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Hands-on with Apple's new red iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

How red is the new red? We take a look.

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How red is the new red? We take a look. 

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Apple announced new "Product Red" versions of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on Monday, April 9.

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The phones are part of the Product Red program, meaning that a portion of the profits from the sale of the devices goes to the Global Fund, a charitable organization that funds programs that combat HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Unlike the white-on-red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from last year, the new red iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models have a black front face. Here's an iPhone 7 Plus (upper right) and iPhone 8 Plus (lower left) for comparison.

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Another angle.

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The black front on the iPhone 8 makes a difference. The sides of the phones, however, have the same shade of red aluminum.

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The glass back on the 2018 models (iPhone 8 Plus, bottom right) is glossier than last year's aluminum backed models (iPhone 7 Plus, upper left), too.

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Can you tell the red iPhones apart? iPhone 8 Plus (left) and iPhone 7 Plus (right).

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Here are the iPhone 8 (left) and iPhone 8 Plus.

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If you had a case on the red iPhone, you might not know it's red.

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The red color is a bit different, too. It's... close to CNET red.

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The red iPhone 8 models are vivid.

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And definitely glossy.

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The color changes a bit depending on the light.

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It catches more reflections (and fingerprints).

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Next to Product Red Beats headphones and speakers, it's a darker tone.

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Apple offers Product Red models across its line.

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Against a red leather iPad sleeve.

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There is no red iPhone X at the present time. But you can get two new cases: The iPhone X Folio Case ($99, £99 or AU$145) and the iPhone X Silicone Case ($39, £39 or AU$59).

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Here's the Folio Case on the iPhone X. See, now it's red.

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The folio case, closed.

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The iPhone X leather folio case from the side.

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And the iPhone X case from the back.

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Side by side, the reds of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X case are pretty different.

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There are already plenty of red iPhone cases, though...

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...if you already have an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus or iPhone X.

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A side view of the red phone's sides and back.

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Another angle.

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This would look good on an iPhone X, but oh well.

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8 Plus, close up.

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And, the 8.

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But why doesn't the red iPhone have a red front?

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Who knows?

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A fully-red iPhone would look nice.

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Actually, all these red iPhones make us wonder what a blue iPhone would look like.

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Or green.

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Or purple. 

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