How Does the iPhoneX Hold Up Against the Samsung Galaxy S8?

The results are in regarding these two major technological contenders and its a close one.
Danielle  De La Bastide

It feels like we’ve been waiting for ages for the iPhoneX to come out so we can measure it against the Samsung Galaxy S8, a phone that is garnering rave reviews.

The rivalry between these two gadgets has been going on for a while, drawing a line between those on the side of Apple and those with Samsung.

While the two phones have similarities, Samsung was way ahead with the never-ending 5.8-inch OLED screen. A feature that happens to be prevalent on the new iPhone.


Both have a metal frame and glass back, with not a lot of bezel to spare. A significant difference between the two is the curvature of Samsung versus the flatness of the iPhone. Both phones have back facing single-lens cameras while Samsung maintains the fingerprint scanner, Apple has decided to forego this element and replace it with face recognition technology instead.


Regarding durability, they’re both pretty hardy. iPhone is notorious for its delicate nature while Samsung has also been more drop proof. The new iPhone, however, claims to be water and dust resistant to a microscopic level. We’ll see how this holds up to the Galaxy 8’s IP68 certification allowing it to be under 1.5 meters of water for almost half an hour with no trouble.

Display and Power

They both have OLED displays, supporting HDR content but with different resolutions with the iPhone X coming in at 2436 x 1125 for 458 pixels per inch, while the Samsung Galaxy S8’s screen is 1440 x 2960 at 570 pixels per inch. Sorry iPhone stalwarts, the Samsung wins this round. According to those numbers, the S8 has higher-resolution and is sharper overall.

The iPhoneX has 3D touch which means the pressure of your “tap” will bring up various apps, menus, and contacts. Meanwhile, the Samsung utilizes good old swiping across to bring up its applications.

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Power-wise the iPhone uses the new six-core A11 Bionic chipset with a rumored 3GB of RAM. A bit less than the Samsung 8 which comes in at 4Gb of RAM using an octa-core chipset (a Snapdragon 835 in the US or an Exynos 8895).

In this case, those numbers don’t denote that the Note 8 is better since Apple always seems to come out on top with power.

"Apple’s A11 Bionic chip is a screamer. With six cores and 4.3 billion transistors, it looks to give the Note 8’s Snapdragon 835 a real run for its money, at least in terms of raw power." states MacWorld. 

Of course the operating systems ae different, the iPhoneX will run on iOS11 while the Samsung runs Android Nougat.

While both phones are polished, technical wonders they do have their differences. Especially when it comes to the price point, a bone of contention with consumers who feel Apple is over charging for their newest addition. The Samsung Galaxy S8 costs $725 for 64GB while the iPhone comes in at $999 for the same amount of data. If you want more room, it’ll cost you a whopping $1,149. Sometimes the bottom line is all you need to decide.

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