Which is the best smartphone? Apple iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S8?

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Apple iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8


Apple launched the much awaited 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone, the iPhone X with edge-to-edge display. The iPhone X takes on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. In this article, we will explore the design, various features and specifications of both the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8 to know if the iPhone X.


Apple iPhone X design is unique, with a display that measures 5.8-inch (diagonal), 458 pixels per inch density and 2436 x 1125 pixels resolution. Further, unlike the earlier models which featured the LCD touchscreen, the iPhone X gets OLED display with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support. Samsung, provides a stunning 5.8-inch display, Super AMOLED touchscreen, with 570 pixels per inch density and 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution in the Galaxy S8. Both the phones feature great display, nonetheless.

Both iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8 have glass back and have smooth edges to hold comfortably. Dimensions wise, the phones are nearly equal in size. To be precise, the iPhone X measures 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm while the Samsung Galaxy S8 measures 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm. When it comes to weight, the Galaxy S8 (155g) is lighter than iPhone X (174g).

To sum up, the iPhone X and Galaxy S8 have great displays and similar dimensions, but S8 is slightly easy to hold, thanks to lightweight design.


Face ID and wireless charging

iPhone X packs new features such as Face ID to unlock the device and Portrait lighting effect in the camera app. However, wireless charging and tap-to-wake features that are new for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, have been provided by Samsung and other Android smartphone makers couple of years ago.

AR vs VR

Another area where the iPhone X leads, is Augmented Reality. In the Apple Event, the AR games played in iPhone X, ARKit made available for developers, Apple is taking steps towards intensive AR applications support in the  near future. This is missing in Samsung Galaxy S8.

However, Samsung Galaxy S8 is compatible with Google’s VR project called ‘Day Dream’. On the contrary, whether Apple is making exclusive VR applications for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or the iPhone X is not known yet.

Camera capabilities

iPhone X gets the dual camera setup that is offered in iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus.  The dual camera allows users to take ‘bokeh’ effect images that blur the background and bring the subject to the front. Though S8 captures good quality images, the lack of dual camera setup, gives iPhone X, an edge.

Selfie camera in iPhone X gets Portrait lighting feature (Beta) that allow users to try different studio lighting effects on selfies. This is not available S8. Also, iPhone X can take videos such as 4K at 60fps and slo-mo at 240fps. In comparison, the S8 can record videos up to a maximum of 60 fps only.

Animojis is Apple’s new animated emojis that can be used in iMessages. User can record the animated emojis and send to the contact on the other end. Guess, this cool feature will likely be copied by other mainstream chat applications eventually.

Other features such as expandable storage, dual SIM, 3.5 mm audio jack make the Galaxy S8, a bit more practical smartphone than the iPhone X which lacks all these features.


iPhone X (left) and Samsung Galaxy S8 (right)

iPhone X costs $999 and Samsung Galaxy S8 starts at $699. As evident, there is a huge price gap between two smartphones that are capable of delivering equally-great performance. No doubt, S8 has an edge here.


Apple and Samsung are arch rivals and every year, the battle between iPhone and Samsung galaxy S series is intense. This year too, the iPhone X stands tall and above the Samsung Galaxy S8 in more than one aspect. However, all comes at a price which makes it less ‘value for money’ when compared with Samsung Galaxy S8.

For users, who love to play AR games, capture selfies in Portrait lighting effects and need blisteringly fast performance, be prepared to shell out $1,000 to buy the iPhone X. Otherwise, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has already proven to be a great smartphone for under $700 and it is better ‘’value for money’’ than iPhone X.

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