iPhone 7 Plus Vs iPhone XS

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus Starting from £96.00
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iPhone XS
iPhone XS Starting from £188.15
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iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XS


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XS
Width 77.9 mm 70.9 mm
Height 158.2 mm 143.6 mm
Weight 188 g 177 g
Thickness 7.3 mm 7.7 mm
Volume 89.96 cm³ 78.4 cm³


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XS
Resolution 1080 x 1920 px 1125 x 2436 px
Density 401 ppi 458 ppi
Size 5.5 inches 5.8 inches


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XS
Battery capacity 2900 mAh* 2658 mAh*
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging No Yes
Fast charging No Yes
Ultra power saving mode Yes Yes
Battery life 21 h 21 h

*Refurbished devices sold on Back Market offer at least 85% of this maximum power


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XS
Maximum storage 256 GB 512 GB
CPU frequency 2.34 GHz 2.5 GHz
External memory slot No No
RAM capacity 3 GB 4 GB


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XS
Front camera resolution 7 MP 7 MP
Main camera resolution 12 MP 12 MP
Multi lens Yes Yes
Optical zoom Yes Yes
Flash Yes Yes
Optical stabilization Yes Yes
Slow motion video Yes Yes
Main camera video resolution 2160 px 2160 px


iPhone 7 Plus iPhone XS
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
3.5mm jack socket No No
Radio No No
Number of microphones 3 3

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iPhone XS vs iPhone 7 Plus Comparison

Does the iPhone XS offer much more for your money than the iPhone 7 Plus?

The iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone XS are exactly the same size, and there are just 4 grams between them in weight, the iPhone XS remains a whisper lighter, so how do they differ exactly?

iPhone XS – it’s all about the screen

The iPhone X range came with a bunch of firsts, the most impressive being its screen. Gone were the bevels and notches and home button, and in their place was a stunning edge-to-edge screen. And that’s not all. This screen has OLED technology, so you get higher resolution, better colours, and sharper imagery. The screen on the iPhone XS is 5.8 inches, compared to 5.5 inches on the iPhone 7 Plus. Both the iPhone XS and the iPhone 7 Plus have dual 12 MP cameras at the rear, the 7 Plus was the first Apple phone to introduce it. Both phones also have a 7 MP selfie camera, but the TrueDepth technology on the iPhone XS is superior.

iPhone 7 Plus – a classic style with good battery life  

The battery on both these phones will roughly last you the day, pretty impressive for the older iPhone 7. Many people still prefer the classic Apple home button and find it easier to operate. If you’re one of those people then the iPhone 7 Plus will surely please. The iPhone 7 Plus has an A10 processor so it’s not as fast as the A 12 on the XS. Storage wise the iPhone 7 offers up to 256 Gb, whereas the XS offers up to 512 Gb. Price-wise, the iPhone 7 Plus would set you back around £719 when first released, compared to around £999 for the iPhone XS. Both can now be bought refurbished for considerably less.

Which is the better phone?

There’s no doubt about it, the iPhone XS outshines the iPhone 7 Plus in several areas - screen size and resolution, camera capabilities, storage, and speed. But that doesn’t mean the iPhone 7 Plus is a bad buy. The iPhone 7 Plus has good battery life and takes great pictures – if you’re not a big gamer or video-watcher, then you can save yourself the cash and still be the owner of a nice big phone with a decent-sized screen.

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