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iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8: Confrontation between two stupendous flagships

13 September 2017 5

Finally after tons of leaks and rumors, Cupertino giant wraps off the cover from the much awaited Special edition iPhone X. Apart from the special edition smartphone, the company announces two iterative variants as iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. All three devices were announced at a dedicated event on September 12th. At the announcement event, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated the iPhone X is the “smartphone of the future.”

No doubt it is indeed a great leap forward from the traditional smartphones. We can claim the iPhone X is the Cupertino giant's attempt to catch-up the bezel-less competitors available in the market. As most of you already aware the iPhone X is announced at the 10th anniversary of Apple iPhone lineup that's why the company tried their best to bring all luxuries in a single package. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also brings the top of the line hardware but it doesn't match the class what iPhone X is offering.

Samsung announced their premium phablet Galaxy Note 8 a couple of weeks ago. The device is indeed one of the best smartphone ever announced by Samsung. Like the iPhone X, the Galaxy Note 8 is pretty special for the manufacturer as it not only has to prove its worth but also it has to remove scars of last year ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 8 is also the most expensive smartphone from Samsung which brings a number of new features which weren't available on any Samsung smartphone yet.

Being the top tier smartphones both the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 will challenge each other in the market. Both the devices fall in the same niche because of their larger displays. If someone is planning to grab the latest flagship, for sure they will consider both iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8. It won't be an easy task for customers to decide which smartphone is better.Like always, we will compare both the latest flagships to give our readers a good idea about which smartphone is better in what aspects. It is the perfect time to have a battle of both the companies finest products. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of both the devices.

70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design

The latest iPhone X is the company's first flagship with the edge-to-edge display. For the first time, Apple adopted a bezel-less design and it looks quite luring. The chassis is made up of surgical-grade stainless steel whereas the rear and front are covered with glass. The only cutout on the front facing side is for the sensors and front facing the camera. Apple also ditched the physical home button like Samsung. To wake up the iPhone X, you have to swipe upward from the bottom of the device. The dual rear cameras on the iPhone X are placed vertically on the top left corner.

The iPhone X is water and dust resistant, So you don't have to worry about accidental drops in water. Lack of physical button means the TouchID is also part of the history now. The iPhone X is featuring a facial recognition as a security feature instead of the fingerprint scanner. Apple dubbed this feature as FaceID. The device unlocks in a blink of the second, all you need to just look at the device. The sensor works perfectly even in the dark. Last year Apple ditched the traditional 3.5mm headphone with the iPhone 7 lineup, same is the case with iPhone X. The iPhone X is featuring a lightning connector for connectivity. Its dimensions are 143.6x70.9x7.7mm and it weighs 174g.

The Galaxy Note 8 is featuring a glass and metal sandwich design. Samsung introduced a new bezel-less design this year with the Galaxy S8 lineup. Samsung continued this design for the Galaxy Note 8 as well with few refinements. The Galaxy Note 8 chassis is made of metal, the luring glass is covering the rear and front side. It also doesn't have the physical home button but instead, the company shifted the fingerprint scanner to the rear side. The volume rockers and Bixby Assistant button are on the left edge whereas the power button is on the right edge.

The rear side is adorned with dual rear cameras with dual LED flashlight and heart rate monitor. The Galaxy Note 8 has three security features including facial, iris recognition and fingerprint feature. The device has a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack for audio output via headphones. The device measurements are 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm and it weighs 195g. The good thing is Galaxy Note 8 and its S PEN both are IP68 certified.

Display

The iPhone X is indeed the biggest leap forward from the Apple. It is the company's first flagship smartphone with the OLED display. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus features LCD display panel which is not as vibrant as OLED panel and also they are more power hungry. Apple optimized the display so perfectly that it provides better results even with fewer pixels density than most of its rivals.

Samsung is allegedly behind the Apple iPhone X OLED panel, So we can expect overall picture quality will be pretty awesome like Samsung's AMOLED panel. The Edge-to-Edge display panel on iPhone X is not dual curved like Galaxy Note 8. The first bezel-less iPhone features a 5.8-inches display with a screen resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels. Its pixel density is 458 pixel per inch. Thanks to its OLED panel, the iPhone X display has better color saturation and deep blacks as opposed to LCD panel of iPhone 8. It supports Dolby Vision and HDR to provide better viewing experience. The Apps won't adopt settings by default, however, the photos and videos will adopt it automatically.

The Galaxy Note 8 is featuring a 6.3-inches AMOLED display with a Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR. The dual curved display isn't something new for Samsung fans, that's why it will be customer's own preference whether they like dual curved display of Galaxy Note 8 or prefer flat OLED display.

Hardware

Apple iPhones are known for their own custom processors which are specially optimized to work efficiently with low RAM. For this year iPhones Apple introduced A11 BIONIC Chipset. It's a Hexa-core chipset built on 10nm process. According to Apple, the latest chipset is 70% more efficient as opposed to predecessor A10 Fusion. As I mentioned above the tight integration of OS and hardware allows Apple to get the full benefit of the chipset even on single-core which is mostly utilized during daily usage.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 8 is powered up by the Exynos 8895 Chipset/ Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC. Both the chipsets are well-tested and emerged as one of the best SoCs available in the market. The Snapdragon 835 is powering almost all Android flagships announced so far this year.

