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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone X: Can Apple KILL The King?

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is out in the wild, but so is the fearsome new iPhone X

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is OFFICIAL and, as the rumours suggested, it is something of a beast. Pretty much everything you’ve read prior to launch was true; the specs and hardware tally up nicely with what leakers were reporting since around April.
The camera on the Note 8 is a dual-sensor setup, a first for Samsung and, mercifully, it is still rocking a 3.5mm headphone jack. Though all these nifty updates come at a price – a hefty price of £849.99. 
“Samsung’s launch of the Note 8 underlines its current confidence. It’s a testament to Samsung’s stubbornness and determination that the launch of the Note 8 cements its position as the leading Android smartphone maker drawing a clear line under the Note 7 problems," said Ben Wood, Chief of Research, CCS Insight.
He added: “The Note 8 joins the well-received S8 and S8+ arguably giving Samsung the best high-tier Android line-up of any manufacturer. The fact Samsung was prepared to continue using the Note brand shows its belief that there is significant pent up demand for another top-of-the-line flagship device alongside the rest of its smartphone portfolio.”
Apple has now also launched its 2017 iPhone line-up; three phones, as expected. What wasn't expected was the naming convention, instead of the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, we got the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus - the iPhone X being the lead model and 10th anniversary edition which was previously rumoured as the iPhone 8.
There is a ton of competition in the smartphone space right now though, for both Samsung and Apple to contend with. The OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 are still relatively recently launched, but on top of that we have Andy Rubin's Essential Phone PH-1 as a newcomer with something of an Android pedigree and some very competetive specs. Then there's the imminent arrival of the Google Pixel 2 series in October AND Nokia's triumphant return to the smartphone space with the Android-based Nokia 8 flagship that has only just been launched. Huawei will also release the Mate 10 in mid-October.
For some people, however, the contest between Samsung and Apple as the two leaders (number one and number two spot in global sales, respectively) is the only one that matters. Some analysts believe that's going to change though, and that the lead of these two is slowing as the market diversifies!
Apple's actual arrival on the market proper might be quite slow though; pre-launch rumours suggested the firm might find it difficult to keep up with demand and that now appears to be true. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who previously predicted Apple's supply issues, now believes the firm will indeed have problems meeting demand due to component bottlenecks for parts used in the new 3D Face ID scanning technology. He says Apple will see unprecedented pre-order demand in the region of 40-50 million units, but may struggle to meet demand until inside 2018.
His allegations are now supported by a new report from the WSJ, which cites two independent industry sources with insider knowledge. The sources appear to confirm that the 3D scanner is the problem, which requires two key components to function. One of these, dubbed Romeo, is only being produced in the tens of thousands at Apple's manufacturing partners, while everything else is being produced in much larger quantities. Until this bottleneck is resolved, which the WSJ also believes would be inside 2018, then expect a lot of consumers who can't get their hands on the iPhone X.
In the meantime though, let's take a look at how two of 2017's biggest and most hotly rumoured phones stack up...

