Samsung galaxy s8 vs iphone 7 plus


Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus | Specs Comparison

Julian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsLast year was an eventful year for Samsung, and that’s putting it mildly. August saw the release of the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 7, which blew the competition out of the water — quite literally, as the phone was soon blacklisted from entire countries and banned from major airlines after it revealed a nasty habit of catching fire in owners’ pockets.

Not to worry, though; Samsung is a ginormous company, and it has a second chance to regain consumer trust with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. So how does Samsung’s latest flagship stack up against Apple’s latest, plus-sized headset? We lauded the latter device in our iPhone 7 Plus review, but here, we examine how its flagship features compare with those of the Galaxy S8 Plus. Read on to find out which smartphone is right for you.

Specs

Galaxy S8 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus

Size 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 in) 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)
Weight 6.1 ounces (173 grams) 6.63 ounces (188 grams)
Screen 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED touchscreen 5.5-inch Retina HD LED-backlit touchscreen
Resolution 1,440 x 2,960 pixels (529 ppi) 1,080 x 1,920 pixels (401 ppi)
OS Android 7.0 Nougat iOS 10
Storage 64GB 32, 128, 256GB
MicroSD card slot Yes No
NFC support Yes Yes
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 (International) A10 Fusion with 64-bit architecture, M10 motion coprocessor
RAM 4GB 3GB
Connectivity 4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Camera 12MP rear with OIS, 8MP front Dual 12MP rear, 7MP front
Video 4K 4K
Bluetooth Yes, version 5 Yes, version 4.2
Fingerprint sensor Yes Touch ID
Other sensors Barometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor Barometer, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Water resistant Yes, IP68 rated Yes, IP67 rated
Battery 3,500 mAh 2,900 mAh
Charger USB Type-C Lightning
Marketplace Google Play Store Apple App Store
Color offerings Black, silver, orchid gray, coral blue (international), gold (international) Gold, rose gold, silver, black, jet black
Availability AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Unlocked
Price Starting at $840 Starting at $770
DT review First Take 4/5 Stars

Based on early benchmarks, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus may have a processor that’s in some ways better than Apple’s A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7 Plus. Keep in mind, though, that Apple has the benefit of highly optimized software, allowing it to eek more out of its processors than manufacturers which source third-party chips.

The S8 Plus does have 4GB of RAM, which is more than the iPhone’s 3GB, but Apple’s smartphones are often more memory-efficient — more RAM doesn’t necessarily mean the S8 will offer better performance. The S8 Plus is limited to 64GB of storage, while the iPhone has more storage options. But you can add up to 256GB of space or higher via a MicroSD card slot on the S8 Plus, if you so desire.

The Galaxy S8 Plus boasts a superior battery than the iPhone (3,500 mAh vs. 2,900 mAh), so you can expect it to last longer, though it should be noted that iPhones usually have stellar standby battery life. In terms of connectivity, the S8 Plus is equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, which should offer improved range and transfer speed over version 4.2 on the iPhone 7 Plus.

We’ll have to test real-world performance of the S8 Plus to see how it compares to the iPhone 7 Plus before we crown a winner.

Winner: Tie

Design, display, and durability

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If you’re buying a phone with the “Plus” suffix, the screen is probably pretty important to you. Luckily, both these phones are designed beautifully, with stunning displays to match.

Interestingly, the 5.5-inch iPhone is a bit bigger than the 6.2-inch S8 Plus, and nearly half an ounce heavier — that’s a lot of unnecessary weight and bezel. The screen itself is bright and colorful, but with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels, it won’t outperform the Galaxy S8 Plus, which has a 1,440 x 2,960 pixel resolution. The S8 Plus squeezes in far more pixels per inch than the iPhone.

The iPhone 7 Plus also looks dated next to the S8 Plus (at least the front). We chalk that up to Samsung’s heavy bezel-trimming.

But the iPhone 7 Plus may be more durable. The S8 Plus is wrapped in glass on both sides, making it slippery — a single drop could be disastrous. Thankfully, both are stand up to water exposure. The iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 water- and dust-resistant. The Galaxy S8 Plus is IP68-rated, which is slightly better.

