Over the years, Sony has been slowly and steadily cleaning up its software and making it look more like pure Android. Samsung, on the other hand, has been loyal to TouchWiz from the beginning. However, with its new UX Experience, it’s redesigned the whole system. When you unlock the screen on the Xperia UI, the first thing you see is the app drawer. On the Galaxy S8, you clearly don´t see it since, like the Pixel Launcher, Samsung opted to go with gestures to access apps.
Software differences between the Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium
|Samsung Galaxy S8||Sony Xperia XZ Premium|
|Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Experience UX 8.1||Xperia UI|
|June 2017 security patch||June 2017 security patch|
This is a perfect example of the impression I have of each model: one is stuck in the past, while the other is looking to the future. The Xperia UI reminds me a lot of the Nexus line, which will stop receiving new update support in September of this year, whereas the Galaxy S8 software brings different features from Pixel. Are you guys starting to see where I’m headed with this?
The European and some other national Galaxy S8 and S8+ models are packed with an Exynos 8895 processor, which comes with 10nm technology developed by Samsung. However, the US version comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, which is also 10nm. Sony also opted for this latter processor in the XZ Premium. So, in other words, the performance of both devices is very similar. So much so that in our speed test, which was…
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