Comparison: iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy Note 8


The iPhone X is Apple’s flagship smartphone for the next one year and takes on heavyweights from Samsung, namely the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8.

How exactly does the iPhone X do compared to its flagship Android competitors in a direct spec comparison? Now, specs do mean little in real life as it’s all about optimising the software for the hardware — an area where Apple excels at. Nonetheless, let’s have a quick look at how the iPhone X does in a heads-on specs comparison against the best flaghsip smartphones from Samsung.

Basis of Difference iPhone X Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+ Galaxy Note 8
Dimensions 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
Weight 174gms 155g 173g 195g
IP Certification IP67 IP68 IP68 IP68
Display 5.8-inch Bezel-less OLED display 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display
1125 x 2436 resolution, 458 ppi QHD+ resolution – 2960×1440 QHD+ resolution – 2960×1440 QHD+ resolution – 2960×1440
HDR, Dolby Vision, 3D Touch, True Tone Always On Display Always On Display HDR, Dolby Vision, Always On Display
Chipset A11 Bionic Chip – 6-core 64-bit chip, 10nm process, M11 motion coprocessor Snapdragon 835 – US Only – Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm process
Dual-core Neural engine Exynos 8895 – International markets – Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm process
RAM and Storage 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB and 256GB storage 4GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.1) storage, microSD card slot 6GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.1) storage | 128/256GB variants in certain international markets, microSD card slot
Camera Rear: Primary 12MP OIS (F1.8), OIS Rear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7), 1.4um Pixel Rear: Primary Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7), 1.4um Pixel
Secondary: 12MP (F2/4), 2x Optical Zoom, OIS  – Secondary: 12MP (F2/4), 2x Optical Zoom, OIS
Front: TrueDepth 7MP (F/2.2)  Front: 8MP AF (F/1.7)
Battery TBA 3000mAh 3500mAh 3300mAh
Fast charging Fast charging
Qi wireless charging Fast wireless charging
Connectivity Wi-Fi ac, LTE-A Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, LTE Cat.16
Bluetooth 5.0, NFC with Reader mode, Lightning port, GPS Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou), 3.5mm headphone jack Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou), 3.5mm headphone jack
Sensors Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometer Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
OS iOS 11 Android 7.0 Android 7.1.1
Software Features Apple Pay, Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, Siri, ARKit Samsung Pay, Facial Recognition, Bixby with dedicated hardware button Samsung Pay, Facial Recognition, Bixby with dedicated hardware button, Live Focus
Colors Silver, Space Gray, Gold Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold Midnight Black, Deep Sea Blue, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold
Others ARKit ARCore S Pen with 4096 pressure points, Always On Display, Screen Off Memo, Live Message, ARCore
Biometric Authentication Face ID Face unlock, Iris scanner, fingerprint scanner

So, what do you think about the iPhone X now? Do note that the iPhone X is costlier than all the three flagship Samsung phones compared here. The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung’s most expensive phone ever with a price tag of around $950 but then the handset comes with a number of freebies to sweeten the deal.

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