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Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Samsung outclasses Apple

by Brandon Russell | August 23, 2017August 23, 2017 9:30 am PDT

Even Apple fanboys can admit the iPhone 7 Plus is no match for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, a device that, at least for a while, holds the crown as the market’s most complete smartphone to date.

It’s plain to see why the Note 8 is superior when you compare the spec sheets. The Note 8 features wireless charging, while the iPhone 7 Plus does not. The Note 8 features expandable storage, while the iPhone 7 Plus does not. We can go on and on.

Meanwhile, Apple’s aluminum slab is no match for the Note 8’s elegant all-glass design. You also can’t argue against Samsung’s gorgeous display, which looks positively stunning in person, melting beautifully over each edge while featuring virtually no bezel.

These are not subjective observations. What is subjective, however, is the software experience; the debate of Android versus iOS will rage on until the apocalypse comes. But even then Samsung’s Note 8 makes a good argument to ditch iOS thanks to the device’s S Pen.

Of course, comparing a device that’s brand new with one that’s several months old is unfair. The real test for the Note 8 will come when the iPhone 8 launches in September. However, as far as we can tell, it’s going to be mighty hard for Apple to best Samsung’s latest flagship.

See how the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 7 Plus compare in the chart below.

Samsung - Galaxy Note 8 Apple - iPhone 7 Plus
Display Size 6.3-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (522 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 7.1.1 (at launch) iOS 10 (at launch)
Processor Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm processor/Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm processor - Differs by market A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 6GB Unknown
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 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 LE Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 3300mAh N/A
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • MST
  • USB Type-C
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Proximity
  • Pressure
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
Height 162.5 mm (6.40 inches) 6.23 inches (15.82 cm)
Width 74.8 mm (2.94 inches) 3.07 inches (78.0 mm)
Depth 8.6 mm (0.34 inches) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm)
Weight 195 g (6.88 oz) 6.63 oz (188 g)
Colors N/A 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, APE 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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