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)
RAM Coming soon 6GB
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)

Charging port Lightning USB-C
Marketplace Apple App Store Google Play Store
Colors Silver, Space Gray Midnight Black, Orchid Gray
Our Verdict

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.