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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7: Samsung steps up its game

by Brandon Russell | March 29, 2017March 29, 2017 12:00 pm PDT

Even iPhone owners must be looking at the Galaxy S8 with envy. (I know I am.)

For neutrals, the “better option” seems obvious. Samsung’s new flagship features a superior all-glass design and its guts are apparently much more powerful, too. We’re going to go out on a limb and call the S8 the most technologically advanced phone we’ve ever seen.

The funny thing about smartphones, however, is that raw power doesn’t make a phone good. (See the Moto G5 Plus.) Software plays a significant part, and even though Samsung has started taking a more minimal approach, its phones often have a way of slowing to a crawl after prolonged use. (At least in my experience.)

When it comes to design, Samsung has been at the forefront of innovation among its Android peers, and it has truly outdone itself with the Galaxy S8. That being said, Apple has had the upper hand on its overseas rival over the past several months, becoming 2016’s most popular vendor.

With the S8, it appears Samsung has rediscovered its mojo, and is ready to reclaim its crown as the industry’s best and most popular smartphone maker. Check out the blow chart to see how these phones compare on paper.

Galaxy S8 Gallery

Samsung - Galaxy S8 Apple - iPhone 7
Display Size 5.8-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (568 ppi) 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi)
Resolution X 2960 750
Resolution Y 1440 1334
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 camera
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 7MP
Networks
  • LTE Cat.16 (May differ by markets and mobile operators)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (CDMA models only)
  • TD-SCDMA (CDMA models only)
  • FDD-LTE
  • GSM/EDGE
  • TD-LTE
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 3000mAh N/A
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB Type-C
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Geomagnetic
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 148.9 mm (5.86 inches) 5.44 inches (13.82 cm)
Width 68.1 mm (2.68 inches) 2.64 inches (67.1 mm)
Depth 8 mm (0.31 inches) 0.28 inches (7.1 mm)
Weight 155 g (5.47 oz) 4.87 oz (138 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

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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