It’s that time of the year again. Samsung has released their latest flagship phone dubbed as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. While we’re still months away from Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 8, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t compare it with the company’s current flagship phone — the iPhone 7. Let’s do a spec-sheet and features battle!

Launch

Announced:

Galaxy S8: March 2017

iPhone 7: September 2017

Body

Dimensions:

Galaxy S8: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in)

iPhone 7: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)

Weight:

Galaxy S8: 155 g (5.47 oz)

iPhone 7: 138 g (4.87 oz)

Build:

Galaxy S8: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel

iPhone 7: Aluminium finish

Waterproofing:

Galaxy S8: IP68 certified (dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes)

iPhone 7: IP67 certified (dust and water resistant
– Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes)

Battery:

Galaxy S8: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

iPhone 7: Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S8

Display

Type:

Galaxy S8: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

iPhone 7: LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size:

Galaxy S8: 5.8 inches (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)

iPhone 7: 4.7 inches (~65.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution:

Galaxy S8: 1440 x 2960 pixels (~570 ppi pixel density)

iPhone 7: 750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)

Protection:

Galaxy S8: Corning Gorilla Glass 5

iPhone 7: Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

Features:

Galaxy S8: 3D Touch (Bottom row only), Always-on display, TouchWiz UI

iPhone 7: Wide color gamut display, 3D Touch display, Home button, Display Zoom

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S8

Platform

Operating System:

Galaxy S8: Android 7.0 Nougat

iPhone 7: iOS 10.3

Chipset:

Galaxy S8: Exynos 8895 Octa

iPhone 7: Apple A10 Fusion

CPU:

Galaxy S8: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz)

iPhone 7: Quad-core 2.34 GHz (2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr)

GPU:

Galaxy S8: Mali G71MP20

iPhone 7: PowerVR Series7XT Plus

Memory:

Galaxy S8: 64GB, 4GB RAM

iPhone 7: 32/128/256GB, 2GB RAM

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S8

Camera

Primary:

Galaxy S8: 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash (1/2.5″ sensor size)

iPhone 7: 12 MP, f/1.8, 28mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash (1/3″ sensor size)

Video recording:

Galaxy S8: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, dual-video rec

iPhone 7: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps

Secondary:

Galaxy S8: 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR

iPhone 7: 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S8

Features

Galaxy S8: Iris-scanner, Fingerprint sensor, Heart sensor, Samsung DeX, Fast bettery charging, Wireless charging, Bixby Virtual Assistant

iPhone 7: Fingerprint sensor, Siri

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S8

Conclusion

The newly released Samsung Galaxy S8 is surely to win this spec battle because the iPhone 7 is released last year. Beyond the obvious operating system difference that will always be subjective because it depends on the user and their OS ecosystem, the Samsung Galaxy S8 blows everything away when compared to Apple’s iPhone 7.

But of course, we’ll have to wait for the much-awaited iPhone 8. Then we’ll have a real battle.

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