Early Comparison: iPhone 7 VS Galaxy S8

Samsung unveiled its latest handset during its keynotes on Wednesday. The Samsung Galaxy S8 seems impressive, but how does it compare to Apple’s iPhone 7? In this article, we compare the Samsung Galaxy S8 to Apple’s iPhone 7.

Design

The Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED edge-to-edge display, with a screen resolution of 2,960 × 1,440 pixels and a pixel density of 570ppi. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S8 is water and dust resistant with an IP68 rating. The S8 has a dimension of 148.9 × 68.1 × 8mm and weighs in at 155g.

The Galaxy S8 will come in the colors Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver.

Apple’s iPhone 7 sports a 4.7-inch LCD Retina display and has a screen resolution of 1,334 × 750 pixels with a pixel density of 326ppi. The dimensions of the iPhone 7 are 138.3 × 67.1 × 7.1mm and only weighs 138g. The iPhone 7 is Apple’s first iPhone to feature water and dust resistant with an IP67 rating, however, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack.

The iPhone 7 is available in Jet Black, Black, Rose Gold, Gold, Silver and now a Special Edition RED.

Processor

The Samsung Galaxy S8 runs on a 64-bit 10nm Octa-core 2.3GHz Quad processor, however, some models of the S8 will run on Samsung’s Exynos or Snapdragon 635 processor. The phone has 4GB of RAM and comes with 64GB of storage that can be expanded using a mircoSD card.

Apple’s iPhone 7 runs on its A10 Fusion chip with an embedded motion coprocessor and sports a 6-core GPU. As of now, Apple has the fastest processor on the market thanks to its quad-core processor that has two fast performance coprocessors and two energy-efficient cores. The iPhone 7 ships in three storage tiers: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB with no addition storage microSD slot.

Camera

As for the camera, the S8 features a 12.7MP Dual pixel camera that has a f/1.7 aperture which is great for low light performance, an 8MP front camera with a f/1.7 aperture and smart Autofocus.

The iPhone 7 comes with a 12MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, 5x digital zoom, optical stabilization, quad-LED flash, and Live Photos. The front-facing camera is 7MP with a f/2.2 aperture and image stabilization.

Battery & Software

The S8 has a 3,000mAh battery and offers fast and wireless charging while the iPhone 7 has a 1,960mAh battery.

Apple’s iPhone 7 runs on iOS 10 with the ability to upgrade the operating system and features the digital assistant Siri, while the Galaxy S8 runs on Android 7 Nougat and features Bixby, which was created by the same person behind Siri.

Siri can perform web searches, answer questions, identify songs, control HomeKit products and be used with certain third-party apps to make payments, request a ride, and reserve a table at a restaurant.

Samsung claims that Bixby will be able to scan and recognize printed text, make payments, control appliances, and search for specific photos. Users will also be able to use Bixby with other apps since the SDK will be available for app developers. It’s hard to tell how accurate Bixby will be compared to Siri, but this is one area that many people feel Apple lacks in, even though Siri is getting better with each iOS update, the personal assistant is still behind other rival assistants such as Google Assistant.

Pricing & Conclusion

Consumers can currently get the iPhone 7 as low as $649, while the S8 can be pre-ordered for $750.

Although it’s hard to compare the two phones together since the S8 won’t launch until April 28 in some countries, we can still get a general idea of what both phones have to offer. Even though the S8 may have some features better than the iPhone 7 such as the display and battery to name a few, the iPhone 7 still has better features than the S8 such as the processor. Both phones are great and worth checking out if you’re considering purchasing one. The features that the S8 have such as the embedded home button, OLED display, wireless charging, and iris scanning are features that Apple’s iPhone 8 is currently speculated to have.

  • Paladin

    Haters are as hard on loyal Samsung fans as they are on loyal apple fans. But in reality, while Samsung phones have top-of-the-line specs, Android phones in general (and Samsung especially) still have terrible skinning and almost non-existent OS updates compared to iphones, who also have very good, top-of-the-line specs, no skinning and everyone gets the new OS at the same time every fall. Even for 5 year old phones. Android will never be able to compete with that kind of performance while manufacturers are all allowed to change the OS any way they want to. The good part about Android is the differences in the phones. The bad part about Android is the differences in the phones (fragmentation).