Apple announced the unveiling of the iPhone X during the 10th anniversary since the first iPhone was unveiled. The phone is a different gadget in many aspects and it has created a huge shadow over previous releases in the iPhone series. As usual, when Apple releases a gadget, experts and buyers alike want to know how it compares with other similar products in the market. The iPhone X in this case is compared with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. As a photographer, Noelle Neff has also helped review some of the features of both phones particularly cameras and processing power. Here is a comparison between the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 highlighting 7 differences.
- Design build and quality
The iPhone X has come with a striking design that is entirely different from previous versions of the iPhone. It features the edge-to-edge display and this means it offers a larger screen compared to the iPhone 8 Plus. There is no home button and its functions have been dispersed to other parts of the phone. One difference between the Note 8 and iPhone X is the iPhone X features a front and rear glass design, which means the phone is water and dust resistant.
- Portrait Mode
On the iPhone X, the rear-facing camera comes with two lenses and this helps in the Portrait Mode photo effect that helps to keep the subject the focus by blurring the background. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it also features real dual cameras and its Live Focus feature, unlike on the iPhone X, allows you to adjust effects after taking the shot, which means the iPhone X has an advantage with the Portrait Mode.
- Always-on display
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has the always-on display that keeps the screen up, and this means you can see notifications, time, and date without the need to wake it up. But on the iPhone X you have to wake the display as it is always blank when not in use unless a notification appears.
In its history, the Samsung Galaxy Note has always come with a stylus pen. The Galaxy Note 8 comes with an S Pen stylus that pops after tapping it. On the other end, the iPhone X does not feature a stylus and the only way you could use one is after buying a third party model, which most likely will not be compatible with the Apple Pencil stylus.
There is a big difference when it comes to the processor types used on both phones. The iPhone X uses the A11 Bionic chip that is integrated in a 64-bit architecture. The chip is 30 percent more efficient and faster than its predecessor. On the other end, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with the Exynos 8895 octa-core processor.
When it comes to display quality and type, both phones have juggled between different technologies to offer the best to the user. The iPhone X features a 5.8 inch display that coasts 2436 x 1125 at 458 ppi. Its contrast ratio is 1,000,000:1 with a maximum brightness of 625 cd/m2. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers a 6.3-inch display that comes with a Quad HD Super AMOLED display at 2960 x 1440 at 521ppi.
With the iPhone X, you get a front-facing camera with 12MP dual lens and f/1.8 for wide angle and f/2.4 for telephoto apertures. Its digital zoom is 10x. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers dual 12MP f/1.7 wide-angle telephoto rear cameras and its optical zoom is 2x. The camera also comes slow motion and Live Focus.
About the author
Noelle Neff is an accomplished photographer. After significant career breakthrough while still young, she proceeded to study photography at the University of Miami. She also writes extensively about her wedding photography experience.