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iPhone X vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Apple takes a monumental leap

by Danny Zepeda | September 12, 2017September 12, 2017 2:30 pm PDT

The iPhone X has arrived. How does it stack up against the iPhone 7 Plus? It blows it out of the water.

For comparison sake, we’re focusing on the 7 Plus as it was the main Apple flagship last year. Dating back to 2014, the iPhone 7 Plus is essentially the same phone that was introduced that year with the 6 Plus. It’s the same aluminum unibody, 5.5-inch LCD 1080p display, and overall feel.

So you can’t blame it for not standing much of a change against the iPhone X, including an OLED display, wireless charging, and Face ID. It is a monumental leap.

Apple truly made a statement with the iPhone X because frankly, it had to. Last year’s iPhone 7 Plus was just a incremental replacement for a bigger iPhone update coming down the road. That’s exactly what the iPhone X is.

You can compare both devices in the spec sheet down below.

Apple - iPhone X Apple - iPhone 7 Plus
Display Size 5.8-inch, 1125 x 2436 pixel display (463 ppi) 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 1125 1080
Resolution Y 2436 1920
Display Type Super 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
  • Face ID
  • Proximity
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • Galileo
  • QZSS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 5.65 inches (14.35 cm) 6.23 inches (15.82 cm)
Width 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) 3.07 inches (78.0 mm)
Depth .30 inches (7.6 mm) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm)
Weight 6.14 oz (174 g) 6.63 oz (188 g)
Colors Space Gray Silver 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

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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