iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8+

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The phone that most closely matches the iPhone 8 Plus when it comes to speed and functionality is the Samsung S8+. Aside from being a similar size and weight, both phones incorporate the latest tech to offer durable handsets with powerful processors and quality cameras.

Despite clear similarities, these mobiles are by no means identical. If you look at different aspects of these phones in detail, such as their design or battery life, you’ll notice one always has a clear advantage over the other.

To get you clear on where these phones excel and where they lag behind, here’s a detailed look at how they work. If you’re struggling to choose between the two, decide which features matter most to you and go for the phone that reigns supreme in that area.

iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy 8+ - Compare Main Features

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iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8+

iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8+ at a glance

  • The iPhone 8 Plus has a more powerful and efficient chipset
  • The Samsung S8+ has a better display and battery life
  • The iPhone has a better camera overall, but the Samsung phone gives you more power to edit images

The importance of edge-to-edge: phone design

The iPhone 8 Plus looks much like the iPhone 7 Plus. You have the same narrow (but ever-present) bezels, a home button below the screen and curved edges. The biggest difference: the iPhone 8 Plus has a glass front and back. As well as giving the phone a more premium look, the glass enables wireless charging.

When compared to the Samsung S8+, the iPhone 8 Plus is a similar height but heavier to hold. The rest of the design is about as different as things get in a smartphone world. Where nobody’s releasing radically alternative designs.

iPhone 8 Front

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The Samsung S8+ has an edge-to-edge display that places the home button below the screen. There aren’t any awkward bezels – just a narrow line at the top and bottom to avoid the awkward cut-in you see on the iPhone X. What’s more, the S8+ includes a headphone jack and micro SD card slot for expandable memory. For many, this will make the phone a more practical device.

The S8+ isn’t flawless – the placement of a fingerprint sensor next to the camera lens is asking for the camera to get smudged. But it’s step up on the 8 Plus, which is another iPhone hampered by too much bezel and not enough screen.

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Beneath the hood: power & software

The iPhone 8 Plus is insanely powerful thanks to its A11 Bionic chipset. The A11 chipset is 70 percent faster than its predecessor, the A10, making the iPhone 8 extremely fast. The upgrade will give the phone the juice it needs to power augmented reality apps and run games multiple games at once.

Regarding software, the 8 Plus will start life running on iOS 11. iOS 11 is reported to drain battery life faster than previous iOS versions. Also, it’ll break integration with social media accounts, so don’t expect help from Siri when writing your next tweet.

Before the release of the iPhone 8, the Samsung S8’s Exynos 8895 processor was seen to bring a leap forward in smartphone processing speeds. However, it’s sluggish in comparison to the A11 Bionic chip, which will even outperform some MacBooks.

The Samsung S8+ runs on Android Nougat 7.0, but re-styles the layout to create the ‘Samsung Experience’.  As a result, you have laid-out menus and helpful suggestions when looking for something on your phone. The phone is easy to navigate, but you miss some of Apple’s more fun features, such as the emoji-filled keyboard.

IPS vs super AMOLED: Comparing displays

Okay, so simply knowing a phone has an IPS display (like the iPhone) or a super AMOLED display (like the Samsung) won’t tell you which one is better. But, in general, the 2017 phones that use AMOLED screens sustain a higher quality display.

The same is true of the Samsung S8+. Watching videos on the S8+ is treat for the eyes, as that broad display lights up in stunning definition. Colours are accurate, and you’ll have no trouble viewing the screen in bright light. There’s also support for HDR 10, which means better colour contrasts, brightness levels and a wider colour palette.

That’s not to say the iPhone 8 Plus doesn’t have a good display. Apple’s True Tone technology adjusts the brightness to your surroundings and images appear crisp. But overall, it fails to deliver the vibrant, immersive experience of the Samsung S8+.

The battle for the best camera

Before the summer, the S8 had one of the best cameras of any smartphone. But with the release of the new iPhones (as well as the Galaxy Note 8), this is no longer the case.

The iPhone 8 Plus has a brilliant camera. As you’d expect from a flagship phone, there is a dual-lens on the rear for taking shots that are as wide as they are sharp. In addition to this, the image processing sensor (IPS) does a stellar job of focusing in low light. As a result, you won’t suffer unwanted variations in image brightness.

Another big talking point of the iPhone 8 Plus is portrait lighting mode, a feature that lets you edit how the light hits the face of the person in your photo. For those of us who enjoy taking the occasional selfie but aren’t necessarily the most photogenic, this is a welcome addition to the iPhone.

It’s also worth noting the iPhone 8 Plus is more flexible than the S8+ when recording video. Whereas the iPhone 8 can record 1080p at 30, 60, 120 or 240 fps, the S8+ will only record at 60 fps. The iPhone 8’s 1080 at 240 slow-mo mode is twice as slow as the iPhone 7, which is impressive.

Although the iPhone 8 does take better quality photos, you do have more power to edit with the S8+. Using the S8’s pro mode, you can activate manual controls that let you adjust shutter speed, white balance and exposure. Once you get the hang of this feature, it’s a great tool for creating an atmosphere in your favourite shots.

Drain pain: a look at battery life

Both phones should last a full day without any problems. What’s more, they both support rapid charging. So when you do go to bring them back to life, you’ll go from 0 to 100 in under an hour.

That said, like for like tests show the S8+ has a longer lasting battery. The S8+ lasts for 15 hours when connected to wi-fi in comparison to the iPhone’s 13 hours. Most likely, this is thanks to the large battery capacity (3500) mAh. Apple hasn’t officially divulged the battery capacity of the iPhone 8 Plus, but Chinese websites have labelled it as 2,675 mAh.

Nowadays, you’re never likely to be away from a plug for long. But, there’s still the odd time when having a rubbish battery can catch you out, like that surprise train delay. So, it’s good to be aware of iPhone’s limitations here and maybe tweak the settings when out to ensure it runs efficiently.

What do you value in a phone?

To choose between these plus-sized models, you’ll need to know your priorities. Do you want an incredibly fast phone with a top-notch camera? Or do you want a phone that goes longer between charges and has a more vibrant display?

Both handsets have their strengths so use your personal preferences to guide you to the best one for you. Oh, and try not to let brand loyalty get in the way of your choice. If you want the best, you need to judge these phones on a level playing field.

Of course, the plus models won’t be for everyone. They’re bigger and heavier than their smaller counterparts. So if you have small hands or like to put your phone in your jean pocket, probably best to rule these two out straight off.

  iPhone 8+Samsung Galaxy S8+
Price£799 - £949 (depending on capacity)circa £779.00
Body
Weight202g173g
Dimensions158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm (6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30in)159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm (6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32in)
Display
Size 5.5 inches (~67.4% screen-to-body ratio)6.2 inches (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)1440 x 2960 pixels (~529 ppi pixel density)
Platform
OSiOS 11Android 7.0 (Nougat)
ChipsetApple A11 BionicExynos 8895 Octa - EMEA
CPUHexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz) - EMEA
GPUApple GPU (three-core graphics)Mali-G71 MP20 - EMEA
Memory
Card slotNomicroSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) - single-SIM model, microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual-SIM model
Internal64/256GB, 3GB RAM64GB, 4GB RAM or 128GB, 6GB RAM
Camera
Image captureDual 12 MP, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Video2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, dual-video rec
Battery
CapacityNon-removable Li-Ion 2691 mAh battery (10.28 Wh)Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery