iPhone X vs. Galaxy S8 vs. LG V30: How does Apple stand up?

Bradley Wint
Sep 12, 2017 11:10pm AST
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Now that the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus are out in the open, how will the top of the line Apple phone stand up to its recent competition? Let’s take a look at two of its major competitors and see where it ranks.

Body

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All three devices feature a slimmer profile as mobile phones edge towards having a taller look, rather than wider. All three feature edge-to-edge displays, but the iPhone X seems to do the best job at utilizing screen space with an almost true edge-to-edge setup, but it will be interesting to see how third-party developers will get around that mini strip at the top of the screen.

The iPhone X features a back glass panel with “surgical grade” stainless steel side bezels, while both the Galaxy S8 and V30 feature glass backed panels and aluminum trims.

All three offer IP68 protection, which means that is is resistant to water and dust. They can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, but maybe you should still stick to using a waterproof case if you want to take underwater photos.

Display

Both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X have a 5.8 inch display with Super AMOLED technology. Samsung calls their display QHD+ while Apple calls it Super Retina HD. The LG V30 on the other hand features a 6 inch P-OLED display, which uses plastic material instead of glass, even though all three use the same basic active matrix OLED concept.

They feature the following resolutions, with the Galaxy S8 coming out on top in the pixel density game.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 – 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi pixel density)
  • LG V30 – 1440 x 2880 pixels (537 ppi pixel density)
  • Apple iPhone X – 1125 x 2436 pixels (458 ppi pixel density)

Performance

Both the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy S8 use variants of the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 SoC, with an Octa-core configuration (4 high performance, 4 low performance), while the Apple A11 processor features a Hexa-core setup (2 high performance, 4 low performance). There are no detailed specs available for the A11 just yet, but benchmark test show the high performance cores being 25% more faster than those on the A10 while the low-performance/high-efficiency cores are 70% faster than its A10 equivalent. For reference, the A10 has a Quad-core 2.34 GHz processor (2x Hurricane & 2x Zephyr).

  • Apple iPhone X – Apple A11 Hexa-core (no tech specs available yet)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 – Snapdragon 835 – 4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo (US and China)
  • LG V30 – Snapdragon 835 – 4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo

Software

Both the Galaxy S8 and V30 were launched with variants of Android Nougat (7.x) while the iPhone X launches with iOS 11.

Memory and Storage

All three devices have a starting storage option of 64GB, with the two Android options come with 4GB RAM and the iPhone X packing a bit less at 3GB RAM. Both Android models have microSD slots which allow up to 256GB of storage, but the iPhone X uses internal only memory, so you have to decide from the date of purchase whether you want the 64GB or 256GB model. Oddly enough, that contradicts with our earlier post about gold iPhone Xs coming with 512GB of storage.

Battery Life

Another key important factor is battery life. The V30 has an Li-Po 3300 mAh battery, while the Galaxy S8 has a slightly lower capacity Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery. As with Apple, they never come outright with battery specs, but they claim it lasts a full two hours longer than the iPhone 7, so let’s see what that equates to in the future.

The iPhone 7 Plus has a 2900 mAh battery, so our guess is that it might be in the 3000+ category.

Camera

The camera is by far one of the most important features on today’s phones. Let’s quickly give a run down on the specs of each before I explain why Apple emphasizes their front-facing camera over the rear.

  • Apple iPhone X – Dual 12 MP, f/1.8 & f/2.4, phase detection autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 – 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization, LED flash
  • LG V30 – Dual 16 MP (f/1.6, OIS, 3-axis, laser & phase detection autofocus) + 13 MP (f/1.9, no AF), LED flash

The iPhone X’s front-facing camera has a lot riding on it as it is used to power its Face ID feature responsible for unlocking the phone, and authenticating financial transactions, along with observing as many as 50 different facial muscles to control their new interactive Animoji icons.

Features

Both the V30 and Galaxy S8 feature fingerprint sensors, but due to design constraints, Apple ended up going the route of using facial recognition instead, called Face ID.

Face ID utilizes quite a number of sensors and software to analyze your face. Samsung also features a facial recognition option, along with iris scanning, but it appears that their equivalent may not be as secure as we would hope it would be.

All three devices also feature basic passcode protection options.

Pricing

Finally the most important bit.

  • Apple iPhone X – Starting at $999
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 – Starting at $724.99
  • LG V30 –  Starting somewhere between $800-$850 (still to be finalized)

Conclusion

*Hands up in the air*

All three offer quite decent options, but the iPhone X comes out on the pricier even, even though as an Android fanboy, I am impressed with some of the changes Apple has made.

While I will still trudge along happily with my almost year-old Pixel XL, it really comes down to personal preference when you stack up these three as they are all good options. If I had the money to spend, I wouldn’t mind trialing the iPhone X even after using Android for more than 5 years without much problems.

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