Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs HTC 11: Samsung and Apple handsets may have little difference in power and performance

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A woman takes a selfie with a Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone during the Samsung Unpacked event in New York City, US, March 29, 2017. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 leaks have suggested that the device will be coming with a dual-camera setup. It will be interesting to see how the flagship fares against the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and HTC 11.

The dual-camera setup seemed likely considering Samsung’s investment in Core Photonics. The latter specialises in dual-lens technology. As per a leaked patent from Korea, there will be two camera sensors housed in the slim chassis. This will considerably improve the low-light shooting capabilities. This camera setup will also help in distance measurements and 3D mapping. OIS will be a major feature. There could also be a zooming solution. As regards pricing, Samsung has been able to deliver at more affordable price points in recent generations.

According to ValueWalk, Samsung will undercut Apple iPhone 8 Plus with the price tag of its Galaxy Note 8. The device may retail at around US$900 (AU$1,180). Already there are rumblings that the Apple flagship will have a price tag in excess of US$1,000 (AU$1,310). It is commonly believed that Apple will release three handsets this year, and it is not yet known if the price applies to the more affordable versions of the premium iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone 8, 10th anniversary edition, could also be called the iPhone X.

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is expected to come with the largest display ever in any iPhone. The 5.8-inch display could come with curved screen technology. Apple may also include OLED technology for the first time. The screen resolution will also be upgraded. Samsung may respond by introducing 4K display in its Galaxy Note 8 flagship. The wraparound display could be as large as 6.4 inches. The upcoming premium iPhone could come with a maximum integrated storage capacity of 256GB. Apple always beats Samsung on this front.

Samsung, in response, may use microSD technology to provide storage capacity of up to 256GB. The internal storage capacity will remain at 64GB. microSD will be absent in the Apple device. With an increase in screen size, Apple may also boost the RAM in iPhone 8 Plus. A 4GB RAM is possible, though there are rumours that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have a larger RAM capacity of 6GB. An Iris scanner and wireless charging tech are highly-anticipated in the Apple device. AR could also be a major draw for the Apple flagship.

Note 8 will be made compatible with Samsung Gear VR tech. As regards camera technology, the Apple iPhone 8 will likely have a 12MP dual camera with OIS and 4K recording. Experts believe that there will be no discernible difference in photographic capabilities between the two devices. Meanwhile, the HTC 11 is expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4-6GB RAM, 32 and 64GB internal storage variants and 12MP rear and 8MP front cameras, reports the Hack Post.

The HTC 11 may have a 5.5-inch display with a screen resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels. It will run on Android 7.0 Nougat OS, powered by Quick Charge 4.0 and 3,700mAh battery. More details are expected from HTC soon.