While most of the smartphone sales in India happen in the highly competitive sub-Rs.20,000 segment, there is no denying the fact that interest levels remain perennially high when it comes to the flagship segment. Most flagship class handsets in India cost well over Rs.50,000 and are beyond the reach of most middle-class buyers. However, even at high prices, these smartphones sell in decent numbers. In this comparison, we take a quick look at the comparative specifications of three flagship handsets that are widely thought to be among the best smartphones money can buy today. These handsets include the Apple iPhone 8, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. Let us check how these smartphones fare when compared directly.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Design, Display
Let us start off things by talking about the design and display specs of these three devices. Note that all three handsets here sport an aluminium frame and a glass coating at the front and the rear.
The Apple iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch display with a resolution if 750×1334 pixels in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. This happens to be a LED-backlit IPS LCD panel and boasts of a PPI density figure of 326. Note that the display size and type remain unchanged since the days of the iPhone 6. The phone is also IP67 certified dust and water resistant.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a huge 6.3-inch display in the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Typical of a Samsung flagship, the Note 8 gets a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. This endows the phone with an incredible PPI density figure of 521. For scratch resistance, the Note 8 also gets the Gorilla Glass 5 coating.
The iPhone 8 Plus gets a 5.5-inch, 16:9, full HD display with a PPI density of 401. Like the smaller iPhone 8 model, the iPhone 8 Plus too gets an IPS LCD panel that remains unchanged when compared to the iPhone 6 Plus.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Hardware, Software
Time for a quick look at the comparative hardware specs of these three devices.
The Apple iPhone 8 finds itself powered by the powerful Apple A11 Bionic chip that is widely thought to be the fastest mobile CPU currently in existence. This SoC houses a hexa-core CPU as well a newly developed Apple GPU instead of the PowerVR offerings from the past. The handset is offered in 6GB and 256GB versions and comes with 2GB of RAM. The phone also runs IOS 11 out of the box and is upgradeable to all new iOS updates for the foreseeable future.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is offered in two SoC versions; the first one with Samsung own Exynos 8895 chip and the second one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Both the versions get 6GB of RAM and come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB versions. In India, only the 64GB version is available. The Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with a planned upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo on the cards
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is basically an enlarged version of the iPhone 8 and has almost the same hardware specs. The phone, like the iPhone 8, is powered by Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip and gets the same new graphics chip as well. Thanks to the higher display resolution, it comes with 3GB of RAM and is offered in 64GB and 256GB versions. The phone runs iOS 11.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Camera and imaging
The Apple iPhone 8 gets a 12-megapixel, f/1.8 primary camera at the rear with support for phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad-LED dual-tone flash. At the front, there is a 7-megapixel unit with autofocus. The primary camera can record 4K videos at 60fps – a feat that no other handset (save the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X) can claim. The front camera can also record videos in full HD at 30fps.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a dual 12-megapixel +12-megapixel setup at the rear with support for OIS, phase detection autofocus, and 2X optical zoom. The primary camera can record 4K videos at 30fps and full HD videos at 60fps. At the front, the Note 8 gets a single 8-megapixel unit with f/1.7 aperture. This camera can also record 1440p videos at 30fps and supports dual video calling.
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus also gets a dual camera setup at the rear as its primary camera setup. This is similar to the Note 8’s setup and consists of twin 12-megapixel units with support for phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, and quad-LED dual-tone flash. This camera can also record 4K videos at 60fps. The front camera unit houses a 7-megapixel, f/2.2 sensor and supports full HD video recording at 30fps.
iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus: Price in India, Conclusion
Here are the current prices of the different versions of the iPhone 8 models available in India. Note that these are the lowest prices we found. Some colour variants are more expensive.
- Apple iPhone 8: 64GB Gold: Rs.55,890
- Apple iPhone 8: 256GB Gold: Rs. 68,389
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Rs: 67, 900
With the three handsets being well above the Rs50,000 mark, choosing really boils down to personal preferences. All three handsets perform extremely well and offer true flagship class performance. Personally, though, I would go for the Galaxy Note 8 thanks to its camera which is thought to be a notch better than that of the iPhone 8 Plus.
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