Apple has launched its latest phone the iPhone 8, now that it is officially and finally here, we are going to inspect all its features one by one. Then we are going to put it up against the already in the market Samsung Galaxy S8. We will address the dilemma of an average buyer hopefully this would help you to decide which one to pick for yourself.
The latest iPhone 8 is not very dissimilar to it predecessors. It is pretty much standard in terms of design when it comes to Apple’s iPhones. The circular home button is still there equipped with the same TouchID and a 4.7 inches 1334×750 resolution LCD display.
Samsung Galaxy S8, on the other hand, is awesome glass and metal, curved edges and sumptuous design. It’s curved-screen and curved display corners make it one of the most aesthetically pleasing and strikingly different smartphones on the market. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor may be in an incredibly awkward position compared to other smartphones, but it does the job well.
In terms of pocket space, the Galaxy S8 comes in at 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm and weighs 155g. Apple’s iPhone 8 on the other hand, measures 139 x 67.3 x 7.3mm, weighing in at 148g. Apple’s handset is smaller and lighter.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: 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 doesn’t 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 Apple’s 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.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Hardware
The iPhone 8 improves on the iPhone 7’s performance. Underneath its glass and aluminium body lies Apple’s latest Soc chip, dubbed the A11 Fusion. We’re yet to properly put it through its paces ourselves, but Apple has quoted a decent 70% bump in multi-core performance over last year’s 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 doesn’t 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 8.0 Oreo sometime later in the year.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Camera
Apple’s iPhone 8 camera will, we can expect, make marginal gains on the performance of the iPhone 7. Its camera stats are the same: we’re again treated to a solitary 12-megapixel f/1.8 rear snapper, as opposed to the dual-camera setup on the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Samsung’s Galaxy range of flagship phones did, at one point, come with some of the best cameras in the business. It’s been usurped by others since, but it’s still easily one of the best cameras you can find in a smartphone right now. The Galaxy S8 comes with a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, Both come with optical image stabilisation and autofocus. It even has a front-facing iris scanner to keep your phone secure and help take a great selfie.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price
When it comes to price, it’s a very straightforward battle. This year’s iPhone 8 doesn’t deviate from Apple’s usual naming structure, sticking to a £699 asking price for the base model. If you’re after 256GB of storage as opposed to 64GB, expect to fork out £849.
Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S8 retails for £689 but is available to buy for about £540 from Amazon. For comparison, Apple’s iPhone 7 retails at £549 for a base model. Samsung wins here.