With Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 already in the pipeline for an August 23 debut date (based on press invites and leaked images), and Apple’s iPhone 8 speculated for another early September unveiling (as tradition would have it), it’s about time that we do a pre-emptive head-to-head battle between the two flagship juggernauts – if not for curiosity’s sake, then as a rough guide for flagship smartphone connoisseurs out there.

Note that we’re basing this on what we know so far – from official statements, “reliable” leaks and renders, and of course, the good ol’ rumor mill. A bucket of salt at best, readers. Here what we have so far.

Premium Pricing: Record-breaking expensive.

Both handsets have long been rumored to sport a $1,000-ish  price tag, making this generation of Note and iPhone flagships the most expensive yet.

According to an anonymous Samsung official, the Galaxy Note 8 will be the “most expensive Samsung smartphone ever” with a price tag that could break the $1k mark.

As for the iPhone 8, several industry analysts estimate that the premium handset might also hover around the $1k mark due to a rumored design overhaul, additional biometrics features, and improved camera technology.

Apple iPhone 8: Pulling out the big guns

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple is reportedly planning a radical overhaul of the iPhone 8’s design. Gone will be the clunky bezels and, supposedly, an edge-to-edge display will be its replacement.

The Apple iPhone 8’s display is speculated to be flexible plastic OLED with 2.5D curved glass. This allows Apple to bake a thinner, more power efficient device, along with better color fidelity as well. The flagship’s frame, according to a Chinese industry analyst, will be going the way of glass, similar to the iPhone 4.

According to industry gossip, Apple is also doing away with the physical home button and will be implanting Touch ID into the display. Some rumors even have the iPhone 8 completely ditching Touch ID in favor of facial recognition technology.

A new 10nm Apple A11 chipset will be joining the iPhone 8 and should boost the handset’s performance and battery life by a decent margin. The handset’s RAM will be pegged at 3GB, similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. Storage, as always, is expected to be variable and non-expandable.

As for the series’ cameras, the iPhone 8 will be following the same setup from the previous generation. A single selfie camera on the front, a single rear camera for the basic iPhone 8, and dual rear cameras for the iPhone 8 Plus model. Several schematics leaks and a report from Bloomberg have confirmed that the iPhone 8 Plus will be shipping with vertically-oriented rear cameras.

The iPhone 8’s front camera is said to be packing facial recognition technology, which may or may not replace the company’s Touch ID sensor.

The next generation iPhone’s batteries are rumored to be larger in capacity than the existing ones, and possibly L-shaped in design as well. Wireless charging and USB Type-C power delivery technology are expected as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Trusted fundamentals

Based on what we’ve collated on the Galaxy Note 8, it’s evident that Samsung is opting for more stable, incremental upgrades for the next-gen Note over groundbreaking design and newfangled features. The strategy is not surprising, as the Note 8’s predecessor, the failed Note 7, pushed the innovation envelope to unsafe limits and caused the handset to literally become explosive.

For the Note 8’s display, tech outlets are expecting it to bear the Galaxy S8’s edge-to-edge Infinity Display, albeit on a larger, QHD+ 6.3-inch display. The Note 8 is also expected to undergo a redesign, with rumors pointing to a look similar to the existing S8 series.

Samsung will still be packing a traditional fingerprint sensor, which is expected to be at the back of the handset, as the company has not yet unraveled the technology for under-display fingerprint scanning. The Note 7’s Iris Scanner and S-Pen stylus are both in for the new ride as well, presumably with upgrades.

The Note 8’s chipset is still up in the air, even in the rumor mill. Most are expecting the phablet to beat with the standard flagship tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, or its Exynos counterpart, but some are speculating an incremental upgrade in the form of the still-under-wraps Snapdragon 836. 6GB RAM will be packed inside Samsung’s upcoming Note 8, with 64GB and 128GB storage models in the pipeline. Also, there’s news of an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage version dubbed the “Emperor Edition”, which, given the moniker, might be a special edition available only in China and South Korea.

Camera-wise, plenty of leaks have already shown the Note 8, or its prototypes, with dual rear cameras. 

Samsung guarantees that the Note 7 battery debacle will not be repeating with the Note 8. In order to ensure this, the company instituted an “8-Point Battery Safety Check” procedure as “their commitment to safer devices now and in the future.” Wireless charging is also on the menu for the Note 8, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Samsung foregoes that innovation for now.

Source: TechTimes, MacRumors, Bloomberg, The Inquirer

After several explosives cases involving the Note 7 series ;It seems Samsung has finally given up on the note 7 series this comes after a Korean paper Yonhap News reported that samsung had temporarily halted production of the note 7 in cooperation with safety regulators in the US, Korea and China.

