Apple just concluded its maiden Keynote at the Steve jobs theatre, unveiling a number of products, the most notable being the Apple iPhone X. This is a special iPhone, designed to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone and brings with it a number of firsts, not just for the iPhone itself, but also for the smartphone industry as a whole. Powered by Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip and their first company-built GPU, the iPhone finally ditches the bezels to have a 5.8 inch display. The real estate is now taken up by an OLED screen and the lack of bezels means there is no TouchID. Instead, Apple has implemented FaceID, a new technology that builds a 3D map of the user’s face and uses that information to not just unlock the iPhone, but also authorize payments through Apple Pay. This biometric data is processed using a built-in neural engine which resides in the Secure Enclave, and hence, no data is actually processed by Apple servers.
The iPhone X looks gorgeous and comes with a really impressive set of specifications and features, but these are not all features that don’t already exist. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 could be a solid competitor to Apple’s newest offering, given that the Korean company made smartphone is no slouch in its own regard. With a top of the line CPU, great dual cameras and a stylus, the Samsung Note 8 has a lot to offer for many users. There’s also the fact that no one knows how to make an OLED panel quiet like Samsung, with its 1200 nit brightness and HDR Premium certification. In this comparison we are going to look at some of the key features of the two smartphones to try and see if there is a clear winner.