iPhone X vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Beauty vs. Beast

Today is a great time to be alive, especially if you are a smartphone enthusiast. Apple for the first time announced 2 different flagship lines: iPhone 8 and iPhone X. However, other leading smartphone manufacturers welcomed the iPhone announcement ready with even more top-notch devices. Samsung, for example, besides the Galaxy S8 line, earlier in September presented their well-known flagship in the phablet category, Galaxy Note 8. So, the question now is how the brand new iPhone X stack up with the latest phablet by Samsung?

To find out, we compared all the key aspects of these two devices side by side. In this article, you can find out the results of the face to face battle between Apple’s beauty iPhone X vs. Samsung’s beast Note 8.

iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8: Design

iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 have many design similarities. Both devices have glass sandwich design with a metal frame. However, while Note 8 uses aluminum, the iPhone X has a steel frame. Additionally, the iPhone has more curved corners and has almost no bezel on the front. The only physical bezel is the tiny notch at the top of the display. There you can find all the sensors and the front-facing camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t lack in the design by any means. It has thin strips on the top and the bottom of the screen, but with the rounded edges, has literally no bezel on the sides. However, they both looking astonishing and futuristic.


In the size category, the story is much different. iPhone X is 143.6 mm tall, 70,9 mm wide, and 7.7 mm thick with a weight of 174 g, while the Note 8 is much larger. It is 162.5 mm high, 74.8 mm wide, 8.6 mm thick, and weighs 195 g.


Most of the today’s flagships are water and dust resistant, and these two are no exception. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is IP68 certified so that you can submerge it in water up to 1.5 meters for a duration of 30 minutes. The iPhone X is IP67 certified and will survive submersion up to 1 m for 30 minutes.

While Samsung used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for the front and the back of the Note 8, Apple claims that their flagship uses “the toughest glass ever,” for both sides.


In the colors department, Galaxy Note 8 dominates. It comes in Maple Gold, Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue. iPhone X, on the other hand, comes only in Silver and Space Gray.

iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8: Display

The screens are the most obvious elements of both devices, as they fill almost the entire front of these pocket computers. iPhone X uses a 5.8-inch display, with a resolution of 1125 x 2336 pixels, and a Super Retina OLED technology. The pixel density is 458 pixels per inch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch OLED screen with 521 pixels per inch, and resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. These numbers show that the Note has larger and sharper display than the iPhone. Also, its screen is much brighter with 1200 nits, while the screen of the iPhone X reaches a maximum brightness of 625 nits.

Both smartphones support HDR, but iPhone X has 3D Touch and True Tone implemented into the screen, while the Note 8 has a curved-edge display with Edge functionalities.

iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8: Power and OS

Neither of these smartphone beasts would leave you wishing for more power. iPhone X uses a new A11 Bionic six-core chipset. It provides a substantial upgrade in power compared to the iPhone 7’s chipset.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 uses an octa-core Exynos 8895 chipset or an octa-core Snapdragon 835 one, depending on the location. However, they both are blazing fast. The Note 8 has 6GB of RAM, which is more than some today’s laptops, while iPhone X has 3GB RAM.

These numbers sound like the Note 8 is much more capable than the iPhone X. However, from the previous experience, we know that the numbers might not be decisive when we talk about Apple’s products.


iPhone comes with the latest iOS 11 out of the box, while the Note 8 uses Android Nougat 7.1.1. If you ever tried these operating system, you know what to expect. iOS is focused on the app environment, and Android provides an ultimate customization.

Another thing that we can put in this category is the way how you interact with both devices. Because iPhone X doesn’t have a home button, you have to swipe up from the button of the screen to go to your home screen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has on-screen navigation buttons with some customization options. Additionally, the Note has its S Pen stylus which is more improved than ever and allows you to do many handy tasks.

iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8: Camera

iPhone X has a dual-lens 12MP camera, with an f1.8 aperture. The combination allows you to perform 2X optical zoom, and both lenses have optical image stabilization (OIS), which means clearer photos in any light condition.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also uses a dual-lens 12MP camera, but with an f1.7 aperture, which means that it should be more capable in low-light scenarios. The Note 8 camera also has a 2X optical zoom and sports OIS on both lenses.

Both devices’ cameras have depth sensing skills, allowing you to add a bokeh effect on your photos. Apple has augmented reality (AR) feature, allowing you to interact with virtual 3D objects through the camera.

iPhone X is capable of recording videos in 4K at 60 fps and FullHD videos at 240 fps, while the Note 8 can record 4K videos at only 30fps and FullHD videos at 60 fps.

For the front facing camera, iPhone X uses a 7MP sensor with f2.2 aperture, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has an 8MP sensor with an f1.7 aperture. Both devices have and face scanner feature, but iPhone X has far better one and tougher to trick.

iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8: Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 sports a 3,300 mAh battery while the iPhone X has a 2,716 mAh juice package. The numbers might not mean a lot because both devices have different screen sizes. However, with all the efficiency optimizations, both smartphones should have similar battery life. Additionally, iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 support fast charging and wireless charging. So, you won’t be disappointed in any case.

iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8: Price

iPhone X with a price at $999 isn’t a cheap device by any means. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is not far behind them with a $929 price. Both prices are for the base 64 GB models of the smartphones. If you want a higher storage capacity, be ready to pay even more than that. However, the Note 8 has a microSD card slot which can be helpful, while the iPhone X doesn’t.

Final Words

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X are devices that set new standards for the future smartphones. It is undeniable that both are astonishing pieces of hardware with high-end specifications. One has an advanced face scanner and AR features, while the other has the best smartphone display, a stylus, and a fingerprint scanner. iPhone X is the most sophisticated product by Apple while the Galaxy Note 8 tops up the high-end boundaries in the Android world.

So, if you ask me which one you should choose, I would say that it depends on your personal preferences. If you like compact devices, you should go for the iPhone X. And, if the 6.3-inch display sounds like a dream to you, take the Note 8. However, if we left the dimensions aside, it would be extremely tough to decide which one you should buy. But, I am sure in one thing: you would be definitely satisfied in both scenarios.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.
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