The iPhone X Vs the Samsung Galaxy S8 - how they stack up

scandal 14/09/2017

Details of the iPhone X came out yesterday and a lot of people are excited. But it also meant it started the chat of iPhone vs Samsung all over again.

Design & Features

The iPhone X has edge-to-edge display with no home button and glass covering most of the face. 

It's a different look to the S8 which has the display curved along the sides but keeps the small cut outs at the top and bottom. Aside from that, both share design elements like glass front and back panels and metal sides.

The S8 does have three things the iPhone X is missing, though: a headphone jack on the bottom, letting you listen to music without a dongle; a microSD slot for more storage; and a fingerprint sensor on the back next to the camera. That feature is one the iPhone X got rid of in favour of Face ID.

Both phones also support wireless charging and are water- and dust-resistant. The iPhone X can survive in around 5 feet of water for half an hour. The S8 can withstand immersion for a similar length of time at a slightly deeper 6 feet.


Apple have generally lagged behind in display technology. The iPhone X have increased their pixel density and for the first time have an OLED panel, meaning Apple users get the same rich, saturated colors and dense inky blacks that Samsung owners have enjoyed. 

That being said, the Galaxy S8 has a higher resolution so are probably still winning in that area.


We don't have details on the iPhone X's battery capacity yet, but Apple claims it should last two hours longer than the iPhone 7 Plus. In tests, the 7 Plus clocked 6 hours of battery life, streaming full screen with the screen at maximum brightness. That means the iPhone X would last 8 hours. By contrast, the Galaxy S8 lasts a shorter 5 hours, 45 minutes.

Depending on the size of the iPhone X you get, the price will vary but no matter how you look at it, you'll probably have to spend a few hundred dollars more on the iPhone than the Galaxy. 

Which could be hard to fork out considering both phones have very similar features!