Let’s find out the age-old question, which flagship spec phone is better? Apple or Samsung? Here’s a video to help you decide! The Apple iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
|SPECS||Apple iPhone X||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|Display||5.8″ 1125 x 2436 Super AMOLED (~458 ppi)||6.3″ Super AMOLED (~521 ppi)|
|Dimensions & Features||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 174 g, Nano-SIM||162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm,195 Dual stand-by, Dual SIM Tray|
|Chipset||Apple A11 Bionic||Exynos Octa|
|CPU||Hexa-core 2.39 GHz||Octa-core|
|GPU||Apple GPU three-core graphics||Mali-G71 MP20|
|Memory||3 GB RAM, 64/256 GB (No Card slot)||6GB RAM, 64/128/256 GB|
|Connectivity||LTE Cat. 12, 802.11n, BT 5.0, GPS, 2.0, proprietary reversible connector, no audio jack||LTE Cat. 16, 802.11n, BT 5.0, GPS, 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector 3.5mm audio jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2716mAh||Non-removable Li-Ion 3300mAh|
|Price||PhP 50,550/$1010||PhP 49,990/$999|
At a first glance, the foremost noticeable feature everyone will see is the overall larger build of the Note 8 to the iPhone X both having an all-screen feature without any signs of any built or capacitive navigation keys. Front cameras and sensors on the iPhone are on its notch while the note 8’s can be found just above its screen.
Both phones have a glass front and back with a stainless-steel frame for the X and an aluminum frame for the Note 8 making it a tad lighter than the iPhone. The handsets also sport a dual-rear camera with the iPhone’s protruding placed in a vertical manner while the Note 8’s in a horizontal fashion with a fingerprint scanner just beside it.And of course, the hard to miss iconic logos for both.
Power buttons are both on the right side while volume rockers are on the opposing side with a switch function for the X and the dedicated Bixby button for the Note 8. Lastly, at the bottom bunk of the phones are the loudspeakers and charging ports, with a headphone jack and the S-pen for the Note 8.
Both are water and scratch resistant up to some degree. At this category its’s up to the users’ preference to decide so we’ll give this round a tie.
The all-screen handsets both have a Super AMOLED panel types with a 5.8” 1125 x 2436p resolution for the iPhone and a 6.3” 1440 x 2960p resolution for the Note 8. With the Apple all-screen being new to the game, some apps may not support the feature compared to the Note 8 which most apps are accustomed to fit with its resolution. On paper, brightness on the X can go up to 625 nits while the Note 8 can go up to 1240 nits. With the Note 8 having most apps compatible to its resolution and a big difference at brightness levels, we’ll give this one to the Note 8.
Both handsets have 12 MP dual-rear camera but are they equal in quality as in specs? Differences in sharpness are almost indistinguishable, but the first thing you’ll notice is the color differences between the two. The iPhone has brighter color contrast compared to the Note 8 which has a bit of faded look to it. Upon closer inspection, noise is apparent on the Note 8 in darker areas compared to the iPhone 8. On night time shots, both still produce great detailed photos and can adapt to low lighting well. Here some sample shots for you to see and decide. Front camera shots have a more detailed output on the iPhone X and is more color accurate than the Note 8. Same goes through low lighting and night time shots.
Video recording on both are capable of producing 4k videos but the Note 8 can’t go up to 60 fps on 4k compared to the iPhone X. The iPhone also has better stabilization than the Note 8. With the iPhone X having an overall good camera result, we’ll give it to the X.
|Phone||Rear Camera||Front Camera|
|IPhone X||Dual 12 MP, f/1.8 & f/2.4, phase detection autofocus, OIS, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
|7 MP, f/2.2, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps|
|Note 8||Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/1.7, PDAF & 52mm, f/2.4, AF), OIS, autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps
|8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, 1440p@30fps|
The iPhone X is powered by an A11 bionic chipset with 3 GB of RAM while the Note 8 has an Exynos Octa with 6 GB of RAM. The iPhone runs on iOS 11.1 while the Note 8 on Nougat. Using the following benchmarking tools, we received these results in the process:
|Device||AnTuTu||Geekbench (single-core)||Geekbench (multi-core)||PCMark Work 2.0|
|Note 8||175171||2033||6587||5816 / 2650|
When it comes to video games, the Note 8 has a smoother framerate compared to the iPhone X. The iPhone however doesn’t support some games in full screen. Either way, both games are capable of producing great quality on graphics.
Facial recognition on both phones are equally responsive and you’ll have to get used to swiping up on the X after unlocking it. With better framerate and app compatibility, we’ll give it to the Note 8.
Through our ManilaShaker Battery Rating, we can confirm the following overall lifespan of both devices:
|IPhone X||2716 mAh||41h 16m||2h 5m|
|Note 8||3300 mAh||38h 28m||1h 52m|
Both Loudspeakers are located at the bottom portion of the phone another one on the notch of the iPhone. In terms of loudness and clarity, the iPhone sounds better on our side. With two loud and clear working speakers on the iPhone, it wins this round.
With both having a 2 on 2 score, it’s hard to decide which flagship is the winner with both having distinct features depending which one you prefer. Both the iPhone X and the Note 8 are available in local and online stores with the iPhone X retailing at $1000 or ₱ 50,550.00 while the Note 8 at $999 or ₱49,990.00, although prices will differ in countries after taxes. How about you? IPhone or Samsung? Comment down below what you think.