The iPhone 7 Plus may be a tad more durable than the S8 Plus, but nothing beats a futuristic design, and a great display. The S8 Plus takes the cake here.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Software

Samsung has been hard at work, making improvements and additions to its software suite to help overcome Apple’s iOS powerhouse. The Galaxy S8 Plus will come equipped with a new artificially intelligent companion called Bixby, who promises to revolutionize the way you interact with your smartphone and your everyday tech.

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Anything you can perform by touch, you can ask Bixby to do — though you’ll need to use Samsung’s Bixby-supported apps. Bixby can also set reminders based on location and time; recognize objects via the camera app; and offer personalized information based on your where you are and what you typically do at a certain time of day.

The S8 Plus runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin, while the iPhone 7 Plus runs iOS 10. Apple’s operating system will certainly be more optimized for performance, but that doesn’t mean the S8 Plus will offer a poor software experience. Bixby could end up being more useful than Siri, and you may find some Android specific features to be better than iOS, such as notifications.

We’ll have to compare the user experience on the S8 Plus before we can claim a winner.

Winner: Tie

Camera

Both of these phones sport best-in-class cameras. We lauded the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, and we’ll laud them today; the 56-mm telephoto lens offers the best optical and digital zoom that you’ll find on a smartphone camera. The tap-zoom features work incredibly well, and no one else offers a better Portrait Mode than Apple. The 7-megapixel selfie camera on the front does its job admirably, though it pales in comparison to the cameras on the back.

Overall, the iPhone is an amazing daytime camera, with a powerful flash and lots of neat features. In the dark, though, the Galaxy S8 Plus’ cameras may find their time to shine. Nothing much has changed over the Galaxy S7 on the rear of the S8 Plus — it still uses a 12-megapixel camera. Samsung’s cameras are excellent at adjusting to low-light environments, resulting in more vibrant night-time shots. We’ll have to do more testing to see if it improves on the S7 at all or if they offer the same experience. In the front, the S8 Plus has an improved 8-megapixel camera.

Thanks to a number of more useful features, like Portrait Mode and the optical zoom lens, the iPhone comes out on top, but it’s possible Samsung has some tricks up their sleeve that haven’t yet seen the light of day.

Winner: iPhone 7 Plus

Pricing

The iPhone 7 Plus costs $770 for the 32GB model, ranging up to $969 for 256GB of storage. The S8 Plus comes with 64GB of internal storage, but it starts at $840. The 128GB model of the iPhone 7 Plus only costs $20 more than the 64GB S8 Plus. Here’s a comparison of the pricing for the two devices.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Apple iPhone 7 Plus 
AT&T $850 or $28.34 per month for 30 months $770 or $25.67 per month for 30 months
Sprint $850 or $35.42 per month for 24 months $770 or $32.09 per month for 24 months
T-Mobile $850 or $30 per month for 24 months with a $130 down payment $770 or $30 per month for 24 months
Verizon $840 or $35 per month for 24 months $770 or $32.08 per month for 24 months

The Galaxy S8 Plus is expensive. While it may offer some improvements, the iPhone 7 Plus is currently the better buy.

Winner: iPhone 7 Plus

Overall Winner: iPhone 7 Plus

There’s still a lot to be decided on which phone lasts longer, performs better, and captures better photos. If you don’t have an operating system allegiance, the iPhone 7 Plus is the better buy at the moment because not only is it more affordable, it’s also going to offer an experience that’s comparable (if not better) than the S8 Plus in some areas. There’s no denying the S8 Plus looks better and is more compact, though.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 7 Plus: which is better?

Samsung’s new phablet flagship has arrived and it's a monster, with a 6.2-inch screen.

As such, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus dwarfs the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, at least in terms of screen size - though surprisingly the overall body isn't much bigger.

But a lot of other things also differ between these two plus-sized handsets, from their operating systems to their chipsets and beyond. Here's how they stack up.

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Design

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a metal frame with a glass front and back, a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, albeit with smaller bezels above and below the edge-to-edge screen.

The iPhone 7 Plus on the other hand leans more heavily on metal, with a metal unibody and larger bezels above and below the screen, necessary in part to house the home button.

Those larger bezels mean the iPhone 7 Plus is a similar size to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus overall: the 7 Plus comes in at 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm, while the Galaxy S8 Plus is 159 x 74 x 8mm. 

That makes the S8 Plus slightly thicker and longer, but not as wide, despite it having a much larger screen (discussed below).

