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iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Is it worthy to upgrade?

20 September 2017 5

On September 12th, Cupertino giant Apple wraps off the cover from the much awaited 10th anniversary iPhone X alongside the regular iterative variants iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Apple skipped the iPhone 7S lineup smartphones this year but instead jumped to iPhone 8 lineup.

Unfortunately this year Apple didn’t bring a drastic change in iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus but instead, the company’s main focus was the special edition iPhone X.

Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced we compare it head to head against its competitors available in the market. We already compared the latest iPhone X against a number of competitors, today we will check out what Apple iPhone 8 is bringing on board.

If you already own iPhone 7, should you grab iPhone 8 or not? Also whether these changes are worthy enough to get the latest iPhone 8?

67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3 mm
4.7 inches - 1334x750 px
67.1 x 138.3 x 7.1 mm
4.7 inches - 1334x750 px
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Design

The front-facing design of both iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are pretty much similar. Apple stuck to traditional thick bezels design that’s why Apple fans won’t find any change in front facing design. The iPhone 7 is available in a number of color variants including gray, Jet black, silver, rose gold and gold whereas the latest iPhone 8 can be grabbed in gold, silver and gray.

The iPhone 8 dimensions are 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm and it weighs 148g. As opposed to iPhone 8, the last year iPhone 7 measurements are 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm and it weighs 138g only. Despite having the similar display, the iPhone 8 is slightly larger and heavier. The obvious reason behind this change is the rear body. The iPhone 7 features an aluminum body whereas the iPhone 8 rear is covered with glass.

Another important reason behind the inclusion of glass rear is wireless charging support, this results in thicker and heavier device. Though Apple is claiming the rear glass on the iPhone 8 is the toughest glass ever used on any smartphone but still, it won’t be as sturdy as the aluminum case. Now it depends whether you go for wireless charging or not.

The iPhone 8 still retains Touch ID sensor under the home button. In case of iPhone X, Apple dropped this feature in favor of facial recognition feature Aka Face ID. Like its predecessor, the iPhone 8 is also IP67 certified smartphone which means it can be submerged under 1-meter water for not more than 30 minutes.

Apple claims the iPhone 8 audio capabilities are 25% better than the predecessor. However the device still doesn’t have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack but instead, the company opted for Lightning port.

Display

As I mentioned above Apple didn’t bring any drastic change in the design of iPhone 7 successor, same is the case in the display department.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 both have 4.7-inches IPS LCD display with screen resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels. Both the devices pixels density is 326 pixels per inch and the screen-to-body ratio is 65.6% which is significantly smaller than most of the flagships announced this year.

Despite not having OLED display panel like iPhone X, still, the iPhone 8 display is better thanks to the True tone tech which Apple introduced with iPad Pro. This technology ensures the perfect display balance after reacting with the environment.

Above all the iPhone 8 supports HDR10 as well as Dolby Vision. Now you can stream HDR content via Amazon video and Netflix. Unfortunately, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 contrast ratio is similar. So we can claim both display and design won’t be primary reasons to grab the latest iPhone 8.

Hardware

One of the most important aspect what Apple buyers consider before grabbing any new iPhone is its performance as opposed to its predecessors and competitors.

Without any doubt ahead of iPhone 8 lineup announcement, the last year iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remained on top as the fastest smartphones available in the market. Like always Apple introduced a new chipset with the new iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 is running on the Apple’s Hexacore A11 Bionic chipset accompanied with Hexacore GPU. The iPhone 8 has 2GB RAM like its predecessor.

It's good to see the new iPhone 8 will have same performance like its elder sibling as well as the special edition iPhone X. Although the iPhone 8 has lesser RAM it has the advantage of having the display with lower screen resolution and also it has single camera sensor on the rear side. We can claim performance won’t be significantly different amongst these devices.

The latest chipset according to Apple outclasses the predecessor in almost all sections. The high-performance cores of A11 SoC are 25% faster than A10 chipset, the high-efficiency cores are 70% faster than the predecessor. The new Graphic processing unit is 30% more efficient and also user will find this chipset 70% better during multitasking.

The A11 chipset Bionic part is useful for iPhone X because of Face ID feature but for the iPhone 8 users, it will help in the camera section.

