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 Plus||iPhone 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 Touch||True Tone display, 3D Touch|
|64-bit Apple A10 Fusion chip 2.3GHz quad-core||64-bit Apple A11 Bionic chip|
|PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics)||Apple-designed three-core GPU|
|3GB RAM||3GB RAM|
|32GB, 128GB internal storage||64GB, 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 camera||7 MP f/2.2 front camera with Portrait Lighting|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5.0|
|A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS|
|Touch ID||Touch ID|
|NFC (Apple Pay)||NFC (Apple Pay)|
|IP67 certified||IP67 certified|
|iOS 10 (upgradable to iOS11)||iOS 11|
|2900mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery||2,675mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery|
|-||Wireless Charging (Qi Charger)|
|158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm||158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm|
|188 g||202 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.