If you’re thinking about upgrading your current phone but you aren’t sure whether you should buy the iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy S8, we’ll compare the two flagships to give you a better idea of which one you should buy.
Design & Features
The design of both these devices are stunning thanks to their almost all screen front and beautiful glass backs. The Samsung Galaxy S8 has curved edges and less bezel along the sides of the device, while the iPhone X has a little notch located on the top of the device to house the infrared cameras, sensors, and microphone.
The iPhone X and S8 both sport a 5.8-inch OLED display with HDR support. The S8 has a resolution of 2960 x 1440 (571ppi) while the iPhone X has a resolution of 2436 x 1125 (458ppi). Even though the S8 has a slightly better resolution, Apple’s iPhone X screen has True Tone that automatically adjusts the colors of the screen based your ambient lighting, which allows for things to look natural.
Apple ditched the Touch ID on the iPhone X in favor of Face ID, while the S8 has facial scanning and a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. The iPhone X’s Face ID seems to be better than the S8 version of face scanning. Moreover, Samsung has Gear VR support and DeX station dock support while Apple has an animated emoji feature that mimics your own facial reactions.
Apple’s iPhone X rocks not one but two 12MP vertical cameras (one f/1.8 wide angle and one f/2.4 telephoto) with optical stabilization, Apple has also added a new Portrait Lighting feature for users to adjust the lighting on photos. As for the S8, it has a 12MP rear camera (f/1.7) that features several software enhancements to take the camera to a whole new level compared to the S7.
The iPhone X has a 2,716mAh battery and the S8 has a 3,000mAh battery. Since both the devices have glass backs, they can support wireless charging, which is pretty cool if you want to cut down on the number of wires shown when charging up your device.
At the time this article was written, the iPhone X has slow wireless charging but Apple plans on fixing that in a later iOS 11 update.
Apple’s iPhone comes in two colors: Silver and Space Gray, and two storage options: 64GB for $999 and 256GB for $1149. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 comes in two colors: Midnight Black, and Coral Blue for $724.99 for 64GB.
The iPhone X has Apple’s fastest chip yet, which is the A11 Bionic processor and comes with 3GB RAM, while the S8 has 4GB RAM and has Samsung’s Exynos 8895. Several benchmarks show that Apple’s A11 chip is far more powerful than any of chip on the market.
If you want to see all the specs for the devices, here’s a quick summary of what they have to offer.
Here are the specs for the iPhone X:
- Display: 5.8in OLED display with a 2436×1125 resolution at 458 ppi
- Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
- Weight: 174 grams
- Storage: 64 or 256GB
- Memory: 3 GB RAM
- Processors: A11 Bionic chip
- Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p video
- Rear camera: Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Dual optical image stabilization, Optical zoom, 4K video
- Battery: 2716 mAh, Wireless charging
And here are the specs for the Galaxy S8:
Display: 5.8in display with a 2960 x 1440 resolution at 570 ppi
Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm
Weight: 155 grams
Storage: 64GB, plus support for microSD cards up to 256GB
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.4GHz 64-bit Octa-core processor OR Samsung Exynos 8995 Octa-core CPU – region dependent
Front camera: 8MP and 1080p HD video
Rear camera: 12 MP, 4K video
Battery life: 3000 mAh, Wireless charging