The Galaxy S8 lineup of Android smartphones entails the two best-performing handsets in the United States, according to the latest list of the most capable offerings in this segment authored by Consumer Reports. The Galaxy S8 took the first place on the list, with the Galaxy S8 Plus placing second and CR placing Samsung’s Android flagship duo above the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus which took the fifth and fourth spot, respectively. The top three was entirely dominated by Samsung, with the company’s 2016 Galaxy S7 placing third on the same list. Samsung’s latest high-end phablet — the Galaxy Note 8 — placed sixth, casting some doubt over CR’s methodology seeing how the S Pen-equipped device was so far widely regarded as the firm’s most capable smartphone to date and one that even managed to beat Apple‘s newest iPhones in standard speed tests which is a feat that no other handset from the company was previously able to accomplish, at least not in a reliable manner.
CR still wasn’t impressed with the Galaxy Note 8 compared to the iPhone 8 lineup and Samsung’s older devices, claiming that the device was too heavy and not durable enough to warrant a recommendation over other models. Neither argument was deemed to be particularly convincing by some industry watchers in light of the fact that the Galaxy Note 8 weighs 195g and is hence lighter than the better-ranked iPhone 8 Plus which tips the scales at 202g, in addition to featuring the same metal-and-glass build that the top five does, having its screen protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 that’s deemed to be one of the most efficient solutions of its kind currently available to original equipment manufacturers.
Some newer devices like the LG V30 weren’t encompassed by CR’s latest report which only covered smartphones that were commercially available in the United States by early October. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 went on sale last month and is projected to be one of the most successful Android devices of the year, though no handset running Google’s mobile operating system is expected to outsell the Galaxy S8 lineup in 2017, especially if Samsung’s flagship duo receives some discounts during the upcoming holiday season which seems like a probable scenario.