If you have a generous wallet to spend on a top-of-the-line smartphone and want the very best, soon you’ll have two options – and both are very compelling. Look at it, Apple just released the 10th Anniversary iPhone X, it takes phone design and features to a new level. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 redefines our favorite supersized phablet, in a sleek design.
There’s so much to like about both flagship handset, but they’re very different. For instance, on the iPhone X you don’t get a fingerer sensor, but you can unlock it with a three-dimensional facial recognition feature. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 8 has a finger print scanner, but its oddly placed at the back, and its facial recognition can’t match Apple’s depth-sensing tricks.
Here, we present a spec comparison for both units, as we prepare our hands-on reviews for both phones.
|Apple iPhone X||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|Size||5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches||16.40 x 2.95 x 0.34 inches|
|Weight||174 grams (6.14 ounces)||195 grams (6.88 ounces)|
|Screen||5.8-inch OLED Super Retina HD display||6.3-inch Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi)||2960 x 1440 (522 ppi)|
|OS||iOS 11||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Storage||64GB, 256GB||64GB (U.S.) 128, 256GB (International)|
|MicroSD card slot||No||Yes|
|NFC support||Yes (Apple Pay only)||Yes|
|Processor||A11 Bionic with 64-bit architecture, M10 motion co-processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (U.S.), Samsung Exynos 8895 (international)|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi||LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi|
|Camera||Dual 12MP rear (both with OIS), 7MP True Depth front||Dual 12 MP rear (both with OIS), 8MP front|
|Video||Up to 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps||Up to 4K at 30fps, 720p at 240fps|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 5.0||Yes, version 5.0|
|Fingerprint sensor||No, Face ID||Yes|
|Other sensors||Barometer, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor||Accelerometer, barometer, gyro, geomagnetic, heart rate, proximity, iris, pressure|
|Water resistant||Yes, IP67 rated||Yes, IP68 rated|
Capacity coming soon21 hours of talk time, 12 hours of internet, 13 hours of video playback, and up to 60 hours of audio playback
Fast charging offers up to 50 percent charge in 30 minutes, wireless charging (Qi standard)
3,300mAh22 hours of talk time, 13 hours of internet, 16 hours of video playback, and up to 74 hours of audio playback
Fast charging, wireless charging (Qi standard)
|Marketplace||Apple App Store||Google Play Store|
|Colors||Silver, Space Gray||Midnight Black, Orchid Gray|
It is a tough call as they come. The Galaxy Note 8 I a great smartphone, that seems to have its house in order, and the iPhone X, stands outs as being stellar. But, each carries its own compromises, and in the end, they cancel each other’s’ flaws. All in all, you can’t go wrong either way.