iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Here’s everything that’s different

by Danny Zepeda | September 12, 2017

Apple today announced the iPhone 8 Plus, the sequel to the iPhone 7 Plus. Not much has changed, but there are a few key improvements Apple made to its latest plus-size iPhone.

The major changes Apple added is wireless charging, True Tone display and A11 Bionic chip. This adds extra functionality and usability to the newer iPhone 8 Plus, but that doesn’t mean it is better than the 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 Plus still stands strong after a year. Sure, the newest tech Apple has created is missing, but it is now cheaper too that offsets the comparison. In the end, the story is the same as it is with the smaller models (8 versus 7). Apple only incrementally upgraded this version of its iPhone.

Apple also opted to keep many of the same specs from year to year like the 3GB of RAM, 12MP dual camera (although there are some software upgrades with 8 Plus) and overall design.

It’s too early to declare a clear cut winner, but even for all of the improvements, it’s hard to chose the iPhone 8 Plus with the incremental upgrades over the still-impressive iPhone 7 Plus.

Check out the gallery and chart below for a better comparison between the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus.

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Apple - iPhone 8 Plus Apple - iPhone 7 Plus
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi) 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1080
Resolution Y 1920 1920
Display Type Retina HD Retina HD
Operating System iOS 11 (at launch) iOS 10 (at launch)
Processor A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 3GB (unofficial) Unknown
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
Secondary Camera (Front) 7MP 7MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 800, 1900, 2100
  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
  • GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (CDMA models only)
  • TD-SCDMA (CDMA models only)
  • FDD-LTE
  • GSM/EDGE
  • TD-LTE
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2
Battery N/A N/A
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • Lightning port
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Proximity
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Touch ID
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • QZSS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 6.24 inches (15.85 cm) 6.23 inches (15.82 cm)
Width 3.07 inches (78.0 mm) 3.07 inches (78.0 mm)
Depth 0.30 inches (7.6 mm) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm)
Weight 7.13 oz (202 g) 6.63 oz (188 g)
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black
Supported Audio Formats AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+) AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M‑JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

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Danny Zepeda

Danny's interest in writing began with tech, which influenced his career path in college. After graduating from Vanguard University, he began to...Danny's interest in writing began with tech, which influenced his career path in college. After graduating from Vanguard University, he began to...