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iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus speed test: No one saw this coming

Published Sep 25th, 2017 12:32PM EDT
iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus
Image: Apple Inc.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are both available in stores right now, meaning that you can already buy Apple’s fastest iPhone ever. The A11 Bionic chip powering both phones is Apple’s best chip yet, scoring as high as a 2017 MacBook Pro in benchmark tests. It crushes Android devices in real-life performance tests, as a comparison with the Galaxy Note 8 showed a few days ago. But how does it perform against the previous Apple flagship phone?

YouTube channel EverythingApplePro put both phones through its usual speed test, and the results were surprising.

The test consists of having both phones open a set of apps twice. In the first lap, the same apps are opened for the first time on both devices. Then, on the second lap, the apps that were just opened are brought up again from memory. The phone with the shortest time wins.

This isn’t a scientific speed test, but various YouTube channels have used it in previous years to test a phone’s speed in real-world conditions where you’d open plenty of apps and switch back and forth between them. The iPhone always offered a more consistent experience, outpacing the best Android phones available time and time again.

That’s why it’s a bit surprising to see the iPhone 7 Plus still come out ahead in this test. That’s a shocking result, which will probably be corrected in the future, as Apple and app developers further optimize the software experience for the new A11 Bionic chip.

The iPhone 8 Plus is still faster at booting up and it’ll open most apps faster than its predecessor. It also crushes the iPhone 7 Plus in benchmark tests, obviously. Check out the full video below:

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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