After months of continuous leaks and rumors, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are finally here. The devices are all that we've been covering for the past four months or so. Samsung's got a lot riding on the pair as well. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the company's first true flagship launches since their predecessors. Its lack of planning with the Note 7 saw the device off with an early exit. Now that the Korean tech giant's flagships for 2017 are with us, it's time for a comparison with their 2016 Western competitors, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Take a look below for more details.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ VS iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - design, specs & multimedia
To start off, Apple changed quite a lot of features incrementally on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The devices are the first iPhones in history to feature completely black models. They also feature aluminum 7000 with water resistance at one meter for up to 30 minutes. Dimension wise, the pair is similar to its predecessors. The iPhone 7 measures 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm and weighs in at 138g. The iPhone 7 Plus measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm and weighs in at 188g. Apple's two big design features for the gadgets are the removal of their home button and the 3.5mm earphone jack. Apple also introduced stereo speakers with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Finally, Apple's Jet Black color for the pair is achieved through some pretty impressive anodization and buffing processes.
Moving on to Samsung, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ measure 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm and 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm respectively. They also weigh in at 152g and 173g. Comparing this with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the GS8 and GS8+ aren't light devices. They're also thicker than Apple's flagships. Samsung has also taken a unique color approach with its latest flagships. The company will provide the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in 3 color options in the US, initially. These are Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver. The pair won't feature a home button either and Samsung's also added a special Bixby button on the left. The devices also feature curved corners, which blend in beautifully with the edged screen and no bezels.
When we talk displays, Samsung is the king. The company's massive resources allow it to churn out the most advanced smartphone displays in the industry. Samsung is the current leader in terms of display quality and the Korean tech giant shows this off with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The smartphones feature an all new 18.5:9 display aspect ratio. This lends them a much taller look. The Galaxy S8 measures 5.8 inches with resolution 1,440 x 2,960. The GS8+ measures 6.2 inches diagonally with resolution 1,440 x 2,960.
For the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple's stuck with LCD displays. The iPhone 7 features a 4.7 inch backlit LCD IPS display with a 65.6% screen to body ratio. Resolution for the smartphone is 1334 x 750 pixels with a pixel density of 326ppi. The iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5 inch display with resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels and 401ppi density. But while the displays might be LCD, they feature the DCI-P3 color gamut which adds an entire spectrum of colors to be reproduced. Finally, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also feature 3D Touch, which allows users to interact with their smartphones using varying pressure inputs.
Finally, it's time to move on to hardware specifications. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor. The 835 features an octa-core design, based on Qualcomm's Kryo 280 cores. You can read in detail about the processor here. International versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will feature 4GB of RAM. Battery capacity for the pair stands at 3,000mAh for the GS8 and 3500mAh for the GS8+, just like the rumor mill predicted. The pair will also support 1 gigabit LTE download speeds.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature Apple's A10 Fusion processor with 2GB of RAM. The A10 Fusion is Cupertino's first quad-core processor and delivers up to 2.34GHz with its Twister cores. RAM count stands at 2GB and 3GB for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus respectively. The pair also promises up to 14h talk time for the iPhone 7 and 21h talk time for the iPhone 7 Plus, on 3G. That's impressive, considering that the smaller iPhone is powered by a 1960mAh battery, while the larger carries a 2900mAh battery back.
The iPhone 7 Plus became the first iPhone in Apple history to add a dual camera for the lineup. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus' rear cameras have 12MP resolutions. Talking about the basic camera sensors for both the smartphones, they feature an aperture width of f/1.8. Lens dimensions are 28mm. The iPhone 7 Plus' second camera is a telephoto sensor with aperture size f/2.8 and width 56mm. Apple introduced its custom ISP with the pair as well, which is a big strength for the devices. It carries out complex computations within seconds and enhances quality by a lot. Finally, both the devices can record video at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps. Front cameras for the pair stand at 7 MP with f/2.2 aperture. They can record video at 1080p@30fps and 720p@240fps.
Now, Samsung hasn't stuck with its traditional approach for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+'s rear camera sensors. The devices use their predecessors' equipment, with resolution still standing at 12MP. Aperture size stands at f/1.7, which is slightly smaller than the iPhone's. The Galaxy S8's rear camera also feature Samsung's proprietary Duo Pixel technology. With Duo Pixel, the pair has a phase detection autodiode for every pixel on the camera's sensor. Apart from that, Samsung hasn't made any other major upgrades to the pair's rear camera sensor. The front camera for the pair receives a nice upgrade, though. Resolution for it stands at 8MP, which is a gain over the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well. It also features face detection autofocus and wide angle shot capabilities.
To conclude, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are just what the rumor mill told us. Great incremental upgrades with a couple of new, flashy features to make the public forget about their predecessors. They don't bring anything new to the table except an increased aspect ratio - something that's relatively easy for Samsung to pull off given its extensive production resources.
4K rear video recording isn't anything new, either. The only major addition is Iris scanning, so we're eager to see how that pans out for Samsung. We love their design and it shows just how far Samsung's design department has come. Nobody can now accuse the company of copying the iPhone lineup. Samsung's got its unique look for the smartphones, which is very fluid and easy to approach.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus win in the photography department. Apple loves its cameras and the dedicated ISP with a wide angle rear camera sensor leave room for little upgrades. Design wise, Cupertino's high quality, nine stage aluminum finish on the jet black iPhone 7 blows Samsung's curved corners out of the park. And not to mention, Apple did bring curved edges on devices first.
The A10 Fusion is beaten by the 10nm Snapdragon 835, but that isn't a concern at this point. In the end, it boils down to personal preference and whether you prefer Android or iOS. Price wise, both the devices are pretty much at the same level, but the GS8 and GS8+ will cost more internationally.
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