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iPhone X vs. Galaxy S8: Has Apple outdone Samsung’s nearly perfect smartphone?

by Brandon Russell | September 12, 2017

There are a lot of similarities between the iPhone X and Galaxy S8, including the bezel-less displays, support for wireless charging, and next-level biometric technology. So, what makes Apple’s latest device so different?

Apple is hoping its dual-camera setup, TrueDepth camera technology, and software will attract people away from Samsung’s incredible flagship. Oh, and the iPhone X supports Animoji, for those times when you want to send animated emoji to friends and family.

The real difference between these two phones comes down to price. The iPhone X starts at $999, which puts it out of reach for a lot of consumers. The Galaxy S8, meanwhile, is just over $700 if you want it unlocked straight from Samsung.

You can see a spec-for-spec breakdown between the two phones in the table down below.

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Apple - iPhone X Samsung - Galaxy S8
Display Size 5.8-inch, 1125 x 2436 pixel display (463 ppi) 5.8-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (568 ppi)
Resolution X 1125 2960
Resolution Y 2436 1440
Display Type Super Retina HD Quad HD+
Operating System iOS 11 (at launch) Android 7.0 (at launch)
Processor A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
RAM 3GB (unofficial) 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 7MP 8MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A: 800, 1900, 2100
  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
  • GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100
  • LTE Cat.16 (May differ by markets and mobile operators)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Battery N/A 3000mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • Lightning port
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Face ID
  • Proximity
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Geomagnetic
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • Galileo
  • QZSS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
Height 5.65 inches (14.35 cm) 148.9 mm (5.86 inches)
Width 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) 68.1 mm (2.68 inches)
Depth .30 inches (7.6 mm) 8 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 6.14 oz (174 g) 155 g (5.47 oz)
Colors Space Gray Silver Midnight Black, Orchard Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
Supported Audio Formats AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+) MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF
Supported Video Formats HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

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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...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...