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Apple iPhone 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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After years of competing against each other, Apple and Samsung went head to head with the launch of their flagship devices on September 12. Excitement was in the air and rumours swirled in the days before the announcements of the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy Note 8. Both phones introduced new features and upped the competition between the two smartphone giants.

Apple Anniversary

Apple announced three phones at its event, with the 10th anniversary iPhone 8 priced around $1000, as well as updated versions of its iPhone 7 and 7 plus with advanced features. The new iPhone will feature an innovative design to commemorate a decade since the first iPhone was introduced. The new phone’s 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED screen is an upgrade over the screen size and display of older iPhone models. Other major changes include removing the traditional home button and the ability to unlock the phone with facial recognition software that can recognise the user’s face in a few hundred milliseconds.

The new phones will come with the latest iOS, 11, which features a new safety feature that limits what a phone can do while it is in the car. In an effort to keep drivers safer, the new system will block texts, notifications, and phone calls while the user is driving.

New Samsung Features

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features a more powerful processor and greater memory expansion, addressing issues customers have brought up for years. The new phone runs on the old operating system, but an upgrade to Android Oreo 8.0 is likely in the near future. Perhaps to rival the new iPhone screen, the Galaxy Note has a 6.3-inch “Infinity” screen with minimum bezels on the sides. The phone also features a built-in fingerprint scanner and is dust and water resistant. It is the first Samsung smartphone with a dual-camera setup.

The new Galaxy Note 8 is larger than previous models but also comes with stronger processing and performance. The device comes with a pen and can be used to type or write.

New Competition

With two huge companies releasing highly anticipated new phones on the same day, competition and comparison is inevitable. Early predictions from experts are that Apple could lose market share in the premium smartphone space as the Galaxy Note 8 could sway more users to switch from the iPhone. One of Apple’s major stumbling blocks could be the high price tag for the new iPhone, with a recent survey of possible iPhone users finding that only 18% plan to pay more than $1,000 on a new iPhone.

The competition could be good news for customers, however, with both companies pushing each other to introduce new features that make their phones more usable and safer. There are many similarities in features between the phones, such as improved cameras and security, meaning that no matter which new phone customers buy, they are getting an upgrade over what has previously been on the market.

No matter if you’re an Apple or Android fan, there’s something for everyone with the announcement of these new phones. Excitement is high, and the new features could forever change how we communicate and use our mobile devices.

Note: The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of Alvexo on the matter.