iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy S8

Which one is best for you?

2017 saw Samsung release the acclaimed Galaxy S8. Adopting the curved-edge Infinity Display that had been the hallmark of the S7 edge, the S8 was Samsung’s most advanced flagship phone to date.

Like the Galaxy S8, Apple’s iPhone XS Max benefits from the latest screen technology, with a stunning 6.5-inch OLED display. And like iPhone XS Max, the S8’s 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen is mobile HDR certified, so films from HDR services such as Amazon Video appear extremely crisp, with excellent contrast.

Both phones charge wirelessly and resist water and dust. The Galaxy S8’s 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor enables great low light shots, while iPhone XS Max’s impressive dual-lens camera is particularly good at snapping portraits with a professional-looking bokeh effect you can tinker with after taking your shot.

Use our quick feature guide to compare the two phones and decide which works best for you.

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max

    • Take stunning professional pictures with iPhone XS Max’s feature-laden dual-lens camera, including Apple’s Smart HDR

    • See more on the gorgeous 6.5-inch OLED display – or multi-task with split screen view

    • Experience a smoother and more immersive gaming experience thanks to the powerful new A12 Bionic chip.

    • Personalise your favourite Animoji and add stickers and filters for even more fun

    Buy the XS Max
  • Samsung

    Galaxy S8

    • Up your selfie game with an 8-megapixel front camera that uses autofocus to ensure great results every time

    • See more on a beautiful Infinity Display that curves right into the edges of the phone

    • Sharpen your photography skills – the camera takes multiple shots to reduce blur

    • Get the most from your phone and discover new features with Bixby personal assistant

    Buy the Galaxy S8
Name iPhone XS Max Galaxy S8
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Choose a Device
Display 6.5 inches 5.8 inches
Size and weight Height: 157.5 mm
Width: 77.4 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm
Weight: 208 grams
Height: 148.9 mm
Width: 68.1 mm
Depth: 8 mm
Weight: 152 grams
Rear camera Dual 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 7 MP 8 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24fps 2160p@60fps
Processor A12 Bionic Chip Exynos 8895
Battery 3174 mAh 3000 mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
64 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes