Apple released iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in a recent event along with its flagship model, the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have subtle changes when compared with the predecessors. To make things easy for you, we are listing down the significant differences between the two plus size phones from Apple.
Design and Size!
If you thought that iPhone 7 Plus was bigger than its predecessor, then you better take a look at the specifications:
- iPhone 7 Plus = 158.2×77.9×7.3mm and weighing 188g
- iPhone 8 Plus = 158.4×78.1×7.5mm and weighing 202g
The increase in the weight of the new iPhone 8 Plus is due to the addition of the glass back, which not only improved the aesthetics but also helps in Qi charging (wireless charging). Furthermore, Apple claims that the glass body is tough when compared to other products released by the company.
However, the iPhone 8 Plus retains some of the features of the iPhone 7 Plus such as the IP67 rating and Aluminum 7000 series for the chassis.
Also, Apple has very knowingly made an increase in hardware and software which has given smoother interface and accessibility to high-battery and hardware taking apps like GarageBand and logic pro x. However, Apple increased the output of the volume on the iPhone 8 Plus by 25%. Many expected that the device would arrive with the traditional headphone jack apart from the USB-C port. They will be in for a disappointment, as Apple continues with USB-C port on its devices.
Apple at last introduced OLED in iPhone X. It accepted it lately when compared with that of the rivals, which have already introduced several models and are introducing new display technologies soon. However, it continued with the LCD panel like that of the predecessor on iPhone 8 Plus. The resolutions are:
- iPhone 8 Plus = 5.5-inch IPS LCD with 1920×1080 pixels at 401 ppi and 67.7% screen to body ratio
- iPhone 7 Plus = 5.5-inch IPS LCD with 1920×1080 pixels at 401 ppi and 67.7% screen to body ratio
Surprisingly, there was no tweaking to the contrast ratio either. However, Apple did introduce True Tone technology and is offering support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, as online video streaming sites are now offering the content in HDR.
The one region that iPhone 8 Plus takes over the control is the performance due to the improved motion processor, the new A11 Bionic chipset, and six-core graphics processor with 3GB of RAM. According to the claim by Apple, the device functions 70% faster than iPhone 7 Plus and consumes less power too!
Although the cameras on the devices look similar, the computational part is different. Apple added Image Signal Processing to the chipset to improve pixel processing, capture excellent pictures in low light conditions, and decrease noise reduction.
As you can see from the significant differences quoted here, only subtle changes are provided by Apple to the iPhone 8 Plus. It would be a disaster to upgrade to this device if you already own an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. Instead, it would be interesting to see how the flagship model, the iPhone X performs and then upgrade.