The Samsung Galaxy S8 is among the most popular Android smartphones to be released this year. With the S8, Samsung managed to beat Apple to launch a phone with a bezel-less design. What about its performance? How does the Galaxy S8 stack against Apple’s six months old flagship, the iPhone 7 Plus?
The Galaxy S8 is the first Android smartphone to launch with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset. It also comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, which is a GB more than what the iPhone 7 Plus packs. On paper, the Galaxy S8 clearly seems more powerful than the iPhone 7 Plus, but what about real life use?
As the speed test comparison from YouTuber EverythingApplePro shows, despite the advantage in terms of specs, the Galaxy S8 was clearly slower to the almost six months old iPhone 7 Plus by quite a fair margin. The Galaxy S8 was slower not only in opening regular apps like Instagram, it was also substantially slower in opening heavy games like GTA V. The iPhone 7 Plus was also way faster than the Galaxy S8 in exporting a 4K video check this out:
Interestingly, despite the Galaxy S8 coming with more RAM, it was the iPhone 7 Plus that does better in the multitasking comparison.
In benchmarks, the performance of both phones was closer than the difference in their real world performance would suggest, with the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset on the Galaxy S8 (5929) beating Apple’s A10 Fusion chip (5917) in the multi-core benchmarks in GeekBench.
What the speed test does not show is how most flagship Samsung devices end up slowing down considerably after a few months of use, which the iPhone does not suffer from. What do you think about the Galaxy S8 based on the above speed test? Are you disappointed that it could not beat the iPhone 7 Plus in something as simple as app loading times?