iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus comparison
Every Apple fan waits for the launching ceremony of a new model of iPhone and Apple never disappoints their fans. The same happened this year on September 12. While people were expecting Apple to launch upgraded models of iPhone 7, Apple went out and surprised everyone. They released a new iPhone, named iPhone 8. Along with that they also released a slightly upgraded model of that namely iPhone 8 Plus and another surprise which was named iPhone X. While iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were able to create a hype among their fans, iPhone X did actually grab a lot of eyeballs. iPhone X is quite different from the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, even though they were launched together. iPhone X stands out due to its face ID but the difference between iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is slight, but those slight differences have been putting the Apple fans into a dilemma. So let’s compare the two models of iPhone 8.
iPhone 8 has a 4.7 inch LCD display with IPS technology. While iPhone 8 Plus has a slightly bigger screen of 5.5 inches. Both have Apple’s retina display. The difference, apart from the screen size is the resolution. While iPhone 8 has a resolution of 1334×750 with a 326 ppi, iPhone 8 Plus has 1920×1080 resolution with 401 ppi. In terms of display size and resolution iPhone 8 Plus has an upper hand. The contrast ratio in iPhone 8 Plus is 1300:1 and in iPhone 8 it is 1400:1. Both the models have true tone and wide colour display with 3D touch. The brightness in both the devices are exactly the same.
Weight and size
Let’s talk about the size of both the models. Naturally the iPhone 8 is a tad smaller than iPhone 8 Plus. The dimensions of iPhone 8 are 5.45×2.65×0.29 inches. The dimensions of iPhone 8 Plus are 6.24×3.07×0.30 inches. There is also a slight difference in the weights of the model. While the iPhone 8 weighs 5.22 ounces, the iPhone 8 Plus weighs 7.13 ounces.
Surprisingly, both the models have exactly the same chip, Apple’s fastest chip yet, A11 bionic chip with 64-bit architecture. So in terms of performance, both are identical. Both of them contain the neural engine and the M11 motion coprocessor. It is interesting to note that even iPhone X has the same specifications when it comes to the chip contained in it. Apple has claimed that it is the fastest chip available in the market. So while they are definitely an upgrade from the earlier iPhones, there is no difference among the three models launched.
Apple fans swear by the cameras of their iPhones and similarly iPhone always surpasses its competitors by quite a large margin. And so even this time Apple did not disappoint. But there is a major difference in terms of camera between the two models of iPhone 8. While the iPhone 8 has got a single camera of 12 megapixel, iPhone 8 Plus is armed with dual cameras, both of 12 megapixel. Optical zoom in iPhone 8 is 5x while in iPhone 8 Plus is 10x. The camera in iPhone 8 is a wide angle one. The camera setup in iPhone 8 Plus consists of one camera being wide aperture and the other being telephoto. This enables the iPhone 8 Plus to take pictures with bokeh effect. iPhone 8 Plus also features the portrait mode which is absent in iPhone 8. These feature makes the iPhone 8 Plus a winner in this category. Due to these distinct differences the opinion of the buyer may considerably change.
Talking about the front camera both the models have identical cameras of 7 megapixels. Both have retina flash and 1080p HD video recording.
Apart from iPhone X no other model has face ID. Thus, both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus has fingerprint sensor of second generation integrated into the home button. Nothing really sets them apart in terms of authentication and security updates.
This is one topic which has been troubling the customers for a long time. With the launch of iPhone 7, fans saw the introduction of a better battery. Even in iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple claims that they will last almost the same as iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus respectively. On comparing both the models, iPhone 8 will last up to 14 hours of talk time and iPhone 8 Plus will last up to 21 hours. This should be enough to propagate an idea about the battery life of these models. Both of them support wireless chargers (Qi chargers) and one can also charge their iPhones by connecting to the computer through an USB cable.
While in some aspects both iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are similar, there are areas which sets them apart. In terms of camera and display, iPhone 8 Plus definitely has an edge over iPhone 8. To support a bigger screen the battery in iPhone 8 Plus is naturally bigger than iPhone 8, but there has not been any significant upgrade in the battery life in comparison with the iPhone 7. Performance wise, both the models are identical. The main feature for the iPhone 8 Plus will be the dual cameras. So in terms of price, iPhone 8 costs $699 for the 64 GB variant, while the iPhone 8 Plus costs $799 for the 64 GB variant. So, whether you would like to shell out an extra hundred bucks or not depends on your requirements.
Written by, Sovandeb Bera