iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus

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iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
Starting from $90.40
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iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 Plus
Starting from $107.33
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Customer reviews

iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 8 Plus
Average
4.6/5
(3)
4.7/5
(2)

Design

iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 8 Plus
Width77.9 mm78.1 mm
Height158.2 mm158.4 mm
Weight188 g202 g
Thickness7.3 mm7.5 mm
Volume89.96 cm³92.78 cm³

Screen

iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 8 Plus
Resolution1080 x 1920 px1080 x 1920 px
Density401 ppi401 ppi
Size5.5 inches5.5 inches

Battery

iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 8 Plus
Battery capacity2900 mAh2675 mAh
Removable batteryNoNo
Wireless chargingNoYes
Fast chargingNoYes
Ultra power saving modeYesYes
Battery life21 h21 h

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum charge capacity.

Performance

iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 8 Plus
Maximum storage256 GB256 GB
CPU frequency2.34 GHz2.53 GHz
External memory slotNoNo
RAM capacity3 GB3 GB

Camera

iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 8 Plus
Front camera resolution7 MP7 MP
Main camera resolution12 MP12 MP
Multi lensYesYes
Optical zoomYesYes
FlashYesYes
Optical stabilizationYesYes
Slow motion videoYesYes
Main camera video resolution2160 px2160 px

Audio

iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 8 Plus
Stereo speakersYesYes
3.5mm jack socketNoNo
RadioNoNo
Number of microphones33

iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus Comparison

iPhone 8 Plus vs 7 Plus: Is the newer one really worth the extra money?

If you compare the iPhone 8 Plus vs 7 Plus side-by-side, you will notice that they are virtually identical. The only noticeable external difference on these two phones is that the 7 Plus has a metal back panel, while the 8 Plus goes with a glass back to accommodate wireless charging. But if you look at the internal hardware on the 8 Plus vs 7 Plus, you’ll realize that these phones are, in fact, quite different.

iPhone 8 Plus vs 7 Plus: Let’s take a look inside

If you look inside the iPhone 8 Plus or 7 Plus, you’ll quickly spot the biggest differentiating factor between these phones. The 8 Plus has an A11 Bionic chip, while the 7 Plus is powered by an A10 Fusion. So in other words, the processor inside the 8 Plus is 1 year newer than the processor inside the 7 Plus. And 1 year may not seem like much time, but you can expect the A11 Bionic to give you 70% faster multitasking and 30% faster graphics for mobile gaming. But even if you don’t see yourself as a huge mobile gamer or multitasker, the speed difference between the 8 Plus vs 7 Plus will probably be easily noticeable. Plus, not only will the newer chip give you a slightly faster device, it will also ensure that you receive updates for a longer amount of time (until Apple classifies the chip as too slow to handle its latest and greatest iOS updates).

iPhone 8 Plus vs 7 Plus: Camera differences

If you flip both of these phones over, you’ll notice they both have double camera arrays. And those cameras happen to be exactly the same in terms of hardware. But since the A11 Bionic sensor has upgraded computational photography, you can also expect photos to look better on the 8 Plus. You can expect more detail and better color reproduction in the images taken by the 8 Plus.

8 Plus vs 7 Plus: Our overall summary and recommendation

Still haven’t made up your mind if you should buy the iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus? If you want to save more money and really just want a “beater” phone to last you for a year or two, then a refurbished iPhone 7 Plus may still be a good choice for you. But if you’re willing to spend a little more, we think the refurbished iPhone 8 Plus is worth the extra cash, despite looking almost identical on the outside. It’s what’s under the hood that counts.

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