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

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

OSiOS (11.x)Android (7.0)Android (8.0, 7.1)
Dimensions6.24 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)
Weight7.13 oz (202 g)
the average is 5.5 oz (158 g)
6.10 oz (173 g)
the average is 5.5 oz (158 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 5.5 oz (158 g)
MaterialsMain body: Glass; Accents: AluminumMain body: Glass; Accents: AluminumMain body: Aluminum; Accents: Glass
FeaturesFingerprint (touch)Iris scanner, Fingerprint (touch)Fingerprint (touch)
RuggedWater, Dust resistantWater, Dust resistantSplash, Dust resistant
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

IP 67IP 68IP 53
Physical size5.5 inches6.2 inches5.5 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1440 x 2960 pixels1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

401 ppi529 ppi534 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

67.47 %83.32 %71.22 %
Colors16 777 216 16 777 216
Peak brightness625 cd/m2 (nit)  
Camera12 megapixels12 megapixels12.3 megapixels
FlashQuad LEDLEDDual LED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

 26 mm 
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

 1.4 μm1.55 μm
Optical zoom2.0 x  
Hardware FeaturesDual-camera, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Optical image stabilization, AutofocusAutofocus
Software FeaturesRAW image capture, Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingManual focus, Object tracking, RAW image capture, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (240 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (240 fps)
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling, Video sharingHigh 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 sharingVideo calling, Video sharing
Front-facing camera7 megapixels8 megapixels8 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)2560x1440 (QHD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Apple A11 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Hexa-core, 64-bit, 10 nmOcta-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nmQuad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Apple M11Adreno 540Adreno 530
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

3 GB RAM4 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 1866 MHz) / LPDDR44 GB RAM / LPDDR4
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

256 GB64 GB128 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

 microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

2675 mAh3500 mAh3450 mAh
Fast ChargeYesYesYes
Wireless chargingBuilt-inBuilt-in 
Talk time21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1247 min)
34.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1247 min)
32.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1247 min)
Stand-by time 14.3 days (343 hours)
the average is 19 days (450 h)
21.8 days (522 hours)
the average is 19 days (450 h)
Internet use   
3G 13 hours 
LTE 15 hours14 hours
Wi-Fi 15 hours14 hours
Music playback60.00 hours78.00 hours130.00 hours
Video playback14.00 hours18.00 hours14.00 hours
Screen mirroringWireless screen shareDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL 

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

  800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 29, 30Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26
LTE (TDD)Bands 38, 39, 40, 41Bands 38, 39, 40, 41Bands 41
DataLTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE-A Pro Cat 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE-A Cat 11 (600/75 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA, UMTS
Mobile PaymentApple PaySamsung Pay 
Scheduled release

Scheduled release - Shows when is the particular phone scheduled to be made available to the public in North America

22 Sep 2017  
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 949 $ 869

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posted on 13 Sep 2017, 09:50 6

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4372; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:06

15. bobby84 (Posts: 535; Member since: 13 May 2016)

That's what any reasonable thinking person would say

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 10:09

2. Furkan (Posts: 137; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)

%68.47 lol

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 10:13 2

3. gigicoaste (Posts: 218; Member since: 21 Feb 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...

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 10:41 3

4. submar (Posts: 604; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)

Pixel of course

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 11:07 1

5. iDroidPhony (Posts: 48; Member since: 21 Sep 2016)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 11:41 1

8. sgodsell (Posts: 5025; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 13:20

11. AmashAziz (Posts: 1593; Member since: 30 Jun 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:04 1

14. iDroidPhony (Posts: 48; Member since: 21 Sep 2016)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 11:09

6. Jesseclark (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Jun 2017)

The 150g compact S8 for me

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 11:24

7. dreyfus (Posts: 14; Member since: 24 Feb 2015)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 12:54 2

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 25561; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 16:12 1

17. Flash (Posts: 1900; Member since: 19 May 2017)

And the Biased of the Year Award goes to Darkkmite.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 13:03

10. Scott93274 (Posts: 5536; Member since: 06 Aug 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?

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 13:24

12. AmashAziz (Posts: 1593; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 13:57

13. Scott93274 (Posts: 5536; Member since: 06 Aug 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:11

16. AmashAziz (Posts: 1593; Member since: 30 Jun 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 19:51 1

19. Scott93274 (Posts: 5536; Member since: 06 Aug 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 20:06

20. AmashAziz (Posts: 1593; Member since: 30 Jun 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 16:45 1

18. mike2959 (Posts: 587; Member since: 08 Oct 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.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 00:49

21. P-YWS (Posts: 101; Member since: 12 Aug 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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