Apple has launched two new iPhone models (iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus) alongside the new iPhone X. The new models follow the same design as iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. with few upgrades like metal and glass bodies. Can the new handsets compete with powerful and innovative offerings by rival brands? Let’s do a quick comparison and find how the new large screen iPhone compares with the latest Samsung smartphone. Read more to find about Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Vs iPhone 8 Plus Comparison – Which Phone Is Better?
Price and Availability
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8||Rs 67,900|
|Apple iPhone 8 Plus||Rs 73,000 (64GB)/ Rs 86,000 (256GB)|
In this segment, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has an advantage over the new Apple handset. Samsung has officially launched its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone in India at Rs 67,900. It will be available from September 21. In comparison, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus comes with a higher price tag of Rs 73,000 and Rs 86,000 for the 64GB and 256GB storage variants, respectively. It will be available in India from September 29.
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Note 8||Apple iPhone 8 Plus|
|Processor||octa-core 64-bit Exynos 8895/ Snapdragon 835||A11 Bionic six-core processors|
|Internal Storage||64GB (expandable up to 256GB)||64GB/ 256GB|
|Display||6.3-inch, Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18.5:9 aspect ratio||5.5-inch, full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401ppi|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||iOS 11|
|Primary (Rear) Camera||Dual (12MP + 12MP) with flash||Dual (12MP + 12MP) with flash|
|Battery||3300mAh, Quick Charge, Wireless Charging||Wireless Charging|
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8895 processor along with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (expandable). It is backed by a 3,330mAh battery.
On the other hand, the iPhone 8 Plus is powered by an A11 Bionic six-core processor and improved GPU (30 percent more efficient than last year’s models). The new model support Qi wireless inductive charging. As usual, Apple has not disclosed RAM and battery details.
Both handsets feature a dual camera setup on the back. While the iPhone 8 Plus still uses two 12-megapixel rear camera sensors, Apple claims that the resulting images will have better details and texture. The new model can shoot full HD (1080p) videos at 240 frames per second and 4K videos at 60 frames per second. There is also a 7-megapixel front camera for FaceTime and video calling.
The Galaxy Note 8 also uses two 12-megapixel cameras (wide-angle lens with f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel autofocus + telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture, 2x Optical Zoom) with Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). Additional features include 4K video recording at 30 fps, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow motion, Hyperlapse, and RAW file support. The 8-megapixel front camera also comes with f/1.7 aperture and an 80-degree wide angle lens.
Apart from standard options, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports the S-Pen feature which comes with a full set of customizable Edge Panels and Air Commands with S-Pen functionality. Other features include Bixby AI assistant (with a dedicated Bixby button), Infinity Display, and IP68-certification (dust and water resistance).
On the other hand, the new Apple iPhone 8 Plus does not feature any significant features except wireless inductive charging and 25 percent louder speakers.
Design and Display
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus retains the same form factor and design as last year’s models. However, you can choose from three new color options – Silver, Space Gray, and Gold Finish. It sports a 5.5-inch Retina HD True Tone display. The new model features glass and metal body. It measures 158.40 x 78.10 x 7.5mm and weighs 202 grams.
The Galaxy Note 8 sports a near bezel-less display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The 6.3-inch super AMOLED display comes with QHD+ resolution. The Galaxy Note 8 is slightly larger at 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm. It weighs 195g. The latest flagship handset from Samsung looks sleeker and modern that the new iPhone 8 Plus.
While the Galaxy Note 8 offers the best of Android platforms, the iPhone 8 Plus lacks any standout features. The new Apple handset serves as a cheaper, more optimized alternative to the expensive iPhone X. Other than that, it is hard to justify its existence over the last year’s models. The Galaxy Note 8 looks more attractive in terms of price, design, display and additional features. We will have to wait for tests in real world scenarios to get a complete picture. Which of the two premium handsets will you go for? Let us know in the comments section below.