Apple iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Which Flagship Smartphone Will Dominate 2017?

Mar 12, 2017 02:20 PM EDT | Yen Palec

The smartphone community is in for an exciting year as two of the biggest flagship devices are expected to debut within the coming months. The Apple iPhone 8 is poised to go head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S8. Both Apple and Samsung have kept mum about the specs of their respective devices. However, leaks have kept on pouring and have given the community a vague picture of what to expect.

Samsung is still picking up its pace following the massive bust of the Galaxy Note 7. Nevertheless, Samsung is still optimistic that the Galaxy S8 will regain the market share it lost with the Note 7 issue.

Display. The Galaxy S8 is expected to pack a 5.7-inch display, while the premium model S8 Plus will pack a 6.2-inch screen. Both displays will sport a curved Super AMOLED design with Quad HD+ resolution. There are a handful of photos pointing to a possible dual-curved edge-to-edge design, although this rumor has to be taken with a grain of salt until Samsung releases the official specs sheet.

In comparison, the iPhone 8 is rumored to come in three models depending on display. Apple is taking a big leap by using, for the first time, OLED displays. Rumors claim that the Apple iPhone 8 will pack a 5.8-inch display, with the Plus model having an even bigger one, according to 9to5Mac. As for the resolution, Apple is expected to configure the display with nothing less than a Quad HD resolution.

Apple is known for releasing two iPhone variants in the past. One is the standard model, while the other is the upgraded model that sports the Plus branding. For the iPhone 8, Apple is rumored to release a third model in order to commemorate the smartphone's 10th anniversary.

Chipset, Hardware, and Software. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, according to Tech Radar. Samsung is also developing a Galaxy S8 model which is powered by the company's own Exynos 8995 chipset. As for the iPhone 8, the flagship smartphone is expected to have the Apple A11 processor.

Not much is known about these three chipsets, and the community has to wait until the official release of the smartphones in order to perform real-world benchmark tests. As for the memory, the Galaxy S8 is expected to have 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone 8 will pack 2GB of RAM. Storage space is widely rumored to be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB variants across the board.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to run on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. The tech community can attest to the impressive performance and features of the Nougat OS when Google released its Pixel flagship devices.

As for the iPhone 8, Apple has always used the release of its flagship smartphone to launch the latest version of the iOS mobile operating system. It is widely expected that the iPhone 8 will run on iOS 11.

Conclusion. Both the Apple iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 are promising on paper. Flagship devices are always known to deliver premium smartphone experience without much to complain about. Critical to the success of both devices remain on their fan base, which in the case of Samsung is badly damaged because of the Note 7 exploding battery issue.

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