Apple has been holding on the apparent premise that it needed to get color rendering and other aspects of the display up to its exacting standards, but now that it has, it'll be very hard to look at its older mobile display tech in the same way.
Facial recognition technology, for example, happens to also be one of the key features of the Note 8 (and S8 and S8 Plus).
Marking on of the biggest launch, tech giant Apple unveiled iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the smart phone at Steve Jobs Theater in the new Apple campus in California.
The iPhone X is roughly the same size as its predecessor smartphones. Where's the magic in that?
Xiaomi has launched the successor of its first bezel-less device, the Mi Mix in China. It measures 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm and weighs about 195 grams. Any smartphone users tend to want to explore the limits of their devices, and they typically like having the ability to freely customise and play around with features and design of their phones.
"This partnership with Himax highlights the technology investments we are making with Taiwanese companies to continue leading in visual processing innovation", said Jim Cathey, SVP and President, APAC and India, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. However, this year's iPhones will contain the new A11 Bionic chip, which is expected to perform 25 percent better than the previous.
The Galaxy S8 comes to the table with a 5.8-inch 570 ppi display working at 2960x1440 resolution.
Samsung has improved by equipping the Note 8 with dual 12MP cameras that are loaded with optical image stabilisation and produce some of the best images we've ever seen from a phone.
The iPhone 8 uses the established Qi ecosystem which means it will work with most accessories currently available on the market. Doing so as long as you are with the iPhone X is OK but trusting every other device believing to be as secure as the iPhone X can prove costly. The Essential phone is $699; the Google Pixel phone starts at $649. It sports an 8MP front-facing camera.
The True Depth camera also brings Portrait Mode to the X's selfie-enhancing front snapper but it's on the back where the magic happens.
The iPhone X features an advanced facial recognition system called Face ID in lieu of a fingerprint sensor. From that point forward, numerous Android phones moved far from a focal home button, utilizing three physical or capacitive navigation buttons.
But will the difference be enough?
The planned phone will feature a bendable display that users would shut when talking and open like a wallet when enjoying games, movies or surfing the web. And what if I decide to grow a beard, or shave it? It comes with IP68 water and dust resistance. It won't be long before you see wireless charging in cars, airports, restaurants and hotel rooms across the world.
The 64GB storage variant has been priced at CNY 3,299 (Rs. 32,300), the 128GB storage variant has been priced at CNY 3,599 (Rs. 35,300) and the 256GB storage variant has been priced at CNY 3,999 (Rs. 39,200). The screens on Samsung's phones also have a higher resolution (2,960 x 1,440) than the iPhone X.
Both devices feature digital assistants, but you could argue that Siri has a bit more polish and sheen. OLED panels also help with battery life, as they consume less power overall than LCD displays.
IPhones will get the latest software updates, though. A solid phone that takes good pictures and lets you communicate with loved ones doesn't have to cost that much.
Here's another one that Apple took its time with.
On one hand, if you're an Android devotee or you're looking for a tablet-smartphone hybrid, the Galaxy Note 8 may be up your alley.