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iPhone 8 plus vs iPhone 7 plus: Should you upgrade?

13 September 2017 5

Apple took the stage on September 12th to officially unveil their much-awaited flagships iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the special 10th anniversary iPhone X. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are successor variants of last year iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Ahead of the announcement, Apple fans were expecting Apple could release iPhone 7S variants this year but the company took a big leap and unveiled iPhone 8 lineup.

As expected the new iPhone 8 lineup devices are iterative models with cosmetic changes. The main upgrade is under the hood for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. This year Apple's primary product isn't the phablet iPhone 8 Plus but instead, the company's focus is the special edition variant iPhone X which brings all luxuries what you can expect from a premium flagship smartphone from Cupertino giant. Like always, whenever a new flagship smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know how well it will compete against its rivalries and what kind of changes it is bringing over its predecessor

We already compared the latest iPhone X against iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8. Now we will check out what kind of changes new iPhone 8 Plus is bringing over the predecessor iPhone 7 Plus. We are hopeful this comparison will help you decide whether you should upgrade to the iPhone 8 Plus if you already own iPhone 7 Plus or not. Starting with the design as it is the first thing buyers consider while grabbing a new smartphone.

78.1 x 158.4 x 7.5 mm
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77.9 x 158.2 x 7.3 mm
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Design

Last year Apple didn't try to innovate the design but instead, they opted a winning formula of unibody metal design. The iPhone 7 Plus overall footprint were pretty much similar to the iPhone 6S Plus. This year once again Apple didn't try to bring something extraordinary in the design department, the form-factor remains same like the predecessor. This year Apple introduced a glass rear body which according to the company is the most durable glass ever used on any smartphone.

The rear side is adorned with horizontal dual rear cameras with dual LED flashlight. Up front, it has traditional thick bezels with the physical home button under with TouchID is embedded. The Edges around the corners are round so that device can be grabbed easily single handily.

The iPhone 7 Plus features the 7000-series aluminum for the chassis and rear side. One of the major reason behind switching to the glass rear body for the iPhone 8 Plus is the inclusion of wireless charging. The iPhone 7 Plus was the first Apple smartphone with IP67 ratings, same is the case with this year iPhone 8 Plus as well.

Last year iPhone 7 Plus didn't feature traditional 3.5mm headphone jack but instead, the company brought Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle, this year once again iPhone 8 Plus comes with a dongle instead of the headphone jack. The iPhone 7 Plus dimensions are 158.24x77.98x7.37 mm and it weighs 188g whereas the iPhone 8 Plus measurements are 158.50x77.98x7.62 mm, due to glass rear it is slightly heavier at 202 grams.

Display

The iPhone 7 Plus was the Apple's first smartphone with Full HD screen resolution. The iPhone 7 Plus is featuring a 5.5-inches LCD display panel with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display pixels density is 401 pixels per inch. It's an average display considering most of the premium smartphones available in the market features QuadHD display panels. The LCD panel not only requires more energy to operate but also it isn't as vibrant as OLED panel.

This year OLED display panel is exclusive for the iPhone X only. The display panel on the iPhone 8 Plus is exactly similar to predecessor with same screen resolution and pixels density.

Hardware

Being the latest flagship phablet, the iPhone 8 has added advantage. The iPhone 7 Plus was packed with the top tier hardware of that time which surely isn't as fast as the latest chipset from Apple. Last year iPhone 7 Plus was featuring the Quad-core A10 Fusion chipset with 3GB RAM. The device is available in three memory configurations including 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The built-in storage isn't expandable via MicroSD card.

The new iPhone 8 is powered up by the company's latest Hexa core A11 Bionic chipset with 3GB RAM. The base variant storage is now 64GB whereas the top tier variant has 256GB memory. According to the Apple, this chipset features in-built neural engine which makes it the smartest and most powerful chipset available in the market. Apple also claims the device multi-core performance will be 70% better than its predecessor. Also, the new chipset GPU performance is 30% better than last year. So we can expect a better AR and gaming experience overall.

The iPhone 8 Plus is pre-installed with the latest iOS 11 but the good thing is Apple will kick off rolling the latest iOS 11 for the iPhone 7 Plus owners as well by the end of this month. In a month both the devices will be on same firmware version.

Specs Apple iPhone 8 Plus Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Display 5.5-inches LCD 5.5-inches LCD
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
SoC A10 Fusion A11 Bionic
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage 32/128/256GB 64/256GB
Rear camera Dual 12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 7MP 7MP
Battery --- fast charging + wireless charging 2,900mAh
IP67 Yes Yes

Camera

The iPhone 7 Plus is featuring a dual camera setup on the rear side. The primary sensor is a normal sensor with an aperture size of f/1.8 whereas its secondary sensor is a telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4. The device is pretty good in capturing long distance images thanks to its zooming capabilities. The primary sensor has optical image stabilization. The device provides awesome portrait mode, however on the move results of the secondary sensor were not top-notch. It was one of the best cameras but soon the Pixel lineup single camera sensor outclass the iPhone 7 Plus dual rear camera setup. The front facing selfie captured is a 7MP sensor.

The iPhone 8 is also packed with dual rear cameras. However, the sensors remain similar 12MP. However its pixel processing power is also improved, autofocus speed is much better on the iPhone 8 Plus. The results on the iPhone 8 Plus aren't drastically better. However, there is new Portrait Lighting mode which is in beta mode. This mode allows the user to have studio level ‘professional lighting’ during capturing images. Up front, the selfie snapper remains at 7MP. The rear snappers on both the devices capable to capture videos in 4K quality

Battery

The new A11 Bionic chipset is manufactured using 10nm FinFet process, So the iPhone 8 Plus owners will have better battery life as opposed to the predecessor. The iPhone 7 Plus is light up by a 2,900mAh cell but it doesn't wireless charging. However, for this year iPhone 8 Plus Apple introduced wireless charging as well as fast charging which according to the company will charge the device from 0 to 100 in sixty minutes. The battery cell on iPhone 8 Plus is in dark but most probably it will be similar to predecessor.

The iPhone 7 Plus was announced last year that's why it is now available at much-discounted price tag of $669 for the base variant with 32GB storage, in case of more storage you will have to pay extra bucks. For the UK region, the device is £699. In Australia, the iPhone 7 Plus cost AU$1,049.

Being the latest phablet the iPhone 8 Plus base variant will be available for $799. In the UK, the device will cost £799. The Australian customers will have to pay AU$1,229. The device will be up for pre-orders on September 15th with a release from September 22nd. The iPhone 8 will be available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray colors.

Conclusion

The new iPhone 8 Plus isn't bringing any significant change in design except the glass covering the rear side. The dual cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are slightly better than the predecessor. The display panel on both the devices remains similar, however, the most highlighted change is the latest Chipset which according to the company is quite efficient. In our view, if you already own iPhone 7 Plus and looking forward to grabbing the iPhone 8 Plus, the difference amongst the devices isn't significant. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the latest iPhone 8 Plus and predecessor iPhone 7 Plus. Would you like to upgrade to the latest iPhone 8 Plus or not. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons in coming days.

(last update 15 June 2018 @ 19:43)

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