iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7 – What’s The Difference?

A while back Apple had a bit of a reputation for secrecy. The firm, by comparison to other Android-based rivals such as Samsung, LG, and HTC, often managed to keep plenty of details about new designs and features under wraps; it was able to surprise onlookers at launch events with the infamous “one more thing” line before dropping some amazing new tech no-one knew was even coming.

Those days seem to be well and truly over. Something has happened in the last few years which means there’s a huge web of informants inside the industry willing to leak every last drop of secret information to analysts and Twitter tipsters. Rarely do we get surprised during launches these days, and even Apple gets a full going over from the rumour mill so that with the last few launches, just as with rival firms, we’ve known virtually everything about new hardware well before the cover is officially lifted from the latest and greatest.

However, although it may be only one specific detail, and not even a feature at that, Apple managed in 2017, somehow, to surprise us with the name of its hotly rumoured 10th anniversary iPhone. It was constantly rumoured and leaked as the iPhone 8, but on launch day Apple revealed a different name – the iPhone X.

The firm did also launch an iPhone 8, and an iPhone 8 Plus at the same time – these were also rumoured with different names before as the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

Pretty much everything else, however, was exactly as the rumours and leaks foretold.

So what are we looking at then? Well the rumoured iPhone 7s series (including the Plus model) is actually the iPhone 8 (and iPhone 8 Plus) – there is no “S” series this year. What we thought would be the iPhone 8 – the 10th anniversary model with a complete re-design and loads of new toys onboard – is actually the iPhone X. “X” of course being the Roman numeral for ten.

This year everyone thought Apple was going to unveil the iPhone X and then an updated iPhone 7 called the “iPhone 7s”.

What’s more, Apple didn’t discontinue the iPhone 7, it still offers it on sale alongside the iPhone X, iPhone, 8, and even the iPhone 6s AND iPhone SE. That means that Apple is currently offering consumers five iPhone series and eight distinct handsets at once – correct us if we’re wrong but we don’t think this has happened before.

This means, if you’re looking for a decent deal, you can now get some excellent deals on the iPhone 7. If you don’t mind going the reconditioned route, you can get even better options,

The iPhone 8 does feature some improved specs – notably the Apple’s A11 chipset, which is pretty powerful. But a lot of this is overkill and most will not use it to its full potential. For 90% of users, the iPhone 7 will have more than enough grunt under the hood.

Apple’s iPhones are expensive, but going with an older model is a really smart way of getting all the benefits associated with iOS and iPhones in general, just for a fraction of the price.

But just how does the iPhone 7 compare to the new iPhone 8 successor model? We take a look to find out.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Specs

Here are the specs for the iPhone 8:

  • Display: 4.7-inch display with a 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326ppi
  • Dimensions: 138.4mm x 67.3mm x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 148 grams
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Processors: A11 Bionic chip
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: 12MP camera
  • Battery: 1821 mAh. Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, Wireless charging, 3D Touch; Splash, Water and Dust Resistant
  • Color options: Silver, Gold and Space Gray

And here’s the specs for the iPhone 7:

  • Display: 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 1334×750 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Dimensions: 138.3mm x 67.1mm x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 138 grams
  • Storage: 32 or 128GB
  • Processors: A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
  • Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
  • Rear camera: 12MP camera
  • Battery: 1960 mAh. Up to 12 hours battery life mixed usage
  • Other: Touch ID, NFC, 3D Touch; Splash, Water and Dust Resistant
  • Color options: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black

iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Display & Design

There’s absolutely no difference in the displays of both models. Each offers a 4.7-inch display with a 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi. Both phones also offer 3D Touch. However, the iPhone 8 features a True Tone display, which matches the ambient light of the room you are using it in, and you’ll notice a difference because of that.

Another place the phones differ is in storage options. The iPhone 7 comes in either 32 or 128GB while the iPhone 8 comes in either 64 or 256GB. And then, of course, there is the CPU inside. Apple says the A11 is a whopping 70% faster than the A10 found in the iPhone 7!

