Apple’s iPhone X is no-doubt extremely powerful but is of $1,000+ but if ccompared to the Samsung Galaxy S8? Will it stand out?
Apple’s new iPhone lineup is out in market : iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
It’s that iPhone-X that packs in the most powerful features, such as edge-to-edge OLED display, beautiful body, facial recognition and wireless charging which is also found on iPhone 8.
Any of these features sound familiar? They should actually, because you can find most of those features on the Samsung Galaxy S8 as well. Read further to see how the Apple flagship keeps up against the best Android smartphone.
Design or Physical Features
As always Apple bought a design revolution with iPhone X that brings the company closer to its Android rivals. It has edge-to-edge display with a cutout at the top for various imaging sensors and the earpiece and another at the bottom for the speaker.
Galaxy S8 curves the display along the sides but keeps a tiny bezel on the top and bottom to spare you from an awkward cutout.
The S8 got few things the iPhone X is missing,
1: A headphone jack on the bottom, letting you listen to music without a dongle.
2: A microSD slot for extra storage.
3: A fingerprint sensor on the back to the camera.
iPhone X gets rid of fingerprint sensor to favor of Face ID, which lets you unlock the phone by looking at it. Apple claims it to be reliable as Touch ID and will also work with Apple Pay.
Both are similarly sized phones. The iPhone X is 5.65 by 2.79 by 0.30 inches (HWD) and weighs 6.14 ounces. That’s a little heavier than S8 (5.87 by 2.68 by 0.31 inches, 5.47 ounces), but both phones fit in your hand comfortably and neither strain your thumb when reaching edges.
Both smartphones support wireless charging and are water-resistant and dust-resistant. The iPhone X is rated IP67, which can survive in 5 feet of water for half hour. The S8 is IP68 allowing it to survive slightly deeper upto 6 feet.
Super Retina HD display is an OLED panel. For the first time Apple users get the same rich, saturated colours and dense inky blacks which Samsung owners have enjoyed by now. You will also get Apple’s wide colour gamut, True Tone display, and HDR for significant visual enhancements for photos and videos. A high maximum brightness should allow for good sunlight visibility and the iPhone X has the same pressure-sensitive 3D Touch feature from iPhone 6s.
5.8-inch Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S8 has one distinct advantage over iPhone-x (a higher resolution at 2,960 to 1,440and 570 ppi). High pixel density will make images and text on the S8 appear sharper in addition to the advantages of an normal OLED display.
Processor, Battery, and Camera
The iPhone X runs Apple’s new A11 Bionic chipset is incredibly powerful beating every Android device and all previous iPhones and iPads.
This new A11 Bionic chipset blows the Snapdragon 835-powered S8 out with double the speed and power.
iPhone X’s battery capacity should last two hours longer than the iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone 7 Plus clocked 6 hours with full-screen video over LTE at maximum screen brightness so this put the iPhone X at 8 hours. Galaxy S8 lasts a little shorter upto 5 hours, 45 minutes.
Camera capabilities are the hardest to determine without doing a shootout test. The S8 is one of the best camera phones we’ve tested, boasting a single 12-megapixel rear camera that excels in capturing detail and shooting in low light. You also get optical image stabilization, 4K video recording, and manual controls.
The iPhone X has a dual camera sensor setup that gives you a pair of 12-megapixel sensors. One is a standard lens, the other is a telephoto lens, and both come with OIS letting you take clearer, more stable video and improving shooting in low light. Having two camera sensors should also present some advantages when it comes to depth sensing in AR.
There are no manual controls, but the iPhone X does introduce a unique aspect to portrait mode, letting you adjust lighting on selfies to a studio-grade level. A bokeh effect is also introduced for the 7-megapixel front camera. An improved image signal processor should allow the iPhone X to focus faster in low light, snap quicker, and take better quality HDR photos. Other standard features like 4K video recording are also present, but rather than the normal 30fps, you can shoot at a smoother 60fps. It’s also capable of 240fps slow-mo video.
Software and Features
The new iPhone X is running iOS 11 which is Apple’s latest operating system. It bring with it new features like ARKit’s augmented reality support, a file manager, some serious multitasking capabilities and much awaited in Iphone screen recording.
S8 does run Android 7.1 Nougat and updates to Android 8.0 Oreo.
Price and Availability
Samsung Galaxy S8 is currently out for sale at a price range between $750 to $800.
iPhone X will cost you more starting at $999 for the 64GB storage option and $1,149 for 256GB. Just to compare, you’ll pay have to pay $200 to $300 more for the iPhone X compared with the Galaxy S8.
Both the phones share the same set of features including a beautiful design with high-resolution edge-to-edge display, wireless charging and some great camera quality. On the other hand, the iPhone X looks like it may be the most powerful phone on the market and its dual rear camera sensors and unique Face ID unlock will have lots of potential when it comes to AR. We’ll surely put the iPhone X to the test, so stay tuned for our full review.
Let’s have a quick recap of features comparison :
|Device type||Smart phone||Smart phone|
|OS||iOS (11.x)||Android (7.0)|
|Dimensions||5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches (143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm)||5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches (148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm)|
|Weight||6.14 oz (174 g)
the average is 5.5 oz (158 g)
|5.36 oz (152 g)
the average is 5.5 oz (158 g)
|Materials||Main body: Glass; Accents: Stainless steel||Main body: Glass; Accents: Aluminum|
|Features||Iris scanner, Fingerprint (touch)|
|Rugged||Water, Dust resistant||Water, Dust resistant|
|Physical size||5.8 inches||5.8 inches|
|Resolution||1125 x 2436 pixels||1440 x 2960 pixels|
|459 ppi||570 ppi|
|82.35 %||84.26 %|
|Features||HDR video support, Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor||HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor|
|Camera||12 megapixels||12 megapixels|
Focal length (35mm equivalent)
Camera sensor size – A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.
Pixel size – The size of an individual pixel on a camera’s sensor. The bigger, the better.
|Optical zoom||2.0 x|
|Hardware Features||Dual-camera (12-megapixel, F2.4 aperture), Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)||Optical image stabilization, Autofocus (Phase detection)|
|Software Features||RAW image capture, Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging||Manual focus, Object tracking, RAW image capture, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets||Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control|
|Shooting Modes||Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)||Burst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Frames, Effects|
|Camcorder||3840×2160 (4K) (60 fps), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (240 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (30 fps)||3840×2160 (4K) (30 fps), 2560×1440 (QHD), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (240 fps)|
|Features||Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing|
|Front-facing camera||7 megapixels||8 megapixels|
|Features||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)||Wide Angle, Autofocus, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Apple A11 Bionic||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998|
|Hexa-core, 64-bit, 10 nm||Octa-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm|
|Apple M11||Adreno 540|
|3 GB RAM||4 GB RAM|
|256 GB||64 GB|
|microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 256 GB|