Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 8

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 8, which is powered by the same chip. 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
  • Has a 0.8 inch larger screen size
  • Comes with 870 mAh larger battery capacity: 2691 vs 1821 mAh
  • The rear camera has a 2x optical zoom
  • Shows 20% longer battery life (27:25 vs 22:48 hours)
  • 12% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (397K versus 356K)
  • Has 50% more RAM: 3GB versus 2GB
  • 23% higher pixel density (401 vs 326 PPI)
Reasons to consider the Apple iPhone 8
  • Better grip in hands – the body is 10.8 mm narrower
  • Weighs 54 grams less

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 4.7 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels 750 x 1334 pixels
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
PPI 401 ppi 326 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% 65.4%
Display tests
RGB color space 99.9% 99.9%
PWM Not detected Not detected
Response time 32 ms 22 ms
Contrast 1471:1 1373:1
Peak brightness test (auto)
620 nits
iPhone 8 +3%
640 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [3], [4]

Design and build

Height 158.4 mm (6.24 inches) 138.4 mm (5.45 inches)
Width 78.1 mm (3.07 inches) 67.3 mm (2.65 inches)
Thickness 7.5 mm (0.3 inches) 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 202 gramm (7.13 oz) 148 gramm (5.22 oz)
Waterproof IP67 IP67
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Silver, Gold, Gray Silver, Gold, Gray
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in home button Yes, in home button
Screen-to-body ratio
67.4%
65.4%

Performance

Tests of Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone 8 in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Apple A11 Bionic Apple A11 Bionic
Max. clock 2390 MHz 2100 MHz
CPU cores 6 (2 + 4) 6 (2 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.42 GHz: Mistral
- 2 cores at 2.39 GHz: Monsoon
- 4 cores at 1.42 GHz: Mistral
- 2 cores at 2.39 GHz: Monsoon
Lithography process 10 nanometers 10 nanometers
Graphics Apple GPU Apple GPU
FLOPS ~325 GFLOPS ~325 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 3 GB 2 GB
Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 256 GB 64, 256 GB
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Memory card No No

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
937
928
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
2500
2206
AnTuTu Benchmark 9
397170
356154
CPU 124988 121523
GPU 147976 110958
Memory 61076 44570
UX 66430 80000
Total score 397170 356154
3DMark Wild Life Performance
3419
3186
Stability 71% 62%
Graphics test 20 FPS 19 FPS
Graphics score 3419 3186
Sources: 3DMark [3], [4]

Software

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

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 2691 mAh 1821 mAh
Charge power 15 W 15 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging Yes, Qi (7.5 W) Yes, Qi (7.5 W)
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes (50% in 30 min) Yes (50% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:25 hr 1:15 hr
Battery life tests
Web browsing 08:56 hr 08:04 hr
Watching video 11:09 hr 08:37 hr
Gaming 04:25 hr 03:56 hr
Standby 102 hr 82 hr
General battery life
27:25 hr
22:48 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 Digital
Flash Quad LED Quad LED
Stabilization Optical Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (1080p) 240 FPS (1080p)
Lenses 2 (12 MP + 12 MP) 1 (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
-
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 8 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 5
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 16
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
80.1 dB

Other

Category Flagship Flagship
Announced September 2017 September 2017
Release date September 2017 September 2017
SAR (head) 0.94 W/kg 1.35 W/kg
SAR (body) 0.99 W/kg 1.36 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

These smartphones have a lot in common, but we would recommend the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. It has a better display, performance, battery life, and camera.

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