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Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs iPhone 7 Plus: Specs Shootout

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Samsung launched its new flagship devices, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ on March 29. The duo is slated to hit the shelves on April 21.

However, since the launch, people have been trying to determine whether the Galaxy S8+ can measure up to Apple's iPhone 7 Plus.

Here's a comparison of the specs and features of the iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S8+ to help consumers determine, which handset has the edge.

Display

The iPhone 7 Plus boasts a 5.5-inch LCD backlit retina display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and 401ppi pixel density.

The Galaxy S8+, on the other hand, comes with a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ (2,960 x 1,440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 529ppi.

The Samsung device not only offers a bigger screen, but also a deter resolution better and higher pixel density. These aspects may be sufficient to entice consumers to choose the Galaxy S8+ over the iPhone 7 Plus.

Processor And RAM

The Galaxy S8+ boasts the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC for the U.S. variant. Samsung's Exynos 8895 chipset powers international variants. Both these processors are top notch and run on the 10 nm architecture, which makes them quicker and power efficient.

The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, comes with Apple's own A10 chipset. This chipset the company claims is at least 40 percent faster than the A9 SoC.

Leaked benchmarking tests have suggested that the new Qualcomm chip performs much better than the A10, which may lead users to conclude that the Galaxy S8+ would be faster than iPhone 7 Plus.

The Galaxy S8+ comes with 4 GB of RAM and while Apple does not reveal its RAM details, the iPhone 7 Plus reportedly houses 3 GB of RAM.

Storage

The iPhone 7 Plus is available in three storage options: 32 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. Like with all iPhones, the strorage is not expandable.

The Galaxy S8+ comes with the 64 GB storage option. This can be further expanded up to 256 GB via a microSD card.

Both devices are almost on similar footing. The advantage the Samsung smartphone has, however, is the ability to use a memory card. Technically, the galaxy S8+ can support 64 GB plus 256 GB storage, which gives consumers even more storage than what the 256 GB iPhone 7 Plus can offer.

Camera

The iPhone 7 Plus boasts a dual 12-megapixel rear-facing camera. One of them supports wide angle with f/1.8 aperture, while the other is a telephoto lens with supported aperture of f/2.8. The primary camera can record 4K video and supports Quad-LED True Tone flash. The iPhone 7 Plus also houses a 7-megapixel FaceTime camera with Retina flash and FHD video recording capabilities.

The Galaxy S8+ supports a dual pixel 12-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture. The rear-facing camera supports 4K video recording capability, like the Apple's smartphone. Of the two, the Samsung smartphone has a slightly better 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

In terms of photographic and video recording abilities, both devices have similar attributes. There is very little to set them apart in this regard. The minor differences are not likely to entice fans to select one over the other.

Battery

When it comes to battery capacity, Samsung races ahead with its 3,500mAh battery, compared to the 2,900mAh one on the iPhone 7 Plus.

The Galaxy S8+ also supports wireless and fast charging functionalities. Both these features are absent in the iPhone 7 Plus.

OS

The iPhone 7 Plus runs on iOS 10. The GalaxyS8+ comes with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Consumers will be hoping that the handset gets update to Android 7.1.2 soon.

Other Features

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the first phones from Samsung to house the company's own AI dubbed Bixby. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, houses Siri.

The Galaxy S8+ comes not only with a fingerprint sensor, but also an Iris scanner, which is absent in the iPhone 7 Plus. The Apple device only boasts a fingerprint sensor, which his embedded on the home button.

The added security of the Iris scanner may possibly divert some fans to the Galaxy S8+.

Price And Availability

Currently, the unlocked iPhone 7 Plus can be bought from Apple's online store. The 32 GB variant retails at $769, while the 128 GB version is priced at $869. The 256 GB model will set consumers back by $969.

Those looking to buy the Galaxy S8+ can head over to Samsung's website and preorder the smartphone. Ordering the Galaxy S8+ now will get users a free Gear VR headset, a controller, and some free games. However, Samsung has not revealed the price of the product yet and speculations suggest that it would be around $720.

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