Apple’s iPhone 7 is, for many, the pinacle of a cutting-edge smartphone. However, compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 it’s clear the playing field is actually rather even. But what happens when Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship comes along next year, where will the iPhone 7 sit then?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will, undoubtedly, become the best handset on the market – besting the already superb Samsung Galaxy S7. It’s a no-brainer that Samsung’s new flagship will best Apple’s 2016 device, but just how much better will it be? Well, that’s a question we’ve set out to solve. By breaking down each phone into its key components we look at how the iPhone 7 stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S8 by using our expertise to make informed predictions of the tech Samsung’s new phone will employ.
So, sit back, relax, and find out everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple’s iPhone 7.
iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Design
When it comes to design, Apple are known for being kings of making desirable devices. This is no different with the iPhone 7, Apple has somehow made sleeker and slimmer than the iPhone 6S – even if this time around its camera protrudes out more than it should.
However, design is largely preferential and the sleek and curved metal and glass appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S7 won my heart over. With the Samsung Galaxy S8, it’s likely Samsung will keep with this successful design and could come with an extra button to enable its upcoming AI assistant.
Chances are that, despite slimming down the Galaxy S8, Samsung will still manage to pack in its Samsung Pay technology, a decent – hopefully non-exploding – battery and a full-size headphone jack. Samsung will probably stick to the same setup of making its curved-screened “Edge” variant a larger device than the standard S8. All-in-all, it’s going to be a similar setup as with the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8.
When it comes to performance, Apple’s iPhone 7 manages to best Samsung’s current flagship. It’s quad-core A10 Fusion processor is 40% faster than the A9 found in the iPhone 6S and uses smart core analysis to work out which of its cores should handle the process to ensure battery life isn’t sacrificed by running a powerful core. This is paired with 2GB of RAM to ensure it can deliver slick mobile gaming experiences and smash most of our benchmarking tests too.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is, in the UK at least, powered by a Qualcomm Exynos processor and 4GB of RAM – making it one of the most powerful Android devices around. However, it can’t quite keep up with the iPhone 7, largely because it has a screen at twice the resolution of Apple’s device. For the Samsung Galaxy S8, it’s likely that Samsung will package it with the latest Qualcomm processor in the UK, using its custom-made chip in other territories. Chances are, it’ll release as the most powerful Android handset on the market while also besting the iPhone 7 in the process.
On the features front, the iPhone 7 contains only a smattering of new additions – or removals – over the iPhone 6S. First up, there’s no headphone port here – it’s all about bluetooth or lightning port headphones now. Apple has also removed a mechanical home button from its phone, opting for a Force Touch non-moving button instead. If you were fed up of only having mono sound, the iPhone 7 uses the front-facing call speaker as an extra media speaker too.
Currently it’s not known what new features the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have but expect it to be relatively similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 in many ways. Samsung has also confirmed that it will be bringing a new, proprietary, AI programme to its next flagship so it’s likely Samsung will use that as a major selling point of its new handset. It’s unclear if this is something as simple as Apple’s Siri, or something more advanced like Google Assistant. Either way, it appears Samsung wants to put an integrated AI button onto its phone for fast access, so it’s likely to be more in line with Google’s AI approach.
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