After more reports of replacement Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire, Yonhap News reports that Samsung has temporarily suspended production. The Korean paper cited an anonymous source working at one of Samsung’s suppliers, and the company has not yet commented. Already, AT&T and T-Mobile have said they will stop Galaxy Note 7 sales and replacements while investigations into the incidents continue.
Concern about the replacement models began with a model burning through the carpet on a Southwest flight and has not slowed since. Over the weekend, the additional reports came to light and may have left Samsung with no other option. It has been over a month since the Galaxy Note 7 recall began due to issues with its battery cell, and if the reports are confirmed we may be in line for a second recall.


Samsung’s woes doesn’t seem likely to end any day as another device has caused an evacuation in Louisville.Louisville Metro Arson Capt. Kevin Fletcher told news outlets that the device overheated Wednesday morning and began to smoke, which led Southwest Airlines to evacuate the plane before it departed for Baltimore.


Airport authority spokeswoman Natalie Chaudoin said 75 people, including crew members, were evacuated from the flight. She says no one was injured.

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This is by far the longest battle ever in the tech world.Here are reasons why Android fans believe it is better than IOS

Devices… devices everywhere!

There is something for everyone on the Android platform. The sheer variety of Android smartphones from manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola, LG, Huawei, ZTE, and others is staggering. You can get a compact phone, something with a huge touchscreen, a stylus, a rotating camera, an edge screen, or even a physical keyboard such as found on the Blackberry Priv. Niche demands like dual SIM are catered for, and the flagship devices are on the cutting edge when it comes to specs. There’s also features you just can’t get with Apple’s devices, like microSD and removable battery. Yes, some Android manufacturers have moved away from offering these extras, but the nice thing about options is there are manufacturers that still do.

The same story exists largely for the tablet market too, with all sorts of different devices from the Pixel C to the Nexus 9, Xiaomi’s tablets, Honor’s tablets, Samsung Note tablets, and the list goes on.

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Attracting a huge range of manufacturers and giving them license to run amok in terms of imagination has resulted in the widest variety of devices on any platform, even blurring the line between smartphone and tablet. Compared to the limited iPhone and iPad lineup, Android represents choice on a grand scale.Sure, Apple has a few sizes to offer, but size is really the only differentiator there. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, for example, have pretty much most of the same specs with the main difference being screen size and resolution. The same general argument applies to the iPads, even though there are more choices than with the smartphone counterparts.

Prices to fit your needs

This naturally follows on from the first point on our list. A wide variety of devices with different designs and specs means that Android has something for you at just about any budget. The exclusive nature of Apple’s products is in stark contrast to the inclusive nature of Android. Almost anyone can afford an Android phone. It might not be all-singing and dancing, but there are solid budget options that give people a true smartphone experience.

This is even more true in 2016 than it was when we first created this list in 2013. Not only do you have the Moto G line, but there’s the Honor 5X, a variety of BLU devices, OnePlus X and OnePlus 2, and even low-cost flagships like the Moto X Pure Edition and Nexus 5X. In contrast, the iPhone and iPad are prohibitively expensive for many, but a budget Android device doesn’t need to cost much more than an old feature phone. And if you can afford to spend somewhere in the $150 to $300 ballpark, you can find a handset that gives a near flagship-level experience with just a few concessions in order to keep pricing down.

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Affordability has been a key driver for Android dominance worldwide and it continues to be. If you want premium devices that match and surpass the iPhone or iPad then you can find them, but if you want a budget device, then Android is really your only choice.

Customization

One of the strong points of Android has always been the level of customization it allows. While Apple wants to keep control of default apps in order to maintain a homogenous software and hardware experience, Android lets you pick your own level of customization. This extends all the way from simple things like live wallpapers, to alternative keyboards, to custom ROM installs.

Detractors will always say only hardcore geeks care about this level of customization, but at the shallow end of the pool this isn’t true. Plenty of iOS users loved it when Apple started allowing third-party keyboards and basic widgets, and that on its own is proof that this flexibility is what people want.

Some manufacturers are even allowing complex hardware customization. Motorola has Moto Maker, LG has replaceable leather back plates, as does Xiaomi. Those are just a few examples of something Apple will never do for you. Consider yourself lucky to have champagne gold and rose gold available… that is pretty revolutionary for Apple.

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Widgets?

music-widgetsAndroid’s widgets have long been a feather in its cap compared to the static rows of icons you find in iOS. Even Microsoft saw the advantage, developing the Live Tiles system for Windows Phone. Widgets are still a major advantage for Android over iOS. Simply put, you can see all of the information you want at a glance on your home screen without having to fire up an app.

 

And yes, we know Apple introduced widgets last September. Have you seen those things? They are very limited and live only on your notification area. Not the same! Android still wins here.