Both phones are clearly premium devices though. The glass back of the S8 Plus may make it more fragile, but then again, it’s IP68 certified – meaning it’s dust proof and water resistant to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes – while the iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 certified, meaning it’s ‘only’ water resistant to a depth of 1 meter.

Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a 6.2-inch screen, which makes it bigger than most phablets and far taller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus – though, again, the overall handset size is actually not much larger.

The display on the S8 Plus is 1,440 x 2,960, while the screen on the iPhone 7 Plus is just 1080 x 1920, so despite the extra size the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a sharper screen.

That’s not the only thing working in its favor either, as the S8 Plus also supports HDR video for more impressive contrast, which the iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t.

Other differences include the fact that the Galaxy S8 Plus has a curved display, where the iPhone 7 Plus is flat, and that Samsung's model uses Super AMOLED, for more vivid visuals than the LCD display on the iPhone 7 Plus.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus also employs an 18.5:9 super widescreen aspect ratio, while the iPhone 7 Plus is a more normal 16:9.

Overall the S8 Plus looks to have a more immediately impressive - if not necessarily better - screen, though its monstrous size may actually be off-putting to some even though the overall chassis isn't much bigger.

OS and power

As flagship phones the Galaxy S8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus are both very powerful. The iPhone 7 Plus uses an Apple A10 Fusion chipset and 3GB of RAM for almost perfectly smooth performance.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus on the other hand uses an octa-core chipset clocked at up to 2.35GHz. Samsung hasn't confirmed the name of the chip, but we're expecting the Exynos 8895 chipset in most of the world and a Snapdragon 835 one in the US. Both of those are top of the range and brand new... so new, in fact, that they’re not used in any currently available phone.

And with 4GB of RAM too the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus should easily be a match for the power of the iPhone 7 Plus.

What will be more noticeable is the differences in their operating systems, as while the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus runs Android Nougat, the iPhone 7 Plus uses iOS 10.

Although their interfaces have become more and more similar over the years there are some key differences, with iOS forcing you to keep all of your apps on your home screen while Android gives you an app drawer for example.

Android is also more customizable, but Samsung’s TouchWiz-infused take on it isn’t quite as aesthetically appealing as iOS.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has a 12MP camera, one that’s similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7, which is no bad thing, as that phone has one of the very best smartphone snappers.

The iPhone 7 Plus also has a 12MP camera, but it’s a dual-lens one, while the S8 Plus is just single-lens.

That extra lens on the iPhone can be used to create a bokeh effect, blurring the background around the subject of your shots. You can also use it for 2x optical zoom, letting you zoom in without losing image quality.

The Galaxy S8 Plus can't do that, but the core snapper will probably be at least as capable - though we'll let you know for sure in our full review.

Round the front there's less difference, with the iPhone 7 Plus packing a 7MP sensor and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus having an 8MP one.

Battery

There's a 3,500mAh battery in the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900mAh one.

The battery in the S8 Plus is a lot bigger then, but it’s also got a much bigger screen to keep lit up.

Comparing the actual life is tricky, but we expect the Galaxy S8 Plus would need a daily charge, and the iPhone 7 Plus does too, though it can comfortably last a full day.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus’s fast-charging tech should mean you can juice it up faster than the iPhone 7 Plus though, despite there being a bigger battery to fill - and the S8 Plus also lets you charge wirelessly.

Price

Samsung hasn't yet confirmed the price of the Galaxy S8 Plus, but rumors put it at $950/£780/AU$1,255, while the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769/£719/AU$1,269.

If accurate then in the US and UK at least you might pay more for the S8 Plus, but then it is a newer phone and you get more storage for your money.

The iPhone 7 Plus price gets you 'only' 32GB, while the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has 64GB of storage.

Takeaway

Although both these phones have phablet-sized dimensions, only the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus really has a phablet-sized screen, which gives it the edge if you want a big phone.

It’s also got a bigger battery and slightly more water resistance, but it only has a single-lens camera, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-lens one, and the 7 Plus may actually be the cheaper phone.

The biggest difference, as always when choosing between Apple and Samsung, is whether you want iOS or Android. But that aside the S8 Plus looks to be a strong competitor to Apple's finest. We'll let you know whether it delivers in practice once we've put it through a full review.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ Vs iPhone 7 / 7 Plus [Comparison]

Here’s Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs S8+ Vs iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus specs and features side-by-side comparison in detail.