As for the design, both feature aluminum bodies with rounded corners, but the iPhone 8 adds a nice glass back paneling to it (for wireless charging capabilities). This gives it a shine like the iPhone 4 used to have. Because of the glass back, the iPhone 8 is just a tad thicker and heavier than the iPhone 7–but not by much. As far as color options go, the iPhone 7 offers five options, while the newer iPhone 8 only offers three.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Battery

The iPhone 7 actually has a bit of a larger battery than the iPhone 8, at 1960 mAh versus 1821 mAh. However, Apple says both phones basically have the same battery life for most things (thanks to the A11 being a bit more power efficient than the A10). Here’s how the battery life compares between the two in Talk Time, Standby Time, Internet Use, Video Playback, and Audio Playback:

  • Talk time: iPhone 8 – 14 hours. iPhone 7 – 14 hours.
  • Internet use: iPhone 8 – Up to 12 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 13 hours.
  • Video playback: iPhone 8 – Up to 13 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 13 hours.
  • Audio playback: iPhone 8 – Up to 40 hours. iPhone 7 – Up to 40 hours.

And don’t forget, the iPhone 8 offers wireless charging, whereas the iPhone 7 does not.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Camera

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 have the same megapixels in the front and rear cameras, however, the sensors in the iPhone 8 have been greatly improved. Apple says the all-new sensor in the iPhone 8 features a new color filter and deeper pixels. Oh, and it also offers optical image stabilization for photos and videos.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Cost & Verdict

And then there is the cost. Unlocked the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 will cost £699 (64GB) and £849 (256GB). The iPhone 7 will cost £549 (32GB) and £649 (128GB). That £150 and £200 premium for the iPhone 8 does get you a heck of a lot more: a better CPU, better camera, wireless charging, and more storage.

UK iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus DEALS 

If you’re in the UK, and is – this would be my preferred option, as they cover all bases, budgets, and networks.  

Best iPhone 8 Deals

O2 – £49.99 Per Month (£59.99 Upfront) – Click Here For More Details

  • 5GB Data
  • Unlimited Minutes
  • Unlimited Tests
  • 24 Months

Vodafone – £48.99 Per Month (£89.99 Upfront) – Best Value For Money – Click Here For More Details

  • 26GB of Data
  • Unlimited Mins
  • Unlimited Texts
  • 24 Months

EE – £47.99 Per Month (£149.99 Upfront) – Click Here For More Details

  • 25GB of Data
  • Unlimited Mins
  • Unlimited Texts
  • 24 Months

Vodafone – £48 Per Month (£89.99 Upfront) – Click Here For More Details

  • 18GB of Data
  • Unlimited Mins
  • Unlimited Texts
  • 24 Months

Best iPhone 8 Plus Deals

EE – £47.99 Per Month (£239.99 Upfront) – Click Here For More Details

  • 25GB Data
  • Unlimited Minutes
  • Unlimited Tests
  • 24 Months

Vodafone – £48.99 Per Month (£179.99 Upfront) – Best Value For Money – Click Here For More Details

  • 26GB of Data
  • Unlimited Mins
  • Unlimited Texts
  • 24 Months

02 – £56.99 Per Month (£119.99 Upfront) – Click Here For More Details

  • 20GB of Data
  • Unlimited Mins
  • Unlimited Texts
  • 24 Months

Vodafone – £56 Per Month (£100.99 Upfront) – Click Here For More Details

  • 18GB of Data
  • Unlimited Mins
  • Unlimited Texts
  • 24 Months

; you can now pre-register for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. 

These are two of the best options for the UK and a sure fire way to ensure you get an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus as soon as they’re available. 

MOBILES

iPhone 8 Deals

O2 – 3 GB Data, £125 Upfront Cost, £37pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,013

02 – 10 GB Data, £150 Upfront Cost, £39pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,086

EE – 15 GB Data, £160 Upfront Cost, £42.99pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,192

EE – 10 GB, £150 Upfront Cost, £42.99pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,182

Vodafone – 4 GB Data, £125 Upfront, £38pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,037

Vodafone – 26 GB Data, £100 Upfront, £44pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,133

iPhone 8 Plus Deals

O2 – 5 GB Data, £180 Upfront Cost, £41pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,164

02 – 5 GB Data, £150 Upfront Cost, £44pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,206

EE – 10 GB Data, £170 Upfront Cost, £47.99pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,322

EE – 16 GB, £125 Upfront Cost, £52.99pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,272

Vodafone – 26 GB Data, £110 Upfront, £48pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,152

Vodafone – 4 GB Data, £125 Upfront, £42pm, Total Cost of Contract £1,133

VERIZON 

Verizon has A TON of deals for the iPhone 8 – check them out right here if you’re after unlimited data.

T-MOBILE

T-Mobile has an array of deals in the pipeline as well, .