iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8? That is the question. Two phones enter, one shall leave. Except, well, we don’t really know much about the iPhone 8 beyond pure conjecture, so perhaps this is really just one phone entering and one phone leaving, but we’ll leave the conceptual stuff open to interpretation.
With the iPhone 8 set to arrive this September, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 having been out on the market for a few months now, it’s time to decide which phone you’ll want to pick up during the heated holiday period.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Design
Apple’s iPhone 8 doesn’t have a concrete design just yet as it’s still very much not a known product. What we have seen, however, are dummy models of the iPhone 8 circulating for case manufacturers to make the most of. One key aspect shown in these leaks is an edge-to-edge screen, a glass back, vertical camera array and no TouchID panel on the back as some rumours have suggested. It looks very similar to the iPhone 7 in terms of overall shape, but with a far more luxurious finish.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8, on the other hand, is a gorgeous sandwich of 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, obviously, doesn’t have any dimensions to speak of as of yet, but we can probably expect it to be of a similar size and weight to the iPhone 7.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Display
In terms of display, we expect the iPhone 8 to come equipped with a curved-edge OLED screen supplied by Samsung Display. Yes, that’s right, the same folks who make the screens for Samsung’s phones will be doing the same for Apple. This should mean that both phones come out with relatively similar displays.
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
As Apple’s big and fancy flagship phone, the iPhone 8 will easily improve upon what came with the iPhone 7. Nobody knows what’s really going on underneath its glass and aluminium body, but chances are it contains the next version of Apple’s mobile chip and then a similar set of RAM and battery specs as previous iPhones. The iPhone 7 used Apple’s A10 processor, so it’s likely the iPhone 8 will have an A11 chip in it.
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 will usurp Samsung’s S8 when it arrives in September.
On the features front, the iPhone 8 is said to come with wireless charging and no home button on the front. Instead, it’ll contain a 3D Touch sensor under the screen and an iris scanner for facial recognition login. Storage size is also unclear, but it’s likely to come in the same 32GB, 128GB and 25GB configurations as before. Samsung’s device, on the other hand, already has wireless charging as standard, has removed its home button and comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of flash storage minimum – with 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 “O” when it releases.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Camera
Apple’s iPhone 8 camera will, undoubtedly, make improvements to what’s found on the iPhone 7. Early leaked shots of the iPhone 8 dummy phone show it with a vertical dual-camera arrangement instead of a horizontal one found on the iPhone 7 Plus. In terms of raw camera specs, expect Apple to equip the iPhone 8 with something akin to the dual-camera setup found on the iPhone 7 Plus.
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 tricky battle. Rumours have it that the iPhone 8 could cost nearly as much as $1,000 as it’s a special edition to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. If that doesn’t come to pass, then Apple’s phone will actually be at a very similar price to Samsung’s somewhat overpriced handset.
Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S8 retails for £689 but is available to buy for about £580 via the likes of Amazon. For comparison, Apple’s iPhone 7 retails at £599 for a base model, which has half the storage size found in the Galaxy S8. It’s likely the iPhone 8 will retail at the same price if it hasn’t been given the limited-edition pricing treatment.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Verdict
As with all of these comparisons between two very different phones and ecosystems – it all comes down to preference.
Chances are the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8 will be quite similar in terms of power, potential and finish. In all honesty, the decision you’re making here isn’t “do I want a Samsung Galaxy S8 or an iPhone 8?” it’s, do I want to use iOS or Android? And that, my friends, is a different matter altogether.