The Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally available in India. It has a great design and great hardware too. With the Galaxy S8, Samsung is aiming for the Apple iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 is Apple’s flagship smartphone for now. How do the two phones stack up? Is the Galaxy S8 strong enough a competitor to knock iPhone 7 off the top perch? For this comparison, we will call the Samsung Galaxy S8 the Samsung S8 (less words). So, let’s kick off this Samsung S8 vs iPhone 7 battle.
Samsung S8 Vs iPhone 7
|Samsung Galaxy S8 Price||Rs 57,900|
|Apple iPhone 7 Price||Rs 60,000 – Rs 80,000|
A subtle difference between the Samsung S8 and iPhone 7 is their pricing. Since the S8 does not have variants, it has only one price. However, it seems to be the phone’s introductory price. Samsung says the S8’s MRP is Rs 62,600. However, accounting for even that, the S8’s only variant is just a bit costlier than iPhone 7’s base variant. For almost the same money, you can get double the storage space of iPhone 7 on the S8. So, round 1 of Samsung S8 Vs iPhone 7 goes to the S8.
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy S8||Apple iPhone 7|
|Processor||2.3Ghz octa-core 64-bit Exynos 8895||A10 Fusion with M10 Motion co-processor|
|Internal Storage||64GB (expandable up to 256GB)||32GB/128GB/256GB|
|Display||5.8-inch Quad HD (2960x1440p) resolution, Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 aspect ratio||4.7-inch Retina HD (1334x750p) resolution, LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio|
|OS||Android 7.0 Nougat with TouchWiz OS||iOS 10|
This bit is a mixed bag. Apple is not into revealing much about the iPhone’s specs. The iPhone 7 gets the same treatment. Three bits still stand out though. Firstly, the iPhone 7 does not have dual SIM feature while the S8 does. The S8 has a bigger, better screen than iPhone 7. It is the OS department that tips the scales in Apple’s favour. Apple controls the iPhone hardware and software markets. This results in tigher hardware-OS integration than that on an Android phone. In this Samsung S8 Vs iPhone 7 battle, the S8 is the choice for new hardware. However, the iPhone7 wins if tight hardware-software integration is your thing.
|Specifications||Samsung S8||Apple iPhone 7|
|Primary (rear) Camera||12-megapixel with flash||12-megapixel with flash|
|Features||F/1.7 aperture, OIS, auto focus||F/1.8 aperture, OIS, Quad LED flash, autofocus, auto HDR|
|Features||f/1.7 aperture, smart autofocus||f/2.2 aperture, auto HDR|
This is an area where a clear winner cannot be determined. Samsung does a great job of tuning its smartphone cameras but so does Apple. The two phones’ cameras have similar specs and it all comes down to which brand do you prefer. Simply put, this round of Samsung S8 vs iPhone 7 battle is a tie.
|Specifications||Samsung S8||Apple iPhone 7|
|Battery Features||Fast Charging, Wireless Charging||Up to 10 days on standby|
In terms of battery life, Samsung can deliver on its promise. Its combination of fast charging and wireless charging features keeps it ahead of its competitors. Granted, iPhone 7’s battery life is not as great as Samsung S8’s. However, in mixed use, it is difficult for Samsung S8 to eke out a lead in this department. That tight hardware-software integration of iPhone 7 has other advantages too. Were Samsung S8 to come with wireless charging only, this round of Samsung S8 Vs iPhone7 battle would have been a tie. However, it has fast charging too. This feature lets it provide great battery backup in less charge time than phones that do not have it, iPhone 7 included. So, Samsung S8 wins this round.
|Samsung Galaxy S8||Apple iPhone 7|
|Quad HD display||Water resistant|
|Waterproof||Fingerprint reader on front|
|Fast charging||Facetime calling over Wifi|
|Wireless charging||Lightning port|
|USB Type-C||10-day battery standby|
|Bluetooth 5.0||Single SIM|
|Iris Scanner||iOS 10|
The problem in comparing the two phones’ features is simple. The Samsung S8 has more features as it is the newer phone of the two. The iPhone 7’s age shows in this round. The Samsung S8 simply outclasses the iPhone 7 in this category and hence, wins this round of Samsung S8 vs iPhone 7 battle.
|Samsung Galaxy S8 Colours||Midnight Black, Maple Gold|
|Apple iPhone 7 Colours||Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Red|
For those looking for more diversity in product lineup, Apple offers more than Samsung. Firstly, there are more variants and now, there are more colours too. The iPhone 7 has a special edition Red colour too. If we discount that there are five colours to choose from for iPhone 7. The Samsung S8? Two options only This round of Samsung S8 vs iPhone 7 battle goes to iPhone 7.
Samsung S8 Vs iPhone 7: Conclusion
The Samsung S8 vs iPhone 7 battle is interesting. However, it is a one-sided affair too. The Samsung S8 is the newer phone of the two. Also, it does not show a hint of its predecessors in its design. So, not only does Samsung S8 have great specs, it has great design too. The iPhone 7 is still as great as it was last year. However, its design is not refreshing enough and the hardware is old too. In the end, after six rounds, Samsung S8 has won 4 rounds to iPhone 7’s one victory.Hence, the winner of this Samsung S8 vs iPhone 7 battle is Samsung S8.