iPhone X vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8: face-to-face mobile candidates of the year

The iPhone X is as official as it is special. Special for the simple fact of being a phone designed to exist in a single generation, unless the future gives us some surprise. A phone that must exist this year and not anymore, because this year Apple celebrates the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, and this exclusivity should not affect the passing of the range from now on.

The fact of being special gives this iPhone X a series of sentimental qualities against which it is surely difficult to fight, but still, we will face the jewel of the rival crown. Apple vs. Samsung, Madrid vs. Barcelona, Stark vs. Lannister; iPhone X against Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Let’s see its main features to see the proposal of each manufacturer.

For the first time, OLED vs. AMOLED

As we like to say, the face is the mirror of the soul and the screen is the face of a mobile phone. It is the first thing we see when we take it out of its box and its size and quality will largely depend on the experience with the device. Not to mention that it will also have a direct influence on your battery consumption being the most tragic component of all.

In this case, we have a special case since the first battle of OLEDs occurs, with Apple’s 5.8-inch OLED panel versus Samsung’s 6.3-inch AMOLED. A duel that comes out with a density of 463 pixels per inch on the American side and 521 pixels per inch on the Korean side. A battle more than interesting.

An OLED made by Samsung against another AMOLED manufactured and assembled by Samsung, an interesting duel

Both manufacturers have bet on this generation for the terminals without hard frames, although the design of Apple is more aggressive, cutting to the maximum the space of the accessories of the frontal. We will have to see how many critics receive for those “horns” produced by the front camera that Samsung places elsewhere, but it is certainly two fantastic screens. On paper, at least.


How interesting will be to know the performance of this first OLED panel in an Apple phone in all its history, manufactured curiously by Samsung but with specifications designed to a millimeter in Cupertino. The iPhone X will not have anything easy. At least not according to DisplayMate that has given to Note 8 the first outstanding of its history, is not saying little.

The incredible power of today’s smartphones

Although evaluating the power and performance, in this case, is very difficult. Mainly because both iOS and Android have very different architectures and requirements, so disparate that the former can run smoothly in hardware configurations much lower than those used in Android terminals to reach the same point. But still, let’s look at the brains of each model.

The Samsung case was already predefined since the launch of the Galaxy S8, as Koreans often repeat, except surprise, in the second half of the year. Thus, Note 8 has an 8-core Exynos, the Exynos 8895 at 2.3GHz and is based on 6GB of RAM. For the memories, there is 64GB plus the possibility of using a microSD, and in some countries have been released higher versions in 128GB and 256GB.

The Apple A11 Bionic comes strong with all the integration of artificial intelligence but the Exynos 8895 will not make things easy

If you look at the iPhone X we see that it carries the new Apple A11 Bionic, a chip that for the first time crosses the barrier of the four cores to become a processor with six running at 2.35GHz, apparently according to the latest leaks. Future analyses will determine this figure accurately but it is known that it is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and that there are two memory options: 64GB and 256GB without the possibility of adding a microSD to expand the set.

As we see, both are two heavyweights in terms of power and so are in price. Note 8 debuted in India at $1040 while the iPhone X makes it to $1360 in its 64GB model, increasing the price to more than $1500 if we look for the model with 256GB. The difference, here in favor of Samsung, is that Android phones fall in price as the months go by while Apple handles the times well in this regard, thus favoring the second hand.

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The Dual Same-Setup Camera War

The camera, the eternal debate about the camera. If it is better a sensor or two, if one of the specialized sensors is more convenient or if the ideal is to have optical zoom by the difference of focal length. In this case, there are no problems because both contenders have opted for the same thing. Both have a dual camera, both with different focal lengths and both with their particular Portrait mode, which in Samsung is called Live Focus.

We can start with Samsung, one of the latest manufacturers to join the trend of two eyes in telephony, which has opted for two 12-megapixel sensors, both with optical stabilization. The first is 26mm and the second is 52mm, with apertures f / 1.7 and f / 2.4 respectively. In addition, they have a double LED flash and, of course, with 2x optical zoom, or two increases.

Apple takes back the essence of the iPhone 7 Plus with this dual 12-megapixel camera that faces you to you with the equipment of Note 8. Portrait Mode included.

The iPhone X case is very similar to Note 8, as it is to iPhone 7 Plus last year. Apple has opted again for the two lenses with two 12-megapixel sensors with 28 and 56 millimeters and f / 1.8 and f / 2.4 apertures, identical to those of the iPhone 8 Plus. They also feature dual LED flash and also offer two-way optical zoom. By the way, Apple has included a second optical stabilizer in the back. There is no longer a limp lens.

Both types of equipment can opt for the best photographic mobile of this 2017 without any problems and it will be necessary to verify, photography to photograph, what performance each offers in the different situations. A face-to-face photographic of those that like so much in these competitions has to win some, although the fans of each of the two sides can not bear to be in second place.

And finally, the rest

Because a mobile phone is not only made up of the parts we mentioned earlier but much more. As for the battery, with 3,300 mAh on the Samsung side and 2,700 mAh on the sidewalk of Apple. A battery whose performance will depend to a large extent on the consumption of each processor during its execution. Let us remember, again, that they are two different systems with different consumption.

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Both terminals are waterproof, just in case anyone is interested in this aspect, with IP68 certification for Note 8 and IP67 for the iPhone X, and with both we can access the payment systems of each manufacturer, both Samsung Pay and Apple Pay, thanks to its NFC chip and the fingerprint reader to authorize operations. The difference is that in Note 8, as in the rest of Android, we can access other payment systems such as Android or the owners of banks. At Apple, unfortunately, access to the NFC is limited.

Be that as it may, we are facing the two models called to lead the catalogs of its creators, and we will see if they do not also in terms of sales, as both manufacturers have placed phones among the best selling of the year individually. Will these be the top two in the coming months? Prices invite you to think not, but you never know what can happen. May the best win.

iPhone X vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

SCREEN OLED 5.8 inches 18: 9 Resolution of 2,436 x 1,125

3D Touch

6.3-inch AMOLED 18.5: 9
Resolution of 2,960 x 1,440
PROCESSOR Apple A11 six-core Exynos 8895 eight-core
INTERNAL MEMORY 64GB / 256GB 64GB plus microSD
REAR CAMERA 12 + 12 megapixels Optical zoom 2x Digital zoom 10x

Portrait mode

12 + 12 Megapixel Optical Zoom 2x Digital Zoom 10x

Live Focus

FRONTAL CAMERA 7 Megapixels with FaceID 8 megapixels
BATTERY 2.700 mAh with wireless charging and fast charging 3.300 mAh with wireless charging and fast charging
OS iOS 11 Android 7.1.1 Nougat under Touchwiz
OTHERS Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, LTE, IP67 Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, LTE, IP68
PRICE $1361 with 64GB $1040 with 64GB

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