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Specs Comparison: iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 7 Plus




The much-anticipated launch of Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, along with the iPhone X and other Apple products began last September 12 at Steve Jobs Theater in California. By then, many people have said that the iPhone 7 Plus has an uncanny resemblance, like as if there’s no difference, to that of the iPhone 8 Plus (apart from the latter’s all-glass design). So what’s new here? Find out in our comparison.

The iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s 2016 version of, well, you guessed it, the iPhone. It sports a 5.5-inch Retina HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, a 64-bit Apple A10 Fusion chip, a 3GB RAM with 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB internal storage options, a dual 12MP rear camera setup, a 7MP front camera, and a 2900mAh battery capacity.

The iPhone 8 Plus is Apple’s latest offering that sports a 5.5-inch Retina display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 64-bit Apple A11 Bionic chip, a 3GB RAM with 64GB and 256GB internal storage options, a dual 12MP rear camera setup, a 7MP front camera, and a 2,675mAh battery capacity that supports wireless charging via Qi charger.

Here are their detailed specs:

iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 8 Plus
5.5-inch Retina HD display @ 1920×1080 pixels, 401ppi
5.5-inch Retina display @ 1920 x 1080 px, 401ppi
Force Touch, 3D TouchTrue Tone display, 3D Touch
64-bit Apple A10 Fusion chip 2.3GHz quad-core64-bit Apple A11 Bionic chip
PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics)Apple-designed three-core GPU
3GB RAM3GB RAM
32GB, 128GB internal storage64GB, 256GB internal storage
12MP 28mm f/1.8 + 12MP 56mm f/2.8 rear camera with OIS, six-element lens, flicker sensor, quad-LED TrueTone Flash
12MP f/1.8 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto rear cameras with OIS, Quad Tone Flash
7 MP f/2.2 front camera7 MP f/2.2 front camera with Portrait Lighting
4G LTE4G LTE
Nano-SIMNano-SIM
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 5.0
A-GPS, GLONASSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
Touch IDTouch ID
NFC (Apple Pay)NFC (Apple Pay)
IP67 certifiedIP67 certified
iOS 10 (upgradable to iOS11)iOS 11
2900mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery2,675mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery
-Wireless Charging (Qi Charger)
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
188 g202 g

Now, let’s find out the advantage/s of each smartphones:

iPhone 7 Plus
+ Bigger battery capacity

iPhone 8 Plus
+ True Tone display
+ 3D Touch
+ Wider telephoto rear cam aperture
+ Portrait Mode feature on its front camera
+ Apple-designed three-core GPU
+ Wireless charging
+ Bluetooth 5.0
+ Supports Galileo and QZSS for navigation

Let’s cut to the chase. Apple still retained its Retina HD display on both phones, however, the iPhone 8 Plus comes with the new True Tone technology which automatically adjusts the white balance of the screen in different lighting conditions.

Both the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus sport a dual 12MP rear cameras, but the latter has a wider sensor. Same goes for their front cam. Both phones have a 7MP front shooters but what set them apart is that the iPhone 8 Plus comes with a new feature in its Portrait Mode that allows users to create this bokeh/blurred backgrounds when taking selfies, and it also has a Portrait Lighting that create dramatic studio lighting effects.

For their internals, the iPhone 8 Plus takes the crown for this one as it is powered with the latest A11 Bionic chip which performs 70% faster with its four efficiency cores than the iPhone 7 Plus’ A10 Fusion chip. Apple has also introduced its own-made three-core GPU, which doesn’t have a name yet, that performs 30% faster than the iPhone 7 Plus’ PowerVR Series7XT Plus GPU. Apart from that, the iPhone 8 Plus will come with the latest iOS 11 out-of-the-box, but worry not, Apple mentioned that previous iPhone models, including the iPhone 7 Plus, will receive the new update by September 19.

Connectivity-wise, the iPhone 8 Plus gets a little bump-up with its Bluetooth 5.0 and additional Galileo and QZSS for navigation. The iPhone 7 Plus is powered with a much bigger 2900mAh battery than that of the iPhone 8 Plus’ 2675mAh battery but the latter supports wireless charging (which is a first for Apple) via the Qi charger.

To wrap it all up, there’s really not much difference between the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus. All of the iPhone 8 Plus’ new features are merely just improvements of the previous iPhone 7 Plus’. That’s why at first glance, the iPhone 8 will give you that vibe that it is just another iPhone 7 but not entirely a new iPhone model that will get you all hyped-up. But still, hats off to Apple for all the new improvements.

The iPhone 7 Plus is now priced at Php42,990 (32GB) and Php49,490 (128GB) at Power Mac Centers. The iPhone 8 Plus, on the other hand, will be available starting at USD799 (~Php40,100) and you can pre-order now at Widget City by clicking here.

So, how about you, guys? What are your thoughts on the new iPhone 8 Plus? Are you willing to buy it? Leave your comments down below.

 



Alyza is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. You can follow her at @tadboring.

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4 Responses

  1. pxlmap says:

    Correction: iPhone 7 Plus already has Portrait Mode. The only addition is the Portrait Lighting feature.
    Also, both phones have 3D Touch.
    You could verify it on Apple’s website. https://www.apple.com/iphone/compare/

  2. Toink says:

    The 256GB versions of iPhone 7/7+ are no more. Apple is now only offering 32 and 128GB of its versions. I have a feeling it’s because of the shortage of DRAM and the iPhones 8, 8+ and X takes priority. Besides a 256GB iPhone 7/7+ will compete with the 8/8+ market price-wise. Them 256GB 7/7+ are now hard to come by and re-sell value should stay higher.

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