Apple has gone to great lengths to present its debut phablet as a top-of-the-line beast of a machine, with enough processing horsepower to shame HAL 9000 and a large enough screen to put your local multiplex out of business. However, the iPhone 6 Plus is a relative latecomer to this particular race, and it’s got some substantial competition.
You can read our full
review of the iPhone 6 Plus here. We’ve also got a round-up of the
7 biggest iPhone 6 rivals here.
The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5in display, which Apple describes as Retina HD. It’s 1080×1920 pixels, which equates to a good pixel density of 401ppi, better than the 326ppi of the iPhone 6.
Apple is well-known for its sleek, sophisticated designs, and the iPhone 6 Plus is no exception, despite its enormous screen. It’s made with anodised aluminium available in Silver, Gold or Space Grey, and has a soft, curved design. It weighs 172g (compared with 129g for the iPhone 6) and is a slim 7.1mm thick, just .2mm thicker than the iPhone 6.
Inside the iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s A8 processor, paired with an M8 co-processor and 1GB of RAM. Combined, those chips are powerful and efficient, and manage to beat many of Apple’s smartphone rivals in our benchmark tests. You can find out more in our article listing the
fastest smartphones of 2015.
Capacities: 16GB, 64GB, 128GB (no microSD card slot for expansion)
Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G.
The iPhone 6 Plus’s camera offers a slight improvement over the iPhone 6, with an 8Mp rear-facing iSight camera with optical image stabilisation, 1.5 micron pixels, a dual-LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and 1080p video recording. On the front is a 1.2Mp front-facing ‘FaceTime’ camera, with 720p video recording and burst mode.
The iPhone 6 Plus also includes a Touch ID fingerprint sensor beneath the home button, in addition to an NFC chip that works with ApplePay (and currently only Apple Pay, but not in the UK until later this year).
The iPhone 6 Plus runs Apple’s
iOS 8, and will get iOS 9 when it arrives later this year.
16GB – £619, 64GB – £699, 128GB – £789