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iPhone 8 teardown reveals big upgrades under a familiar hood

From chips to charging, Asian suppliers provide an array of new technologies

The iPhone 8's overall appearance. The back panel is made of reinforced glass and, unlike previous models, there is no white antenna running along the panel. (All following photos are those of the iPhone 8, unless otherwise noted.)

TOKYO -- At first glance, Apple's new iPhone 8 series bears a strong resemblance to the American tech giant's earlier smartphones. But taking the cover off reveals some noteworthy tweaks and new technologies.

Both the iPhone 8, with its 4.7-inch display, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus cut a sleeker figure than their last-generation counterparts, sporting a case covered front and back in reinforced glass that melts seamlessly into a smooth, rounded edge. The iPhone 8's stainless steel frame costs less than half the previous model's $40-or-so aluminum alloy frame, even with the cost of the glass included. The larger model uses the same frame as its predecessor.

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