Apple iPhone 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 – South African pricing

iStore has announced the pricing of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in South Africa, with the devices starting at R13,499 and R15,499 respectively.

The new iPhone will launch on 20 October, available in silver, space grey, and gold.

Apple’s smartphones are set to compete against the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, with both sets of devices delivering high-end performance and features.

The major difference between the phones is their operating systems – iOS and Android – and is likely to be the deciding factor for most buyers.


The table below summarises the specifications and pricing of the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 models in South Africa.

Only 64GB versions of the Galaxy S8 are available in South Africa – currently on special at Takealot and Raru.

Specifications iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+
Dimensions 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight 148g 202g 155g 173g
OS iOS 11 iOS 11 Android 7 Android 7
Display 4.7″ 750 x 1,334 5.5″ 1,080 x 1,920 5.8″ 1,440 x 2,960 6.2″ 1,440 x 2,960
Rear camera 12MP Dual 12MP 12MP Dual Pixel 12MP Dual Pixel
Front camera 7MP 7MP 8MP 8MP
Storage 64GB / 256GB 64GB / 256GB 64GB 64GB
MicroSD No No Yes Yes
Processor A11 Bionic A11 Bionic Exynos 8895 Octa-core Exynos 8895 Octa-core
Battery “Up to 12 hours Internet use” “Up to 13 hours Internet use” 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
Network LTE-A Cat. 16 (4CA)* LTE-A Cat. 16 (4CA)* LTE Cat. 16 (5CA) LTE Cat. 16 (5CA)
Durability IP67 IP67 IP68 IP68
Biometrics Touch ID Touch ID Iris, face, fingerprint Iris, face, fingerprint
Price R13,499 (64GB) / R16,499 (256GB) R15,499 (64GB) / R18,499 (256GB) R12,999 R14,149
* Certain iPhone specifcations are from unofficial sources.

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