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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus: What's different?

The iPhone 8 Plus comes with wireless charging, Portrait Lighting, and AR capable cameras.

  • Updated: September 13, 2017 12:02 PM IST
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Apple launched its revolutionary iPhone X last night, along with the next generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X hogged all the limelight with its new edge-to-edge display, and features like Face ID, and AI-inspired ‘Animoji’ among others. The next generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus may have not grabbed enough attention, but its upgrades are worth talking about. Here’s how the iPhone 8 Plus has changed in comparison to the iPhone 7 Plus.

Design and display

The iPhone 8 Plus’ design is one of the biggest changes when compared to the iPhone 7 Plus. Why so, because Apple has revived the glass design on the iPhone 8 Plus, which was last seen on the Apple iPhone 4S. Apple says that the glass on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 is the most durable ever on a smartphone. The antenna lines are also no longer visible on the rear panel, and are now placed on the sides. Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 Plus also features a 5.5-inch Retina HD display. But the iPhone 8 Plus has a TrueTone display, and a wider color gamut.

Processor, RAM and storage

As expected, the iPhone 8 Plus is more powerful than the iPhone 7 Plus with a new 64-bit A11 Bionic chipset under its hood. The A11 chipset has six cores out of which, two are high-performance cores, and four are efficiency cores. Apple says that the four efficiency cores and two performance cores are 70 percent and 25 percent faster than the A10 Fusion respectively. The accompanying GPU is also said to be 30 percent faster than the one on the A10 Fusion. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X launched and the internet has some funny reactions for the new Face ID feature

With the iPhone 7 series, Apple ditched the base 16GB variant, and this time the 32GB storage variant is the victim. The iPhone 8 Plus is available in only two storage variants of 64GB and 256GB. The in-between 128GB storage option is also no longer available. As for the RAM, there isn’t any increase and it remains at 3GB. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X India prices revealed: All you need to know

Camera

Apple wasn’t the first in the dual-camera scene, but it heavily popularized the DLSR-like bokeh feature with its Portrait Mode available on the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 8 Plus also sports a dual-camera setup which is a pair of 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto lens, of aperture f/1.8 and f/2.8 respectively. The dual cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus feature Optical Image Stabilization, and digital zoom up to 10x for photos and videos. ALSO READ: Apple TV 4K launched: Supports HDR, here are specifications and features

Portrait Mode on the iPhone 8 Plus still exists on the iPhone 8 Plus but with new features. The iPhone 8 Plus features what Apple calls Portrait Lighting, which uses facial detection and depth maps to capture photos. Portrait Lighting on the iPhone 8 Plus is still in beta mode.

The dual cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus also come with AR capabilities with each camera equipped for accurate motion tracking. With the A11 Bionic powering the iPhone 8 Plus, it can handle world tracking, scene recognition, deliver graphics at 60fps, with the image signal processor performing real-time lighting estimation.ALSO READ: Apple Watch Series 3 launched: Price, specifications and features

Battery

The iPhone 7 Plus is fueled by a 2,900mAh battery. As for the iPhone 8 Plus, Apple hasn’t specified the battery but it says that the power is about the same as the iPhone 7 Plus. The battery may have not received much upgrade, but the charging capability does. The iPhone 8 Plus features wireless charging support. Apple’s charging mat called AirPower lets you charge up to three devices at once including the Apple Watch and AirPods. The wireless charging on the iPhone 8 Plus is also compatible with existing Qi wireless chargers. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X India launch on November 3; prices start at Rs 89,000

Features Apple iPhone 8 Plus Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Display 5.5-inch Retina HD True Tone display 5.5-inch Retina HD display
Processor Apple A11 Bionic Apple A10 Fusion
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage 64GB/256GB 32GB/128GB/256GB
Rear Camera Dual 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel
Front Camera 7-megapixel 7-megapixel
Battery & Connectivity Wireless charging, Fingerprint scanner 2,900mAh/ Fingerprint scanner
Price $799 (approximately Rs 51,200) $669 (approximately Rs 42,900)

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  • Published Date: September 13, 2017 11:57 AM IST
  • Updated Date: September 13, 2017 12:02 PM IST