With the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus release in September and iPhone X in late October and Galaxy S8 already in the market, we are expecting a showdown between Apple and Samsung’s flagships. This is nothing new though! That’s the battle we are witness to every year. Both companies claim to revolutionize the smartphone industry with their new releases. And, it is true that we get to see the most technologically advanced, state-of-art, smart mobile devices with these flagship releases.
I do believe that these companies leap well ahead of the technology they presented previous year. But, the question that begs the answer is – are there any tangible, substantial enhancements to the user experience? If truth be told, the new devices are usually built upon on the previous iterations. Revolution isn’t normally brought about in a year. It takes time. For instance, if you would compare iPhone 8 to iPhone 7, you will find only a few major and several minor improvements that have no significant impact on the quality of user experience. But, when you put iPhone 8 against, say, iPhone 5, you will find overwhelming differences.
That said, I now intend to lay out the differences between the flagships from two major brands of the world, that go neck to neck in competition, vying for the smartphone market stronghold. In the following text, you will be able to contrast iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8.
Apple hasn’t made any noticeable changes to the design since 2016. Hence, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are pretty much the same as iPhone 6. These phones feature aluminum finish on the sides and significant bezel space on the top and bottom. These devices also retain the Home button integrated with Touch ID. And, there is no headphone jack as well. For the uniform body look, the company has made the glass panes match on the back and front. iPhone X is a completely different story altogether. It is the first device to feature an all-screen design. This means there is no bezel on the top and bottom. The sides are also nearly non-existent.
Galaxy S8 has a different design too. It features the famous display curve along its sides leaving out only a little space for the metallic finish, which is more prominent in iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The bezel size on the top and bottom is also sleeker in comparison lending it a more elegant look. S8 also has a headphone jack. And, there is a microSD slot on the top for extended storage capacity; something you never find in iPhones. The front and back panels are made of all glass. Galaxy S8’s screen to body ratio is also unbeatable.
iPhone 8 features a display size of 4.7 inches, making it the smallest of all. iPhone 8 Plus has a larger display size of 5.5 inches. Apparently, it is also heavier. iPhone X has the largest screen size of 5.8-inch and weighs considerably more than the other two devices. Galaxy S8 too has a screen size of 5.8-inch but what’s incredible is that it has managed to keep the weight light. S8 weighs only a little more than iPhone 8 and noticeably less than the other two iPhones. While it is obvious to think that 4.7-inch display of iPhone 8 makes it more comfortable for one-handed use, the truth is that all the phones easily fit in your hands. However, owing to its sleeker design, some users may find Galaxy S8 more convenient to use.
The new iPhones have IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. They can come out unharmed of 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Galaxy S8 has the IP68 certification and hence can go down in water a bit deeper (up to 6 feet).
All the iPhones and Galaxy S8 support wireless charging.
DISPLAY QUALITY AND EXPERIENCE
All the three iPhones feature an OLED screen and high resolution allowing for a great display experience. Of course, there are some differences but they will likely be observable to the very curious eyes.
iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X offer a display resolution of 1334 by 750 (326 PPI), 1920 by 1080 (401 PPI) and 2436 by 1125 (458 PPI). Even though iPhone X offers higher resolution than the two, the pixel distribution across the display is proportionate to the screen size. This is why you may not see a lot of difference in quality.
The new iPhones feature the Retina HD display (iPhone X boasts of ‘Super’ Retina HD display). The pixel density remains much the same over the years. But, the color range has increased. The devices also offer True Tone for warmer, more soothing colors and better contrast.
Samsung Galaxy S8 emerges as a clear winner in comparison. The 5.8-inch display packs a much higher resolution of 2960 by 1440 and higher pixel density of 570ppi as well. Super AMOLED display with higher PPI produces sharper, richer images. The colors are also more dense and saturated.
Surprisingly, compared to Galaxy S8, the new iPhones have a better quality IPS panel allowing wider viewing angles and more color accuracy.
PROCESSOR AND RAM
The new iPhones pack the same A11 Bionic processor and that’s what makes them truly stand out. The processing power of this chipset is unmatched by any other smartphone processor. In simple words, Apple’s new flagship will carry the most powerful smartphone processor anyone has ever seen before. And I haven’t concluded this out of some whim. After several benchmark tests, it has been noted that A11 Bionic is way ahead of any other mobile processor. So, when we put Snapdragon 835, which runs Galaxy S8, against A11 Bionic, the latter will make the former look like some mid-range processor. Of course, A11 Bionic hasn’t been tested by the users and only time will tell if it will be as reliable as Snapdragon 835.
