The Apple iPhone 8, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus are sometimes compared by smartphone buyers in India because they assume that the iPhone 8 can match the quality of Samsung’s powerful and beautiful devices. But that is the fault of marketing – buyers cannot be blamed for believing that the iPhone 8 is on par with either the Samsung S8 or the Samsung S8 Plus. Let’s take a closer look at what sets them apart.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Price in India
The Apple iPhone 8 was released in September of 2017, whereas the Samsung S8 and S8 Plus were released six months earlier, in March this year. While the iPhone 8 64GB is priced at ?62,000, the Samsung S8 64GB is priced at ?53,900 and the S8 Plus 64GB is priced at ?58,900.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Display
The Apple iPhone 8 offers a 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 750 x 1334 and a pixel density of 326ppi. In comparison, the S8 has a 5.8-inch super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels and a density of 570ppi. The Samsung S8 Plus offers a larger 6.2-inch super AMOLED display that has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 and a density of 529ppi. The Samsung devices are superior in terms of the body-to-screen ratio as well – the S8 and S8 Plus offer 84% and 83.6% as compared to the iPhone 8’s 65.4%. The phones also differ with respect to aspect ratio – the Samsung mobile phones offer 18.5:9 whereas the iPhone comes with the traditional 16:9 ratio.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Performance
The performance section is where things get interesting – the iPhone 8 runs on the A11 Bionic chip, which gives it an edge over both Samsung phones. In comparison, both the Samsung S8 and the S8+ run on Exynos 8895 Octa-core SoC or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (in US and China). While the SD835 chip is very good, the A11 processor manages to take the lead in the processor segment.
The iPhone 8 currently runs on iOS 11.2 whereas the Samsung devices in this comparison ship with Android 7.0 (Nougat). But a beta rollout of Android 8.0 has already begun for the S8 and S8+. With regards to RAM, the iPhone 8 only offers 2GB RAM as compared to the S8 which offers 4GB, like the S8+. All three phones have higher spec variants – the iPhone 8 is available in a 2GB RAM 256GB onboard storage version and the S8 and S8 Plus are available in 6GB RAM 128GB internal memory versions too. Where the S8 and S8+ offer expandable memory as an option, the iPhone 8 does not support microSD storage expansion.
The Samsung phones get the advantage for better batteries as well, since the iPhone 8 offers 1821mAh as compared to the S8 and S8+ which offer 3000mAh and 3500mAh respectively.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Camera
The iPhone 8, the Samsung S8 and S8 Plus have camera specs that are almost identical on paper – all three have 12MP cameras, but where the iPhone’s rear camera has a f/1.8 aperture, the S8 and S8+ have f/1.7 apertures. All three phones offer OIS (optical image stabilisation) and phase detection autofocus (the Samsung phones offer Dual Pixel PDAF). All three phones allow 4K recording at 30 fps, but the iPhone 8 allows it up to 60fps. The iPhone 8 also records 1080p at 240fps whereas the S8 and S8+ make do with 720p video recording at the same frame rate.
On the front, the S8 has an 8MP f/1.7 shooter which works pretty great in low light. The S8 Plus has a similar selfie camera as well. The iPhone 8 comes with a 7MP f/2.2 front camera in comparison.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Verdict
Overall, the S8 and S8 Plus pack more punch for the price tag. The phones also offer better displays and a better rear and front cameras. We found the S8 to be the winner of this comparison unless you’re looking for a larger screen, in which case the S8 Plus makes more sense. And if you’re comfortable with the Apple ecosystem and wish to stay loyal to the brand, the iPhone 8 is still a great phone.