While the high-end smartphones segment is often the most talked about by tech enthusiasts and the general public alike, the fact remains that most people still cannot afford the newest high-end, flagship-class product when these products are new in the market. However, that isn’t the case one year down the line when a yesteryear’s flagship drops down the price range. That is exactly what has happened to last year’s iPhone models – the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Both these handsets are currently relatively more affordable with the arrival of the iPhone 8 series and the new iPhone X. In this comparison article, we compare last year’s iPhone models to the Samsung Galaxy S8, also a flagship class product from 2017.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Design, Display
Ever since Apple came up with the iPhone 6 back in 2014, the only major change to the design came with the announcement of the iPhone X. However, Apple’s other line-up, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 series still have the same design language as the ‘original’ iPhone 6. The iPhone 7 features an aluminium body and has toughened glass at the front. The LED-backlit, IPS LCD display has a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels and measures 4.7-inches diagonally. This translates to a PPI density figure pf 326. The iPhone 7 also happens to be IP67 water and dust resistant.
The iPhone 7 Plus is an enlarged version of the iPhone 7 with some additional features. The handset features the same build quality as the smaller iPhone, but adds a larger, higher resolution display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. This translates to a PPI density figure of 401. Like the smaller iPhone, the iPhone 7 Plus is also IP67 water and dust resistant.
Next up we have the Samsung Galaxy S8 that was announced nearly a year ago. Arguably one of the best-looking handsets of 2017, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is as feature-packed as both the iPhone models and has a few aces up its sleeves. The S8 gets a large 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display in the 18.8:9 aspect ratio, and a resolution of 1440 x 2160 pixels. The display gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch resistance. Like both the iPhone models, the Galaxy S8 also happens to be iP67 certified water resistant.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Hardware, Software
Both the iPhone 7 models feature the same Apple A10 Fusion SoC inside that incorporates a quad core 2.34 GHz processor. The graphics is handled by the PowerVR Series 7XT six core GPU. The iPhone 7 comes in 32GB,128GB and 256GB versions and gets 2GB of RAM. The iPhone 7 Plus gets GB of RAM. Both the iPhone models from 2017 also ran iOS 10.0.1 at launch and are upgradable to the newest version of iOS – iOS 11.2.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is offered in two CPU versions depending on where you buy it from. The first version uses Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC while the other version uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. The phone gets 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with the option to add a microSD card for additional memory. The Exynos version uses the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU while the Qualcomm version uses the Adreno 540 GPU for graphics. The Galaxy S8 ran Android 7.0 Nougat at launch and is set to receive an update to Android 8 Oreo soon.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Camera and imaging
The iPhone 7 gets a single 12-megapixel camera at the rear with an f.2.2 lens, support for phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, and quad-LED dual-tone flash. The rear camera can also record 4K videos at 30fps as well as slow-motion videos in 720p at 240 fps. At the front, the iPhone 7 gets a 7-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 lens. The front camera also records full HD videos at 60fps and supports face detection, HDR, and panorama.
The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual camera setup at the rear that consists of twin 12-megapixel camera units with a f/1.8 and f/2.8 aperture. One of the lenses supports 2X optical zoom. Both the lenses support phase detection autofocus and get quad LED dual tone flash for low light situations. At the front, the iPhone 7 Plus features the same camera setup as the iPhone 7. The video capture capability of the iPhone 7 pLus is also the same as that of the iPhone 7
The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a single 12-megapixel camera unit with a f/1.7 lens. The dual pixel camera supports phase detection autofocus as well as optical image stabilisation. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is capable of 4K video recording at 30 fps in the highest setting. The front camera unit on the Galaxy S8 happens to be an 8-megapixel camera with a f/1.7 lens. The front camera records 1440p videos at 30fps.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Price in India, conclusion
Let us check out the current lowest prices of each of the versions of these handsets first. Each of these versions is also available in other color options with slightly higher price tags.
- Apple iPhone 7 – 32GB – Gold – Rs.42,999
- Apple iPhone 7 – 128GB – Gold – Rs. 54,700
- Apple iPhone 7 – 256GB – Gold – Rs. 54,999
- Apple iPhone 7 Plus – 32GB – Gold – Rs. 56,969
- Apple iPhone Plus – 128GB – Gold – Rs. 66,479
- Apple iPhone Plus – 256GB – Silver – Rs.73,974
- The Samsung Galaxy S8, on the other hand, will cost you Rs.53,900 in India.
As evident from the price list, both the smaller-screened handsets seem to be evenly matched and evenly priced as well At the end of the day, it boils down to personal preferences. If you are an Android fan, the Galaxy S8 is one of the best compact flagships that money can buy you today. The same, however, cannot be said for the iPhone 7 since there are newer iPhone models out there.