The upcoming flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus look elegant when compared to other phones in the market. The only direct competition in terms of specifications, price and sales is offered by Apple’s own iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The bigger phones from both companies offer the best in specifications so a comparison between the two is warranted.
Here’s how the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus compete each other:
If we consider the design features first, the choice is obvious – the Galaxy S8 Plus looks far better than the iPhone 7 Plus. It features an edge to edge infinity display that blends with the glass back looking stunning. Couple this with the tiny top and bottom bezels on the front and the result is a much more appealing design.
It seems that Apple doesn’t care much about the design itself. The overall design features of iPhone 7 Plus look unchanged with the two-year old iPhone 6 Plus except for the antenna bands moving towards the frame of the phone instead of covering the top and bottom of the iPhone’s back.
One interesting point to note is that the Galaxy S8 Plus is 4.5mm smaller in terms of width, compared to the iPhone 7 Plus, despite sporting a 0.7-inch larger display. The rest of the dimensions are nearly the same despite such a huge difference in screen size.
Galaxy S8 Plus comes with an iris scanner alongside water and dust resistance; Galaxy S8 Plus gets an IP68 rating while the iPhone 7 Plus has an IP67 rating.
The digital assistant could be a mixed bag for the S8+ as Apple’s Siri is old and well worn compared to the new and untested Bixby. Another major difference between the two is the inclusion of a headphone jack in the S8 Plus.
With the S8 Plus, you get a 6.2 inch Quad HD+ (1440 x 2960) Super AMOLED screen having 529 ppi pixel density. iPhone 7 Plus on the other hand features a 5.5 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD Retina display with 401 ppi pixel density.
Samsung has the advantage on the display side due to a Super AMOLED screen that features deeper blacks and more vibrant colors. This is not the end but it the S8 and S8 Plus also feature 10-bit HDR support allowing Samsung to have a leg up in terms of colors and shadow definition on screen.
Internals and Storage
In case of the iPhone 7 Plus we get a Quad-core 2.34 GHz (2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr) Apple A10 Fusion chip with 3 GB of RAM. On the storage side we have multiple option of 32/128/256 GB without expandable storage.
On the other hand the Galaxy S8 Plus will have two different SoC options:
- Octa-core (4x 2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x 1.9 GHz Kryo) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (US model)
- Octa-core (4x 2.3 GHz & 4x 1.7 GHz) Exynos 8895 Octa (international model)
It will have 4 GB RAM with 64 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage as well as expandable storage of up to 256 GB via a microSD card or a faster UFS memory card. Some markets will also get 6 GB RAM variants with 128 GB of storage.
Raw performance-wise you can count on Samsung’s phone to deliver better results compared with the iPhone 7 Plus. Day to day performance on the other hand will not be very different thanks to optimizations for the iOS in the Apple phone.
Detailed comparison will be available after the Galaxy S8 Plus is released.
The camera used in Galaxy S8 Plus features the same image sensor used in last year’s S7 and S7 Edge – a 12 MP, f/1.7 unit with optical image stabilization and dual-pixel phase detection auto focus. However, the improvements were made to the camera software and post processing of images.
The iPhone 7 Plus has a dual camera setup offering 2x optical zoom and bokeh effect in portrait mode. Overall the iPhone 7 Plus’ cameras doesn’t have any major differences except for the zoom offered in the latter.
Samsung has the lead here as well because last year’s S7 Edge offered better camera quality/performance compared to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Add the minor improvements made to the camera software for the S8 and S8 Plus this year, and we have ourselves a winner in the camera department.
The iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900 mAh battery that is pretty good for a phone with a 5.5 inch 1080p screen. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus on the other hand has a 3,500 mAh battery that seems a bit smaller for a 6.2 inch QHD+ screen.
Comparing it the with the Galaxy S7 Edge that featured a 3,600 mAh unit with a 5.5 inch QHD display, it is evident that we’ll have a smaller overall battery life for the S8 Plus.
The competition here, between the S8+and the iPhone 7 Plus, could be close as the Apple phone does feature a good battery for its screen size and resolution.
At release the iPhone 7 Plus cost:
- $769 for the 32 GB model
- $869 for 128 GB
- $969 for 256 GB
The S8 Plus will cost around $850 and will come in a 64 GB variant only (128GB in certain markets). Comparing the price of the 128 GB iPhone 7 Plus is fair as you get expandable storage on the S8 Plus. The S8 Plus wins here by a hair’s breadth.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus
On the basis of above comparison, the winner is obvious – the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.
For Galaxy S8+
- Better design (edge to edge display with tiny bezels)
- Better display (QHD+ with Mobile HDR Premium vs FHD Retina)
- More RAM (4 GB vs 3 GB)
- Better in raw performance
- Better camera
- Better storage option (expandable vs no memory card slot)
- IP 68 water and dust resistance (IP 67 in iPhone 7 Plus)
For iPhone 7 Plus
- Better optimizations for iOS compared with Android
- Siri better than Bixby
- Cheaper variant available compared to S8+
- Smooth day to day performance