Specs Comparison: iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7
It’s been ten years since the original iPhone was released, and now in 2017, Apple has made it to eight. As we do with every new generation of Apple mobile devices, the launch of the iPhone 8 begs the question – What has actually changed thus far, since last year’s iPhone 7?
Let’s take a look at how the two devices differ, starting with a side-by-side comparison of their specs.
|iPhone 7||iPhone 8|
|4.7-inch Retina display @ 1334 x 750 px, 326ppi||4.7-inch Retina display @ 1334 x 750 px, 326ppi|
|Force Touch||TrueTone, 3D Touch|
|Apple A10 Fusion chip||Apple A11 Bionic chip|
|32GB, 128GB, 256GB internal storage||64GB, 256GB internal storage|
|12MP f/1.8 rear camera with OIS, six-element lens, flicker sensor, quad-LED TrueTone Flash||12MP f/1.8 rear camera with Quad Tone Flash|
|7MP FaceTime Camera||7MP FaceTime Camera|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Single SIM (Nano)||Single SIM (Nano)|
|Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS|
|---||Qi Wireless Charging|
|Touch ID||Touch ID|
|Apple Pay||Apple Pay|
|IP67 Dust and Water Resistance||IP67 Dust and Water Resistance|
|Apple iOS 10 (Upgradeable to iOS 11)||Apple iOS 11|
|138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm||138.4 mm x 67.3 mm x 7.3mm|
|138 grams||148 grams|
|Stereo Speakers||Stereo Speakers|
|32GB – Php35,490 (from Php37,990)|
128GB – Php41,990 (from Php43,990)
|starting at USD699 (around Php35,700)|
Here is a quick summary of the advantages each iPhone holds against the other:
- Slightly lighter
- Cheaper, thanks to its now reduced price
- More storage configurations
- Newer, better A11 Bionic chipset
- Slightly bumped up connectivity capabilities
- Wireless charging
Now, the iPhone 8’s A11 Bionic chip, as we talked about here, is a big improvement over last generation’s A10. We get two additional cores to make a six-core chip, which includes two high-performance cores that are 25 percent faster than the A10, and four high-efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the A10. Also present is a new performance controller, which allows the chipset to utilize all six cores simultaneously for better multitasking. On the photography side of things, Apple’s latest image signal processor brings faster autofocus, better low light performance, hardware-level noise reduction, and real-time lighting effects for their Portrait Mode. Video performance also benefits from the chipset with a new video encoder that allows for higher frame rates, and real-time image and motion analysis.
The A11 chipset also has an integrated three-core GPU designed by Apple, which is a first. It claims a 30 percent increase in graphics performance over the A10 while being 50 percent more efficient. It is optimized for Apple’s Metal 2 graphics framework for better rendering, 3D gaming, and overall GPU acceleration. To add, it also gives the phone advanced augmented reality capabilities through Apple’s ARKit, and machine learning through CoreML and a dedicated neural engine.
Aside from the newly improved chipset, the iPhone 8 also has Bluetooth 5.0, which effectively doubles the speed and quadruples the range of Bluetooth 4.2, with lower power consumption. It also has added support for the QZSS and Galileo satellite navigation standards, for better location service performance in Japan and Europe, respectively.
The iPhone 8 is also among the first Apple devices to support the Qi wireless charging standard, which in turn will allow the device to be used with wireless charging docks from third-party manufacturers. This will also be good for wireless charging in general, as the popularity of iPhones can potentially cause a surge in adoption of the technology.
In summary, the verdict on this one kind of sits on the fence. One one hand, with the iPhone 8 you do get a brand new chipset with impressive new capabilities, as well as support for wireless charging. But if you don’t necessarily need these things, and want to save a sizable chunk of money, the iPhone 7 still holds up pretty well.
If you’re a first time iPhone buyer or upgrading from an older generation, then it may be worth your while to make the investment. But if you’re upgrading directly from the iPhone 7, the proverbial area gets sort of gray here. The net amount of changes on the iPhone 8 are somewhat minimal, considering that it’s an entirely new generation. The appearance of the device quite largely remains the same, while having some of its internals upgraded. Does that sound familiar? Is the iPhone 8 actually the iPhone 7s? I’ll let you decide for yourselves.