The epic struggle for who makes the best phone continues. This year Samsung came out fighting with the Galaxy S8 and its beautiful edge-to-edge display. Apple followed that up with the iPhone X and its beautiful edge-to-edge display (you see a theme here?). But Apple also unveiled the new iPhone 8–and though that lacks an edge-to-edge display, it does offer some things the S8 does not (ahem, an incredible CPU). But on many other fronts the phones are both similar. So just how does Apple’s iPhone 8 compare to Samsung’s Galaxy S8? Let’s take a look to find out.
But Apple also unveiled the new iPhone 8–and though that lacks an edge-to-edge display, it does offer some things the S8 does not (ahem, an incredible CPU). But on many other fronts the phones are both similar. So just how does Apple’s iPhone 8 compare to Samsung’s Galaxy S8? Let’s take a look to find out.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Specs
Here are the specs for the iPhone 8:
- Display: 4.7in display with a 1334 x 750 resolution at 326 ppi
- Dimensions: 138.4mm x 67.3mm x 7.3mm
- Weight: 148 grams
- Storage: 64 or 256GB
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Processors: A11 Bionic chip
- Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video
- Rear camera: 12MP camera, 4K video
- Battery: 1821 mAh, Wireless charging
And here’s the specs for the Samsung 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
When it comes to the CPU, it’s no contest. The iPhone 8 SMOKES the S8 in processing power. That’s because it features the new A11 Bionic chip with its neural engine. If they A11 had legs it would literally run circles around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 found in the S8 (and the Exynos 8995 found in some regional models). That being said, the S8 packs 50% more RAM with 4GB of memory versus the iPhone 8’s paltry 2GB. Still, the A11’s speed and power more than makes up for its lack of RAM.
As for storage, both phones come in 64GB versions, but the iPhone 8 also offers a 256GB model. The Samsung Galaxy S8 only comes in a 64GB model, but it can be boosted up to another 256GB thanks to its microSD expansion slot.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Display & Design
No doubt about it, the S8 has the superior design by far. That’s thanks to its edge-to-edge display. Yeah, Apple offers an edge-to-edge display in the iPhone X, but we’re talking about the iPhone 8 here, which still has massive bezels. As for that display, the S8’s is a massive 5.8 inches–over an inch larger than the 4.7in display in the iPhone 8. It’s also got a much higher pixel density and aspect ratio. In that regard, the iPhone 8 can’t compete.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Battery
The S8 has a MUCH bigger battery at 3000 mAh, versus the 1821 mAh found in the iPhone 8. Still, don’t expect that much greater battery life. Matter of fact, both phones will last almost the same amount of time under similar tasks. Why? Because the S8 needs all that extra juice to power its much larger (and more beautiful) display. One nice thing is that both phones also offer wireless charging–and most charging pads will work with either one, provided that are Qi-compatible.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Cameras
It’s a virtual draw here. The selfie cam on the S8 is 8MP versus the 7MP sensor found in the iPhone 8. That’s better by a smidge, but most people won’t notice the difference. As for the rear cameras, most people probably won’t notice a difference as they are both 12MP sensors that both record in 4K video. It’s a letdown that neither of these phones offer dual lens systems. Both are single lens–like it’s 2016 or something.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Cost
Unlocked the 4.7in iPhone 8 will cost £699 (64GB) and £849 (256GB). For the Samsung Galaxy S8, you’ll pay £669 for the 64GB model. That’s £50 cheaper than the entry-level iPhone 8 with the same storage and you also get the much larger and more beautiful display. Then again, the iPhone 8 gets you the insanely powerful A11 chip, which smokes the CPU in the S8.
Speaking personally, I would get the Galaxy S8 over the iPhone 8 any day of the week. I prefer the way it looks, I prefer its display, which is 10X better than the iPhone 8’s, and it is more or less the iPhone’s equal with respect to imaging.
For raw power and overall specs and good looks, the Galaxy S8 is the clear victor here. Yes, the iPhone 8 has the A11 chipset inside it, but the boost, while technically significant, is not something you’ll feel with every day, normal usage.