Unless you have money to burn, or have some kind of unbelievable upgrade deal with your network, the chances are that choosing a new smartphone will typically mean that you have to run with that device for 12/24 months. If that’s the case, then you really need to be putting yourself in the best purchase position possible, which invariably means learning about your primary device of choice, as well as its main competition, and then making an informed decision on the back of that education.

With Samsung’s Galaxy S8 / S8+ officially announced, it’s very likely that would-be smartphone owners will be weighing up the purchase against Apple’s iPhone 7/ 7 Plus, but which should they go for?

Apple’s iPhone 7 range may have been with us for six months now, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may not actually start shipping until April 21st, but it’s not hard to instantly suggest that Apple’s iPhone 7 will still be the hardware’s biggest competitor. Different users will undoubtedly be looking for different things from a device, but if you take out an emotional connection, and a love of one company over the other, then you are essentially left with four devices which share some similarities, but also some glaring differences. And that’s where the fun begins.

From a display size perspective, Apple offers its iPhone 7 range with a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch display. The latter of which definitely can be classed as a “phablet”. The S8 range is immediately different in terms of physical stature to Apple’s iPhone 7, but ships with larger displays, with the S8 offering a 5.8-inch display, and the S8+ living up to its name with a whopping 6.2-inches. That doesn’t take into account the beautiful rounded corners of the screen, but is still highly impressive in a device which measures 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm and weighs just 173g.

Both device ranges offer similarities in the fact that they both serve up contactless payment capabilities, one via Samsung Pay and the other via Apple Pay. Both have embedded 12-megapixel cameras, with Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus offering 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto dual-sensors bundled nicely into the rear of the hardware.

Both are splash, dust and water resistant, and both come in an array of colors and external finishes, including Apple’s stunning new (PRODUCT)Red option. However, Samsung’s S8 does have the benefit of being new and shiny, coming with wireless charging, Samsung DeX, and even a new dedicated Bixby button that offers instant voice control over apps and services.

Of course, even when you consider all features and functionality, you also have to take into consideration the heart, with a lot of smartphone lovers boiling their decision down to one simple thing; iOS or Android? Check out the full comparison table for yourself, and good luck with your purchase, whichever you choose.

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Update x1: Here’s our hands-on with Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Update x2: Here’s a battery life comparison of Galaxy S8+ with iPhone 7 Plus and some other Android smartphones: Galaxy S8+ Vs iPhone 7 Plus Vs Pixel XL Vs S7 Edge Battery Life Comparison.

Update x3: Here’s a drop test between iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8:

Update x4: Here’s a video showing water resistance test between Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 Plus:

Update x5: The video embedded below shows speed and benchmarks comparison between S8 and iPhone 7 Plus:

Update x6: Here’s another speed test, this time pitting Galaxy S8 against iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6, Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T:

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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 Plus Speed Test

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is among the most popular Android smartphones to be released this year. With the S8, Samsung managed to beat Apple to launch a phone with a bezel-less design. What about its performance though? How does the Galaxy S8 stack against Apple’s six months old flagship, the iPhone 7 Plus?

The Galaxy S8 is the first Android smartphone to launch with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset. It also comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, which is a GB more than what the iPhone 7 Plus packs. On paper, the Galaxy S8 clearly seems more powerful than the iPhone 7 Plus, but what about real life use?

As the speed test comparison from YouTuber EverythingApplePro shows, despite the advantage in terms of specs, the Galaxy S8 was clearly slower to the almost six months old iPhone 7 Plus by quite a fair margin. The Galaxy S8 was slower not only in opening regular apps like Instagram, it was also substantially slower in opening heavy games like GTA V. The iPhone 7 Plus was also way faster than the Galaxy S8 in exporting a 4K video.

Interestingly, despite the Galaxy S8 coming with more RAM, it was the iPhone 7 Plus that does better in the multitasking comparison.

In benchmarks, the performance of both phones was closer than the difference in their real world performance would suggest, with the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset on the Galaxy S8 (5929) beating Apple’s A10 Fusion chip (5917) in the multi-core benchmarks in GeekBench.

What the speed test does not show is how most flagship Samsung devices end up slowing down considerably after a few months of use, which the iPhone does not suffer from.

What do you think about the Galaxy S8 based on the above speed test? Are you disappointed that it could not beat the iPhone 7 Plus in something as simple as app loading times?

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