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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: Settling for one isn’t easy now

28 February 2018 6

The South Korean giant Samsung recently announced their much-awaited flagships Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus at the MWC 2018. The new flagships are the latest offering from Samsung to remain on top in premium Android smartphones segment. Ahead of Galaxy S9, the Cupertino giants iPhone X was the most desirable flagship smartphone available in the market. Now it will be interesting to see whether Galaxy S9 will be able to get the desirable phone status from iPhone X or not.

Being the latest flagships both Galaxy S9 and iPhone X will certainly challenge each other in the market. Those who are planning to grab a new flagship smartphone after the Galaxy S9 announcement will consider iPhone X as well. Apart from being premium devices, there are few similarities between the two devices. Both the devices key selling aspect is futuristic design, OLED display, and top-notch cameras but there is number of differences as well.

The Galaxy S9 certainly emerges as a strong competitor to iPhone X due to its refined design with tons of improvements under the hood. So if you are amongst those looking to grab new flagship smartphone but confused between iPhone X and Galaxy S9. Today we will put both the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X in head to head comparison to know all key differences and similarities in detail. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide which smartphone is better in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's get started with the design.

68.7 x 147.7 x 8.5 mm
5.8 inches - 2960x1440 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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Design

The Galaxy S9 is the latest flagship smartphone but in terms of design, you won't find it a brand new phone instead of its a refined version of last year Galaxy S8. Samsung once again brought metal and glass sandwich design with the dual curved display. On the front, the only refinement is bezels on top and bottom are slightly more reduced. However you will find a different setup on the rear, the fingerprint scanner is now below the camera module instead of right next to it. The Galaxy S9 is IP68 certified which means it can resist 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.

The iPhone X is announced as the special 10th-anniversary edition device that's why its a completely newly designed iPhone which doesn't share aesthetics with any other iPhone in the market. Undoubtedly the iPhone X looks more futuristic in design than Galaxy S9 and the reason is obvious we have seen somewhat similar to S9 last year as well. The iPhone X comes with slimmer bezels and also it has a small notch on the top rather having a full bezel.

The display panel on the iPhone X isn't curved from the edges. Like the Galaxy S9, it also has glass rear with metal chassis. The iPhone X is IP67 certified which means it can survive up to 1 meters only. The Galaxy S9 dimensions are 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm and it weighs 163g whereas the iPhone X measurements are 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm and it is slightly heavier at 174. The Galaxy S9 is a bit thicker and larger than iPhone X but it weighs less.

Last but not the least the Galaxy S9 retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas that's not the case with iPhone X. This aspect might become an aspect to prefer Galaxy S9 over iPhone X.

Display

The display panel on both Galaxy S9 and iPhone X is OLED which means you don't have to worry about brightness, sharpness, contrast ratio and deep blacks of the display. The OLED panel on both the devices is from Samsung that's why display quality is pretty good but that's where similarities end. The Galaxy S9's Super AMOLED display is of 5.8-inches with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The display panel on S9 is dual curved from edges whereas the iPhone X comes with a flat panel.

The iPhone X also has 5.8-inches OLED display panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The iPhone X bezels are significantly smaller than Galaxy S9. For the front-facing sensors and camera module Apple puts a small notch whereas the Galaxy S9 has a full bezel. We can claim the iPhone X is the almost completely bezel-less device.

In terms of resolution, the Galaxy S9 has Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels whereas due to change in aspect ratio the iPhone X has Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels. Its the first iPhone with Quad HD resolution. The iPhone X supports 3D Touch which means it responds differently to different pressing pressure. The Galaxy S9 supports HDR which isn't available on iPhone X. Overall the display panel on both the devices are certainly best in class.


Hardware

The Galaxy S9 is the latest flagship smartphone that's why it is running on the latest flagship chipset. Under the hood, the US variant is running on Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC whereas the rest of the world will get Exynos 9810 powered variant. The Exynos 9810 first quad of cores is clocking at 1.7Ghz whereas the performance cores are clocking at 2.7Ghz. Both the US and the global variants are accompanied with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. Its built-in storage is further expandable using MicroSD card.

