iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 6s Plus

What a difference two years’ makes

Two years is a long time in the development of iPhones. iPhone 6s Plus was launched in September 2017 and, just two years later, iPhone 8 Plus can already be seen to be leaving it behind in performance and hardware.

For starters, iPhone 8 Plus now has dual 12 megapixel cameras, working together to offer 2X optical zoom and some neat special effects. They also perform much better in low light. iPhone 8 Plus also boasts wireless charging, a True Tone display that adjusts colours to compensate for the ambient lighting, and is water and dust resistant.

Likewise, iPhone 8 Plus benefits from Apple’s new A11 Bionic processor. With 6 cores working together, you’ll enjoy a smoother gaming experience than ever. It’s also more efficient than the A9 featured in iPhone 6s Plus – so you’ll get about an hour longer between charges. Added to that, iPhone 8 Plus now has the ability to charge more quickly – up to 50% in 30 minutes.

The old favourite or the new challenger?

iPhone 6s Plus still has plenty going for it of course. It’s still a stylish large format phone with a 12-megapixel camera, decent processor and Apple’s easy-to-use operating system. It also has a 3mm headphone jack, which will suit those who prefer traditional wired headphones. Some even may prefer the aluminium build of iPhone 6s Plus – but iPhone 8 Plus (which has a glass back, partly to support wireless charging) can clearly boast many great improvements that make it a joy to use.

 

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Capacity1 64GB
256GB
16GB
64GB
128GB

Display Retina HD display with 3D Touch
5.5 inches (diagonal)
1920x1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
Retina display 
5.5 inches (diagonal)
1920x1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi

Size and Weight2 Height 158.4 mm (6.24 inches)
Width 78.1 mm (3.07inches)
Depth 7.5 mm (0.30 inches)
Weight 202 grams (7.13 ounces)
Height 158.2 mm (6.23 inches)
Width 77.9 mm (3.07inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 192 grams (6.77 ounces)

Splash, Water and Dust Resistant3 Yes -

Chip A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M9 motion coprocessor
 

Camera 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras

Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture Telephoto: f/2.8 aperture

Optical image stabilisation

Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Exposure control

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

Portrait mode

Portrait Lighting (beta)
 
12MP camera

f/2.2 aperture

Optical image stabilisation

Digital Zoom up to 5x

Live Photos with stabilisation

True Tone flash

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Exposure control 

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

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Video recording 4K video recording at 24 fps,  30 fps or 60fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

Optical image stabilisation for video

Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 6x

Quad-LED True Tone flash

Cinematic video stabilisation

Continuous autofocus video

Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Time-lapse video with stabilisation

Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Playback zoom
 
4K video recording at 30 fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

Optical image stabilisation for video

Digital zoom up to 3x

True Tone flash

Cinematic video stabilisation

Continuous autofocus video

Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Time-lapse video with stabilisation

Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Playback zoom
 

FaceTime HD Camera 7-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Retina Flash

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

1080p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Body and Face detection

Burst mode

Exposure control

Portrait mode

Portrait Lighting (beta)

Animoji
 
5-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Retina Flash

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720p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Face detection

Burst mode

Exposure control

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