Apple iPhone 7 Plus Unboxing in the Philippines, 128GB Gold Version from Kimstore

"We did our best to bring the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to the Philippines as soon as we can. I know lots of Pinoys are big Apple fans and Team Kimstore wants to serve them. We want to give them the chance to own these handsets ahead of everyone else."

That's what my friend Kim Lato told me when she invited me to visit her business' headquarters in Manila a few days ago for this unboxing.

It's really no wonder that Kimstore has become the trusted online store of thousands upon thousands of Filipino Apple enthusiasts and followers across the country and beyond. Kim's dedication to her customers is outstanding.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines, Mark Milan Macanas
Thanks for inviting me over, Kimmy!

Earlier, I showed you the Apple iPhone 7 retail package.

Now, let's check out the complete Apple iPhone 7 Plus pack.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

This box design is merely a larger version of the one housing the iPhone 7. An image of the back of the handset is printed and embossed on the top of the case.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines
The iPhone name is print on the left and right panels of the box and you'll find the Apple logo on the top and rear faces.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines
I have the iPhone 7 Plus 128GB Gold version.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines
The standard Apple iPhone 7 Plus retail package includes the unit itself, the travel charger, USB to Lightning cable, the sleeve containing documentation, Apple Earpods with 3.5mm audio jack to Lightning port adapter.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus just like the iPhone 7 lacks a 3.5mm audio jack so this adapter is necessary if you want to use the pair of earphones that's in the box. This also works with other wired headphones out in the market. If you don't want to use this, though, you can always get the new Apple Airpods or any Wireless Bluetooth Headset.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines
The paper sleeve contains the user guide, warranty information, pin for ejecting the SIM card tray, and a couple of Apple stickers, which everyone loves. 

Alright! This is how Apple iPhone 7 Plus looks in the flesh.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

This IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant device is equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD Retina Display, 3D Touch Technology, 7MP front facing FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash, Full HD front video recorder, 4G LTE support, Stereo Speakers, and a 2,910 mAh non-removable battery pack.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

Underneath its aluminum shell, Apple iPhone 7 Plus runs iOS 10 right out of the box with the beastly Apple A10 Fusion processor (delivering top-notch 3D gaming experience on any mobile device currently), has 2GB of RAM, and comes with 32GB, 128GB, or 256GB internal storage options.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

Design-wise, the iPhone 7 Plus has the same overall look as its predecessors, the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus -- donning a real metal frame, curved glass face, a rectangle-with-curved-corners footprint. However, aesthetically, the new release is also different in a number of ways.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines
As I've said, unlike the iPhone Plus models that preceded it, iPhone 7 Plus lacks a 3.6 mm audio jack at the rear.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines
It also has less antenna bands at the back, making it look a tad more neat I think. On top of its home button in front is no longer clickable; Instead, it just gives a tactile feedback when you put your finger on top of it.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines
And most notably, it has a Dual Optics camera module, which is a first in the company's smartphone line.

The 12 MegaPixel f/1.8 autofocus main camera is complemented by a secondary telephoto lens that allows the shooter to have two-times optical zoom and lets it shoot images with that eye-catching and interesting bokeh or shallow depth of field effect.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

As I've mentioned previously, between the Apple iPhone 7 and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, I prefer the larger one if only because of its imaging capabilities, which are unique - at least, within Apple's own line of products.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Philippines

Apple iPhone 7 Plus is available in five colors namely, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Black, and Jet Black. Watch my exclusive unboxing of the Gold variant courtesy of our friend my friend Kim Lato and Anna Galura, Digital Marketing Manager of Kimstore:

Apple iPhone 7 Plus is now up for purchase at Kimstore. As of today - September 25, 2016, prices start at Php 52,000 for the 32GB version.

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 :
Kimstore (as of September 25, 2016) - Starts at Php 52,000

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