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

I was still in denial last year but now, I've fully accepted it: We've reached a point where it has become impossible for any major gadget company to completely keep unreleased but 'already being assembled' products under wraps -- especially if it's a device as popular as the iPhone.

I believe all the big brands have become more or less cool with it too.

Remember the Great iPhone 4 Leak Saga of 2010? When California police raided the house of Gizmodo Jason Chen and seized his equipment after he got hold of a lost iPhone 4 prototype? Apple valued secrecy that much back then. *sighs* I miss Steve Jobs.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

Moving on.

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus phablet along with its smaller sibling - the iPhone 7 - were formally unveiled by the Cupertino company via an event in San Francisco, CA just a few hours ago. And looking at their official photos and list of features, it's hard to deny the eerie accuracy of previous rumors and leaks about these models.

Apart from the supposed exclusive Blue color and the purported 3GB of RAM, nearly everything that we've seen and heard about this large smartphone over the past several months turned out true and on point.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

Indeed, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus ended up having a 5.5-inch Full HD Retina Display, Dual Camera set-up at the back with Quad Tone LED flash which is a lot brighter than what's on the iPhone 6s Plus, slightly modified look coming from its predecessor, and an IP67-certified dust-and-water-resistant body -- allowing you to use the phone under the rain, as shown in its first promo video.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

That's not to say, though, that there weren't any pleasant surprises during the announcement.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
For one, I instantly fell in love with iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black, which is the exclusive and premium color for this model. Earlier leaks failed to mention this.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

I also found Phil Schiller's keynote, where he disclosed the capabilities of this model's Dual Camera module, very captivating.

According to him, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus has a 12 MegaPixel wide angle camera complemented by the 12 MegaPixel telephoto camera beside it. These two optics work together to offer two times optical zoom and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos.

This set-up also allows the handset's shooter to create a depth map in Portrait mode (aka Machine Learning) isolating the subject from the background, which is essential in delivering shots with gorgeous DSLR-like Bokeh Effect. For me, this is the best new feature of the iPhone 7 Plus.

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Likewise, although I've already expected it, hearing about power of the new Quad Core Apple A10 Fusion chip filled me with excitement. The Cupertino company said that its processing power is double that of Apple A8 powering the iPhone 6 and its graphics performance is up to three times as powerful all while consuming 50% less energy! Now, ain't that sweet?

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines
Even though iPhone 7 Plus' display has the same size and resolution as that of iPhone 6s Plus from last year, the new one delivers a wider color gamut, ensuring a better photo and video viewing experience.

Oh, and since I enjoy taking selfies and I'm planning to post more vlogs on Youtube moving forward, I love that Apple has decided to increase the image resolution of the front FaceTimeHD cam to 7 MegaPixels and to boost its video resolution to Full HD 1080p. I first heard of this notable enhancement at the event itself.

Frankly, the accurate leaked information about this release far outnumber the fresh, previously undisclosed details that were announced at the keynote. Nonetheless, I still found the overall presentation more than compelling.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus will be available in a number of colors, namely, Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black (Dark Slate Grey), and Jet Black. The phablet will be out in three variants based on amount of storage space: 32GB, 128GB, and - get this - a whopping 256GB!

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

So when will Apple iPhone 7 Plus be available in the Philippines and how much will it be? Right now, I can only give you my guesstimates based on the iPhone 6s Plus' local release date and price schedule upon launch in 2015. That said, I believe that this new model will officially land here via Apple's official network partners - including Smart Communications - within the first week of November 2016 with SRP starting at around Php 44,000. However, I'm joining you in hoping that it would arrive sooner and with a more affordable price tag.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name : Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Type : Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category : High-end (Flagship Level)
Dimensions : 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
Weight : 188 grams
Available Colors : Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Black, Jet Black
Operating System : iOS 10
Display : Retina display, 5.5 inches (~401 ppi pixel density) widescreen, 1080 x 1920 pixels, LED-backlit IPS Display, Multi-Touch display, 1300:1 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 wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture; telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture, Optical image stabilization, Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x, 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, Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 6x, 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 : Built-in Rechargeable Non-removable 2,910 mAh Li-Ion
Uptime : Talk time: Up to 21 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 384 hours
Internet use: Up to 13 hours on 3G, up to 13 hours on LTE, up to 15 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 14 hours
Audio playback: Up to 60 hours
Notable Features : DSLR-Like Bokeh Effect in Portrait Mode, 2x Optical Zoom, Apple A10 Chipset with M10 Co-Processor, Dual Camera Module, IP67 Dust-and-Water-Resistance, New Jet Black premium color, Stereo Speakers
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:
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB w/o contract - around Php 43,990
iPhone 7 Plus 128GB w/o contract - around Php 49,590
iPhone 7 Plus 256GB w/o contract - around Php 55,890

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