iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8+: What’s the difference?

iPhone 8

Apple launched the iPhone 8 Plus to put a full stop to the rumor fire since 2016. The main highlight of the phone is the addition of an A11 Bionic chip with dual cameras on the rear. Moreover, the company integrated fast charging capability. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S8+, the device ships with a 6.2-inch display coupled with Bixby voice assistant and a fingerprint sensor. Moreover, the phone provides an ability to expand storage alongside a fast-charging battery. It is to be noted that both iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy S8+ is resistant to water via IP67 and IP68 respectively. In this article, we will take a quick glance at the specifications of both the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones.

Display

While the iPhone 8 Plus is equipped with a 5.5-inch FHD (1920×1080) IPS true tone display, the Galaxy S8+ offers a 6.2-inch dual edge Super AMOLED QHD (2960×1440) display. The pixel density of the Galaxy S8 Plus is higher than the iPhone 8, which will be beneficial while reading content. The fingerprint sensor has been integrated into the physical home button.

Performance

The newly launched Plus variant of the iPhone 8 is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic chip with Neural engine and M11 motion coprocessor. The device will be available in 64GB and 256GB internal storage capacities. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8+ is equipped with a Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 graphics, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage.

The highlight of the Plus variant of the Galaxy S8 is the capability to expand the disk space, which is not possible with the iPhone 8 Plus. However, the iPhone will be able to withstand plenty of apps, images and videos because of the large default storage of 64GB instead of 32GB.

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Camera

On the optics front, the iPhone 8 Plus ships with a dual 12MP dual pixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras with f/1.8 and f/2.8 aperture respectively. With an ability to zoom up to 10x, the handset provides support for the six-element lens and optical image stabilization. The selfie camera features a 7MP camera sensor with f/2.2 aperture and retina flash. Talking about the Galaxy S8+, the handset offers a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera coupled with f/1.7 aperture and OIS respectively.

iPhone 8 Plus

Battery

Even though we don’t have any clear information about the battery capacity, the iPhone 8 Plus is capable of delivering a talk time of 21 hours with fast charging support. It is possible to charge up to 50 percent within 30 minutes. The Galaxy S8+ also includes a quick charging battery of 3500mAh capacity.

Operating platform

As the name implies, the iPhone 8 Plus is preloaded with iOS 11. Samsung has integrated Android 7 Nougat with the Galaxy S8 series. While the iOS ships with Siri, the Nougat comes with Bixby voice assistant. Samsung also integrated a dedicated button for activating the Bixby.

Price

The 64GB iPhone 8 Plus is priced at $799, while the 256GB variant will be available at $949. The unlocked 64GB storage model of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is available at $824.99.

Verdict

The iPhone 8 Plus will be suitable for chronic Apple fans who would like to play with iOS and Siri. The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be compatible for users who would like to explore Android. However, the Bixby assistant is still in its infancy but Siri has grown well over the last few years. The addition of a large display with huge resolution is a definite advantage when compared with the iPhone. The addition of a 6.2-inch display is a big highlight when compared to the 5.5-inch display in the iPhone. You will be able to read plenty of content with the Galaxy S8+ smartphone because of the bezel-less display. Even though the Bixby is new to the market, the company is planning to improve the functionality. Hence, you can expect new features and improvements before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 series in early 2018.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com

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