Apple iPhone 8 Plus

  • Screen: 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Colors: Silver, Gray, Gold
  • Camera: 12 MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 7 MP
  • OS: iOS 11
  • CPU: Hexa-core
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • IP67 certified (dust and water-resistant)
  • Fast charging & Wireless charging
  • 4K video recording
  • Fingerprint sensor, OIS


Apple iPhone 8 Plus in Kenya.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus price in Kenya is around Ksh.48,500 for 3GB Ram 64GB Internal Storage and Ksh.54.500 for 3GB Ram 256GB Internal Storage. It comes in four colors: Gold, Space Gray, Silver, Red.

The phone is the exact same design as iPhone 8, but bigger in size. It is the same size as iPhone 11 Pro Max, It still looks nice with the glass back and aluminum sides. Overall the phone will still feel premium but not as premium as the new iPhone 11 series and iPhone  12 series. 



Buying Decision in 2021: More Than 3 Year Later.

Performance and iOS 14

iOS 14 was launched with the iPhone 12 series, though it brings a lot of cool features it still has stability issues. Especially for older iPhones, iphone 8 plus included. As expected the first version of the software is never stable and comes with bugs. Probably by the time you are getting your iPhone 8 plus, iOS 14 will be stable. 

Apart from that, expect your phone to work well and better than iPhone 8. The combination of the Apple A11 Bionic chipset inside, the Apple software, and the 3GB Ram result in a great performance compared to even some of the new android phones. 

Battery: Common Pain Point. 

Since most of the Iphone 8 plus you will buy in 2021 and beyond will be pre-owned ones. Over the years, most of the complaints on pre-owned iPhones is battery life.  Originally the iPhone 8 Plus comes with a Li-Ion 2691 mAh, non-removable battery. By today’s standard, this is not impressive.  Expect it not to be 100%, probably 85% capacity. Though with a Fast charging 15W, it means you can refill it 50% in 30 min. This might be your biggest challenge. 



With iOS 14 you do get some extra camera features.


By today’s standards, the camera is still good for the most part, but don’t expect it to be as good as the new iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro Max. It is not the best camera by today’s standards but it will get the job done. 

Apple iPhone 8 Plus comes with a Double 12MP Camera setup. You get a 12MP Wide + 12MP Telephoto, 2X Optical Zoom.  The selfie camera is 7MP. 

Design and Build

You can not talk about the iPhone 8 Plus design without mentioning Apple iPhone SE 2020, which was released in 2020 with its exact same design except for the internal specs and size. The fact that in 2020, Apple decides to make the iphone SE 2020 with exact design validates what’s really important to most users. 


Apple iphone 8 Plus Features and Price in Kenya.

Below is a summary of Apple iphone 8 Plus features and specs. 



Apple iphone 8 Plus  Price in Kenya Ksh.48,500 for 3GB Ram 64GB Internal Storage 

Ksh.54.500 for 3GB Ram 256GB Internal Storage  

Body Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm

Weight: 202g

Build: Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame

Others:  IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)        

              Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

Display Type: Retina IPS LCD, 625 nits

Size: 5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2 (~67.4% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)

Protection: Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

Others: 3D Touch display & home button, True-tone

Platform OS: iOS 11, upgradable to iOS 14.2

Chipset: Apple A11 Bionic (10 nm)

Memory Internal: 64GB 3GB RAM, 256GB 3GB RAM
Main Camera Modules: 12MP 

Features: Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR

Video:  4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 

Selfie Camera Modules: 7MP Wide

Features:  Face detection, HDR, panorama

Video: 1080p@30fps

Battery Type: Li-Ion 1821 mAh, non-removable (6.96 Wh)

Charging: Fast charging 15W, 50% in 30 min. 

Others Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer. 


Why Buy Apple iPhone 8 Plus?: Buyer’s Guide Full.


Most of the time, what people really care about is the performance, what really works, and the Apple ecosystem. Buying a good iphone in Kenya in 2021, you have to do your due diligence. 

You will not find a new iPhone but you can get a Certified Refurbish. Most of the time, the only issue will be the Battery. So yeah iPhone 8 is still a good buy in 2021. Also at this price range, you have the likes of OnePlus Nord which is one of its best competitors released in 2020. 

That being said, the only reasons to buy an iphone 8 plus in 2021 are:

  1. Your budget is tight but you are already in the iphone ecosystem.
  2. You love the iPhone and it is the only iphone within your budget range.


If budget is not the issue here, buy a newer iphone like iphone SE 2020, iPhone Xs, or Xs Max. If you can go for iPhone 11 series and iPhone 12 series the better. 

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