iPhone 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Apple and Samsung Face Off
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By Admin - September 15, 2017 11:59 pm   0   315   0

With the iPhone 8 finally official, the biggest smartphone battle of the year is about to kick-off. Samsung has returned to form after the failed Galaxy Note 7, with the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 both featuring stunning designs and high-end features. But can the iPhone 8 compete? Let’s have a look and see.

Comparison :

  iPhone 8 Galaxy S8
Screen 4.7-inch LCD 5.8-inch Super AMOLED
Display 1334×750 (326ppi) 2960×1440 (570ppi)
Aspect ratio 16:9 18.5:9
Rear camera 12MP, f/1.8, OIS 12MP, f/1.7, OIS
Front camera 7MP, f/2.2 8MP, f/f.7
Chipset Apple A11 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895
RAM N.A. 4GB
Storage 64/256GB 64GB
Battery N.A. 3000mAh
Waterproof? IP67 IP68
Fingerprint scanner? Yes Yes
Face/Iris scanner? No Yes
Headphone jack? No Yes
Data port Lightning USB-C
Wireless charging? Qi Qi/PMA
MicroSD slot? No SDXC
Dimensions 67.3×138.4×7.3mm 68.1×148.9x8mm
Weight 148g 155g

 

Design

The Samsung Galaxy S7 was a nice phone, but the Galaxy S8 is next level. It has a curved AMOLED display that melts into the metal and glass back and helps it sit comfortably in your hand.

It’s big, yes – it’s always going to big be with a 5.7-inch display – but it’s not too big. If anything, it’s the smallest big phone there are thanks to its narrower and taller design.

A speaker, USB-C port, and headphone jack sit on the S8’s bottom, while a terribly placed fingerprint scanner lies next to the camera module on the back.

The iPhone 8 lacks the headphone jack – Apple was never going to have the ‘courage’ to bring it back – but it does match the Samsung Galaxy S8 by being water-resistant.

At first glance, and we won’t know more until we get our hands on the phone, that the Galaxy S8 is the better-looking phone. The iPhone 8 looks almost like the iPhone 7 but replaces the metal back for a glass one. If you want something that looks a whole lot more futuristic, the iPhone X is for you.

Both the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 have glass backs. This allows for them both to be capable of wireless charging when paired with the right Qi-enabled accessory. Samsung has been doing wireless charging for years now, but the iPhone 8 and iPhone X are the first of Apple’s device to support it.

Another thing that both Samsung and Apple do is offer their flagship phones in multiple flavors. Both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 can be bought in larger, plus models. The S8 Plus has a 6.2-inch, while the iPhone 8 Plus ups the 4.7-inch display to 5.5-inches.

Both of these phones offer power in swathes, and they’re sure to be two of the speediest phones of 2017.

Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S8 with a Snapdragon 835 processor (Exynos 8895 in Europe) along with 4GB RAM. Apple’s iPhone 8 uses an A11 chip that likely is built using the same 10nm manufacturing process as both the 835 and Exynos 8895. Basically, a smaller manufacturing process means a more efficient chipset.

We don’t yet know how much RAM will be in the iPhone 8, but expect it to be either 2/3GB (like the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus respectively) or 4GB (like the iPad Pro 2).

In terms of display, Apple and Samsung take quite opposing directions. The Galaxy S8 possesses a stunning 5.7-inch AMOLED Infinity Display that stretches edge-to-edge like the iPhone X. It’s a quad-HD resolution screen that supports HDR content from the likes of YouTube, Prime Video, and Netflix.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, on the other hand, sticks to an IPS LCD panel with the same resolution as the previous phones. That means the 8 Plus has a 1080p panel, while the 8 has a resolution slightly above 720p.

On the back of the Samsung Galaxy S8, there’s a single 12-megapixel camera with a f/1.7 aperture. The S8’s camera is great and is capable of quickly taking accurate, natural looking photos without fussing with various modes. The iPhone 8 is equipped with a 12MP camera and the iPhone 8 Plus has a dual 12MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture and f/2,8 aperture.

Apple says the new cameras have better autofocus, built-in noise reduction, and bigger sensors. The iPhone 8 Plus also has a new ‘Portrait Lighting’ mode that uses the cameras to adjust the lightning on a persons face. It sounds clever, but we’ll have to wait and see how it actually works in real life.

