Which one is best for you?
iPhone 8 Plus is the successor to iPhone 7 Plus – similar in looks, but with a number of upgrades that will delight Apple fans. iPhone 8 Plus keeps the familiar home button and the screen looks pretty similar to what we’ve seen before – though it now has True Tone capability, adjusting colours to stay looking natural in different lights. The back of the phone, however, is now glass instead of aluminium. This, Apple assures us, is the toughest ever featured in one of their devices – so the phone has more chance of surviving drops.
The glass back also enables iPhone 8 Plus to feature a new wireless charging system. It’s compatible with Qi wireless charging points that can be found in many airports and hotels, and is already being incorporated into furniture by some manufacturers. A cool feature of Apple’s own charging pads is that you can see the charging status of your Apple Watch and AirPods on the screen of your iPhone Plus alongside its own status.
iPhone 8 Plus also benefits from Apple’s new A11 Bionic processor. With 6 cores working together, you’ll enjoy a smoother gaming experience than ever. As for battery life, it’s on a par with iPhone 7 Plus, but now has the ability to charge more quickly – up to 50% in 30 minutes. Another neat new feature is the Portrait Lighting mode, which can pick out the subject of a selfie and add some really cool lighting effects – including blurring out the background.
All new editions are nice to have – but might not make you rush out and trade in your iPhone 7 Plus for the newer model. If you’re looking to upgrade from an earlier model though, iPhone 8 has some nifty new features to recommend it.
iPhone 8 Plus
Take pictures like a pro with a dual lens main camera – or use lighting effects to create artistic selfies in Portrait Mode
Love gaming and video? Get more from your phone with a 5.5-inch display
Have peace of mind – iPhone 8 Plus has the most durable glass ever used previously
Don’t wait to do what you love on your phone – with the fast six-core A11 chip
iPhone 7 Plus
Take pictures like a pro with a dual lens main camera that can capture the subject in the foreground and blur the background
Do what you love for longer, thanks to longer battery life than any previous iPhone
Express yourself and match your phone to your outfit with a choice of four colours
Relax, and use your phone without a worry, with its splash and water resistant design
|Name||iPhone 8 Plus||iPhone 7 Plus|
Buy the iPhone 8 Plus
Buy the iPhone 7 Plus
||5.5 inches (diagonal)|
|Size and weight||
Height: 158.4 mm
Width: 78.1 mm
Depth: 7.5 mm
Weight: 202 grams
Height: 158.2 mm
Width: 77.9 mm
Depth: 7.3 mm
Weight: 188 grams
|Rear camera||12 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras||
12 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
|Front camera||7 MP||
4K video recording
4K video recording at 30 fps
A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
A10 fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 motion coprocessor
|Battery||2691 mAh||2900 mAh|
|Splash, water and dust resistant||Yes||Yes|
|Buy now||Buy the iPhone 8 Plus||Buy the iPhone 7 Plus|