The iPhone X is powered up by a Hexa-core A11 Bionic SoC with max clocking speed at 2.39GHz and 3GB RAM. There are two variants with 64GB and 256GB storage which isn't further expandable like the Galaxy S9. Both the devices are equally good in performance and no matter what which device you opt you won't disappoint with the performance. The Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X can handle all HIFI tasks with a happy face without any lagging.

Specs Galaxy S9 iPhone X
Display 5.8-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9810 A11 Bionic
RAM 4GB 3GB
Storage Expandable 64GB Non-Expandable 64GB, 256GB
Rear camera 12MP with variable aperture Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP 7MP
Battery 3,000mAh 2,716mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5 mm headphone jack Yes No
IP-ratings IP68 IP67
OS Android Oreo iOS 11

Software

As OS the Galaxy S9 is pre-installed with Android Oreo with Samsung custom UI layer over it. On the other hand, the iPhone X was running on iOS 11 straight out of the box. Both the devices are bringing the latest version of OS. We are not going in the battle of which OS is better instead it will be customers own preference which OS they prefer to use as their daily driver.

Camera

The iPhone X is highly regarded for having the best camera sensor in the market and the Galaxy S9 seems to overthrow its throne of having one of the best cameras in the market. Without any doubt, one of the key selling aspects of Galaxy S9 is its camera sensor which clearly looks like one of its kind in the market.

The Galaxy S9 once again has a 12MP module but it comes with a dual aperture which shifts automatically considering the surrounding light. In low-light scenarios, the Galaxy S9's aperture shifts to f/1.5 whereas in daylight conditions the aperture is shifted to f/2.4. You can notice the change in aperture visually as well. The f/1.5 makes it the only smartphone in the market with such large aperture. The camera comes with OIS to ensure you capture blur-free even while moving.

The iPhone X rear is adorned with dual 12MP sensors, the primary snapper has f/1.8 aperture whereas aperture of the secondary lens is f/2.4. The camera sensors also have Optical Image Stabilization. The device captures amazingly even in low-light conditions. Samsung brings next level slow motion photography capability to Galaxy S9 as it can capture amazing slow-motion Full HD videos at 960 frames per second whereas iPhone X can record slow-motion videos at 240 frames per second only.

With the Galaxy S9, Samsung brought AR emoji whereas the iPhone X features Animoji. The overall concept of both features is mapping your face into a 3D model. The iPhone X converts your face into animals whereas in the case of Galaxy S9 it converts your face into cartoons emojis. Both the features are somewhat similar in functionality.

Up front, the selfie camera on the Galaxy S9 is an 8MP module with f/1.7 aperture whereas on the iPhone X the camera sensor is 7MP with f/2.2. Samsung takes lead here due to better aperture and dual aperture innovation.

Battery

The Galaxy S9 is running on a 3,000mAH battery cell. For connectivity and charging the device has USB-C port, it supports fast and wireless charging. You can charge your Galaxy S9 in less than 100 minutes. The Galaxy S9 easily last one day on single charge. On the other hand, the iPhone X lights are kept on by a 2,716mAH battery and it also supports fast and wireless charging. However disappointingly Apple didn't ship fast chargers straight out of the box instead the owners will have to spend $75 more to enjoy fast charging feature. The Galaxy S9's battery is slightly better than the iPhone X.

Price

Last but not the least the pricing plays an important role in grabbing a new smartphone. The Galaxy S9 will be available for $719 in the US whereas the UK buyers will have to spend £739 and in Australia, the device will be available for AU$1,199. On the other hand, the iPhone X base variant was introduced for $999 which makes it the most expensive iPhone ever.

Conclusion:

On paper the Galaxy S9 certainly the best flagship smartphone available in the market which is pretty much on par with the Apple iPhone X but buying anyone of these based on what you are expecting from your smartphone. One of the obvious aspects will be choosing Android or iOS. The Galaxy S9 takes lead in a number of aspects including a camera with variable aperture, expandable native storage, dual curved display and powerful hardware whereas the iPhone X takes lead in having dual snappers and complete bezel-less design. The difference in pricing could also prompt buyers to prefer Galaxy S9 over iPhone X.

Do share your thoughts with other fellow readers regarding which smartphone you think better amongst the two in the comments section below! Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

(last update 10 December 2018 @ 02:14)

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