Consumer Reports has some bad news for Apple.
The renown non-profit organisation believes Samsung’s flagship smartphones are a better offering to consumers – even those produced 18 months before the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Consumer Reports awarded the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ scores of 81 out of a possible 100, topping the iPhone 8, which scored 80 under the same criteria.
Despite receiving the same score, Consumer Reports actively recommends customers purchase the Samsung Galaxy S7 over the latest Apple handsets.
It believes the Galaxy S8 – and its predecessor – are a better offering to consumers than iPhone 8.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at an exclusive media event last month.
The next smartphones boast improved cameras, including the new Portrait Lighting mode exclusive to the 8 Plus, as well as True Tone display, and faster A11 Bionic processor.
Apple hasn’t released sales numbers for the iPhone 8, something the Cupertino company has previously done following the first weekend of pre-orders.
However, customers were still able to buy an iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus ready for pick-up on launch day the week of the release – a phenomenon that hadn’t been seen in previous years.
The fact that Consumer Reports prefers not only the iPhone 8’s biggest competitor this year – but a smartphone launched in March 2016, is extremely bad news for Apple.
According to the US publication, the Samsung handsets offer better battery life and call quality than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Consumer Reports also prefers the Galaxy S7’s “handset capabilities”.
The iPhone 8 did manage to top the Galaxy Note 8, which shares the same score as the former, but is ranked below it in the leaderboard.
Express.co.uk branded the Galaxy S8 not only the “best smartphone Samsung has ever built”, but “the best smartphone you can buy right now”.
In our in-depth Galaxy S8 review, we wrote: “Like the original iPhone, the Galaxy S8 has redefined our expectations when it comes to smartphone design, and competitors are undoubtedly scrambling to catch-up with the stunning Infinity Display design. The Galaxy S8 is jaw-droppingly beautiful and eye-wateringly powerful.”