Compare Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Apple iPhone 3GS: Price, Specs, Review

Difference between the Apple iPhone 7 Plus smartphone and the Apple iPhone 3GS mobile, with the technical details, but also the respective performances. The first phone is operating with the Apple A10 Fusion processor, which has 4 cores, 4 threads, an energy-efficient frequency of 1,1 GHz, a high-performance frequency of 2,3 GHz. The second is working with the Cortex-A8 processor, with 1 cores, 1 threads, its initial frequency is 0,6 GHz, its maximum frequency is 0,6 GHz.


Smartphone Apple iPhone 7 Plus Apple iPhone 3GS
Model version(s) A1661, A1784, A1785 A1325
Release date Q3 2016 Q2 2009
Dimensions 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in 4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 in
Weight 6.63 oz 4.76 oz
Body Front glass,
aluminium body
Aluminum body
Screen size, colours 5.5 inches, 16M colors 3.5 inches, 16M colors
Screen type LED-backlit IPS LCD TFT
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels 320 x 480 pixels
Screen ratio 16:9 3:2
Density 401 ppi 165 ppi
Operating system iOS 10.0.1 iOS 3
Processor Apple A10 Fusion Cortex-A8
Lithography 16 nm FinFET 65 nm
Cores 4 1
Threads 4 1
High-performance cores 2x Hurricane @2.34 GHz 1x Cortex-A8 @600 MHz
Energy-efficient cores 2x Zephyr @1.1 GHz
GPU PowerVR Series7XT Plus PowerVR SGX535
Memory 3 GB RAM 0.256 GB RAM
Storage 32 / 256 GB 8 / 32 GB
Memory card
Camera 12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm
12 MP, f/2.8, 56mm
3.15 MP, AF, f/2.8
Video 2160p30,
Front camera 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm No
Front video 1080p30 No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE 2.1, A2DP
USB 2.0 2.0
Battery capacity 2,900 mAh 1,220 mAh
Battery type Non-removable Li-Ion Non-removable Li-Ion
Versatile use autonomy ~ 11 hours and 40 minutes ~ 8 hours
Head SAR value (US) 1.16 W/kg 0.26 W/kg
Body SAR value (US) 1.17 W/kg 0.79 W/kg
DxOMark 88
AnTuTu 181,000
Geekbench 4 single core 3,399 150
Geekbench 4 multi-core 5,773 150
Rating 4 / 5 3.4 / 5
Number of reviews 990 365
Price $400 $45
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We can thus compare easily the technical specifications between these two smartphones. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus smartphone has a bigger number of cores, the maximum frequency of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is higher. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus has a more recent release date.

Note: prices may change with time. They are not updated in real time. Shipping costs have not been integrated in the overall cost of the mobile devices.

Performance comparison between the Apple iPhone 7 Plus phone and the Apple iPhone 3GS. For this purpose, we are looking at the respective scores on AnTuTu and Geekbench 4.

Geekbench 4:

Processor Geekbench 4 – Multi-core & single core score – iOS 64-bit
Apple iPhone 7 Plus  3,399
Apple iPhone 3GS  150

This graph shows us the difference in power between these two phones. For each value, it is an average based on 250 data generated in the benchmark platform.

On the single-core side, there is thus a difference of 2166%. In multi-core, the gap is 3749%.


Unfortunately, we can not yet display the comparison chart for the results on AnTuTu, because we lack data for at least one of these processors. Please, come back in a few days.