Specs iPhone 8 iPhone 7
Display 4.7-inches 4.7-inches
Screen resolution 1334 x 750 pixels 1334 x 750 pixels
SoC A10 Fusion A11 Bionic
RAM 2GB 2GB
Storage 32/128GB Non Expandable 64/256GB Non Expandable
Rear camera 12MP with F/1.8 aperture and OIS 12MP with F/1.8 aperture and OIS
Front camera 7MP 7MP
Battery 1821mAh 1821mAh
OS iOS 11 iOS 11 rolling out
Camera

At the moment the iPhone 8 is the only Apple smartphone without dual rear cameras. Like design and display, most of the Apple iPhone 8 features are pretty much similar to the predecessor in a number of aspects at least on paper.

The iPhone 8 is featuring a wide-angle 12MP sensor with a f/1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization. The front-facing selfie camera is the 7MP lens with f/2.2 aperture. The iPhone 7 also has similar camera setup on both rear and front-facing side.

However, the Bionic part of the chipset what makes the iPhone 8 camera better. Apple claims latest Image Signal Processor (ISP) drastically improves the device photographic capabilities. The new ISP not only enhances the speed of autofocus during the low light but also the pixel processing power is much better.

The camera samples also confirm indeed the iPhone 8 camera setup has the significant upgrade because of new ISP. Last year Google Pixel and Pixel XL don't have the best camera lens but its image processing capability makes it the leader in the smartphones. It seems like Apple adopted the somewhat similar strategy of bringing the better ISP than the better camera lens.

Battery

As far as battery is a concern, Apple brought a new feature but they didn’t pay attention to enhance the battery life. Apple officially accepts the battery life of both iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 is similar. Unfortunately, despite removing the headphone jack, Apple didn’t bring a larger battery cell.

The new iPhone 8 supports wireless and fast charging. So if your device run out of the juice you don’t have to wait hours to completely charge it but instead, your device will go 0 to 100 in less than 2 hours. The iPhone 8 supports Qi-compatible wireless charging but the bad thing is it operates at just 7.5W when its rivals like Galaxy S8 operates at 15W.

Despite having native support for wireless charging Apple isn’t shipping fast chargers within the box but instead, the buyers will have to pay $49 extra to grab it. Not just that they will have to purchase Lightning to USB-C cable as well.

It's quite unfortunate to see if you want to use the fast charging feature on your iPhone 8 you will have to spend at least $75. On the other hand, all Android smartphones which support fast charging come with fast charger and cable straight out of the box.

However if you own iPhone 7 and also the iPad, you can charge your iPhone 7 quickly with iPad charger. Though it won’t be as fast as iPhone 8 fast charging still it saves you $75 bucks.

Storage And Price

The iPhone 7 base variant with 32GB storage is available for $549 whereas the top of the line variant has 128GB memory and it cost $649. The iPhone 8 base variant storage is 64GB and it cost $699 whereas the top of the line model is being offered with 256GB memory at $849.

The double storage straight out of the box will cost Apple buyers a significant amount, Apple already reduced the price tag of iPhone 7 by $100 which means the 128GB variant of iPhone 7 is $50 cheaper than iPhone 8 base variant with 64GB memory.

The iPhone 8 Plus base variant cost $100 more than iPhone 8 whereas the iPhone X is $300 more expensive than iPhone 8.

Conclusion

The iPhone X steal the spotlight because of its new ravishing design with ultra thin bezels but the iPhone 8 isn’t bringing that kind of upgrade in design, display, and battery.

Those who already owned iPhone 7 will find the iPhone 8 somewhat similar. The iPhone 8 major improvements are in storage, camera and performance section. The iPhone 8 fast charging is a fun feature but not bringing it straight out of the box sucked the joy of this feature. In our view, if you already own iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 is not worth upgradeable.

However, if you are new to Apple iPhone environment, you can consider iPhone 8 instead of iPhone X, all you need to compromise on Face ID, bezel-less display, and dual cameras. In reward, you can get iPhone 8 much earlier than iPhone X at $300 cheaper and also Touch ID instead Face ID.

Considering the latest trend the iPhone 8 isn’t bringing something luring in design, display, battery and camera section but instead, most Android fans might take it as one of the boring option available in the market.

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