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iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 7: Apple made some key changes

by Brandon Russell | September 12, 2017

Forgotten in the shuffle of the big iPhone X announcement is the new iPhone 8, which is the follow up to the iPhone 7 from last year, adding some sweet new upgrades.

Among the major additions the iPhone 8 receives is the glass back, wireless charging and the new A11 Bionic chip. Apple bypassed its trusty aluminum body for a glass panel finish, similar to the iPhone 4 from back in the day. This allowed the company to add wireless charging, a major feature iPhones have long been missing.

The iPhone 7 is a year old, compared to the iPhone 8, but it still holds its own. The A10 Fusion chip is still snappy, the aluminum build still feels premium and overall, it looks very similar the iPhone 8. Excluding the new glass back, Apple didn’t change the design at all.

Unless wireless charging is a deal breaker for you, it might be a better proposition to take up the iPhone 7 at its cheaper price tag that will save you a couple hundred bucks over the iPhone 8.

Check out the gallery and spec sheet down below for a side by side comparison between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7.

 

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Apple - iPhone 8 Apple - iPhone 7
Display Size 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi) 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi)
Resolution X 750 750
Resolution Y 1334 1334
Display Type Retina HD Display 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 2GB (unofficial) Unknown
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP camera
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
  • Touch ID
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • QZSS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 5.45 inches (13.84 cm) 5.44 inches (13.82 cm)
Width 2.65 inches (67.3 mm) 2.64 inches (67.1 mm)
Depth 0.29 inches (7.4 mm) 0.28 inches (7.1 mm)
Weight 5.22 oz (148 g) 4.87 oz (138 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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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...