The reign of the HTC U11 on the DxO Mark ranking of the best photophones will not have lasted. The test bench put Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus in the lead, followed by a close second by his younger brother. And the ranking could still change in the coming weeks.Each time a smartphone is launched, DxO Mark teams test the physical properties of the new model by giving it a rating. Among the tested properties, we find the exposure and the contrast, the respect of the colors, the texture, the noise (or the grain, it is the same thing), the speed of the autofocus, the appearance or not of aberration, the relevance of flash and zoom and the depth of bokeh. Realized photos emanate from notes from which an average is drawn. The same process also exists on video capture.
The best ever tested … until the next!
We are obviously not questioning the relevance of the tests and results presented by DxO Mark. But it seems to us that there is a slight concern: DxO Mark reveals more and more often a new “best mobile ever tested in photography”. May 2015 was the Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge. October 2015 was the Xperia Z5 Premium. Last year, it was the iPhone 7 Plus (just in front of the iPhone 7). A few weeks later, he was replaced by the Google Pixel. In May, it was the U11 of HTC. Which was replaced by the Google Pixel in September following the changes in the test procedures of DxO? Yes, it’s the same pixel that was the best a few months ago. So there is some consistency.
And last year, we learned that the Pixel has been supplanted by the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 8. The phablet has 94 points and the classic version 92 points, two points away from the two terminals manufactured by HTC. According to the remarks provided at the end of the tests, the iPhone 8 Plus offers excellent contrast, accentuated by a high-performance HDR mode. The exhibition is always very fair. It offers an excellent bokeh mode and a very good optical zoom. In the video, the stabilization is excellent and the colorimetry respected. On the other hand, in faint scenes, the iPhone 8 Plus seems to struggle with noise appearing both in photo and video. In addition, autofocus can sometimes be a bit slow.
The iPhone 8 better in video than the iPhone 8 Plus?
In a photo, the phablette gets an average of 96, while it reaches the average of 89 in a video. The iPhone 8 comes second to two points from his big brother. The few remarks of the iPhone 8 Plus, whether positive, on the HDR, the accuracy of the autofocus or the exposure, or negative, on the speed of the autofocus and the white balance in little scenes bright, are reported here. The iPhone gets the rating of 93 in the photo, but 90 in the video. Either a little better than the palette. That was certainly not the case in Cupertino!
Both Apple mobiles are the new best mobile to take photos. Because of DxO retest all the most emblematic mobiles with the new protocols. That’s why the DxO Mobile ranking has only about ten terminals. For example, we expect the arrival of the Galaxy S7, S7 +, S8, S8 + and Note 8, the XZ1 series presented by Sony, the OnePlus 5 and the LG G8, but also the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 7, because the majority of them have been tested with the old protocols.
The iPhone 8 Plus is the fourth phablet of Apple. Unveiled along with the classic version in September 2017, the iPhone 8 Plus takes the concept of its predecessor while adopting the new look of the iPhone 8, with glass on the faces and aluminum on the edges, and its technical platform, a hexa-core called A11 Bionic. This great mobile also relies on its own strengths to seduce and justify an extra cost of 110 euros against his little brother.
The screen of the iPhone 7 Plus …
What are they? First a large 5.5 inch Full HD screen, for a resolution of 401 pixels per inch. This is actually the same resolution as the previous three years, but the screen has the same improvements as the iPhone 8 in terms of colorimetry and energy saving.
Second argument: the iPhone 8 Plus has a larger battery. It would be 2675 mAh and it would offer, with optimizations on iOS, 21 hours of 3G communication. Note that the battery of the iPhone 8 Plus has a lower capacity than that of the iPhone 7 Plus. Like the iPhone 8, it is compatible fast charging and wireless charging (Qi standard). The new phablet also has 3 GB of RAM, compared to 2 GB for the classic version. This surplus would be particularly useful for the last asset of the phablet inherited from the iPhone 7 Plus: its dual photosensor.
… the double photo sensor of the iPhone 7 Plus, …
As the year before, both sensors offer the same resolution (12 megapixels), and the two lenses are radically different. One is wide-angle and opens at f / 1.8. The other is a telephoto lens and opens at f / 2.8. Two advantages to this: the ability to create real background blur and the addition of a 2x optical zoom. The wide-angle sensor is always accompanied by an optical stabilizer, whether in photo or video mode.
The flash is a quad LED. And the focus is phase detection (Focus Pixels technology). The set is protected by synthetic sapphire. Added this year: a “Portrait Lighting” mode to change the brightness after shooting. At the front, the webcam is the 7-megapixel Facetime Full HD compatible camera of the iPhone 7 Plus.
… and the technical platform of the iPhone 8
For the rest, the iPhone 8 Plus is based on the platform and connectivity of the iPhone 8 classic. So we find the chipset Apple A11 Bionic, a hexa-core with two hearts “Monsoon” for heavy tasks, four hearts “Mistral” for light tasks and a GPU developed by Apple. Alongside these six cores, able to operate at the same time as needed, the A11 Bionic also has an M11 coprocessor and two coprocessors dedicated to the neural system (artificial intelligence).
The modem built into the iPhone 8 Plus is compatible LTE category 16, WiFi ac dual band MiMo and Bluetooth 5.0 (as well as the second generation of Bluetooth customized by Apple called W2). The smartphone is also compatible GPS (Glonass, Galileo, and Beidou) and NFC. The iPhone 8 Plus is equipped with two stereo speakers and the fake Touch ID button on the iPhone 7. It is 3D Touch compatible (like the screen) to create multiple levels of interaction.