Apple has launched its long awaited anniversary edition, the iPhone X and boy. Lets compare to the best available Android phone.
The iPhone is costlier. The Note 8 retails for about Rs 67,900 for the 64 GB variant while iPhone X comes at Rs 89,000 for the same storage. The Note 8 support expandable storage, while the iPhone X does not. Apple also launched iphone 8 at a starting price of Rs 64,000 and the iPhone 8 Plus at $799, that has a similar hardware package.
The Galaxy Note 8 sports a curved display. It builds on the Galaxy S8’s infinity design that threw the home button out of the window to get more screen space and moved the fingerprint scanner up top at the back maximized the screen are without jeopardizing the build quality and usability of the phone.
The iPhone X on the other hand has a flat display. But it has not only thrown out the button, but done away with any possible bezel. It is way more worthy contender of the bezel-less tag. The display is edge to edge, only a very tiny bezel is left at the periphery deliberately left to prevent accidental touches. There is glass on front and back as well.
Also at 5.8 inch, it will be much smaller and handy than the Note 8. The big point for the Note is that it uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back and we have seen how stronger it is from iPhone’s display glass. iPhone X is made out of a stainless steel chassis.
Note 8’s display only has a different design, but comes with a different resolutions as well. Though out of the box, it is full HD, but it can be raised to 1440p.
Apple hasn’t bumped the resolution to the same level (2436 x 1125), but has surely used a new technology and given it an uber cool term. The super Retina display on iPhone X is said to come with much wider colour gamut, which means a more natural looking screen. Both are Oled display, support HDR 10 and are made by Samsung.
Eyes vs the Face
So with no button on the front, securing the phone is a big task. Note 8 uses everything that is available with the silicon valley and commercially viable- the retina scanning and face recognition, with pattern and pin unlock. The fingerprint scanner is still there, but pretty much beyond anybody’s practical reach and understanding as to why Samsung put it there.
Apple also has a facial recognition Apple literally showed how a twin won’t be able to unlock the iPhone X facial recognition. It is that accurate and precise at detecting user’s face to unlock the phone or make payments.
There is no fingerprint scanner on the iphone X. the Touch ID is gone and replaced by Face ID, put beside the earpiece, with a TrueDepth camera system, the same 3D sensing system that goes at the back for AR.
This can be very subjective, and a lot depends on how the iOS 11 plays out against the Android 7.1.1 with TouchWiz layered on top. But talking about bare specs, the iphone runs the A11 Bionic chip, which is theoretically faster than the Snapdragon 835 despite having 6 cores compared to 8. All cores can work simultaneously.
Both phones come with dual cameras at the back. And so does many phones in the market right now. With Note 8’s camera, Samsung didn’t reinvent the wheel, it just perfected it. It has a portrait mode that uses the second telephone camera to create depth of field and portrait images, something what the iPhone 7 Plus’s camera. It has 12 MP dual camera set up aligned vertically, with a Quad-LED true tone flash sitting in the middle. The sensors have an f/1.8 and f02.4 apertures and both have OIS, like the Note 8.
Battery and other things
Samsung reduced the battery size on Note 8, for well due to obvious reasons. It wouldn’t want another Note 7 fiasco at any cost, even if that meant reducing the battery size. The battery on heavier and bigger Note 8 compared to Galaxy S8 is smaller.
On the other hand, Apple says the batteries on iPhone X lasts longer than the iphone 7 by almost two hours, while there is, of course a big increase in the screen size. This is going to be a big win for Apple if the battery backup actually truns out well on the new iPhone.