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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. Apple iPhone 8 Plus: Battle of the Plus-sized

06 April 2018 | Jillian Cheong

Back in the days, the average phone size was only 3.5-inch or smaller. These days, people do love their phones big as many want the benefits of a tablet without having to purchase one. Other than the obvious reason of making everything bigger, larger phones equal to better battery life. With that said, it will only be natural if we compare these plus-sized phones: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and Apple iPhone 8 Plus. We'll be comparing the display and design, performance, and camera of these two big phones and see how they stack up against each other.

Display and Design

Samsung S8 Plus Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Screen size (inches) 6.2 inches 5.5 inches
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Resolution

1440x2960 pixels

1080x1920 pixels

Pixels per inch (PPI) 529

401

Phablet lovers will enjoy the big edge-to-edge display that the S8 Plus offers. The bezels on the phone have shrunk, leaving only a small space for the bars at the top and bottom. Thus, making it as compact as possible.

In spite of perfecting the smartphone year after year, the bezels on the iPhone 8 Plus are still rather chunky and looking similar to its predecessors. The phone lacks its originality and is being overshadowed by not only the iPhone X but many of its competitors. Fortunately, the iPhone 8 Plus's main advantage is the 5.5-inch LCD display that features the True Tone Technology. This awesome innovation measures both brightness and colour temperature and adjusts the device's colours accordingly.

Performance

Samsung S8 Plus Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Processor

Exynos 8895

Apple A11 Bionic
RAM 6GB or 4GB 3GB
Internal storage

128GB or 64GB

256GB or 64GB

Expandable storage

microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only

No

Performance wise, the Galaxy S8 Plus is powered by the Exynos 8895 processor which is great for handling multiple tasks. Albeit being fast, there are still some hiccups in some places and carrying out tasks is far less smooth.

Aside from the lack of aesthetic creativity, the iPhone 8 Plus packs a punch with its hexa-core A11 Bionic Chip which is the same processor used to power the iPhone X. The powerful device churns through tasks effortlessly with its six-core processor, putting its competitor – the Qualcomm Snapdragon, to shame.

Camera

Samsung S8 Plus Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Rear camera

12-megapixel

12-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes
Front camera

8-megapixel

7-megapixel

The Galaxy S8 Plus sports a single 12MP f/1.7sensor that features optical image stabilisation and dual-pixel autofocus which snaps up brilliant shots. On top of that, the image processing is speedy while photos turn out to be detailed and packed with natural colours.

The iPhone 8 Plus seems to have the slight edge thanks to its dual-camera which enables users to take pictures in Portrait Mode. Another feature is the completely rebuilt sensor which makes everything larger and faster.

The Verdict? Both.

Despite having similar price points, both phones have their distinct advantages. For the Galaxy S8+ it's their immersive infinity display with close-to-perfect colour production. While the iPhone 8+ takes the upper hand for its buttery smooth performance. Depending on your preferences, you'll probably favour the iPhone 8+ over the Galaxy S8+ thanks to its longer list of advantages.

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