There are three flagship phones which are constantly compared because they represent the best offerings from their respective manufacturers – the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 from Samsung and the iPhone 8 Plus from Apple. To some people, it’s a clear choice – they prefer not to explore a new operating system. But if you were looking for a new phone that was not just great on paper, but overall just better than the competition, what would you choose? We went ahead and examined these three amazing phones to see which one would be the best for you. We start off by comparing price tags.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price in India
To make the comparison simpler, we decided to compare the base versions of the three phones. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the newest of the lot – it was released in August this year and is currently priced at ₹67,900 for its 6GB 64GB version. The iPhone 8 Plus, which was launched in September 2017, is priced at ₹67,500 for its 3GB 64GB variant whereas the S8, which was released in March this year, is currently at ₹53,900 for its 4GB 64GB model.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Build Quality and Design
The Samsung phones are beautiful to look at with a combination of metal and glass – and the glass is not just regular glass, its reinforced with Gorilla Glass protection. The iPhone continues the design tradition of the iPhone family by looking exactly the same as its predecessor. The Samsung phones are IP68 certified against dust, scratches and water, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus is IP67 certified. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, of course, comes with a stylus. The Samsung phones both sport a bezel-less look which the iPhone 8 Plus misses out on, because of its body to screen ratio.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Display
The Note 8 comes with the largest screen of the three – a 6.3-inch super AMOLED display that offers a resolution of 1440 x 2960 with a pixel density of 521ppi. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch LED-backlit LCD display which offers a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a density of 401ppi. The S8, on the other hand, comes with a 5.8-inch screen that has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 and 570ppi pixel density.
The Samsung mobile phones absolutely destroy the iPhone 8 Plus in terms of screen technology and resolution. They also win with respect to screen-to-body ratio and aspect ratio – where the iPhone has a 67.4% StB ratio the Samsung Note 8 and S8 both offer 83.6%. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and S8 both offer an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 as compared to the iPhone’s 16:9 aspect ratio.
The S8 and Note 8 both come with Gorilla Glass 5. The iPhone 8 Plus offers protection as well with its ion-strengthened glass with an oleophobic coating.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Performance and Battery Life
The Note 8 comes with an Exynos 8895 octa-core (4×2.3GHz and 4×1.7GHz) SoC to handle all processing work. The phone ships with the Snapdragon 835 chip for USA and China. The same Exynos chip is available on the Samsung Galaxy S8 as well. The processor comes with an Adreno 540 GPU which takes care of all graphics processing. Comparatively, the iPhone 8 Plus comes with the A11 bionic chip, which is one of the best processors in the market.
While all three phones offer 64GB onboard storage, they differ in terms of RAM – the Note 8 offers 6GB, the iPhone 8 Plus offers 3GB and the S8 comes with 4GB RAM. The S8 and Note 8 support expandable memory, whereas the 8 Plus continues its tradition of only offering internal memory. While the iPhone 8 Plus is on iOS 11.2, the Samsung phones offer the latest Android version as well (Android Oreo).
Now all this power has to be backed up with a solid power unit, correct? The Note 8 comes with a 3300mAh battery, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus has a 2691mAh battery and the S8 takes the middle position with its 3000mAh cell. The three phones support wireless charging and offer fast charging, which can be a real boon, considering how fast the phones eat through their batteries.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Camera
The Note 8 and iPhone 8 Plus both come with dual cameras on the back. The Note 8 has a pair of 12MP lenses (f/1.7+f/2.4) on the back, just like the 8 Plus (f/1.8+f/2.8). The dual cameras offer photos with an impressive depth of field. Both phones offer phase detection autofocus and 2x optical zoom thanks to the secondary rear cameras. The Galaxy S8 comes with a single rear shooter – a 12MP f/1.7 camera that comes with Dual Pixel phase detection, which does a pretty sweet job of bokeh photography as well. All three phones come with OIS (optical image stabilisation) as any flagship phone should.
With respect to video recording, the Note 8 and S8 allow 2160p at 30fps and 1080p@60fps. Comparatively, the iPhone 8 Plus lets users record 2160p at 60 fps and 1080p at 240fps. The three phones also come with features like geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and image recording, touch focus, face detection, and HDR.
On the front, the iPhone 8 Plus sports a 7MP f/2.2 selfie cam. The Samsung phones both offer the same front camera – an 8MP f/1.7 shooter that features autofocus and lets you take 1440p videos at 30fps.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Verdict
The Note 8 is definitely the best of the three and the most impressive with respect to all parameters. The Galaxy phones also feature iris scanners and heart rate sensors which the Apple handset does not. But its form factor tends to be an issue for some buyers, who look for a phone that can be easily held and operated. If you’re looking for something a bit easier to carry around, our vote would go to the S8.