When it comes to RAM, Galaxy S8 beats iPhones by far. While S8 packs a mighty 6 GB RAM, iPhones have to settle for 3 GB on X and 8 Plus and 2 GB on iPhone 8. But, we know that the performance of any device depends on a great deal on the processor. And, as already established, iPhones will have a far superior chipset. So, we are yet to see if the additional RAM will truly make any difference.
Apple hasn’t made many enhancements in the battery over iPhone 7. In fact, the company says that iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus battery will last as long as iPhone 7. iPhone X, however, will enjoy a little-improved battery life and is likely to last 2 hours longer than the other two devices.
Samsung too hasn’t been able to do much with the battery in Galaxy S8. Several rundowns revealed that S8’s battery life is inferior in comparison to the new iPhones. In fact, Samsung has always had some struggles with the battery life. That’s probably because it offers a more advanced and richer display. Thankfully, there is a workaround that can enhance the battery life significantly. If you change the screen resolution to 1080p from default Quad HD, you will add more than 2 hours to the battery life. That’s quite a lot I would say.
The new iPhones pack a 12MP camera. However, there are some differences in quality. iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have the same camera that offers dual aperture mode, optical zoom, larger digital zoom, and optical image stabilization. The camera also features a secondary sensor that allows more options to capture images than iPhone 8. This camera can take telephoto shots, portrait shots, and create Bokeh effects that iPhone 8 camera cannot.
That said, I would like to say that iPhone 8 still has a great quality camera that can take some stunning photos. It can record high-quality videos in 4K and full HD resolution also features optical image stabilization and noise reduction.
Galaxy S8 also features a 12MP camera but it offers better photo quality than iPhones. It is capable of capturing more details making it perfect for post-processing images. It also excels at shooting in the low light conditions.
While iPhone cameras allow some control over how you shoot the photograph, Galaxy S8 offers more customization. It let you to control the shutter speed, change the focus points, and tweak the white balance for more natural colors. Those who are looking to have a more ‘professional’ photography experience would like S8 camera better.
FIRMWARE & EXTRAS
The new iPhones will be shipped with the latest firmware iOS 11, which promises to bring many enhancements over its predecessors. Apple claims that with this operating system, your device will become more capable of multitasking. This OS also offers the much awaited Augmented Reality feature. Apple has lived true to its promises in the past about its firmware and we are expecting no less this time.
Samsung Galaxy S8 still largely runs on Android Nougat. Although Google has released the latest version of the firmware, Android Oreo, not all the devices have received it yet. Well, sooner or later your S8 will get the update and you will be able to use the device to its full potential. But, I still strongly believe that Android hasn’t been able to up its game to match the prowess of iOS line of operating systems. So, when the fight gets down to firmware, iPhone is more likely to take the pie
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
Samsung started shipping its flagship S8 in April this year, which means it has been around for many months now. This phone could cost you up from $600 to$800 depending upon what kind of promotions and offers your carrier is running. Contract purchase can get you some impressive discounts.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus pre-order started on September 15 and Apple is slated to start shipping them from September 22. iPhone X will be available for pre-order from October 27 and shipping starts from November 3.
iPhone 8 will cost you $699 for 64GB and $849 for 256GB. iPhone 8 Plus is priced at $799 for 64 GB and $949 for 256 GB.
iPhone X is the costliest of all with its 64GB variant priced at $999 and 256GB at $1149.
These are the contract-free prices. Contact your carrier for any discounts or promotions.
Galaxy S8 is just about as good as iPhone X and still priced significantly lower.
All the three models of iPhone are available in two storage variants (that also determine its price) – 64 GB and 256 GB. These advanced models are capable of recording high-quality 4K videos that are saved in some heavy files. Those with 64GB model may see the space running out rather too soon. 256 GB gives some peace of mind but not without a bigger price tag. Unfortunately, none of the iPhones offer an SD card slot. Hence, the storage capacity cannot be extended.
Samsung Galaxy S8 offers just one internal memory option of 64 GB. But, what’s really great about this device is that it has a microSD card slot and lets you expand the storage by up to 2TB. This is truly incredible I would say!