With the new iPhone 8 SIM free being released and the specs being somewhat similar, the biggest question is… is it worth upgrading from the iPhone 7 to the 8. Below, we will do a side-by-side comparison on the most popular specs people look for when buying a new phone just to see how much has changed in new iPhone 8 and weather if it is worth upgrading to the 8 from the 7 or if you have the iPhone 6 and are not sure which one to get.
iPhone 8 Vs iPhone 7
|iPhone 8||iPhone 7|
|Size & Wight||138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm @ 148g||138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm @ 138g|
|Display||4.7 inch display||4.7 inch display|
|Display Resolution||750 x 1334 pixel resolution||750 x 1334 pixel resolution|
|Screen to Body Ratio||65.4%||65.6%|
|Processor||Apple A11 Bionic Hexa-core 2x 2.53 GHz Monsoon + 4x 1.42 Ghz Mistral||Apple A10 Fusion Quad-core 2.34 GHz 2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr|
|RAM||2 GB RAM||2 GB RAM|
|Storage||64/256 GB||32/128/256 GB|
|Main Camera||12 MP, f/1.8||12 MP, f/1.8|
|Front Camera||7 MP, f/2.2||7 MP, f/2.2|
|Video Camera||2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery, fast charging, wireless charging||Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery|
|Talk Time||Up to 14h||Up to 14h|
Size & Wight
The 8 does see a slight increase in height, width, thickness and weight, however, there is a good reason for this. The iPhone now comes with a glass back which gives it a more premium feel and a much better look, but unfortunately the glass rear does make it a bit heavier and slightly bigger.
The display screen remains the same, although there is an ever so slightly small decrease in the screen to body ratio in the new version. However, to the naked eye this will not be visible. There is a software function called true tone display that does help improve the screen display a small bit.
The 8 comes with Apples A11 Bionic chipset. This chipset is getting rave reviews for its performance and is producing very good benchmark results. You can expect the iPhone 8 to be a lot faster and snappier than the 7. If you are big on performance then you’ll love this chipset and the performance it delivers.
RAM & Storage
Unfortunately, the RAM remains the same, it would have been nice if they had slightly increased the RAM, just to help improve the performance that little bit more. The 8 gives you less storage options with only a 64 or 256 GB version which is definitely a let-down as a 128 GB version would have been ideal for most people.
The front and rear cameras remain pretty much the same apart from a few differences. You now get 60 frames per second on the rear video camera at 4K resolution and 240 frames per second at 1080p resolution. The rear camera has a larger and faster sensor, this sensor allows more light in which helps the camera produce sharper, brighter and crisper photos and video.
The battery remains the same. However, you now get fast charging as well as wireless charging. This is why they added the glass back, for wireless charging capabilities. A quick note on the fat charging, you do not get the fast charger with the phone, you have to pay extra for this, which is shocking from Apple.
You get the latest iOS preloaded in the 8 you can also upgrade the 7 to iOS 11. There are some bugs Apple needs to iron out on the iOS 11 before you see its full potential.
Verdict on The iPhone 8 SIM Free
As you can see, there is not that much of a difference to justify upgrading from the iPhone 7 to the 8. If you’re happy with your iPhone 7, then you’re better off sticking with it in till the next model comes out. However, if you want that extra bit performance that the A11 chip offers, fast charging as well as wireless charging then you’ll be happy with the 8.
If you’re thinking of upgrading from the iPhone 6 and not sure which one to get, the question you have to ask yourself is, would you rather save money? Get the 7. Or are the upgrades in the 8 worth the extra money to you?
Overall the iPhone 8 is a very good phone, it is just a shame Apple have made a very similar to the 7, even a design change would have been good to differentiate from the 7.