Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Price in India, Specifications Comparison

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8

South Korean electronics giant Samsung is expected to announce its flagship smartphone for 2018 – the much talked about Samsung Galaxy S9 just a few days from now. While there is no doubt over the fact that the S9 at launch would be among the most modern and most powerful smartphones out there, it is always interesting to check how it fares against last year’s models. In this article let us check how the new model compares against two other flagship class handsets from last year – the iPhone 8 and Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 8. In typical fashion, let us start by comparing the design aspects of these three phones.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Design, Display

While the Samsung Galaxy S9 is yet to be officially announced, thanks to a series of leaked images, we sort of already know how the handset would look like. Samsung, it seems, is likely to play it safe this time around and stick to a similar design language as observed on last year’s S8 and S8+ models. Therefore, the S9 is likely to get a glass coating at both the front and the rear with a Gorilla Glass 5 layer for scratch resistance. The frame of the handset would be made of high-quality aluminium. The display on the Galaxy S9 is likely to measure 5.8-inches across and will use the same Super AMOLED panel that we saw on last year’s model with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. This display will be in the 18.5:9 aspect ratio and will have a PPI density score of 588.

The iPhone 8 carries over the same design language seen on iPhones since the iPhone 6 series. This seems to be a move to keep all the traditionalists happy. Those who wished for something radical always have the option to get themselves the iPhone X. Anyway, the iPhone 8 gets a glass coating on both the front and the rear mated to a strong aluminium frame in the center. The display measures 4.7-inches across and has a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. This is in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. Also, unlike the iPhone X, Apple chose to stick around with the old IPS LCD panel. The PPI density figure of 326 also [pales in comparison to what the new Samsungs have on offer.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was launched just a few months after the S8 and derives heavily from the latter. Being a ‘Note’, this is a phablet-sized handset that shares a larger aluminium frame and a glass coating at the front and the rear.  The display on the Note 8 is a Super AMOLED panel and measures 6.3-inches across with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels – thereby ending up with a PPI density score of 521. It is also in the 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S9 from what we know so far will come in two versions – one powered by Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9810 SoC and the other powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. While the Exynos version will use the Mali-G72 MP18 GPU, the Qualcomm variant will use the Adreno 630 for graphics.  The S9 is expected to be offered in a 64GB version with 4GB of RAM. It will also get a microSD card slot for additional memory expansion.

The iPhone 8 while similar in looks to its predecessors gets a beast of a processor under the hood. The Apple A11 Bionic chip is the same SoC that is found doing duty inside the iPhone X and is considered to be the fastest and most powerful processor ever made for mobile devices. This SoC houses a hexa core processor and has Apple’s own three core GPU. The phone gets 2GB of RAM and is offered in 64GB and 256GB versions.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has identical hardware to the Samsung Galaxy S8 – featuring an Exynos Exynos 8895 Octa core chip for the EMEA version and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 version for other markets. For graphics, the handset gets the Adreno 540 GPU. The handset comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB versions. In India, however, only the 64GB version is available.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Camera and Imaging

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is rumoured to feature a dual 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel camera unit at the rear with one of the lenses featuring f/1.5 aperture. The primary camera will also support dual pixel phase detection autofocus with OIS. The phone will record 4K videos although it remains to be seen if there will be support for 4K 60FPS videos. At the front, the S9 is likely to get an 8-megapixel shooter with f/1.6 aperture. The front camera will also record 1080p 60fps videos.

The iPhone 8 gets a single 12-megapixel f/1.8 camera at the rear with phase detection autofocus and support for OIS and quad LED dual-tone flash. The rear camera can also record 4K videos at 60fps and 1080p videos at 60fps. Slow motion video recording is also supported in 720p resolution at 240 fps. At the front, there is a 7-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture and support for 1080p videos at 30fps.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also features a dual 12-megapixel setup at the rear. While the primary lens gets an aperture of f/1.7, the second lens has an aperture of f/2.4. Both the sensors support OIS, and phase detection autofocus. The dual camera system also enable s the handset to support 2X optical zoom. At the front, the phablet gets an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture. Video recording on the rear camera can be done at 30fps in 4K and 60fps in 1080p resolutions.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Price in India

While the Samsung Galaxy S9 is yet to be announced, it is expected to be slightly more expensive at launch when compared to its predecessors. This is from what recent reports seem to suggest. It is quite likely that this trend would also follow into India. We will, however, wait until Samsung makes an official announcement for the price of the S9 in India.

Here are the current prices of the other two handsets in this comparison

  • iPhone 8 64GB Space Grey: Rs.55,999
  • iPhone 8 64GB Gold: Rs.57,498
  • iPhone 8 64GB Silver: Rs.56,999
  • iPhone 8 256GB Space Grey: Rs.70,999
  • iPhone 8 256GB Gold: Rs. 67,001
  • iPhone 8 256GB  Silver: Rs.70,999

 

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 64GB: Rs.67,900

In conclusion, in case you are looking forward to buying a new high-end handset this summer, the Samsung Galaxy S9 could be a good choice. However, in case you are looking forward to an upgrade, it might not be that wise a decision.

 

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Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.