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Apple iPhone 7 Plus VS Apple iPhone 8 Plus : The Generation Gap

Is Apple's iPhone 8 Plus is a worthy upgrade over the Apple iPhone 7 Plus? Can wireless charging, and improved camera impress you?

Finally, Apple iPhone 8 Plus is here (should have called Apple iPhone 7s Plus), and how does it stand against the last generation iPhone 7 Plus? Let’s find out.

Design: The iPhone 8 Plus is something that follows its predecessor. The device looks almost identical to that of the iPhone 7 Plus, but is it worth the upgrade from the iPhone 7 Plus? Actually, the answer is no. The iPhone 8 Plus will all glass panel and the dual rear camera bump on the back has become a universal standard when it comes to the top-tier smartphones. However, for the sake of wireless charging, the company has chosen to go with the glass-metal back, as the metal back panel doesn’t allow the wireless charging. So, purely in terms of design aesthetics, the iPhone 8 Plus has no chance of winning, and the not to forget that there are few ways to use wireless charging via third-party back cases.

Camera: Both smartphones offer dual 12 MP cameras, one wide-angle sensor and a telephoto sensor. In terms of capability, both devices offer Portrait mode, X2 optical zoom, X10 digital zoom and 4K video recording capability. However, due to newer Apple A11 Bionic Chipset on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, the device now supports 4K video recording capability up to 60 frames per second 1080p video recording up to 240 frames per second, as a matter of fact, this is the first smartphone to offer these features. So, if you are getting iPhone 8 Plus strictly for high-quality video recording than iPhone 8 Plus could be a great option, otherwise, stick with the iPhone 7 Plus, as the camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is next to the best and you won’t regret your choice.

Operating system: Both devices run on iOS 11, with all the features. However, coming to the software updated, the iPhone 7 Plus is entitled to receive 3 more iOS updates and the iPhone 8 Plus will receive 4 more major iOS update. So, 3 years from today one might not be using a smartphone at all, so, if you already own an iPhone 7 Plus then there is no point in updating to the iPhone 8 Plus.

Processor: Though the iPhone 7 Plus officially supports AR and VR capability which has debuted with the iOS 11, the fact is the Apple A11 Bionic chipset is far more superior on the iPhone 8 Plus, which might be good over the long haul. So, if you are a user who uses a lot of apps and games which require higher processing power and improved GPU performance, then choosing iPhone 8 Plus over the iPhone 7 Plus does make sense.

Display: Both iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus are equipped with a 1080p IPS LCD display, which is the best display found on any smartphones. However, there is a major upgrade over the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 Plus offers retina display and the iPhone 8 Plus is equipped with a super retina display. Unless you compare the device by keeping them besides, you won’t notice any difference and it doesn’t make any difference in the real-life scenario as well. So, iPhone 7 Plus that costs less than that of the iPhone 8 Plus is our pick.

Charging: The first iPhone to support wireless charging and the fast charging is the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t support fast charging, which might take almost the double the time to charge from 0 to 100 percent. However, the twist in the story is, the iPhone 8 Plus’s retail box doesn’t offer a fast charging and one has to shell out additional $50 to purchase the fast charging adapter (type C to lightning cable with fast charging adapter).

Conclusion: Though, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus offers an improved camera, fast charging, and wireless charging with new powered Apple A11 Bionic chipset it doesn’t offer anything superior over the iPhone 7 Plus. S0, if you either have iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6s Plus, then upgrade for the iPhone 8 Plus. However, if you own an iPhone 7 Plus, then wait for the iPhone X and you won’t regret the choice.

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