Who Wins the ‘8’ Battle? Apple “iPhone 8” or Samsung “S8”

Samsung has finally rolled out its Galaxy S8 and S8+. Apple is also on the way of launching its new iPhone 8 in September 2017 and there are number of rumors about iPhone 8 facts. Additionally, 2017 will be a remarkable year for iPhone as it will be celebrating its tenth anniversary. There is a belief that Apple will be introducing new specs and features in their brand-new design. The question that most users are asking themselves is who wins the ‘8’ battle between “iPhone 8” and Samsung “S8.”

One thing you need to understand is that Samsung is the biggest manufacturer of mobile phones in the global market. According to the Trend Force 2017 quarter one report, Samsung beats both Apple and Huawei. Samsung leads the market and is followed closely by Apple, Huawei, Oppo, and BBK in that order. Additionally, comes in the 6th position leaving Sony, HTC, and Blackberry among others behind. Given that Samsung and Apple follow each other closely, the “8” battle is not easy for either of them. Here is an overview of what to expect in these two handsets.

Major Specs in Samsung “S8” and “iPhone 8”

Samsung “S8”

  • Phone display 5.8 & 6.2in 2960 by 1440 super AMOLED display
  • 64GB internal storage and 256GB expandable
  • RAM and CPU: 4GB RAM, Samsung Exynos 8895 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 8MP front camera with autofocus
  • Rear camera: 4K Video recording, 12MP, optical image stabilization
  • Additional features: iris scanner

Upcoming “iPhone 8”

  • 4.7, 5.5 and 5.8in display 1920 by 1310 curved OLED
  • 256GB, 128GB, and 32GB storage capacity
  • RAM and CPU: 3-4 GB RAM, A11 Processor
  • 8 MP Front Camera
  • Rear Camera: dual-OIS, 12 MP dual-lens, 4k-video recording
  • Others: wireless charging and iris scanner

The expectation is that the iPhone 8 will come with a new M11 motion coprocessor and A11 processor. However, it is still difficult to compare them with the Samsung Exynos 8895 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that come with the Galaxy S8 until users ship the product.

Apple always comes with an impressive silicon. The last two series of Apple came with advanced technology for enhancing performance, graphical prowess and power consumption year after year. Given the invention of displays that have a high resolution, the expectation is that the A11 CPU will be the best in the market.

According to reports, TSMC is currently developing the 10-nonometor chipset for Apple. This inclusion will allow the devices to pack a lot of functionally and features within an area than the 16-nanometor technology that is the building block for the A10 Fusion chip. According to TSMC, the 10-nonometer technology will reduce power consumption by 40 percent and increase speed by 20 percent.

There is a likelihood that the RAM of the two devices will tie. The Samsung “S8” comes with a RAM of 8GB while the iPhone 8 may come with a RAM of 3GB together with a plus that will max out at 4GB. About the storage capacity, the iPhone 8 may likely max out at 256GB. In this case, the main thing that will beat the S8 is the breath of the internal storage. However, the Samsung S8 may end up having more storage. The Samsung S8 only offers an internal storage space of 64GB but maxes out to more than 300GB with the 256GB SD cards support.

Display, Camera, and the Extras

Looking at the display of these two devices, iPhone 8 may come with three variants in size comprising of 5.5”, 5.8” and 4.7”. Additionally, Apple may be coming with a curved OLED display which is a great invention. Apple is looking towards a flexing display that can move between the folded and unfolded positions.

The Samsung S8 comes with an 8MP camera that does not have the autofocus feature. The back section lenses of the S8 camera will max out at a 12MP single lens. On the contrary, the iPhone 8 will come with a 12MP dual lens. The iris scanner of the S8 will take biometrics to its next level. However, the iPhone 8 will also support wireless charging and an iris scanner.


2017 has so much in store for Smartphone users. The most impressive handsets to watch out are the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The implication is that Apple has an uphill task with its iPhone8. Samsung has already raised the bar across the board. In fact, the Galaxy S8 handset leaves no stone unturned. However, the iPhone 8 will be another impressive handset in the market.

Things may be more interesting if Samsung decides to convert the current users of iPhone 7 into Samsung Galaxy S8. In fact, most users of iPhone may be tempted to switch to the Samsung S8. To complicate the matter further, Samsung is expected to launch its Galaxy note8 later in the year. The implication is that Apple will be contending with 2 Android massive-selling phones. The year still has so much, and we can just watch and see how the market will respond.

Muhammad Usman Siddiqui is a young entrepreneur from Pakistan. His studies (Petroleum Engineering) has no relation to innovation and future technologies but the passion keeps him in this field.


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