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specs

  • Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.6 x 8.5mm
  • Display: 6.3in Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 Infinity Display (18.5:9 Aspect Ratio)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (10nm) octa-core CPU OR Samsung Exynos 8995 (10nm) octa-core CPU - region dependent
  • GPU: Adreno 540 (Qualcomm Snapdragon) OR ARM Mali-G71 (Samsung Exynos) - region dependent
  • RAM:6GB
  • Software: Android Nougat
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Type-C USB, NFC, GPS, Fingerprint scanner, Iris Scanner, Face Scanner
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB or 256GB - region dependent
  • MicroSD: Yes
  • Primary Camera: Dual-12MP, f/1.7 and f/2.4 apertures, 1/2.3" sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, Dual-Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus, OIS, 2x optical zoom, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama, 2160p video @30fps, 1080p video @60fps
  • Secondary Camera: 8MP with autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, Auto HDR, 1440p video @30fps
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Other: IP68 Certified (Water & Dust Resistant), S-Pen Stylus
iPhone X Specs
  • Display: 5.8in 2436 x 1125 OLED HDR
  • Storage: 64GB and 256GB
  • CPU and RAM: A11 Bionic chip, 3GB RAM
  • Front Camera: 7MP
  • Rear Camera: 12MP dual-lens, dual-OIS, 4K video recording
  • Extras: Face ID, wireless charging
The iPhone X has a new A11 processor and M11 motion-coprocessor. But until the phone actually ships, there’s no way to tell for sure how that compares against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 processor found in the Galaxy Note 8. The A11 CPU is a six core processor, which is made up for four, high-performance “Minstrel” cores and two low power “Monsoon” cores, which take care of lower-order tasks. This new CPU is joined by 3GB of RAM on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus and 2GB of RAM for the standard iPhone 8 model.
It also has an edge-to-edge OLED display provided by Samsung. The iPhone X features a 5.8in 2436 x 1125 OLED HDR "Super Retina" display and it looks simply stunning.
TouchID has been dropped in favour of a 3D face scanning technology; a somewhat controversial move. However, wireless charging is now standard.
How Face ID is simple: you look at the iPhone and it unlocks. That’s literally it, and Apple promises that it works seamlessly every time.
“Face ID projects more than 30,000 invisible IR dots. The IR image and dot pattern are pushed through neural networks to create a mathematical model of your face and send the data to the secure enclave to confirm a match,” said Apple, “while adapting to physical changes in appearance over time.”
“All saved facial information is protected by the secure enclave to keep data extremely secure, while all of the processing is done on-device and not in the cloud to protect user privacy. Face ID only unlocks iPhone X when customers look at it and is designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks.”
Like TouchID, Face ID is what you will use to securely unlock your iPhone X. The sensor that powers Face ID can capture your mug from a variety of angles and distances.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 – Samsung Outlines Note 8's USPs

Here's the official line via Samsung:
“We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community. They’ve been a constant inspiration to us and we designed the new Note for them,” said DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “From the Infinity Display to the enhanced S Pen and a powerful Dual Camera, the Galaxy Note8 lets people do things they never thought were possible.”
And the Galaxy Note 8's main selling points:
  • Water and Dust Resistance: Four years ago, Samsung introduced the first Galaxy device with water resistance. And today, you can take your Note almost anywhere you want with water and dust resistance (IP685) on the device and the S Pen. You can write even when the display is wet.
  • Fast Wireless Charging: Two years ago, Samsung introduced the first Galaxy device with wireless charging. The Galaxy Note8 supports the most advanced wireless charging capabilities yet, so you can get a quick, convenient charge6 without having to mess around with ports or wires.
  • Security: The Galaxy Note8 offers a choice of biometric authentication options—including iris and fingerprint scanning. Samsung Knox7 provides defence-grade security at the hardware and software layers and with Secure Folder, keeps your personal and professional data separate.
  • Powerful Performance: With 6GB RAM, a 10nm processor, and expandable memory (up to 256GB), you have the power you need to browse, stream, play games, and multitask.
  • Innovative Mobile Experiences: Samsung DeX enables a desktop experience, powered by your phone. You can keep your files on your device, conduct work on the go, and use Samsung DeX when you need an even bigger screen. The Galaxy Note8 includes Bixby8, a smarter way to use your phone; it learns from you, improves over time, and helps you get more done.
You can now order the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at Carphone Warehouse – they have A LOT of deals, ranging from as little as £49 a month right up to £70. 

The Best iPhone X Deals, Hand-Picked For You

For a HUGE selection of iPhone X deals, you have to check out Carphone Warehouse. It has a TON of offers for Apple's new iPhone X – and plans to suit every budget. 

iPhone X 64GB

iPhone X 256GB

UK iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus PREORDER 

If you’re in the UK, and you want a MASSIVE selection of options when it comes to iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus deals is Carphone Warehouse – this would be my preferred option, as they cover all bases, budgets, and networks.  
Another option for UK punters is MOBILES; you can now pre-register for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. 
These are two of the best options for the UK and a sure fire way to ensure you get an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus as soon as they're available. 

MOBILES

iPhone 8 Deals

iPhone 8 Plus Deals

VERIZON 

Verizon has A TON of deals for the iPhone 8 - check them out right here if you're after unlimited data.

T-MOBILE

T-Mobile has an array of deals in the pipeline as well, you can now PRE-REGISTER and they'll update you as soon as the deals go live

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