Apple iPhone 7 Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Specs, Features

To tell you honestly, it took me a while to get down to writing this piece as - oddly enough - I'm not really all that excited about this model. Sure, it's a new iPhone and I'm a big Apple fan but I don't know; Something about it just doesn't feel right.

I mean, does the new Apple iPhone 7 have enough innovative features to feel hyped about? You tell me.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

Frankly, I like the bigger iPhone 7 Plus better. At least, that model has a Dual Optics camera module that - although not unique to the iPhone - really gives the handset a real imaging performance boost. Of the two, that phablet is the one that I'm more inclined to getting and recommending.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

Sure, the smaller iPhone 7 also comes in this new Jet Black color, which looks downright sleek, and is likewise IP67 Certified to be dust and water resistant -- but I just feel like, when you put all the superficial changes aside, this line has clearly stagnated.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

For instance, although the screen is now brighter and has a wider color gamut (or wider color range), its size and resolution (4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750 pixels) are still the same as that of iPhone 6 from two years ago!

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

Not to mention that iPhone 7's aluminum shell appears to be just a slightly modified version of Apple iPhone 6s' enclosure. Take away the larger camera module of the new model plus add some antenna lines at the back and you'll get the exact same look of its predecessor.

Also, after thinking about it, I'm not a fan of the company's decision to remove the 3.5mm audio jack and to make the device completely wireless. I'd prefer to get that port at the expense of having a slightly thicker phone. There's just so much you can do with that jack like plugging in an external microphone for vlogging or doing interviews. I mean, it's not like there's a shortage of accessories out there that can work with it.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

Well, anyway.

If there's a sliver of light in all these, it would have to be the Apple iPhone 7's enhanced imaging capabilities (if a bit). It's not quite as good as you'll get on the iPhone 7 Plus but I think it's more or less a good upgrade if you're coming from the iPhone 6 or even the 6s.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

According to the company, the redesigned iSight camera at the back - which now incorporates a 12 MegaPixel sensor, OIS, f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens, and a 50% brighter Quad-LED True Tone flash - takes amazing photos both day and night.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

Watching Apple's first promotional video for this device, it's clear that users will be able to appreciate the enhanced power of the rear camera more at night or in low light conditions. I'd like to try that out.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

Now, as for the FaceTime HD camera in front, I'll just echo what I noted in my Apple iPhone 7 Plus article that I posted earlier: As someone who enjoys taking selfies and who's planning to record more vlogs, I love the fact that it can now shoot 7MP selfies and record Full HD 1080p videos. I think it's a welcome improvement coming from the 5MP and 720p front snapper of the iPhone 6s.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

Apart from the Apple iPhone 7's good imaging performance, another thing that saves this model from being dubbed as but a more flashy reproduction of its predecessor is its powerhouse set of internal hardware.

This handset runs iOS 10 with the beastly Quad Core Apple A10 Fusion chip, has a Hexa-Core graphics card - delivering the best mobile gaming experience you can get from any mobile device out there, and offers 32GB, 128GB, and a whopping 256GB internal storage options. The combination of these innards make the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus arguably the most powerful handset duo that has ever been released.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines
If you love listening to music or watching movies on your iPhone with loud speaker on, I believe you'll appreciate the Apple iPhone 7's new stereo speaker system that's made better by an additional output located in the earpiece. Apple says this system is twice as loud and offers increased dynamic range of sound as well as higher quality of calls over speakerphone.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

So what do you think, TP Friends? Is the Apple iPhone 7 a good upgrade coming from the iPhone 6 or 6s? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Apple iPhone 7 Philippines

When is the Apple iPhone 7 arriving in the Philippines and how much will it be? Off hand, I can only give you my guesstimates based on the Apple iPhone 6s' price upon launch and release date last year. Looking back at my previous posts, I believe that the iPhone 7 will officially land here via Apple's network partners on or before the first week of November 2016 with SRP starting at around Php 38,000.

Update as of November 4, 2016: Smart Communications has started taking pre-orders for Apple iPhone 7 Postpaid Plans. The Hero Plan is Plan 2499 (with 30-month lock-in period), which gives you the device for free along with 15GB of Data, 1 free app monthly, Unlimited texts to all networks, and 80 minutes of calls to all networks.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name : Apple iPhone 7
Type : Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category : High-end (Flagship Level)
Dimensions : 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
Weight : 138 grams
Available Colors : Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Black, Jet Black
Operating System : iOS 10
Display : Retina display, 4.7 inches (~326 ppi pixel density) widescreen, 1,334 x 750 pixels, LED-backlit IPS Display, Multi-Touch display, 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical), Wide color display (P3), 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical), Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front, Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously, 3D Touch
Processor : Quad Core Apple A10 Fusion Processor with embedded M10 Motion coprocessor, Hexa-Core Graphics chip
Memory : 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options, non-expandable
Camera :
Rear: All-new 12 MegaPixel camera, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Optical image stabilization, Digital zoom up to 5x, Live Photos with stabilization, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Body and face detection, Quad-LED True Tone flash. Sapphire crystal lens cover, Backside illumination sensor, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, Exposure control, Noise reduction, Auto HDR for photos, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Burst Mode, Timer Mode, Photo geotagging

Front FaceTime HD camera: 7 MP photos, Retina Flash, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Auto HDR for photos and videos, Burst mode, Backside illumination sensor, Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos, Auto image stabilization, Face and body detection
Video Capture :
Main: 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) @ 30 fps, 1080p Full HD @ 60 frames per second, 720p @ 240fps
Features ~ Optical Image Stabilization for Videos, Cinematic video stabilization, Continuous autofocus video Take still photo while recording video, Digital zoom up to 3x, Quad-LED True Tone flash, Face and Body detection, Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
Front: 1080p up to 30 frames per second, Facetime over Wifi or Cellular, Auto HDR for photos and videos
Audio and Video Playback :
Video: AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable maximum volume limit
Ports : 9-pin Lightning dock connector
Connectivity : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology, LTE, NFC, VoLTE, GPS, GLONASS
Network (TBC): GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Sensors : Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Barometer, 3-axis Gyroscope, Fingerprint identity sensor
SIM Card Type : Single NanoSIM

Battery (TBC): Built-in Rechargeable Non-removable 1,960 mAh Li-Ion
Uptime : Talk time: Up to 14 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 10 Days
Internet use: Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, up to 14 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 13 hours
Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
Notable Features : New Camera with QuadTone LED Flash, Improved FaceTime HD front cam, Apple A10 Chipset with M10 Co-Processor, IP67 Dust-and-Water-Resistance, New Jet Black premium color
Announcement : September 8, 2016 (1:30 AM Manila Time)
Availability : Apple's Key Markets: September 16, 2016,
TP Guesstimate for the Philippines: October to November 2016 via Smart and Authorized Apple Resellers
Official Release Date in the Philippines : TBA
Price :
TP Retail Price Guesstimate:
Apple iPhone 7 32GB w/o contract - around Php 38,199
Apple iPhone 7 128GB w/o contract - around Php 43,999
Apple iPhone 7 256GB w/o contract - around Php 49,599

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