It is a tricky time for Apple fans. The latest and greatest iPhone X has been delayed, and the iPhone 8 fails to impress. Those who are rocking a predecessor and wondering if this would warrant an upgrade are largely left hanging. So let's do something about it, by comparing the bigger ones of the two series. This is Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs the iPhone 7 Plus.
Design: The two phones unsurprisingly remain identical. The 8 Plus is a bit heavier in the hand, because of the glass back. But the 7 Plus feels just as substantial in the hand when held without comparison.
The button placement is exactly the same, and the 8 Plus is a little bit more slippery because of its choice of materials. Though I prefer a matte metal finish on my device, I like the iPhone 8's approach too. Both phones are very premium devices regardless of what you choose.
Displays: Both these phones have a 5.5-inch 1080p Retina IPS LCD panel, at 401 PPI. Although the color calibration and the white points remain pretty much the same on both, the iPhone 8 Plus supports true tone display. I loved having this feature on the iPads. It basically adjusts the screen tone depending on the atmosphere around it, it's pretty dope.
Though you won't notice a staggering difference between before and after, its always nice to have some adaptive, context-aware color correction on board your flagship!
Performance: Okay, here is a place where you might see some noticeable upgrades! The new A11 Bionic chipset is a monster in its own league! It is even more powerful than the jaw-dropping silicon, the A10 Fusion on the 7 Plus. It scores more in GeekBench 4 than the PC on which I typed this article on did! That definitely puts it on some sort of list.
One might ask, what is the point of having such an insane CPU in a frigging smartphone, which will mostly be used for taking some duck-faced selfies in the mirror? Well, you would be correct. We may not need all that horsepower immediately, but after 2 or 3 years, this phone will still be a relevant option at a lower price.
It's Apple's way of keeping their phones on the store shelves for longer. And it seems to be working.
Another great advantage of that A11 CPU is the advancements made in ARKit. Apple's software-based augmented reality suite is a lot more fluid than Google's hardware dependent and buggy Project Tango, on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the Asus Zenfone AR.
Cameras: Both phones have nearly same camera specs. But the iPhone 8 Plus benefits from a more efficient CPU. The saturation has been boosted by a little on the 8 Plus and also low light performance sees a slight improvement.
The major improvements are done in the video department. The iPhone 8 Plus can record 4K videos at an eye-popping 60 FPS! Also, it can record 1080p Slo-Mo at 240 FPS. This smartphone beats most professional cameras when it comes to raw frame rates. You'll miss out on these juicy new things on the iPhone 7 Plus.
Also, Apple is using a newer standard of data compression format. It is called as HEVC. It will use the new H.265 compression for image and video files. Awesome! Never thought I would use that word again with an iPhone.
Batteries: The iPhone 8 Plus has a smaller battery than its predecessor. But the battery life seems to be about the same. In some cases, people have reported that it is substantially better than their 7 Plus and some others say it's not as good.
The thing is, battery life is completely dependent on how you use the device. In my observation, the more efficient A11 chipset ensures slightly better run-times than the 7 Plus battery.
Also, there is fast charging and wireless charging supported. Ignoring the recent issues of the swelling batteries, you are not missing out on too much with the 7 Plus. The fast charger has to be purchased by paying extra, which most people will not buy.
Final Verdict: Okay then, what do I think about the "upgrades" on the 8 Plus? I think, if you already have a 7 Plus, skip this one. Wait for the X if you must, or check out some deliciously tempting offerings from the Android realm.
However, if you have something older than an iPhone 6s, or maybe you never had an iPhone before and want to try them out, the iPhone 8 Plus is without a doubt, the best phone Apple makes right now.
What did you think of this comparison? Did I miss something you wanted me to cover? Do you agree/disagree with my verdict, let me know in the comments down below.
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