táo bị cắn ’s biggest new iPhone has arrived, but with an unfamiliar name. While the iPhone X has taken all the attention, apple also launched the iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus - subtle upgrades of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but without the expected ‘S’ moniker. So is the iPhone 8 Plus really a whole number better than its predecessor?

Tell help you decide, here are the biggest differences between the iPhone 8 Plus & the iPhone 7 Plus…

Design & kích cỡ - Bigger & More Fragile

Thought the iPhone 7 Plus was too big for a 5.5-inch smartphone? Well the iPhone 8 Plus is slightly taller, wider, thicker và noticeably heavier:

iPhone 8 Plus - 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm (6.28 x 3.07 x 0.32 in) and 202g (7.13 oz)
iPhone 7 Plus - 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in) và 188g (6.63 oz)

The reason for this weight gain (which is also 17.5% heavier than the original iPhone 6 Plus thiết kế it is based on) is the return of glass. Not seen since the iPhone 4S in 2011, all Apple’s new iPhones have glass backs rather than aluminium so they can support wireless charging (more in the Battery Life section).

If you don’t care about wireless charging then the change is unlikely to be welcome, despite táo khuyết claiming it is the toughest glass ever fitted to an iPhone. The bottom line is glass cracks, aluminium does not.

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Glass backs add vulnerability & weight of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but they bởi bring... <+> wireless charging

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On the flipside the iPhone 8 Plus retains the other key durability features of the iPhone 7 Plus: iP67 water và dust resistance (allowing for full submersion in up lớn 1 metre of water for 30 minutes) and rigid Series 7000 Aluminium for its internal chassis. In addition the iPhone 8 Plus has 25% louder external stereo speakers.

Fans hoping the iPhone 8 Plus would see a return for the tai nghe jack and the inclusion of universal USB-C charging will be disappointed though. The latter is still absent & Lighting remains Apple’s (proprietary) port of choice - it was always going khổng lồ be so.

iPhone 8 và iPhone 8 Plus are IP67 dust and water resistant just like the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7... <+> Plus

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When it comes to lớn colour options, the iPhone 8 Plus drops the iPhone 7 Plus’ rose gold và jet đen colour options in favour of Gold & Black (glass is already shiny). Space Gray also returns but (Product)Red drops out for now.

All in all there really is very little thiết kế improvement in the iPhone 8 Plus over the iPhone 7 Plus (an iPhone X scale overhaul this is not) and the glass back will be polarising.

Displays - Old Dog, New Tricks

Apple finally embraced OLED with the iPhone X (at a price), but the iPhone 8 Plus sticks with both the LCD panel of its predecessor & a matching resolution:

iPhone 8 Plus - 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), 67.7% screen-to-body ratio iPhone 7 Plus - 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), 67.7% screen-to-body ratio

Surprisingly hãng apple has not made its customary contrast ratio improvements this year either with the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus sharing the same 1300:1 rating, which is lower than the 1400:1 of the iPhone 8 & iPhone 7. That said there are two notable upgrades.

Firstly the iPhone 8 Plus adds support for ‘True Tone’ giải pháp công nghệ which táo bị cắn first launched with the ipad Pro range. True Tone balances the display against environmental lighting so colours are always accurate at all times. Secondly there’s HDR tư vấn for both Dolby Vision và HDR10 standards which is great given HDR nội dung is flooding Netflix, Amazon clip and iTunes.

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Performance - The Big Boost

Where the iPhone 8 Plus really shines against the iPhone 7 Plus, however, is performance.

iPhone 8 Plus - táo apple A11 Bionic chipset: Six core CPU, Six chip core GPU, M11 motion coprocessor, 3GB RAM iPhone 7 Plus - táo khuyết A10 Fusion chipset: Quad bộ vi xử lý core CPU, Six core GPU, M10 motion coprocessor, 3GB RAM

Apple claims the A11 chip delivers 70% faster multitasking (great given users swap between apps constantly), 30% faster graphics và 25% faster peak CPU performance. In addition táo khuyết says the iPhone 8 Plus is 70% faster than the iPhone 7 Plus in low power nguồn mode.

These are serious upgrades, especially considering the A10 chipset in the year old iPhone 7 Plus is still faster than any app android rival today. Of course the counterpoint is whether you need such an upgrade, but nevertheless it is extremely impressive.

Cameras - Physically Similar, Computationally Different

Look at the iPhone 8 Plus camera specifications and you won’t be impressed. Lượt thích the iPhone 7 Plus it retains the same 12 megapixel dual cameras on the back with an f/1.8 wide-angle sensor và slow f/2.8 telephoto sensor (for 2x optical zoom) plus a 7 megapixel, f/2.2 sensor on the front.

And yet you should expect a significant tăng cấp in photo and video clip quality.

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Why? Because điện thoại thông minh photography is increasingly about the chất lượng of computational image processing rather than the physical hardware. Google’s Pixels took the điện thoại cảm ứng camera crown in 2016 (and arguably still hold them in 2017) despite inferior hardware thanks lớn superior image processing.

And here is where the A11 Bionic steps in. Apple’s new cpu is the first khổng lồ have a dedicated Apple-designed ISP (Image Signal Processor) built-in lớn greatly improve pixel processing, deliver faster low-light autofocus và better noise reduction.

Apple claims the iPhone 8 Plus camera will be a major step up from the iPhone 7 Plus & early signs are encouraging. Whether it does enough lớn catch up with rivals or keep pace with the iPhone X (which has a faster, OIS telephoto lens) remains khổng lồ be seen.

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Battery Life & Charging - Stamina Stagnation, Charging Revelation

Battery life on Apple’s iPhone Plus range has always been superb so it is not the over of the world that the iPhone 8 Plus delivers no tangible nâng cấp on the staying power nguồn of the iPhone 7 Plus. Even if it is a surprise given the greater efficiency of the A11 (hint: apple reduced the iPhone 8’s battery capacity).

Then again what the iPhone 8 Plus does vì is dramatically change how it charges. For starters táo bị cắn dở has finally brought fast charging lớn the iPhone range, delivering up to một nửa charge in just 30 minutes. On đứng đầu of this the controversial glass back enables hãng apple to support Qi-wireless charging for the first time.

Unfortunately, however, there are significant caveats lớn both of these upgrades. With wired charging táo apple does not include a fast charger in the box & its optional quick chargers are expensive & don’t include a cable (which is a different standard to lớn the bundled one). Meanwhile wireless charging only works at 5W when Qi typically works at 7W and even has a fast 15W standard supported by rivals such as Samsung.

I suspect Apple’s upcoming ‘AirPower’ wireless standard will improve power nguồn delivery when it arrives in 2018, but this is likely to be expensive & incompatible with Qi’s existing 15W standard.

Storage & Price - Better Base, Higher Costs

Typically where táo khuyết gives it also takes, so 2017 sees the iPhone 8 Plus double its entry màn chơi storage (from 32GB to 64GB) but increase its starting price & lose 2016’s oh-so-popular 128GB ($869) sweet spot:

iPhone 8 Plus - 64GB ($799), 256GB ($949) iPhone 7 Plus - new prices: 32GB ($669), 128GB ($769)

Also making things interesting is Apple’s $100 reduction of the iPhone 7 Plus which now comes in just two storage levels for a more budget friendly $669 và $769. The problem is their inferior storage options mean it is just a $30 difference between the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus & 128GB iPhone 7 Plus - a tricky choice for some.

Personally I’d take the newer model. The iPhone 8 Plus will be supported for a year longer, it’s faster, has a better camera & marginally better screen while its fast & wireless charging are useful additions. Even if the former is absurdly priced và the latter won’t blossom until AirPower arrives.

Tip: you can save on storage space by using Google Photos’ không tính tiền unlimited storage for photos (up lớn 16MP) and clip (up to 1080p).

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Bottom Line

There’s no hiding from the fact the iPhone 8 Plus is a dull upgrade.

The bộ vi xử lý core design is well past its sell by date, it’s far too big and heavy for its screen form size and it has gotten more expensive while losing its popular mid tier storage option. Given the efficiencies of the A11 chipset, there was also plenty of scope for hãng apple to extend battery life but it reduced battery capacity instead.

Yes, this is an ‘iPhone 7S Plus’ in all but name.

And yet technologically there’s a lot khổng lồ admire about the iPhone 8 Plus. The A11 chipset is a masterpiece & is likely to lớn beat every apk rival well into 2019, the cameras have improved và there are finally decent charging options (even if their pricing is exploitative).

Furthermore with the iPhone X priced much higher và unavailable for months there’s something reassuring about the predictableness of the iPhone 8 Plus. After four generations it represents Apple’s perfection of this khung factor in what is likely its last outing with a 6.46-inch iPhone X Plus expected to lớn replace it in 2018.

As such, while there’s little to excite & it’s not an obvious update for iPhone 7 Plus owners, there remains much to respect about the iPhone 8 Plus.


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