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Galaxy S8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Battle of the titans

The Galaxy S8 Plus is finally official — and boy, oh boy, is it shaping up to be one heck of a device. But how does it compare to the titan that is the iPhone 7 Plus?

Right off the bat, it’s clear that the Galaxy S8 Plus is the better-looking of the two. It sports an all-glass design, coupled with an edge-to-edge Infinity Display, which — put plainly — is drop-dead gorgeous.

Under the hood, you’ll find a 6.2-inch Quad HQ+ screen, an octa-core 64-bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, a Dual Pixel 12MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP selfie shooter and a 3,500mAh battery.

The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, packs a 5.5-inch Full HD panel, an 2.34GHz A10 Fusion quad-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, a Dual 12MP rear-facing snapper, a 7MP front-facing camera and a 2,900mAh cell.

So, the Galaxy S8 Plus is a lot more powerful than Apple’s flagship. In the real world though, that may not necessarily be the case, as software plays a significant part in making a handset snappy — something iOS excels at.

Check out the chart below to see how the Galaxy S8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus compare on paper.

Galaxy S8 Plus Gallery

Samsung - Galaxy S8 Plus Apple - iPhone 7 Plus
Display Size 6.2-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (531 ppi) 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 2960 1080
Resolution Y 1440 1920
Display Type Quad HD+ Retina HD
Operating System Android 7.0 (at launch) iOS 10 (at launch)
Processor Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 4GB Unknown
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 256GB
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 7MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 3500mAh N/A
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB Type-C
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 159.5 mm (6.28 inches) 6.23 inches (15.82 cm)
Width 73.4 mm (2.89 inches) 3.07 inches (78.0 mm)
Depth 8.1 mm (0.32 inches) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm)
Weight 173 g (6.10 oz) 6.63 oz (188 g)
Colors Midnight Black, Orchard Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black
Supported Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M‑JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

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Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...


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