Samsung Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7
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Galaxy S8 is finally here and it’s as impressive as we imagined. It has a curved screen with super slim edges, a last generation processor plus a multitude of other features.

On the other hand, iPhone 7 continues to be one of the most popular mobile phones in the world. To help you see more clearly the differences between these two giants we share with you a comparison where we analyze their designs, technical specifications and prices.

Design

Currently it’s very easy to say that two smartphones are similar but when it comes about their designs the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7 are in two completely different worlds.

iPhone 7 continues to be a very slim (7.1mm) and light (138grams) device, although its general aspect hasn’t changed for several years, while Galaxy S8 is slightly thicker (8mm) and heavier (155grams) and has a design that combines metal and crystal (while the iPhone has a metal unibody design).

The biggest difference between the two devices lies in the Galaxy S8’s curved screen. Samsung placed the fingerprints sensor in the back side of the phone to eliminate the physical Home Button. As result of this Samsung Galaxy S8 has a much bigger screen (5.8 inches) than the 4.7 inches screen of iPhone 7.

On the other hand, both devices are water resistant, although Galaxy S8 has an IP68 certification, slightly better than the iPhone 7’s IP67.       

Also, Galaxy S8 has a headphones connector of 3.5mm and a USB-C port with support for quick charge, while iPhone 7 lacks on jack headphones and has a Lightning port without support for wireless or quick charge.

In general, Galaxy S8 has a more impressive design than iPhone 7 and considering the different renders of iPhone 8 that we have seen around, it seems that Apple’s new device won’t be better that Galaxy S8 regarding design.

Camera

Both smartphones have very similar cameras. Galaxy S8 has a back camera of 12 megapixels with F/1.7 aperture, Dual-Pixel autofocus and image optic stabilization, while iPhone 7 has a sensor with the same 12 megapixels resolution but F/1.8 aperture. With both cameras you’ll be able to record videos in RAW format or apply diverse manual adjustments. For selfies, Galaxy S8 incorporates an 8 megapixels camera with F/1.7 aperture, facial recognition and iris scanner, while iPhone 7 has a camera of 7 megapixels with F/2.2 aperture.33597651821_c1bbaf8c0d_n

Hardware

Samsung has incorporated a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor 2.3GHz in the Galaxy S8. It’s a processor made with 10nm technology that not only offers a better performance than the previous Snapdragon 821 but also is more efficient and it’s optimized to spend less battery.

Snapdragon 835 will only be available in the American version of Galaxy S8, while the international model will have the SoC Exynos 8895 that has characteristics and performance similar to Snapdragon.

In contrast, iPhone 7 Plus has an Apple A10 Fusion processor quad-core 2.3GHz along with the M10 movement processor. Apple’s chip is made of a 16nm technology and it’s not as potent as the SD 835 or the Exynos 8895.

Regarding other specifications, Galaxy S8 incorporates 4GB for RAM, 64GB of internal storage with support for microSD, Adreno 540 graphics and a 3000mAh battery.

In the case of iPhone7 we find a 2 GB RAM, 32/128/256GB of internal storage and no microSD support. Besides, iPhone 7 has a 1960mAh battery that lacks on support for wireless and quick charge, two technologies present on Samsung’s devices for years now.

Finally, both cell phones offer support for LTE 4G networks, although the S8 has a Gigabit (LTE-A Pro Cat 16) modem and Bluetooth 5.0 module in contrast with the 4.2 version of the iPhone. The big benefit of Bluetooth 5.0, besides a better coverage and velocity, is that you’ll be able to transmit audio to two different devices (headphones, speakers, etc.) simultaneously. However, sound quality remains the same in both technologies.

 

Software and other characteristics

Samsung commercializes its Galaxy S8 with the operative system Android 7.0 Nougat, while Apple sells iPhone 7 with its iOS 10 platform, but the most striking features are Samsung’s new virtual assistant Bixby (which at first sight look better than the iPhone assistant Siri) and the Samsung DeX Stattion accessory.

Samsung DeX is an external dock (it’s sold separately) that will allow you to connect Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus to transform smartphones into desktop computer. Thanks to a special compatibility mode S8 apps can be used with a keyboard and a mouse through a big screen. In the moment, iPhone 7 doesn’t have anything like that.

Besides, Galaxy S8 also offer more security options, like facial recognition technology or an iris scanner to unlock the device or specific files. In the case of iPhone 7 you can only unblock it with a key or the fingerprint sensor.

Prices and conclusion

The Galaxy S8 can be already be purchased in advance for a price of 809 euros, while iPhone 7 has an average price of 650 euros for the 32GB model.

In my opinion, it’s a very small price difference and if I had to choose, I would definitely prefer the Galaxy S8 that besides having a more spectacular design, it offers more possibilities to the user and a better performance.

It is still to be seen if iPhone 8 will catch up Galaxy S8 but for now it’s evident that the S8 is a superior device in all senses.

 

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 – Technical Specifications

Galaxy S8 iPhone 7
Brand Samsung Apple
Screen Super AMOLED Quad HD+ of 5.8 inches IPS LCD Retin HD of 4.7 inches
Resolution 2960 x 1440 pixels (567 pixels per inch) 1334 x 750 pixels (326ppp)
Aspect ratio 18.5:9 16:9
Protection Gorilla Glass 5 Oleophobic treatment + scratch proof
Main Camera 12 MPx | F/1.7 | OIS 12 MPx | OIS | F/1.8
Frontal Camera 8 MPx | F/1.7 7 MPx | F/2.2
Video recording 4K to 30FPS or 1080p to 60FPS 4K to 30FPS or 1080p to 30FPS or 60FPS
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (EEUU) or Exynos 8895 (International) – both of 10nm Apple A10 Fusion with architecture of 64 bits (16nm) and M10 movement processor
Graphics Adreno 540 A personalized version of PowerVR GT7600
RAM 4GB 2GB
Storage 64GB 32/128/256GB
MicroSD Yes (up to 256GB) No
NFC Yes Yes (Only Apple Pay)
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
GPS GPS | A-GPS | BeiDou | Glonass | Galileo GPS | A-GPS | GLONASS
Connectivity 4G LTE | GSM | CDMA | HSPA | Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 4G LTE | GSM | CDMA | HSPA+ | Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Fingerprint Sensor Yes (in the back side) Yes (in the front side – below the screen)
Other sensors Barometer + gyroscope + accelerometer + proximity sensor + iris scanner Barometer + 3- axis gyroscope + accelerometer + proximity sensor + environmental light sensor
Water resistant IP68 IP67
Battery 3000mAh 1960mAh
Charger USB-C Lightning
Quick charge Yes No
Wireless charge Yes with Qi and PMA No
Other characteristics Google Assistant | Bixby Siri
Operative system Android 7.0 Nougat iOS 10
Dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
Weight 155 grams 138 grams
Price 809 euros  Aprox. 650 euros (32GB)