US-based consumer research firm, Consumer Reports has released its ratings for smartphones and the brand new iPhone 8 has been ranked below last year's Samsung Galaxy S7. Tom’s Guide reports that even though both these devices received a score of 80, Consumer Reports recommends the Galaxy S7 over the iPhone 8 because the latter offers better “handset capabilities”, such as better battery life and call quality. In care you are wondering, the top two spots were taken by the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, both of which scored 81. Another interesting fact is that the new Galaxy Note 8 is placed below the iPhone 8, with a score of 80, with the LG G6 being the only other phone to score 80.
This report may not go down too well with Apple, since the sales of its new iPhone 8 smartphone don’t seem to be going well. Reuters reports that wireless carriers in the United States and Canada have reported a slow Q3 customer upgrade. However, this number could increase following the launch of the iPhone X. That said, how many people actually manage to get their hands on the device could be another matter entirely. As per KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, only two to three million units of the iPhone X will be shipped for sale before launch. Kuo states that the delay in supply is due to component shortages, which includes circuit boards, the wide-angle camera and the depth-sensing infrared projector. In fact, Apple and Foxconn executives are said to be meeting around the end of the month to discuss iPhone X production issues.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have already launched in India, while the iPhone X is expected to be launched on November 3. Prices for the new iPhone will start at Rs 89,000 and pre-orders will begin from october 27.