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Here’s how the Galaxy S8 stacks up against the iPhone 7

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The 2017 smartphone battle begins

After months of anticipation, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally here. And Samsung’s latest flagship is an incredible-looking device with what might be the best design we’ve seen from a mainstream smartphone.

The display on the S8 is clearly the marquee feature, with both the 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch versions offering a curved glass panel similar to the now defunct Galaxy Edge line, but with drastically reduced bezels on the top and bottom that put your content front and center. Samsung isn’t skimping when it comes to hardware, either, with Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor powering the phones to make them faster than ever.

While it’s true that the S8 sounds great on paper, raw specifications rarely tell the whole story these days. Software stability and hardware optimization are just as important, if not more, in giving an idea of how a smartphone will actually perform on paper, and its still too early to see if the S8 will live up to its excellent design.

Especially in today’s world, where the smartphone market is more crowded than ever. Google has gotten into the game and makes its own Android phones now, the G6 is a strong contender from LG, and of course, Apple still has the excellent iPhone 7 and 7 Plus — all of which are fighting for the spot in your pocket or bag. And while specs aren’t the whole story, here's how the hardware of today's best phones compare to the S8 and S8 Plus to help you make that increasingly difficult choice.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Spec Comparison

Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus Pixel Pixel XL LG G6 HTC U Ultra
Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus Pixel Pixel XL LG G6 HTC U Ultra
5.8-inch 6.2-inch 4.7-inch 5.5-inch 5-inch 5.5-inch 5.7-inch 5.7-inch
2960 x 1440 2960 x 1440 1334 x 750 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1440 2880 x 1440 2560 x 1440
Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) A10 Fusion A10 Fusion Snapdragon 821 (quad-core) Snapdragon 821 (quad-core) Snapdragon 821 (2.35 GHz and 1.6GHz, quad-core) Snapdragon 821 (quad-core)
4GB 4GB 2GB 3GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
64GB 64GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 64GB 64GB, 128GB
12 megapixel 12 megapixel 12 megapixel 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12.3-megapixel 12.3 megapixel 13 megapixel, 13 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel
8 megapixel 8 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 5 megapixel 16 megapixel
3,000mAh 3,500mAh 1,960mAh 2,900mAh 2,770mAH 3,450mAh 3,300mAh 3,000mAh
0.34 pounds 0.38 pounds 0.30 pounds 0.41 pounds 0.31 pounds 0.37 pounds 0.36 pounds 0.37 pounds
5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 6.28 x 2.88 x 0.31 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 5.66 x 2.74 x 0.29 6.09 x 2.98 x 0.29 5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 6.39 x 3.14 x 0.31
$750 $850 $649.00 $769.00 $649.00 $769.00 $649.00 $749.00
Iris scanner, IP68 water resistance, USB-C Iris scanner, IP68 water resistance, USB-C IP67 water resistance, "Force Touch" home button, no headphone jack 2 camera system, IP67 water resistance, "Force Touch" home button, no headphone jack Google Assistant, fast charging Google Assistant, fast charging IP68 water resistance, USB-C Secondary display, optional sapphire glass model, USB-C