Apple’s most unusual iPhone till date the iPhone X is now official. While Apple projects it as the “future of smartphones” many of you might opine that the Cupertino Giant in only catching up with where Android OEMs have already been for a year. Let’s stack Android big gun, the Galaxy Note 8, against Apple’s iPhone X to know how they compare. But first, let’s glance at the specifications.
iPhone X VS Note 8 Detailed Specifications
|Model||iPhone X||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|Display||5.8-inch super Retina HD display, HDR compliant, 2436 x 1125, 458 PPI, 3D touch||6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display, 18.5:9 aspect ratio|
|Processor||Hexa-core Apple A11 Bionic Chip with neural engine, M11 Coprocessor||Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU|
|Dimensions and weight||143.6 X 70.9 X 7.7 mm; 174 grams||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm; 195 grams|
|Internal Storage||64GB/256GB||64GB, expandable up to 256GB|
|Software||iOS 11||Android 7.1 Nougat, with Experience UX 8.5|
|Primary Camera||12MP+12M wide angle telephoto cameras,2X Zoom and Portrait mode, Dual OIS
F/1.8; f/2.4 aperture
Quad LED Flash
4K videos at 60fps
|12MP+12M wide angle telephoto cameras,2X Zoom and Portrait mode, Dual OIS
F/1.7; f/2.4 aperture
Dual tone LED Flash
4K videos at 30fps
|Front Camera||7MP photos, 1080p videos, f/2.2 aperture||8MP auto focus front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture, auto HDR|
|Battery||“lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7” , supports wireless charging, fast charging||3300mAh battery with fast charging both on wired and wireless|
|Others||4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS,NFC, Face ID,lightning connector,IP67 Water and dust resistant||4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB Type-C 3.1, NFC, MST, Samsung Pay, IP68 Water and dust resistant|
|Price||Rs. 89,000/ 1,02,000||67,990|
Design and Build
The iPhone X is slimmer and lighter than the Note 8, but that’s largely because the Galaxy Note 8 houses a significantly bigger screen. Technically, both phones have a metal frame with scratch resistant glass on both front and rear. And both are water and dust resistant certified (IP67 vs IP68).
While this is the first time Apple is using glass, Samsung is already 3 generations ahead and we have to say we are more taken in by the dual curved edges on the Note 8 and the ‘Notch’ on the iPhone X or the cut out where the new ‘depth camera’ could be highly distracting. Having said that, the iPhone X completely eliminates bezels from the front which certain consumers should find more attractive.
On the rear, the dual rear cameras jut out quite a bit on the iPhone X, and that’s another thing that you won’t have to worry about on the Note 8.
So, basically, they are both beautiful phones, but we are more inclined towards Note 8. Out of the two, the iPhone X is, however, a tad more manageable.
The display on both iPhone X and on the Samsung Note 8 are manufactured by Samsung. These are extremely fine quality displays, irrespective of the difference in resolution. And they are both HDR 10 compliant AMOLED screens. The aspect ratio too is about 18:9 on both panels. The one on the Note 8 Plus is the only one that can go up to 1200 Nits bright to guarantee stellar visibility in all sorts of lighting. All said and done, you can’t go wrong with either of the two panels.
Performance and Software
On the performance front, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by Snapdragon 835 or its equivalent Exynos 8895 octa-core chipset. Apple iPhone X, on the other hand, employs the bionic A11 Hexa-core chipset with a separate motion coprocessor and 3 core GPU.
Apple claims that its new chip is 25 percent faster than the chip on the iPhone 7. Even if we assume that it’s only half true, the iPhone X should still lead benchmark scores over the Note 8. From a practical stand point, however, both phones have enough to shoulder what most of us would ask of them.
Advanced computing power on the A11 bionic chip is being used to give AR a big push (ARkit), and even though the technology is nascent stages, this could be a foundation of bigger things to come.
The iPhone X will be running well-optimized iOS 11 out of the box with newly added gesture supports. The Note 8, on the other hand, is running Android Nougat based Experience UI and will soon be upgraded to Android Oreo. The two OS are closer than ever before, yet maintain their individual identity.
A distinctive feature of the Note 8 is its wonderful stylus. The S Pen on the Note 8 can be a great productivity tool and is sufficiently advanced to count as an advantage. The Note 8 also benefits from Samsung Pay that is already supported on most point of sale terminals in India.
Camera and Face Recognition
Both the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X have two rear cameras with OIS on both sensors, used for 2X optical zoom and for Portraits. Of course, the iPhone X can record 4K videos at 60fps, which sounds awesome. And Apple has also added a cool Portrait lighting feature that can be used to add cool studio lighting effects to your portrait shots.
We will have to wait to have a clear idea of the real world difference in camera performance, but on paper, both are awfully close.
On the front, both phones have almost same resolution selfie cameras and the one on the Note 8 benefits from Auto Focus.
The front camera on the iPhone X is part of the “Depth Camera” that Apple is using for face recognition. This is also something you will find on the Note 8, but Apple’s implementation has a lot more hardware muscle supporting it.
The depth camera uses a dot projector and IR laser to map your face using 30,000 points and enables the face recognition to work even in inadequate lighting.
At the same time, the missing Touch ID is bound to be a draw back. The Note 8 places fingerprint sensor in an awkward place but that’s still better than not having one at all.
Battery and Price
We won’t know the exact capacity of the Apple iPhone X battery till the teardown reports come in, but Apple claims 2 hours more backup than iPhone 7, which isn’t much to be excited about. The Note 8, on the other hand, includes a 3300mAh battery with very well optimized software and can easily last for one day of moderate to heavy usage. The back up should be comparable on both devices. Both phones support wireless and fast charging.
The iPhone X costs 89,000 INR for the 64GB storage variant, and the similar storage variant of Note 8 will cost you significantly lesser, I.e. 67,990 INR.
Who should buy the iPhone X
Both phones are quite close in terms of features and specifications, and what works in iPhone X’s favor includes an advanced face recognition mode, maybe an edge when it comes to camera performance and the raw chipset power. There is no denying the steep price, though. Even when it isn’t entirely justified, we are sure Apple fans won’t mind.
Who should buy the Note 8
The Note 8 offers the best of Android ecosystem, comes with a stylus, and there is no area where it particularly disappoints. If you don’t mind a big phone and aren’t particularly averse to Android, the Note 8 feels like a good option, one that will save you a significant sum too. In India, Samsung Pay also counts as a meaningful advantage over iPhone X.