This year, we’ve had the chance to witness the release of the most powerful smartphones to date. Earlier in the year, we’ve seen Samsung release its best business-class smartphone yet, the Samsung Galaxy Note8. This week, Apple followed suit, revealing its 10th-anniversary smartphone, the iPhone X. We already knew that both handsets were a bit overpowered for the average user who does little more than play Platinum Play casino games, follow social media, listen to music, and take photos with their phones (albeit iPhone X has some interesting features to make the latter more interesting). Now let’s dig a bit deeper into both, to see what they can do beyond running Platinum Play games for fun.
Apple’s premium iPhone is the highest-performance model to date, with a six-core Apple A11 Bionic CPU (bionic refers to the CPU’s capability to quickly handle AI-related tasks, with face recognition among them). The new SoC has two high-performance cores and four low-consumption cores, and – thanks to Apple’s extensive optimization – will offer users a performance at least comparable to that of Samsung’s high-end handset. The chip is paired with 3GB of RAM.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 has the manufacturer’s own Exynos 8895 octa-core SoC, with four 2.3GHz cores and four 1.7GHz cores, and Qualcomm’s MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 SoC for its US and Chinese edition (4×2.35GHz + 4×1.9GHz). The handset has 6GB of RAM and a high-performance GPU added to the mix.
Which one is better? Well, since the proof of the pudding is in the eating, we’ll have to wait for a more hands-on comparison – in everyday use – to decide that.
When it comes to specs, both handsets have a similar camera on board: dual 12-megapixel sensors, autofocus, OIS, optical zoom, and all the features you may need – everything for a perfect picture to be taken.
Video recording seems to be handled a bit better by the iPhone X – it can record 2160p video at up to 60fps, while Samsung’s flagship is limited to 30fps with the same resolution. Besides, the iPhone X can also record 1080p video at up to 240fps, while Samsung can only match this frame rate at a 720p resolution. Apple, it seems, wins this one.
The iPhone X will be available in a 64GB and a 256GB version, with no memory card bay included. Samsung’s Note8, in turn, will handle MicroSD cards with a capacity of up to 256GB and have 64/128/256GB of internal storage.
The iPhone X has Apple’s first Super AMOLED screen, With it, the Cupertino giant has phased out physical buttons – for the first time, it covers the full front of the handset. This means there’s no fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone.
Apple’s brand new screen has a 5.8″ diagonal (82.9% screen-to-body ratio), a resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels, and a pixel density of around 458 ppi. Samsung’s flagship has a larger, 6.3″ screen with a higher resolution (1440 x 2960 pixels), a higher pixel density (approximately 521 ppi), and about the same screen-to-body ratio.
Sound and music
The iPhone X will have stereo speakers, while the Note8 will not – this might incline the balance in Apple’s favor. But the Note8 will have a dedicated headphone jack, too, which Apple has given up on a few models ago. So, you decide which one is better from this point of view.
The small things
Neither of the Titans has infrared (very useful indeed for a smartphone) and radio in them (useful in some situations). Both smartphones have wireless charging capabilities (Samsung’s is Qi/PMA compatible, while Apple’s knows Qi only), and fast battery charging capabilities.
The iPhone X will come with Apple’s own Siri, while the Samsung Note8 will sport the manufacturer’s homegrown Bixby. Which one is the best? Only time will tell.
Battery, colors, price
Both handsets will have non-removable batteries. Samsung will offer up to 22 hours of talk time (3G) compared to Apple’s 21 hours (estimated, of course), and 74 hours of music playback versus Apple’s 60 hours. That’s about as much as we know at this point. When it comes to color variety, Note8 will have four international colors (Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue), and one available in Taiwan only (Star Pink). The iPhone X will be available in two variants only (for the time being, of course): Space Gray and Silver (even though rumors about a potential red variant are still circulating online).
Price-wise, the two phones are similar. Apple’s iPhone X will cost around $999 (for the cheaper variant), while Samsung’s Note8