The iPhone X hexacore SoC is accompanied with 3GB RAM and built-in native storage for the base variant is 64GB. The top of the line variant has 256GB memory, its internal storage isn't expandable using MicroSD card. The Galaxy Note 8 Octa-core SoC is supported with 6GB RAM and built-in storage is 64GB which is further expandable via MicroSD card. Its top of the line model has 128GB memory.

Both the devices are packed with the latest hardware available in the market, the devices are certainly power houses, they can easily handle everything you throw at them including hi-fi games and multitasking. Both the companies are charging huge amount of money for their top-notch devices, So you shouldn't expect any thing less from these devices.

Specs Apple iPhone X Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Display 5.8-inches OLED 6.3-inches AMOLED
Screen resolution 1125 x 2436 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
SoC A11 BIONIC Exynos 8895/ Snapdragon 835
RAM 3GB 6GB
Storage 64/256GB Non Expandable 64/128GB Expandable
Rear camera Dual 12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 7MP 8MP
Battery --- 3,300mAh
Wireless charging Yes Yes
IP68 water and dust resistant IP68
3.5mm headphone jack No yes
OS iOS 11 Android Nougat 7.1.1

Cameras

One of the key selling features of both these devices is their camera sensors. At the announcement event, Apple pitched the iPhone X dual rear cameras quite heavily. It doesn't have horizontal camera sensors but instead, the company opted vertical camera sensors. The new iPhone X brings "Portrait Lighting" and an Animoji feature which wasn't available on earlier iPhones.

The iPhone X dual rear cameras are 12MP sensors. The primary sensor aperture size is f/1.8 whereas the secondary sensor aperture size is f/2.4. The dual sensors are accompanied with the Quad-LED flashlight which ensures better lighting in both low-light and day light conditions. Both the sensors on iPhone X have OIS.

The dual rear cameras are something new for Samsung fans, the Galaxy Note 8 is the company's first smartphone with dual rear cameras. The dual rear cameras on the Galaxy Note 8 are also 12MP sensors. The primary sensor is the 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary lens is the telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The best thing is both the sensors have optical image stabilization. The bokeh effect on the Samsung's phablet brings amazing portraits with blurred background.

The camera sensors on the both the devices are pretty capable and the secondary lens on both devices allows long shots without affecting the images quality. The front facing selfie snapper on the iPhone X is 7MP module whereas the Galaxy Note 8 is bringing an 8MP sensor for top-notch selfies and video calls.

Battery

One of the weakest points of Apple iPhones are their battery cell, however, it seems like things might change with the new iPhone X. At the announcement, Apple didn't reveal the details regarding the battery cell but they give a glimpse of how much new battery cell is capable. On the single charge, the iPhone X can survive 12 hours on continuous internet surfing, in case of video playback the battery life will be 13 hours, talk time will give 21 hours of battery life. Last but not the least audio playback will give your 60 hours of battery life. It is the company's first smartphone which supports Wireless charging as well.

Samsung invested heavily on battery testing since the last year Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco. However this year Samsung played safe by introducing a smaller battery cell of 3,300mAh which seems average considering the device is featuring a gigantic display of 6.3-inches. Although the chipset on both the devices is power efficient and also their OLED displays require less energy to operate, still we will hold our verdict till further testing.

Operating system

One of the advantages of Apple iPhone X is that users will be getting latest iOS updates at a rapid speed and it will receive latest updates for next three years without any delay. The newly announced iPhone X is running on iOS 11. The Galaxy Note 8 is pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1.1 but it's not the latest firmware version after the announcement of Android Oreo. Also, the device won't be receiving latest updates as iPhone X. The UI experience on Galaxy Note 8 isn't stock but instead, it has the company's custom Grace UI layer over it.

Price

Being the latest premium flagships both the devices cost heavily. To grab the device you will have to pay around $1000. Both the smartphones are the most expensive smartphone ever announced by the respective manufacturers. The Galaxy Note 8 base variant with 6GB storage costs $950 in the US, however you can grab it via carriers on two years contract. All major carriers in the US are offering the Samsung's latest premium smartphone. For the UK customers, the Galaxy Note 8 costs £869. If you are living in Australia, you will have to pay AU$1499 to grab the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung is taking pre-orders in all regions with a release from September 21st onwards.

The Galaxy Note 8 will be available in five luring color options including Orchid Gray, Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Maple Gold, Arctic Silver. As expected the iPhone X is the first smartphone in the market to cost $999. For sure all major carriers in the US will be offering new iPhone X. However the device pre-orders won't start until October 27th with a release from November 3rd. The device will cost AU$1,579 for the Australian customers. The iPhone X will be available in Space Gray and Silver color.

Conclusion

One thing is confirmed the both the devices won't disgrace user at any stage. However, the different OS could become a primary reason behind opting Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone X. The hardware under the hood on both the devices is pretty capable. As far as design is a concern the devices have bezel-less designs but the display on the iPhone X is flat whereas the Galaxy Note 8 has the dual curved display. The Galaxy Note 8 owners will have S Pen Stylus with 4096 pressure sensitivity. This luxury won't be available for the iPhone X owners.

The iPhone X lacks 3.5mm headphone jack as well as the fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy Note 8 owners can use rear fingerprint scanner and also the headphone jack. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 8 in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons of latest iPhones.

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