Galaxy S8 – Will Samsung’s Upcoming Flagship Give The iPhone 8 A Hard Time?

by Dan

Samsung, one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in the world, has just officially revealed its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S8. It’s obvious from the first look that the handset will be good for far more than playing casual games and mobile pokies – its hardware is top of the line, and its looks are also sleek and stylish. The only thing in the first “hands-on” video to hit the net was the shiny back that highlights the holder’s fingerprints well enough for a CSI team to read it off the screen but this is a small shortcoming compared to the specs and features of the handset. But will it be able to claim supremacy on the smartphone market? Will it be able to give Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 a hard time?

The screens

The iPhone 8 will be Apple’s first handset to sport an “organic light-emitting diode” (OLED) screen. This means that Apple attacks Samsung on its own grounds – the South Korean manufacturer has been a pioneer of this display technology, with its flagships being famous for their amazing screens. But will Apple try to counter Samsung’s dominance on the display battlefield or will it simply give in and order the displays from the undisputed leader of the OLED screen market – Samsung Display, that is?

The Galaxy S8 models will come with Quad HD+ Super AMOLED displays, both of them with a resolution of 2960×1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 570 ppi and 529 ppi respectively (5.8″ and 6.2″).

Hardware

Samsung’s new flagships will be equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm SoC, with four cores clocked at 2.3/2.35 GHz, and other four at 1.7/1.9 GHz respectively. Both models will be equipped with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Both models will be equipped with amazing cameras – a Dual Pixel 12MP camera on the back and an 8MP camera on the front. The optics of the camera are of an unspecified make.

Apple’s iPhone 8 is rumored to have an Apple A11 processor on board, rumored to be 20{71b550cbed0aca3fea2335d26076176dc834a5ad6e765af844b2cea64fe7483b} faster and 40{71b550cbed0aca3fea2335d26076176dc834a5ad6e765af844b2cea64fe7483b} less power-hungry than its predecessors. Data about its speed is not known at the moment. Rumors also speak of up to 4GB of RAM, and the usual internal storage options (between 32GB and 256GB). The cameras of the handset will be similar to what’s included in the Galaxy above, and their specs and features will also be similar.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 models will come with one major advantage over Apple’s handsets: they will come with a headphone jack on them!

Verdict

If we look at the specs, Samsung’s S8 models will be at least a match for Apple’s new iPhones. Keep in mind, though, that Apple makes its software specifically for the iPhone, which makes it much more efficient and balanced. This means that, while Samsung may have the upper hand in hardware, Apple’s models might offer users the overall better experience.

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