The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Apple iPhone X
Industry leaders Apple and Samsung are once again battling it out head-to-head with their new, flagship smartphone models for 2017.Both devices have the potential for owning the market as they are jam-packed with incredible features to tickle every tech-lover’s fancy.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 hit shelves in mid-September, and has quickly gained approval from a large audience to become one of the most sought-after and desirable Android devices currently on the market.
On the other hand, we are yet to see the performance of Apple’s new iPhone X, as it is only set for release in November. Both smartphones come standard with many of the same features with a few unique innovations for each. Let’s compare.
It’s a known fact that neither Samsung nor Apple produce the cheapest smartphones on the market. Yet, there is a marginal difference here in their new device-offerings. The Galaxy Note 8 will set you back around $930, while the iPhone X is around $999 for the 64GB model.
While both devices feature very similar designs the Note 8 is slightly larger and heavier. Their designs are glass, front and back, and bound together by a thin metal band. Other similarities include being water-resistant, dust-proof and support wireless charging.
Apple and Samsung have both made the decision to remove the infamous home button and rather opted for a digital bar and a pressure-sensitive panel, respectively.
Samsung have opted to place the fingerprint reader on the back of the device, while Apple has done away with it entirely. Instead, they have included their new FaceID authentication system.
We all love a crystal-clear screen display and that’s exactly what we’re getting. Covering 83% of the phone’s front, both smartphones are OLED displays. This means better color and less power consumption with a much faster response time!
The Note 8 has a rectangular display with rounded corners, curving slightly around the edges. The top and bottom of the display, however, have narrow bezels. The display is a “Quad HD+” with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 or 521ppi.
The iPhone’s display is a “Super Retina” and makes the most of every last millimeter of the display, expanding to the very edges of the screen. The resolution is 1125 x 2436 or 458ppi.
The software is really what sets the devices apart. The Note 8 comes standard running Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which will be updated with the anticipated release of Android 8.0 Oreo. The iPhone X will feature their latest: iOS 11. Both new operating systems will introduce some new features, like multitasking. iOS 11 however, is in the lead with more impressive features, like augmented reality.
The Power and Battery Life
The Samsung runs on the octa-core Exynos processor, with 6GB RAM, and your choice of internal storage (64, 128 or 256GB), with the ability to expand with a microSD card of up to 512 GB.
The non-removable battery is 3300 mAh, for around 74hours of music play or 22hours of talk time.
The iPhone will feature their own six-core A11 “Bionic” chip. Apple claims that it’s the most powerful chip to ever be used in a smartphone.
This is accompanied by 3GB RAM and 64 or 256GB internal storage. Sadly, there is no option to add a microSD card for additional storage. This device’s battery will offer 60hours of music and 21hours of talk time.
Both devices come with the rear, dual cameras with 2x optical zoom. They are both 12-megapixels with autofocus, LED dual tone flash and optical image stabilization. The difference comes in the form of software.
Apple offers a new feature “Portrait Lighting”. In addition, the selfie cameras differ with the Note 8 featuring an 8-megapixel sensor and the iPhone, a 7-megapixel sensor. However, the iPhone makes up for it with its “TrueDepth” selfie camera, which accurately maps and recognizes faces.
The Special Features
The special features of these devices will ultimately be the deciding factors between these very similar smartphones.
- The S Pen Stylus makes taking notes and drawing much easier, as well as enabling “live messages” and “Translate”.
- Samsung DeX compatible.
- Facial recognition, fingerprint reader, and iris scanner.
- TrueDepth camera with facial recognition (FaceID) to unlock the device. Depth-sensing technology to accurately map and recognize faces in any light.
- Create Animojis (live-rendered, 3D emojis) created from facial expressions tracked by the TrueDepth technology.