Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 7 Plus

Here we compared two flagship smartphones: the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 8 Plus (with Apple A11 Bionic) that was released on September 12, 2017, against the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, which is powered by Apple A10 Fusion and came out 12 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 8 Plus
  • Better camera quality (According to DxOMark rating)
  • Shows 12% longer battery life (27:25 vs 24:35 hours)
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v5)
  • Supports Qi wireless charging up to 7.5W
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • 29% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (397K versus 308K)
  • More energy-efficient CPU – Apple A11 Bionic
  • The phone is 1-year newer
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 7 Plus
  • Delivers 10% higher peak brightness (681 against 620 nits)

Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests

Display

Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
PPI 401 ppi 401 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
Max rated brightness 625 nits 625 nits
HDR support No No
Screen protection Tempered glass Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 67.4% 67.7%
Display tests
RGB color space 99.9% 99.9%
PWM Not detected Not detected
Response time 32 ms 26.5 ms
Contrast 1471:1 1591:1
Peak brightness test (auto)
620 nits
681 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 158.4 mm (6.24 inches) 158.2 mm (6.23 inches)
Width 78.1 mm (3.07 inches) 77.9 mm (3.07 inches)
Thickness 7.5 mm (0.3 inches) 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 202 gramm (7.13 oz) 188 gramm (6.63 oz)
Waterproof IP67 IP67
Rear material Glass Metal
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Silver, Gold, Gray Black, Silver, Gold, Red, Pink
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in home button Yes, in home button
Screen-to-body ratio

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone 7 Plus in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A11 Bionic Apple A10 Fusion
Max. clock 2390 MHz 2340 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 4 (2 + 2)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.42 GHz: Mistral
- 2 cores at 2.39 GHz: Monsoon
- 2 cores at 1.05 GHz: Zephyr
- 2 cores at 2.34 GHz: Hurricane
L3 cache - 4 MB
Lithography process 10 nanometers 16 nanometers
Graphics Apple GPU PowerVR GT7600
GPU clock - 900 MHz
FLOPS ~325 GFLOPS ~115 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 3 GB 3 GB
Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 256 GB 32, 128, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
2500
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
397170
308043
CPU 124988 94245
GPU 147976 95401
Memory 61076 48493
UX 66430 72324
Total score 397170 308043
3DMark Wild Life Performance
3419
Stability 71% 67%
Graphics test 20 FPS 15 FPS
Graphics score 3419 2645
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

Operating system iOS 11 (Can be upgraded to iOS 16.1.1) iOS 10 (Can be upgraded to iOS 15.7)
OS size 6 GB 12.5 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 2691 mAh 2900 mAh
Charge power 15 W 5 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi (7.5 W) No (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (50% in 30 min) No
Full charging time 1:25 hr 4:01 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 08:56 hr 08:41 hr
Watching video 11:09 hr 07:34 hr
Gaming 04:25 hr 04:42 hr
Standby 102 hr 97 hr
General battery life
27:25 hr
24:35 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4032 x 3024 4032 x 3024
Zoom Optical, 2x Optical, 2x
Flash Quad LED Quad LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 30FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (720p)
Lenses 2 (12 MP + 12 MP) 2 (12 MP + 12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Pixel size: 1.22 micron
- Sensor: 1/3", Apple iSight Camera (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Telephoto lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Focal length: 57 mm
- Phase autofocus
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Focal length: 56 mm
- Sensor: 1/3.6" (BSI CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
- Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- RAW support
Samples Photo samples of Apple iPhone 8 Plus from DxOMark Photo samples of Apple iPhone 7 Plus from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 7 megapixels 7 megapixels
Image resolution 3088 x 2320 3088 x 2320
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.2
Focal length 32 mm 32 mm
Pixel size 1 microns 1 microns
Sensor type BSI CMOS BSI CMOS
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
Video quality
Generic camera score

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 4.2
Bluetooth features LE, A2DP LE, A2DP
USB type No No
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
NFC* Yes Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 1 1
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* No No
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 16 12
5G support No No

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo
Headphone audio jack No No
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
80.1 dB
81.4 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced September 2017 September 2016
Release date September 2017 September 2016
SAR (head) 0.94 W/kg 1.24 W/kg
SAR (body) 0.99 W/kg 1 W/kg
Sensors - Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is definitely a better buy.

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