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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8 - the Flagship Phone Battle

03 April 2018 | MJ Mendoza

Samsung and Apple have been going head to head for supremacy with newer and better phones every year. The two phone brands are always neck and neck when it comes to showing off their flagship tech. When it comes to the camera, iPhones have always been ahead of its game while Samsung has always been known for their processing prowess but is that always the case? Let’s find out.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

Apple iPhone 8

Price

PHP 30,999. Samsung Galaxy S8 price

PHP35,708. iPhone 8 price

Release Date

March 2017

September 2017

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in

Weight

155 g

148 g

Sim

Nano-SIM or Hybrid Dual SIM

Nano-SIM

Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.8 inches, 84.8 cm2

4.7 inches, 60.9 cm2

Screen-to-body ratio

~83.6% screen-to-body ratio

~65.4% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio

750 x 1334 pixels, 16:9 ratio

Pixel Density

~570 ppi density

~326 ppi density

Screen Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

OS

Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)

iOS 11, upgradable to iOS 11.2.5

Chipset

Exynos 8895 Octa - EMEA

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 - USA & China

Apple A11 Bionic

CPU

Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) - EMEA

Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) - USA & China

Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)

GPU

Mali-G71 MP20 - EMEA

Adreno 540 - USA & China

Apple GPU (three-core graphics)

Internal memory

64 GB, 4 GB RAM

64/256 GB, 2 GB RAM

External memory

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only

No

Primary

12 MP (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5", 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF

12 MP (f/1.8, 28mm)

Secondary

8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6", 1.22 µm), autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR

7 MP, f/2.2, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama

Features

Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama

Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)

Battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (11.55 Wh)

Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery (6.96 Wh)

Talk-time

Up to 20 h (3G)

Up to 14 h (3G)

Music play

Up to 67 h

Up to 40 h

Sound

- 32-bit/384kHz audio

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

- Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

5.0, A2DP, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS

Infrared

No

No

Radio

No

No

USB

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

2.0, proprietary reversible connector

Sensors

Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Colors

Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Rose Pink, Burgundy Red

Silver, Space Gray, Gold

Other features

- Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

- Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)

- Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)

- ANT+ support

- Bixby natural language commands and dictation

- MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player

- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player

- Photo/video editor

- Document editor

- Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min

- Qi wireless charging

- Siri natural language commands and dictation

- iCloud cloud service

- MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player

- MP4/H.265 player

- Audio/video/photo editor

- Document editor

Both the Samsung S8 and the iPhone 8 are great phones in every aspect. It’s considered a great investment if you choose to buy either one considering the fact that you’re going to be using them for years to come. However, if you want to nitpick on details, they do have differences in battery life, memory, several features on the camera, and other features.

Battery Life

First off, in terms of battery life, the Samsung S8 is far more superior with its 3,000mAh battery which is almost double the capacity of the iPhone 8. If you’re the type of person that always relies on your phone for apps, games, etc on a daily basis, you might want to get one with a better battery life.

Memory

In terms of memory, both are competitive with both having 64GB memory and the iPhone 8 even creating a 256GB variant which certainly earns it a merit. However, the Galaxy S8 has an expandable memory via microSD up to 256GB at no extra cost (except if you need to buy a microSD which is not really that expensive).

Sound

Another talked about the difference between the two models is the 3.5mm jack that’s non-existent on the iPhone 8. To listen to music on your iPhone 8, either you have a lightning cable adapter or a Bluetooth Airpod which you would need to buy as extras. Although there is a silver lining to its disappearance. Some people believe that this might be the answer to people who constantly listen to music while charging their phones which weakens the battery and have also been linked to earphones exploding.

Screen

Although it doesn’t really affect performance, another difference between the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8 is the screen. The Samsung S8 has a 5.8-inch screen while the iPhone 8 only has 4.8 inches. If you’re vying for a phone with a bigger screen, go with the S8.

Price

Most importantly, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is also cheaper, especially now that the Samsung S9 and the S9+ are released. Apple also did a major rollback on their price since they released their new models but this only applies to older models like the iPhone 7, 7+, 6, and so on. In terms of price, the S8 is a winner.

The Winner? Samsung S8.

Samsung definitely takes the cake on this flagship phone battle. It has better specs than an iPhone for the fraction of a price. However, nobody is stopping you from getting an iPhone 8 which is an equally brilliant phone. If you’re looking for a premium phone and you’re particular about its features, you would want to take a Samsung S8 home compared to an iPhone 8.

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