Multi-tasking

You can argue iOS does multi-tasking all you want. And it’s true, you can do multiple things at once by switching apps back and forth, but that doesn’t even come near to the level of multi-tasking some Android phones offer.

Take Samsung as an example, which introduced multi-window long ago, in which you can view multiple apps at once. Plenty of other manufacturers have also been doing this for years, even if we will admit this is one area where stock Android lags behind.

Meanwhile, Apple is playing catch-up by adopting similar features, a change that took place in 2015. Most of Apple’s multi-tasking features also remain limited to the tablet realm for the time being, however, and by the time they really bring it to the next level, it’s fairly likely that even Google’s “stock” vision for Android will offer some form of multi-window navigation.

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Launchers

Grab an iPhone, sit next to another iOS user and compare your home screens. Oh wait, they look exactly the same! That’s not the story with Android.

If you want control over how your Android smartphone or tablet looks then you’ve probably tried out a custom launcher. You can choose from a wide variety of custom launcher apps in Google Play and tweak everything from your home screen layout, to your page transitions, to effects and even gestures. There’s no risk involved with launcher apps and you can really open up a world of possibilities.

A launcher also is good for those instances where you love a handset but maybe aren’t so keen on the manufacturer’s custom interface. A launcher goes a long ways in these kinds of situations. And if you are the kind who enjoys the freedom of Android but actually lusts after the looks afforded by iOS or Windows — there’s even launchers that help you achieve a similar look and feel.

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Custom ROMs

You can actually replace the software that came with your device with a custom ROM if you want to. This is essentially installing a new operating system and many Android users do it because their carrier or manufacturer is slow to upgrade to the latest version of the Android platform, but you may also do it for better performance or to gain access to some add-ons or tools. This is definitely the extreme end of Android customization and you need to exercise a little caution to ensure that you don’t run into trouble. That said, as long as you can follow a tutorial and your device is supported, the benefits can be enormous.

Hell, there’s even ways to install completely different operating systems on some Android devices, such as Ubuntu, Firefox OS, Sailfish, and the list goes on.

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Google integration

Some years ago we discussed why Google and Android will prevail over Apple and iOS, and this specific topic is still one of the main reasons. Android devices integrate seamlessly with Google’s array of services. People are increasingly using their mobile devices to go online and Google is king of the web. Google Docs, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Music, Google+, Google Chrome…the list goes on, and Apple and iOS are not keeping up.

Sure, many Google services are now in iOS, but that deep level of integration simply isn’t there. And this is an important factor, because most of us use one or two… or three or 10 Google services. You want these to work seamlessly, and Android offers that.

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Google Now

This stands out from the crowd of Google services and, while the excellent voice search has been rolled into the Google iOS app, there are elements of Google Now that you can only enjoy on Android. When we look to our technology to push things forward and offer real convenience boosts to daily life, the predictive and pre-emptive nature of Google Now as it seeks to fulfill your desires before you think to search, could be truly revolutionary.

Whether Google Now is better than Siri or not continues to be subjective, though. This is still a matter of preference, but here at Android Authority we believe Google Now is more straightforward and to the point, which is something we all look for when finding the right digital assistant. With Marshmallow, there’s also plenty of new functionality making its way over, such as Google Now on Tap

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More free apps and games!

It may be a double-edged sword, but you can’t escape the fact that there are more free apps and games on Android than there are on iOS. Sometimes ports of the same apps that carried a price tag on iOS are free on Android. There also seems to be a greater willingness to pursue the freemium or ad-supported model.

Sadly, this may be, at least partly, down to piracy concerns and, while more hits are being ported across, the ability to earn more from iOS development still means more high quality, premium apps and games release on iOS first. Android continues to dominate and we have seen a change here, but it remains one of Android’s biggest challenges.

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The industry moves fast, and so does Android

Bugs, lag, an ugly interface, a lack of apps – Android’s weaknesses have been systematically dealt with by a determined development team. The Android platform is unrecognizable compared with the first release and it continues to improve and evolve at a faster pace than the competition.

That big user base and the wide range of manufacturers producing Android devices can only drive further improvements to greater heights. While iOS stagnates, paralyzed by the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” school of thinking, Android continues to innovate and improve at a faster rate. Think about it. Android adopted NFC first, as well as fingerprint readers, and retina scanners, and mobile payments, and higher definition displays. The list goes on.

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What’s important to you?

We’d love to hear why you think Android is better than iOS. Are your motives for choosing Android covered above or did something else attract you to the platform? Conversely, for those rocking an iPhone, what’s keeping you from Android — is there a specific feature, updates, etc? Post a comment and let us know.

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