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If the Rumours’ True, How will the iPhone 8 Fare Against the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

04 September 2017 | Jonathan So

Now that the Mayweather vs McGregor fight is done and dusted, a new battle amongst two giants is looming – the soon-to-be-launched iPhone 8 and the reigning king of phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. A highly-anticipated matchup between the top two smartphone brands in the market to see which of these smartphones will come out tops awaits.

Although the iPhone 8 is yet to be released, there is already a generous amount of rumours and leaks circulating online that gives us some insight on how the iPhone 8 is predicted to look like and its expected features. Hence, by compiling the information we have so far, we will determine how it compares to its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8

iPhone 8

6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display

5.8-inch AMOLED display

Infinity Display (Edge-to-edge bezel-less display)

All screen front, no home button or top bezels

Firstly, let’s see what both phones have to offer in terms of display. The display of a device is one of the primary features that make the biggest impacts on user experience and device satisfaction. Samsung has always been known for its best-in-class display technology, so it is not surprising the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has what experts claim to be the best display on a smartphone to date. The smartphone comes with a curved 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with High Dynamic Range support. The Note 8 is the first Note smartphone to realise 3K QHD+ (2960 x 1440p) resolution. This means that the display offers significantly higher image sharpness, deep blacks, and higher peak brightness than other mobile displays. Moreover, the Note 8 also features what Samsung calls the “Infinity Display”, an edge-to-edge bezel-less design that offers an 18:5.9 aspect ratio, more screen for you to work with and better viewing angles.

On the other hand, it seems that iPhone 8 will see some radical changes in terms of size and resolution. The iPhone 8 is rumoured to have a 5.8-inch AMOLED display, a big step-up from its predecessors that were fitted with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD displays. Switching to an AMOLED display means that the phone can deliver better contrast, more vibrant colours, and supports a battery-saving always-on display feature. Besides that, rumours also suggest that the upcoming flagship will also be providing an all-screen front with only a small bezel protrusion on top to host the 3D facial recognition sensor. Yes, that means the iPhone 8 will be removing the top bezel (around the earpiece) and the signature physical home button.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8

iPhone 8

Dual 12MP rear cameras with OIS and 2x optical zoom

Dual-lens camera with OIS

8MP front camera

Front camera with 3D-sensing capabilities

The Galaxy Note 8 has jumped on the dual-camera bandwagon, featuring a 12MP telephoto sensor next to the 12MP wide-angle sensor at the back of the device. Most importantly, both these sensors have their own optical image stabilisation (OIS), which guarantees blur-free images even on 2x optical zoom. You can also access a Live Focus mode in the camera app to achieve that blurry background effect. The picture quality is as excellent as ever and users can get good low-light performance as well as take a wide range of photo styles.

For the iPhone 8, rumours are suggesting that it will feature a dual-lens rear camera with both lenses feature optical image stabilisation for more stable photography. The iPhone 8’s front-facing camera will also include advanced 3D sensing capabilities. This allows the device to find the location and depth of objects in front of it, enabling it to support augmented reality applications in the future.

Internal Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

iPhone 8

Exynos 8895 CPU, 6GB RAM

A11 chipset, 3GB RAM

Available in three models – 64GB, 128 GB, and 256GB

Available in 3 models – 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB

In terms of internal specs, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset, which coupled with 6GB of RAM, deliver flawless performance. Together with its OLED display, this phone is the perfect device for all your media consumption needs. The device is available in three versions, differentiated by its internal storage – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

The iPhone 8 will feature Apple’s latest A11 chipset which is believed to provide increased power efficiency and boosted performance. iPhones always had issues with battery life but with the new-and-improved battery life and the use of an OLED screen, iPhone 8 users should see significant battery life improvements. Recent leaks have revealed that the iPhone 8 will be available in three versions – 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. At first glance, 512GB seems a little over the top but based on these justifications, it might very well be the start of a new trend in the smartphone industry.

Based on the comparisons above, it seems that the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 is pretty neck-and-neck in the battle for smartphone supremacy. As the iPhone 8 is still guesswork based on leaks, speculations, and rumours, only time will tell to see which smartphone will come up tops. In the meantime, you can check out other Samsung smartphones.

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