Samsung Galaxy S9 has come to fight for Apple’s iPhone X crown with new features and a supercharged camera. But the iPhone X won’t go down easily, and deciding between the newest Galaxy and iPhone may prove tougher than ever.
Let us break down how each performs to help you decide which one is the best for you. We would compare them in various categories including display, cameras, design, security, performance and more. Let us delve into the finer details;
Display size and Pixel density
iPhone X: 5.8-inch Samsung Super AMOLED touchscreen, 458 pixels per inch, 16 million colours,
Galaxy S9: 6.2-inch Samsung Super AMOLED touchscreen, 570 pixels per inch, 16 million colours
Samsung’s own display is sharper than Apple’s iPhone X. The Galaxy S9’s has a pixel density which is over 100 pixels per inch higher than the iPhone X. The S9 offer a sharper resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels, compared with 2436 x 1125 for the iPhone X.
If you are looking to capture that jaw-dropping selfie, breath-taking scenery and fleeting moments; the iPhone X is perfect.
The S9 has a single main shooter while the iPhone X has dual-lens with a 12MP wide angle and 12MP telephoto lens for better zoom and DSLR-style portraits.
The S9 also has a new super-slow-motion feature that lets you record video up to 960 fps in HD. This can create more dramatic shots than the iPhone X, but it’s not exactly straightforward. It doesn’t capture the full clip at this frame rate, and you can’t edit the slow-motion portion after you’ve shot it.
It also has a 240fps option at 1080p that you can program manually similar to what you’ll find on the iPhone. The iPhone X has max slow-mo rate of 260fps at Full HD which you can edit in post.
The Galaxy S9 is one of the “sleekest” smartphones on Earth, and now it has slimmer bezels to make its Infinity Display that much more immersive. The fingerprint sensor is in a better position now, too, as it’s located below the camera lens instead of to the right of it. The iPhone X looks and feels more luxurious than the S9, thanks to its stainless-steel body. But you don’t get a headphone jack, as you do with the Samsung phone.
The Galaxy S9 gives you a new way to unlock your phone. Called Intelligent Scan, it combines iris recognition and facial recognition. If one method fails, the other will kick in. The problem is that Samsung admits that the facial recognition can be fooled by a photo, and you can’t use Intelligent Scan for things like Samsung Pay. Instead, you have to use the phone’s fingerprint sensor.
The iPhone X sticks with Face ID, which is more secure than Intelligent Scan and a bit faster. To unlock your device, all you need to do is swipe up on the iPhone X, and the phone uses its 3D sensor to look for your face. Plus, Face ID works with Apple Pay.
The Snapdragon 845 processor inside the Galaxy S9 provides quite a speed boost, but it’s not enough to catch the A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone X.
iPhone X: 2716 milliamp-hours
Galaxy S9: 3000 milliamp-hours
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 uses a single battery pack it built itself. Apple’s iPhone X uses two smaller battery packs made by Sunwoda, a Chinese electronics firm.
Combined, the iPhone X’s two batteries, which are stuck together inside the device, are a bit smaller than the Galaxy S9’s one power source, so the latter should eke out a few extra moments of life—even though it will have to power the S9’s bigger screen.
The iPhone X will get up to 21 hours of talk time, whereas Samsung S9 will get up to 31 hours.
With new features and capabilities that let you get more done quickly and easily, iOS 11 makes iPhone more powerful, personal, and intelligent than ever, whereas Samsung S9 runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo).
Other parts that differ between the iPhone X and Galaxy S9
The two phones both have at least 64GB of storage (with a 256GB upgrade available for the iPhone, and 128 GB for the S9), are water-resistant, have Qi wireless charging, use laser projectors on the front of the phone to recognize your face, and have built-in contactless payments technology.
Choosing between the iPhone X and Galaxy S9
Ultimately, if you’re thinking of splashing out up to $1,000 on a smartphone, you don’t need to worry too much about deciding between the iPhone X and Galaxy S9. You can’t really go wrong with either choice.
In reality, when it comes to their most important selling points—their cameras, battery life, storage, and speed—there really isn’t much difference between the iPhone X and Galaxy S9.
The Apple iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S9 are two of the biggest flagship smartphones of 2018.