Not too sure if this is true but still dont see anything much special. The cost is another issue. Well we will see when the launch is official.
The public reception to it would be the best judge. From the iphone 7 onwards resale price of newly release iphone has been on a drop due to a lack of demand. Frankly the only one's whom want it so desperately now are probably the rich indians and chinese whose iphone release are a little later.
The mockup of the iPhone 8 is reportedly based on actual finalized schematics.