPx8 rating, huge display & all weighs 195g compared to iPhone 8 Plus 202g of weight (no excuses there).

14. shield

Posts: 899; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

lol And iP X with 2900mAh or 3000mAh stupid iPhone.

20. Nopers unregistered

I doubt it. Apple stated the iPhone X will last 2 more hours than the iPhone 7 which is about what you’d get from the plus model so either Apple is underestimating and put in a huge battery of they’ve probably just put in a 2600 ish size.

11. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

Why in the world do 1xxxmAh batteries still exist in a flagship phone?

18. R0bert

Posts: 9; Member since: May 31, 2017

Because it's thin dammit! Glad its a trend that's being reversed.

35. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

Um...They don't. Apple phones are not flagship material in Android world.

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"So... what is the reason for those smaller battery sizes?" One word : courage.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No, this time it's "Bravery"

22. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They have enough courage now to admit the real reason behind this Greed.

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Greed? Blasphemy! You shall receive no mercy today!

28. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

NOMERCY!!! Lol

30. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Fffttthhhiiiss iiiffsss sPhhhharrrta!

3. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Its true , that processors are getting efficient every year . But it makes no sense. All the manufacturers are going backwards when it come to batterysize for sure . Ok . They dont want to increase it, but at least dont make it smaller. This is getting ridiculous. I mean it has been a common scenario for all the flagships this year . Very frustrating....

40. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not all. Look at LG compared to the past year.

2. Jacksie66 unregistered

Smaller batteries, no headphone jack, same tired design.. What the fűck is wrong with people buying apples shït. Consumerism at its finest..

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Don't forget they removed the finger print scanner in the iPhone X model and still they are going to buy it.

15. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The bais for Apple is going to be great his year. Small batteries, wack design and software full of gimmicks and fun tricks for teenagers. Watch how the media will find away to forgive them. A11 is the only impressive thing on the iPhones but speed ain’t everything. The X got just a new OLED screen and phonearena is going to give it a 10. Lol

25. gigicoaste

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

The display has ~458 ppi density while competitors are from 520 ppi up.. Still, as you said, for PA will be the best display.. just because Apple gives good money for nice "articles".

32. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Small battery but improved battery life, how?, optimization and new CPU architecture. Same design is better than ugly looking tall Note 8. People are not tired of it, they love it. No headphone jack is the future and people already look past that thing anyway. But didn't you see all the improvements like great CPU, GPU, New Cameras, True tone display, better front camera, wireless charging etc..? oh wait, you are one of those stupid retarded Samsung fanboys...lol

39. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, don't try so hard. We need to accept that Apple is trying to rip people off, even with the iPhone X....

1. notfair

Posts: 783; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

but why smaller batteries??? I want a phone to last as much as possible not as much the OEM thinks it's reasonably to last... i bet they did this to reduce the weight... such a shame...

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