Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Sony Xperia XZ Premium

South Korean phone manufacturing giant Samsung hit the airwaves early this year with the launch of the all-conquering Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus, two phones that are very many improvements of its predecessors. That said, other phone manufacturing giants in the Android ecosystem are also having a piece of the cake with some very competitive flagship devices. One very notable example is the Sony the Xperia XZ Premium that won the Best New Smartphone at MWC 2017” in the realm of GSM Alliance Awards. Well, the competition is pretty tight at the top of the pyramid and this article looks to dig deep in a bid to analyze and do a side by side comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Sony Xperia XZ Premium Design Comparison

When it comes to design, there is no doubting that phone manufacturers have really stepped up the game this year. The Xperia XZ Premium has shifted away from the traditional look thanks to a sleek design completed with a glass loop on the rear side. By traditional, we are talking of common aluminum slab designs that Sony has abandoned in the quest for a shiny, reflective look. Still, Sony has not shied away from developing a phone with a large bezel but perhaps the most attractive bit of this phone is the camera dedicated button that is fitted at the bottom right corner. This button may come in handy for anyone who loves taking pics keeping in mind that it can swiftly allow you access to your camera not to mention that it can also act as a shutter button. Samsung has gone for a blend of the traditional look with a glossier look in a mixture of glass and metal in the design. This is certainly a good mix of metal strength and the classy look that glass delivers. The phone has a pretty thin bezel cut down both from the top and the bottom plus a dual curved wrap to give it a smooth looking on the edges. The fingerprint scanner has also been shifted to the back in this new design but what is perhaps more prominent of the tweaks is the lack of physical buttons giving way to software navigation keys much similar to the Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL. The two phones are relatively similar in terms of thickness though Samsung Galaxy S8 is a bit thick by 0.1mm. So, who takes home the prize for a better design? Well, Samsung has got to have an edge here; it has managed a greater display despite having a compact body compared to the body of the Xperia XZ Premium

Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Sony Xperia XZ Premium Hardware Comparison

As they say, the hardware is where the tussle is won or lost. Well, there is no denying that both the Xperia XZ and the Galaxy S8 have super cool hardware specs. As a matter of fact, they have some similarities in hardware specs. The Xperia XZ Premium is the first phone featuring the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Silicon On Chip (SoC) that is accompanied by a 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory with the option to expand up to 256GB via microSD. The phone has impressive display hardware specs featuring IPS LCD Triluminous display with 4K pixel resolution (3840 x 2160). In other words, it means the 5.46-inch panel comes with crystal clear resolution thanks to 807dpi, bigger than virtually all mainstream phones in the market today. Samsung, on the other hand, features Octa-core Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC boasting a clock speed of 2.4GHZ but it is important to note that other versions of the phone come with Exynos 8895 SoC. The former is targeted at the US market while the latter is sold in other parts around the globe. The device has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory just like the Xperia XZ. As for the display hardware, the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’ plus a Gorilla Glass 5 to help protect glass panels both at the back and front of the phone This table compares the phones’ full hardware side by side:

specifications Galaxy S8 Xperia XZ Premium
Display 5.8-inch 5.5-inch
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels 3840 x 2160 pixels
Dimensions 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm 156 x 77x 7.9 mm
Weight 155g 195g
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/ Exynos 8890 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB expandable 64GB expandable
Rear camera 12MP with F/1.7 aperture 19MP with OIS
Front facing 8MP 13MP
Headphone jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Battery 3,000mAh 3230mAh
OS` Android Nougat 7.0 with TouchWiz UI Android Nougat 7.1
USB Type-C port Yes Yes
IP68 certification Yes Yes

Winner:

The two phones are so good in the hardware department that we have no choice but award a draw.

Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Sony Xperia XZ Premium Camera Comparison

Samsung has always been the dominant player in the camera department. In fact, the S7 won the best camera of 2016 no wonder they opted not to tweak the camera aspects in the S8. The S8 rear camera features a 12MP Camera f/1.7 dual diode autofocus with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and PDAF while the front camera has been upgraded from the S7-it now has an 8MP sensor coupled with f/1.7 aperture. The Xperia XZ Premium has a 19MP rear camera in conjunction with 5-axis electronic image stabilization (EIS), PDAF and laser autofocus. It gets even better, the camera also features a f/2.0 aperture, a 25mm focal length and a 1/2.3″ sensor size. What’s even cooler is that this phone can record 4K videos at 30fps and 720P videos at a very remarkable 960fps. The ‘selfie camera’ has a 13MP sensor capable of recording great videos at 30fps

Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Sony Xperia XZ Premium Battery Performance Comparison

Well, it is natural that battery performance is becoming a key metric of evaluating phones particularly given the evolution of phones as computing devices. Most of the flagships in the market have batteries capacities that can power up the devices for a single day and this is more or less the same case with both the Xperia XZ Premium and the Samsung Galaxy S8. However, the Xperia XZ has a much better battery capacity with a 3,230mAh battery capacity compared to the 3,230mAh battery cell in the case of Galaxy S8. That said, these two phones support fast charging so you do not have to wait long to get your phone up and running whenever your battery drains out. It is, however, vital to note that the Xperia XZ needs a little bit more to power up its 4K display compared to the energy the S8 would need. Winner: Draw, both phones have great battery performance

Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Sony Xperia XZ Premium Resistant Capacity Comparison

Turning attention to durability aspects, the Xperia XZ is IP68 rated meaning that it is fully waterproof and dust resistant. In fact, you can submerge this phone into roughly 1.5 metres of water for up to a half an hour! The same can be said of the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is also IP68 rated. Winner: Draw-Again, here the two phones proof to well to withstand tough conditions and last for years

Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Sony Xperia XZ Premium Software Comparison

Enough about the hardware, let’s now get to the software aspects of the two phones. The Galaxy S8 comes with an Android 7.0 Nougat with a new AI personal assistant known as ‘Bixby'. The assistant is, however, able to just handle simple queries but it can be useful in giving more info on landmarks-you use it by simply pointing the camera at the landmarks. The Xperia XZ comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat featuring the Xperia UI. In case you are wondering what the Xperia UI is all about then, it is simply an overlay adjustment on the Android OS done by Sony to customize the software to deliver its targeted user experience. The Xperia UI actually improves battery life plus it has an Assistant to help you manage your phone’s memory.

Winner:

Samsung

Price and Availability

Now that you know a thing or two about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Samsung Galaxy S8 how about we tell you where you can purchase these phones. The Xperia is available for purchase online in stores such as Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, B&H among others. The buying price for the 64GB version at Amazon is $799. At Best Buy the 32 GB version goes for $449 while at frys the retail price is $499. It is also available in virtually every country around the world including the UK, Australia, and Africa. Samsung Galaxy S8 is also available at many retail shops around the world. On Amazon, the 64GB goes for around $680.

Winner:

Samsung. The Xperia XZ is a bit expensive

And The Winner Is…

There you have it, a review of two phones in a tussle that is difficult to call. The Xperia XZ Premium proves to be an excellent phone built with quality in mind and so does the Galaxy S8. In other words, it is just a matter of time before we find which one the market loves more. For now, it looks like an even ‘game’ though the Samsung seems to have a little advantage for its price not to mention the fact the Xperia doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner. Still, scanner or no scanner, there is no taking away the work that Sony has put into this marvelous phone. You know what? The same can also be said about the Samsung Galaxy S8!!

Aug 14,2017 11:52 am