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Apple’s new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X are the latest devices to join the firm’s popular range of smartphones.

All of these new iPhones offer a number of advantages over their predecessors with improved low-light photography, sharper screens and the ability to charge them wirelessly.

The iPhone X also features a stunning 5.8-inch OLED edge-to-edge display which covers the entire front of the phone.

This not only gives the iPhone X a much-needed new look but also means you get a bigger screen in a device that’s physically smaller in your pocket.

Apple’s new smartphones have certainly raised the bar but one of the most important new features included on these latest smartphones has to be battery life.

Running out of charge is an annoyance that all smartphone owners have suffered but it seems this issue has been improved on these refreshed devices.

Express.co.uk has been testing both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus for the past few months and, putting them through a daily cycle of reading emails, checking social media and listening to hours of music via Bluetooth headphones, has left us seriously impressed.

Both the the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, on average, made it from 6am to 10pm (16 hours) with around 30-40 per cent of charge still in their tanks.

In fact, we’ve found you could get well into a second day without needing to go near a plug.

HERE’S HOW WE TESTED THE PHONES

• Each day, over the period of a month, we have removed the iPhones from their chargers at around 6am.

• Daily use has included listening to tracks via Apple Music on Bluetooth headphones for an average of 4-5 hours per day

• Push notifications have been on at all times with both devices getting regular updates from email, WhatsApp, Facebook and security camera alerts from Canary and Nest

• Both devices were also connected to an Apple Watch throughout the day

• Other regular use has included GPS mapping via CityMapper and Google Maps plus watching short video snippets on YouTube

• The camera was also used regularly throughout the test with many images then being retouched and uploaded to apps such as Instagram.

• The iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus were both running the latest version of iOS 11.

It’s worth noting that our tests haven’t included watching endless hours of video or playing games but, with average use, these are definitely the best iPhones for battery life Apple has ever made.

Apple announced at its iPhone keynote that power consumption was improved on these devices with the US tech giant confirming they last up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7.

It’s likely that these improvements have come via the new A11 Bionic processor which, is not only more powerful but much more efficient.

There is another bonus of owing these iPhones as they also charge much faster than previous Apple smartphones.

Sadly, Apple doesn’t include a fast charger in the box but this speedy boost can be performed via a MacBook adapter or certain Belkin and Mophie wireless docks.

We’re still waiting for the day when the iPhone will last for a week on a single charge but, until then, these new devices are certainly a huge improvement.

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