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Here’s how the iPhone X compares to the Essential Phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30

The Apple iPhone X is, without a doubt, the most powerful, capable, and well-designed phone the company has ever released. That being said, while it’s certainly impressive in comparison to its new iPhone siblings, it’s important to put the iPhone X into context with its mobile competitors.

To begin with, the iPhone X’s most obvious differentiating factor is that it runs Apple’s latest iOS 11 software, whereas the Essential Phone, Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 all run variations on Android 7.1 Nougat.

iPhone X

Essential Phone (PH-1)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

LG V30

Display

5.8-inch, OLED True Tone display, 2436 x 1125 pixels

5.71-inches, IPS LCD display, 2560 x 1312 pixels, 19:10 aspect ratio

6.3-inch, Super AMOLED display, 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18:5:9 aspect ratio, HDR 10

6.0-inch, Quad HD+ display, 2880 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio

Processor

A11 Bionic chip

Snapdragon 835

Snapdragon 835 (Exynos 8895)

Snapdragon 835

RAM

3GB of RAM

4GB of RAM

6GB RAM

4GB of RAM

Storage

64GB, 256GB

128GB

64GB (expandable up to 256GB)

64GB (expandable up to 2TB)

Dimensions (in.)

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm

141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8mm

162.5mm x 74.6mm x 8.5mm

151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm

Weight

174g

185g

195g

158g

Rear Facing Camera

12-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4, OIS), quad-LED 'True Tone' flash

13-megapixel, (f/1.85)

12-megapixel (f/1.7) + 12-megapixel (f.2.4, OIS, AF) dual-LED flash

16-megapixel (f/1.6, OIS) + 13-megapixel (f/1.9)

Front Facing Camera

7-megapixel (f/2.2)

8-megapixel, (f/2.2)

8-Megapixel (f/1.7)

5-megapixel (f/2.2)

OS

iOS 11

Android 8.1.1 Oreo

Android 7.1 Nougat

Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Battery

2,716mAh

3,040mAh

3,300mAh

3,300mAh

Network Connectivity

GSM / HSPA / LTE / Band 66

GSM / HSPA / LTE / Band 66

GSM / HSPA / LTE

GSM / HSPA / LTE

Sensors

TrueDepth Camera Sensor, Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Rear Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, 10 finger multitouch, Accelerometer, Magnetometer , Compass sensor, Ambient light Sensor

Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

Fingerprint sensor, Barometer, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor

SIM Type

Nano SIM

Nano SIM

Nano SIM

Nano SIM

Launch Date

November 3, 2017

May 30, 2017

August 23, 2017

September 21, 2017

Misc

Colours: space grey and silver| Glass front and back, IP67 water/dust resistant, calibrated for AR, Qi wireless charging

Colours: Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White, Ocean Depths | Modularity, USB Type-C, No headphone jack, Bezel-less, Titanium build

Colours: Black, Blue | IP68 water/dust resistant, S-Pen, 18:9 aspect ratio, wireless charging, USB type C

Colour: Cloud Silver | Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, NFC , USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible), IP68 water/dust resistant, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Daydream Certified

Display

iPhone X

5.8-inch, OLED True Tone display, 2436 x 1125 pixels

Essential Phone (PH-1)

5.71-inches, IPS LCD display, 2560 x 1312 pixels, 19:10 aspect ratio

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

6.3-inch, Super AMOLED display, 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18:5:9 aspect ratio, HDR 10

LG V30

6.0-inch, Quad HD+ display, 2880 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio

Processor

iPhone X

A11 Bionic chip

Essential Phone (PH-1)

Snapdragon 835

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Snapdragon 835 (Exynos 8895)

LG V30

Snapdragon 835

RAM

iPhone X

3GB of RAM

Essential Phone (PH-1)

4GB of RAM

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

6GB RAM

LG V30

4GB of RAM

Storage

iPhone X

64GB, 256GB

Essential Phone (PH-1)