 

Display

In terms of display, again the iPhone 8 is a little uninspiring. While the iPhone X gets the large 5.8in, 2,436 x 1,125 resolution OLED display, the iPhone 8 doesnt get the same treatment, instead of sticking with a 4.7in 1,334 x 750 resolution LCD panel, and a 5.5in Full HD LCD display on its plus-sized alternative. What it does benefit from this year, is TrueTone technology - the same found in Apples recent iPads.

The Galaxy S8 maintains Samsung’s reputation of producing brilliant phone displays. It features Samsung’s signature Super AMOLED panel but now stretched to 5.8in thanks to its unconventional 18:5.9 ratio. Because it’s a 2K AMOLED screen, Samsung packs in an impressive 570ppi pixel density too. It also has a perfect contrast ratio and comes with HDR support so the likes of Netflix and Amazon Video look absolutely brilliant.

 

Hardware

The iPhone 8 improves on the iPhone 7s performance. Underneath its glass and aluminum body lies Apples latest Soc chip, dubbed the A11 Fusion. Were yet to properly put it through its paces ourselves, but Apple has quoted a decent 70% bump in multi-core performance over last years iPhone 7.

The Samsung Galaxy S8, however, isn’t so straightforward. It comes with either an Exynos 8895 or equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. Last gen the Samsung Galaxy S8 overtook the iPhone 7 in terms of power, although not by too much, so it’s not too surprising to think that the A11 chip might usurp Samsung’s S8 when it arrives in September.

On the features front, the iPhone 8 doesnt benefit from wireless charging like its iPhone X alternative, which is a real shame. The iPhone 8 comes in two storage options: 64GB and 256GB - with no room to expand via microSD.

Apple’s iPhone 8 will launch with iOS 11 as standard, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 supports the latest version of Android Nougat but will be available to upgrade to Android 8 Oreo sometime later in the year.

 

Camera

As always, camera quality requires a shootout in PC Labs, but we have a pretty good idea of the hardware in each phone. The iPhone 8 has a single, 12-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and quad LED True Tone flash. Unlike its larger sibling, theres no secondary sensor, so you dont get features like telephoto zoom, portrait mode, portrait lighting, or the bokeh effect.

Overall, we expect to see the performance thats similar to the iPhone 7, which we found to be a great camera during our testing, though not necessarily the best compared with other phones on the market. However, with Apples ARKit, the iPhone 8 should work with AR apps without requiring any additional hardware. Currently, thats not something youre able to get on the Galaxy S8 until ARCore comes out.

The S8, on the other hand, is among the best camera phones weve tested, boasting a single, 12-megapixel rear camera that excels in capturing detail and shooting in low light.The S8 also has OIS and both phones have 4K video recording and slow-mo video. The S8 has the added advantage of manual controls, which let you tweak focus, shutter speed, white balance, and other elements to take better shots.

 

Software and Features

The iPhone 8 comes running iOS 11, Apples latest operating system. It also rolls out to other iPhone owners starting Sept. 19, bringing new features like ARKits augmented reality support, a file manager, and serious multitasking capabilities. When it comes to consistent updates, you wont do better than Apple.

The S8, by contrast, runs Android 7.1 Nougat with the TouchWiz skin. Though it should get an update to Android 8.0 Oreo when youll actually see it depends on your career. The S8 will support AR apps once Googles ARCore arrives.

Samsung has its own advantages, though. For example, Samsung Pay works with nearly all credit card readers and terminals, not just those that are compatible with Android Pay or Apple Pay.

A small ecosystem of S8 accessories also provides useful functionality. Samsung Dex lets you hook the S8 up to a monitor and keyboard, to mirror Android onto a bigger screen for productivity and games. The Samsung Gear VR headset and a touch controller lets you use the phone for fun gaming experiences.

 

Short Summary

  • Design: The Samsung Galaxy S8 sports an edge-to-edge display curved sides and curved back. The iPhone 8 is a more familiar design, but now sports a glass back, Both phones are IP-rated for water-resistance. Only the Galaxy S8 has a headphone jack.
  • Specs: Both phones have top-end specs. Running the Galaxy S8 is a Snapdragon 835 CPU, while the iPhone 8 has an Apple-made A11 chip. Apple sticks to Retina LCDs for the 8, while Samsung goes AMOLED with an HDR support.
  • Price: The Samsung Galaxy S8 starts at £689, with the Plus model hitting £769. The iPhone 8 starts at $699, with the Plus model starting at $799.




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