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.

Name iPhone XS Max Galaxy S8
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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: 155 grams
Rear camera Dual 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 7 MP 8 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24fps 4K video recording at 30 fps
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
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