128GB

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

64GB (expandable up to 256GB)

LG V30

64GB (expandable up to 2TB)

Dimensions (in.)

iPhone X

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm

Essential Phone (PH-1)

141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8mm

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

162.5mm x 74.6mm x 8.5mm

LG V30

151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm

Weight

iPhone X

174g

Essential Phone (PH-1)

185g

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

195g

LG V30

158g

Rear Facing Camera

iPhone X

12-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4, OIS), quad-LED 'True Tone' flash

Essential Phone (PH-1)

13-megapixel, (f/1.85)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

12-megapixel (f/1.7) + 12-megapixel (f.2.4, OIS, AF) dual-LED flash

LG V30

16-megapixel (f/1.6, OIS) + 13-megapixel (f/1.9)

Front Facing Camera

iPhone X

7-megapixel (f/2.2)

Essential Phone (PH-1)

8-megapixel, (f/2.2)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

8-Megapixel (f/1.7)

LG V30

5-megapixel (f/2.2)

OS

iPhone X

iOS 11

Essential Phone (PH-1)

Android 8.1.1 Oreo

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Android 7.1 Nougat

LG V30

Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Battery

iPhone X

2,716mAh

Essential Phone (PH-1)

3,040mAh

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

3,300mAh

LG V30

3,300mAh

Network Connectivity

iPhone X

GSM / HSPA / LTE / Band 66

Essential Phone (PH-1)

GSM / HSPA / LTE / Band 66

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

GSM / HSPA / LTE

LG V30

GSM / HSPA / LTE

Sensors

iPhone X

TrueDepth Camera Sensor, Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Essential Phone (PH-1)

Rear Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, 10 finger multitouch, Accelerometer, Magnetometer , Compass sensor, Ambient light Sensor

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

LG V30

Fingerprint sensor, Barometer, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor

SIM Type

iPhone X

Nano SIM

Essential Phone (PH-1)

Nano SIM

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Nano SIM

LG V30

Nano SIM

Launch Date

iPhone X

November 3, 2017

Essential Phone (PH-1)

May 30, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

August 23, 2017

LG V30

September 21, 2017

Misc

iPhone X

Colours: space grey and silver| Glass front and back, IP67 water/dust resistant, calibrated for AR, Qi wireless charging

Essential Phone (PH-1)

Colours: Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White, Ocean Depths | Modularity, USB Type-C, No headphone jack, Bezel-less, Titanium build

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Colours: Black, Blue | IP68 water/dust resistant, S-Pen, 18:9 aspect ratio, wireless charging, USB type C

LG V30

Colour: Cloud Silver | Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, NFC , USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible), IP68 water/dust resistant, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Daydream Certified

Indeed, for many potential smartphone owners, the differences in the processor, battery size, screen size, SD card slot, RAM, and total onboard storage are secondary factors. Ultimately, the differences between the iOS and Android ecosystems might be enough to determine whether one invests in the latest iPhone or the latest premium-tier Android flagship.

For those looking past software differences, however, the physical differences between the iPhone X, the Essential Phone, the Note 8 and the V30 might not be as surprising as one might assume.

All three phones feature a beautiful, bright, relatively bezel-less, edge-to-edge display. All four phones feature dual-camera set-ups. All four phones have more than enough RAM to perform power-heavy tasks. All four devices come with plenty of onboard storage for most people. Not to mention all four devices also support wireless charging.

As for the processor, the three Android devices feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, while the iPhone X features Apple’s latest A11 Bionic chip.

Of course, if there’s any one particular difference of note, it’s not ecosystem — it’s security. The iPhone X is the only one of these devices without a dedicated fingerprint sensor, instead allowing users to unlock their phones using facial recognition, dubbed ‘Face ID.’ That being said, both the Note 8 and V30 have some form of facial recognition (V30 has facial and voice recognition while the Note 8 has Iris scanning), so it’ll be interesting to see how Apple’s software compares to Samsung’s and LG’s.

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