Compare iPhone 8 Vs iPhone 8 Plus: The Real Difference that Matters

Posted on Nov 23 2017 - 1:22pm by Vikash

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are already out and to the disappointment of many iPhone enthusiasts both look not different from the earlier design that started with the first big screen iPhone 6 and continued with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in the previous year.

But the design similarities and look apart, the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have come with several strong internal upgrades creating a better value proposition for the buyers. In spite of the almost identical look, there have been several key changes in both the new phones. For buyers interested in valuable buys in latest iPhones, both iPhone 8 devices can be a value proposition instead of going for expensive iPhone X.

iphone 8 vs iphone 8 plus

Quick Comparison Table:

iphone 8 Plusiphone 8
Display Size5.5-inch4.7-inch
Rear CameraDual 12MP12MP
Front Camera7MP7MP

Let us explain here the key differences between iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Design: Nothing to celebrate except more glass

If you have thought iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will take your breath packed with several never b

efore aspects in look and feel, you might have already disappointed. Yes, both of them just have the same design that started years before with the big screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Naturally, what really have been changed remains debatable.

The only visible change has been in respect to the material used for the backside. The aluminium built backs are now replaced with the glass. But this change also contributed to the thickness and weight of the device. The most frustrating thing for many is the presence of the home button with bezel on top and bottom of the screen.

As for colour options for the device, both the devices have come with three colour options, namely silver, gold and space grey, while earlier colour options like rose gold, black and jet black are dumped.

Another thing that take these two devices at par with its immediate predecessors is the same IP67 water and dust resistance allowing protection for them under 1.5m of water for as long as 30 minutes.

Louder sound output

A subtle yet effective upgrade that happened with these two new iPhones is the inclusion of a better speaker system which is at least 25% louder than its predecessors. While still there is no headphone jack even after the growing frustration of the users of predecessor iPhone 7, the new speaker is made deliver a better sound than all other previous iPhones.

LED with True Tone display

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in respect of display mostly have the same display output with LED display. With 65.6% and 67.7% screen-to-body ratio respectively for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, they are just a thread ahead compared to its immediate predecessor. The big boost in the visual output for both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is the True Tone display that deliver higher color accuracy

For video and movie watching, the users can enjoy higher dynamic range with media contents thanks to the inclusion of Dolby Vision and HDR10. This will be particularly useful for all kinds of media services including the HDR-compatible services such as like Netflix, Amazon Video and iTunes.

A solid performance boost

When the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were launched they were deservingly dubbed as the fastest smartphones, but with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Apple is going to boost this lead further. The new Apple A11 ‘Bionic’ chipset is expected to deliver at least 25% faster performance compared to the A10 chipset used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new chipset will also deliver at least 30% more speed in graphics while consuming 50% less power than its predecessor.

More powerful cameras

As far as camera hardware is concerned the new Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus do not offer new material or composure. But computationally, the new two devices offer a better imaging output than its predecessors.

iphone 8 and iphone 8 plus camera

While the iPhone 8 comes with a single 12 megapixel wide-angle lens coupled up with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation, the iPhone 8 along with this camera has an additional 12 megapixel telephoto camera coupled with f/2.8 aperture for low light shooting. Particularly for low light photography, the iPhone 8 Plus will be more effective than all its predecessors. To add more, Apple has introduced portrait lighting for more lucid performance with these two cameras.

Battery Life And Charging

Another area of value addition with little substantial value has been the area of battery life and charging. While the battery of both the devices last almost the same with identical output compared to the immediate predecessor, they have come with wireless charging feature this time. Both the devices also take faster charge than their predecessors allowing ability to take 50% charge in just 30 minutes.

Storage And Price

Both the devices have come with an entry point storage option of 64GB with the higher option landing at 256GB. This actually made these devices more expensive and with less options since there is no mid-point option as 128GB available now.

Final Verdict

There are too many similarities shared between latest range iPhone 8 range and its immediate predecessors, but in spite of that the sheer performance Boost and several valuable upgrades made them still lucrative for the users who always want to remain on the edge with their iPhones. But when you compare the prices and do not want to compromise on any front, iPhone X seems to steal the show. But again, bring the most expensive device in the iPhone fraternity, it gives away more focus to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

The new iPhone 8 range is exceptional because of mainly speed improvements from its predecessors.Apple has also worked a lot to improve both the devices to deliver better with low light photography and graphic performance. Faster charging speed is another plus point of the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. If you want to settle for a an advanced iPhone without paying a jaw dropping price for iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus can really make the deal as a balanced choice.

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