Whether you’re a tech junkie eager to upgrade to the latest premium smartphone model, or are staring through a cracked screen dreaming of the day you can replace it, September may just be your favorite month this year.
The industry titan Apple is launching three new versions of the iPhone, one of which is a special edition iPhone 8 in honor of the Apple smartphone’s tenth anniversary.
Meanwhile, competitor company Samsung has announced the September 15 launch of their Galaxy Note 8, with pre-orders already available.
Both phones are putting their best foot (err… screen) forward, marching past some hefty complaints (and safety recalls) in an attempt to win the award for best consumer experience.
Will you stay loyal to your brand of choice? Or can certain new features sway you to join the other side?
Here’s what to expect from both the iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
iPhone 8 Release: What To Expect
Aside from costing nearly $1,000, what else do we know about Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone release?
Here are few rumors circulating about the iPhone 8 release:
Face Scanner: People are speculating that the phone opens with facial recognition, a replacement for the finger scanner the previous models featured.
Wireless Charger: The phone will feature a wireless charging option, which should come in handy for those on-the-go emergency moments. But whether or not it charges as efficiently as the wall charger remains to be seen.
New Design: Rumors are that Apple is returning to their glass design with the iPhone 8 release, a feature that hasn’t been seen since the 2004 release. The phone will come in two or three different sizes.
Screen: It’s rumored that the company is making the switch from LCD to OLED screens. In a case of “bigger is better,” the phone will reportedly feature a larger screen. The resolution will also be higher.
When is the iPhone 8 coming out?
Dedicated users who are eager to purchase their limited edition smartphone having been asking when they can expect the iPhone 8 to hit stores. Sources anticipate that Apple will release the iPhone 8 at a September 12 product launch.
Not willing to pay the astounding $999 for a new phone? Don’t worry. New versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7S will also hit stores during the September launch, so you can get your new-phone-fix without the skyrocketed cost.
Other Apple products you can expect to launch during September? The 5th generation Apple TV, though few details about its production and upgrades have been released to the public.
How will the iPhone 8 compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?
Apple isn’t the only smartphone mogul trying to change the landscape of America’s favorite tech experience this September.
Samsung may have suffered a total disaster with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, but its September 15 launch of the Galaxy Note 8 proves their perseverance in creating savvy (and safe) products.
Samsung launched its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 this August, and its features have dedicated Android users clamoring for the newest release.
Here’s what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8:
Screen Size: The Note 8 features a 6.3” screen, cleverly designed to encompass nearly the entire scope of the phone. The curved shape means it still fits snugly into your hand, eliminating the clunky design that has repelled users in the past. And with a Super AMOLED screen, the phone delivers high-resolution images with an accurate color scheme.
Facial Recognition: Experts speculate that the iPhone 8 will feature a facial scanner, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has already employed this technology in their latest launch.
Dual Cameras: Not only does the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 feature twin rear cameras, it also comes with a “portrait mode,” pleasing the selfie-takers around the world.
The phone is jam-packed with other crowd pleasers, including wireless charging capabilities, a water resistance design, and an updated version of everyone’s favorite signature stylus. And you won’t have to worry about catching fire this time around. The company has taken great pains to make sure that the battery won’t explode.
But what about the price?
If you think a cheaper cost would persuade you to switch over to Samsung, don’t hold your breath. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features a retail price that ranges between $930 and $960, only nominally cheaper than the iPhone 8.
When it comes down to it, the phones feature similar advances and technological tricks-of-the-trade. What it all boils down to is brand loyalty.