iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: which is better? - CYDIAPLUS.com


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Saturday, 11 November 2017

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: which is better?

We have recently launched the iPhone X , of which every day we have new news, reviews and comments. The flagship of the Cupertino is very desired, as can be the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 , with a previous release also gives much to talk about. We have proposed to make a comparison that can help you decide if you are evaluating the purchase of one and the other.

Design and construction quality

The iPhone X has a striking and bold design, something that stands out even more because Apple has been so visually conservative with its smartphones in recent years. The iPhones 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are basically the same, in terms of exterior design; the iPhone X is very different .

It has an almost edge-to-edge screen, which means that it has larger than the iPhone 8 Plus in a body that is close to the size of 8. This also means that there is no start button, its functions have been dispersed by the phone , taken by gestures and facial recognition and occasionally by the power button and the front camera. The sensors have been housed in a strange notch taken from the top of the screen.

It is a design that takes risks, in other words. To make real progress: a bigger screen, a more immersive experience , one step closer to the ideal of a pure interface, without physical buttons at all, Apple has done things that people would not like. But we like how it looks.

Of course, the edge-to-edge screens became commonplace in the Android world, while Apple rested on its laurels for three generations , and the Note is 8 is close to no bevel. There is approximately one centimeter of frame above and below the screen, while the screen curves down over the left and right edges.

These curved edges, of course, are a design element in which Apple was too cautious to display on the iPhone X. A thin white tab is always visible on the right edge, and if you touch it you can use frequently used applications and contacts. and other quick access options.

In short, these are two very smart and modern-looking smartphone designs, so we'll let you see some pictures and make a decision.

Color options

The iPhone X is available in two colors: silver and space gray. The Note 8 also comes in two finishes: Midnight Black and Maple Gold.


As flagship phones, these two devices are packed with state- of-the-art features . Here are the highlights.
Wireless charging

The iPhone X and Note 8 offer wireless charging, although in both cases you will have to buy the charger separately .

 The iPhone X is compatible with Qi certified charging accessories, and Apple is committed to getting its own AirPower charging kit next year.
Live photos and 3D touch

These are the characteristics of Apple that were presented together with the iPhone 6S two years ago. Live Photos is a feature that captures a few seconds of video before and after taking a still picture . Then you can use 3D Touch: the ability to press the screen or force it, because the screen is sensitive to different degrees of pressure, to make a picture "wake up".

Facial recognition

The characteristic of the iPhone X is called Face ID, and it is Apple's replacement of the beloved Touch ID . This could not be included because it was based on a fingerprint scanner on the Start button, the technology to insert this sensor into the glass of the screen was not available, or it cost too much, and Apple did not want to place it on the back. Touch ID may return in the future when the technology continues.

Face ID is a sophisticated facial recognition system that can be used to unlock your phone or authenticate Apple Pay payments. It seems extremely safe and fairly reliable , although it did not work the first time Apple tried to prove it.

We are eager to do some rigorous testing with Face ID, but for now we have compiled some first impressions in our Face ID vs Touch ID comparison .

The Note 8 is also well configured for biometric security, with its own facial recognition, less sophisticated and an iris scanner. And it also has a fingerprint scanner that is integrated in the back .

Portrait mode (and portrait lighting)

The iPhone X has a rear camera with two lenses, and uses this to offer the portrait mode, a bokeh-style photo effect that keeps the subject in focus while blurring the background. It looks great and we love it.

Portrait Lighting is an additional set of lighting effects available in Portrait Mode on the iPhone X, in addition to the iPhone 8 Plus, but not on the iPhone 7 Plus .

There are four additional effects that you can apply over the Standard portrait mode: one illuminates the highlights, one darkens the bass, and the last two cut the subject and place it in front of a dark background. They are not particularly reliable , the feature is still officially in beta, but from time to time they can produce impressive effects with hardly any effort.

Galaxy Note 8 - iPhone X: vertical lighting

The Samsung also has a dual lens camera on the back, and its Live Focus function allows you to add and adjust a bokeh effect after taking the photo. Where Apple can have the advantage is that its portrait mode function of bokeh is also available in the front camera . However, we would like to try this to see how well it compares with the efforts of the rear unit.

Always active display

The Note 8 has a screen always on, which means that you can see the time, date and notifications at a glance without having to fully activate the screen , a convenient function. If you are worried about the effect this will have on the battery life, you can configure it to be active only during certain periods of time.

The iPhone X screen is blank until you wake up or a notification appears. Lifting to wake up makes it a much less difficult time to control the time , but that is still a point for Samsung.

Resistance to water and dust

The iPhone X has an IP67 rating, which is only one point below the highest common classification and an indication that it is dust-tight and capable of resisting liquid dives to a depth of 1 m. But Note 8 is better, it offers IP68, which means it can survive beyond a meter.


We are not fanatics of the optical pencils in phablets, but it is not superfluous to have the option . The Note 8 has an integrated S Pen that appears when you touch it.

The iPhone X does not come with a pen, and while you can buy a model from a third party, it is not compatible with the company's Apple Pencil Pen , which is only for iPad Pro.

Technical specifications

Like the features, the specifications of the two phablets are top-notch.

  •     iPhone X: Bionic A11 chip with 64-bit architecture, Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 8: octay core processor Exynos 8895 (Snapdragon 835 in some markets) 


  •     iPhone X: 3 GB of RAM
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 6 GB of RAM 


  •     iPhone X: 64 GB or 256 GB
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 64GB internal storage (plus Micro-SD up to 256GB) 


  •     iPhone X: 5.8in HDR screen (2436 x 1125 to 458 ppi), 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio, maximum brightness of 625 cd / m2, True tone, 3D Touch
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Quad HD Super AMOLED 6.3-inch screen (2960 x 1440 to 521ppi), double curved edge, 1200 pixels 

Rear camera

  •     iPhone X: 12Mp dual-lens camera (ƒ / 1.8 wide-angle and ƒ / 2.4 telephoto), optical zoom, digital zoom up to 10x, portrait mode, portrait lighting (beta), dual optical image stabilization, lens of six elements, True Tone Quad-LED flash with slow synchronization, panorama (up to 63Mp), Live Photos with stabilization, body and face detection, captured image formats: HEIF and JPEG, 4K video at 24 fps / 30 fps / 60 fps, 1080p at 30 fps / 60 fps, 720p at 30 fps, slow motion video at 1080p and 120 fps / 240 fps, time-lapse video with stabilization, optical image stabilization on video
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 12Mp double-sided cameras (f / 1.7 wide-angle and telephoto) with OIS, 2x optical zoom, Live Focus, double capture, panoramic, slow motion. 

Frontal camera

  •     iPhone X: 7Mp camera (aperture ƒ / 2.2), portrait mode, portrait lighting (beta), 1080p video recording, Retina flash
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 8Mp camera (aperture f / 1.7), intelligent auto focus 


  •     iPhone X: 2716 mAh non-removable battery.
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 3300mAh non-removable battery 


  •     iPhone X: Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO; Bluetooth 5.0; NFC with reader mode
  •     Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 11ac dual band Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 5.0; GPS; NFC; 4G LTE Cat 16 

The verdict

The Note 8 has a larger screen (and no notch), but it means that it is a larger and more bulky device. Both phones have a good screen-to-body ratio, with minimum bevels. The Note screen is also clearer, but both are incredibly clear and we do not think you would notice much difference in practice . 

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