iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy S8+ vs Google Pixel XL: Heavyweight specs comparison

This year, the iPhone 8 Plus took the backseat after the iPhone X turned out to be the star of Apple's event. Sorry, big boy, you've had your rightful time under the spotlights, but you are now getting deseated.

Still, regardless of its status in the portfolio, the iPhone 8 Plus is beyond a doubt a rather powerful gadget that greatly improves on its predecessor and makes it that much moreappealing offering. 

In the meantime, the Pixel XL might be a bit long in the tooth now, but it's still Google's finest phone to date. And while the Galaxy Note 8 has proved to be a Galaxy S8+ on steroids, the Galaxy S8+ itself is by no means a forgettable slouch.

How do these three stack up? Great question, and here's the answer:

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8+ vs Google Pixel XL



5.5 inches
6.2 inches
5.5 inches


1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2960 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels

Aspect Ratio


Pixel density

401 PPI
529 PPI
534 PPI




67.47 %
83.32 %
71.22 %

Peak brightness

625 cd/m2 (nit)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A11 Bionic APL1W72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro


Hexa-core, 2390 MHz, Monsoon and Mistral, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
Quad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit


Apple 3-core GPU
Adreno 540
Adreno 530



Internal storage

256GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable


iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x)
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat), Samsung One UI
Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)



2691 mAh
3500 mAh
3450 mAh


USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
USB Power Delivery

Talk time

34.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1103 min)
32.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1103 min)

Stand-by time

4.3 days (103 hours)
the average is 21 days (515 h)
21.8 days (522 hours)
the average is 21 days (515 h)

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1399 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1399 min)

Internet use

3G: 14 hours; LTE: 16 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours
LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours

Music playback

60.00 hours
99.00 hours
130.00 hours

Video playback

14.00 hours
20.00 hours
14.00 hours



Dual camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 megapixels
12 megapixels
12.3 megapixels


Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase-detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Optical image stabilization, Phase-detection autofocus
Laser and Phase-detection autofocus


Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm

Second camera

12 megapixels


Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Phase-detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.8; Focal Length: 56 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"; Pixel size: 1 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)


Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing


7 megapixels
8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)



6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 inches (158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm)
6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm)
6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches (154.72 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm)


7.13 oz (202 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (177 g)
6.10 oz (173 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (177 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (177 g)


Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum, Glass


Water, Dust; IP 67
Water, Dust; IP 68
Splash, Dust; IP 53


Fingerprint (touch)
Iris scanner, 2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)


Notification light

Shopping information


$ 949
$ 869



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No way I'm going to choose, iP8 over Galaxy or Pixel.

15. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

That's what any reasonable thinking person would say

2. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

%68.47 lol

3. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Another PA vs. while not having or not wanting to include full specs. IP8 looks like doesn't require ram and also some mAh...

4. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Pixel of course

5. iDroidPhony

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

Pixel is a nice choice. But after 4 years, the iPhone would still be rocking the latest iOS.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

In case you haven't forgot. Apple does upgrade their OS, but will purposely leave out features for older iPhone's. Just look at the new iOS 11. You need the latest iOS 11 in order to use Apples new ARkit. But it's restricted to the A9 and above iPhones and iPad pros. So an iPhone 6 or below cannot use the new ARkit apps which will arrive. This always happens with Apple. Now with that said, you can buy some really great mid range priced Android smartphones, that have really great specs for less than half the price of an iPhone 8 in some cases. Unlike Apple, the Android camp tends to move what was once flagship features down to their mid range priced devices, and then down to their low end priced devices. So if you keep that in mind you can get a brand new mid range Android smartphone every two years with the latest OS updates as well. The thing is even in 2017 you can get some lower end Android smartphones for $200 or less with features comparable to an iPhone 7 plus. Like the same resolution and size display. Same or more ram, same storage that is expandable. With the same LTE capabilities.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, don't try too hard. He made a point and you cannot deny that without trying to deflect. Hardware limitations cause Apple to not include some of the features in its older devices. And some Apple doesn't include just so that people would buy the newer devices. Many OEMs do that. That's how you make money. If you don't like what Apple does than don't buy its products, instead of trying to force others to hate Apple with all their heart and mind. This tells me how insecure you are inside. And it's better to have 90% of the latest instead of having none at all. If you are happy with Google not providing you even with that 90%, then buy a Pixel or a Galaxy. No problem with me.

14. iDroidPhony

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

Please name a $200 android phone that can stand toe to toe with half of ip7+'s prowess.

6. Jesseclark

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 10, 2017

The 150g compact S8 for me

7. dreyfus

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

I'm considering getting the Galaxy S9 or the current Note 8. I will take the decision after the S9 launch.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is a joke...Note 8 by a light year.

17. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

And the Biased of the Year Award goes to Darkkmite.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Top flagship phones from 2017 VS the 2016 Pixel? Why not wait a month to post this article so you can include the specs of the Pixel 2?

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

They compared the 2017 Android flagships to the older iPhone. Why can't they do the reverse?

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I just think it's an irrelevant comparison, maybe it could have been considered acceptable for the Galaxy phone because it was only 6 months between the release of either the Pixel or iPhone, but to compact a new device to something that's 11 months old when you're one month away from the release, it just seems pointless.

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Why are you so impatient? PA will likely compare the Pixel 2/XL to the new iPhones too, once its announced. It's their job to provide people with info in a convenient way since many who have a Pixel might wanna know what the iPhone 8 has over their phones.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"Impatient", I don't think it means what you think it means. I'm not telling saying they need to hurry to compare the Galaxy and iPhone with the Pixel 2, I'm saying PhoneArena should wait. If anything, PhoneArena should be patient with releasing these articles, or at least release them with phones that came out in the same year.

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Okay then. Sorry if I took you wrong. But my second paragraph answers your question as to why they are comparing the Pixel to the new iPhones.

18. mike2959

Posts: 699; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

On my way back to Apple.It's not the OEM fault. It's Android. Look I left Apple once again for Android and I'm about to go back. After 3 months with the 8+ battery is once again crap. The operating system is just terrible. The phone is slow. Yes I've cleared system cache and even did a factory reset. It's not Samsung. There's very little bloat most can be removed. The operating system is built on a platform of years of just jumbled crap. No I don't want to root. I just want it to work like it did the day out of the box. Android fan boys just tell me it's not possible.

21. P-YWS

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

iP8+ is so much wider and heavier than S8+ that Apple may have to give away the annual subscription for gym and physiotherapist to convert the takers of S8+ to the iP8+ camp.

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