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Samsung Galaxy S8 or iPhone X: Make a choice

13 Sep 2017 | By Anish Chakraborty

You knew this was coming.

We have two contenders here, the first is Samsung Galaxy S8 and the other is iPhone X.

We are not going to indulge ourselves into the Android vs. iOS debate. It's a hackneyed topic, so there's no point harping on that.

Both of these devices show the very best that their respective firms have to offer.

Let's do it.

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13 Sep 2017Samsung Galaxy S8 or iPhone X: Make a choice

BezelsGoing by the looks

Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X both come with a metal frame and a glass back. Both of these devices have minimal bezels.

However, if we're going to be extremely judgemental, Samsung Galaxy S8 has strip above and below its screen and iPhone X only has a speck at the top of the display.

Keeping a tab on the display

DisplayKeeping a tab on the display

Both the flagship devices have 5.8-inch screens.

Samsung's is a super AMOLED 2960×1440-pixel screen with a pixel density of 570ppi, whereas iPhone X comes with 2436×1125-pixel OLED with a 458ppi pixel density.

Samsung Galaxy S8 wins here with a higher resolution and a sharper image quality.

However, iPhone X does have a True Tone display to adjust white balance for a better viewing experience.

ProcessorWhat's under the hood?

Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 or its in-house Exynos 8895 system-on-a-chip backed by a 4GB RAM.

Apple, on the other hand, has incorporated something called Apple A11 Bionic processor in iPhone X along with a 3GB RAM (allegedly).

Since we don't know how powerful the A11 Bionic chipset is yet, we are calling it a draw in this department.

iPhone XiPhones always have good cameras

Keeping up with the trend, iPhone X integrates a 12MP dual-camera set up on the back. There's a lot going on here.

You get optical image stabilization on both lenses and it's been calibrated for augmented reality (AR) features.

There's the "Portrait Lighting," where the system does real time analysis to enhance the light setting of your portraits.

Now, let's come to the front.

FaceIDA lot is going on here

iPhone X sports a 7MP front camera, which also gets the portrait lightening feature. However, the biggie here is the 3D face scanner, which is used to unlock the phone.

Face ID is being touted by Apple as one of the most advanced security methods out there.

It's certainly impressive, and gives Apple an edge.

Galaxy S8Samsung's camera

Samsung has incorporated a single lens 12MP camera on the back of Galaxy S8. It comes with optical image stabilization and f/1.7 aperture.

There's an 8MP front-facing camera, which also doubles up as a face scanner but it's 2D and not 3D like Apple iPhone X.

An iris scanner is also there but we're canceling that out, as it's been easily fooled.

BatteryBattery and wireless charging

Both these devices support wireless charging. Apple hasn't clearly stated the battery size of iPhone X at the launch.

All it said was that it would last two hours longer than iPhone 7.

Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh battery and that should last a day.

We're not betting on the iPhone X's battery unless we're sure about it and neither should you.

Pocket pinchOur decision is mainly governed by our wallets

You can pick up an iPhone X 64 GB variant for Rs. 89,000 or shell out Rs. 1.02 lakh for the 256 GB storage variant. Friendly reminder, you can't extend storage space in Apple but you can in Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will cost you around Rs. 57,900 and you can get the plus version for approximately Rs. 64,900.

Take your pick.