In Apple’s annual September event that took place in California, we were introduced to three new smartphones. Along with the new iPhone X, the natural successors of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus were released.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are expected to grace the market as from September 22, and they feature some significant advancements from their predecessors. Introducing the iPhone 8, Apple executive Phil Schiller said the device “improves on everything we love about the iPhone”.
If you have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and you are wondering how your device stacks up against these new releases, or if you are planning on buying an iPhone 7/ 7 Plus, read on.
What’s new in iPhone 8?
Apple has played a pretty safe game with both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, with all the changes going to iPhone X. The biggest visible difference is the glass back, which has replaced the 7000-seies aluminum used in iPhone 7. This was done in order to enable wireless charging, a new feature in the series.
The iPhone 8 uses an A11 Bionic chip, which Apple says is 25% faster than the A10 chip used in iPhone 7.
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As for the Camera, the 12MP f/1.8 used in iPhone 7 is maintained, but it now has better pixel processing, faster autofocus and hardware noise reduction.
Size & Weight
iPhone 8 is just slightly heavier at 148 grams, compared to 138 grams for the iPhone 7. It is also marginally thicker than iPhone 7.
What’s new in iPhone 8 Plus?
iPhone 8 plus features an all-new glass-backed design. Apple says the rear glass is the strongest glass in any smartphone, with a “50 percent deeper strengthening layer.”
Just like iPhone 8, the 8 Plus features Apple’s latest A11 Bionic chip and four high-efficiency cores that are about 70 times faster the A10 chip in iPhone 7 Plus. This chip also a more powerful M11 motion coprocessor.
Wireless charging is also available with the iPhone 8 plus, and it is based in the Qi standard. It will charge when placed on an inductive charging pad like the upcoming Apple Airpower mat, or using any third part wireless charging accessory.
Camera & Video Recording
iPhone 8 Plus has 4K video recording at up to 60 FPS, while iPhone 7 Plus has 4K video recording at 30 FPS.
The iPhone 8 Plus has a new Portrait Lighting mode that’ll launch in beta, and this adds a so-called ‘professional lighting’ look to your pictures.
Size and Weight
iPhone 8 Plus is just slightly heavier at 7.13 ounces, compared to 6.63 ounces for the iPhone 7 Plus. It is also marginally thicker than iPhone 7 Plus.
How do they compare in Pricing?
When it debuted in September 2016, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were going for approximately $30 dollars less than the new smartphones. The iPhone 8 kicks off at $699 for 32GB and $799 for 128GB. While the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799 for 64GB and $899 for 128GB.