iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 7 Plus

Natural progression

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.

Meet the A11 Bionic processor

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.

 

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Capacity1 64GB
256GB
32GB
128GB
256GB

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 (3.07 inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 188 grams (6.63 ounces)

Splash, Water and Dust Resistant3 Yes Yes

Chip A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
A10 chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 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 wide-angle and telephoto cameras

Wide-angle f/1.8 aperture; telephoto; f/2.8

Optical image stabilisation

Optical zoom at 2x: Digital Zoom up to 10x

Live Photos with stabilisation

Quad-LED True Tone flash

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

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
 
7-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Retina Flash

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

1080p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Face detection

Burst mode

Exposure control

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