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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. Apple iPhone X: How two perfectionists confront each other?

15 August 2018 6

The South Korean giant Samsung recently announced the much-awaited flagship of this year Galaxy Note 9. The device was in rumors and leaks from the past few weeks that's why much of the details were known already. Now the device is official and as expected it is bringing the top of the line hardware, Full view display with curved edges, dual rear cameras, repositioned fingerprint scanner and much more. Being the latest premium smartphone the Galaxy Note 9 will certainly challenge all the existing big players.

To remain one of the best premium smartphones, the Galaxy Note 9 surely will have to be on par with other top-tier smartphones in the market. Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced we put it in a head-to-head comparison with other smartphones of the niche and also its predecessor. We already compared the Galaxy Note 9 against the predecessor and couple of other devices.

Today we will compare the Galaxy Note 9 against the Cupertino giant's last year iPhone X. The iPhone X was the company's 10th-anniversary offering and despite being a year older it is still one of the best flagships available in the market. Undoubtedly the Galaxy Note 9 is one of finest Android running flagship and it would be a great contest to see whether the latest Android flagship can beat a year older iPhone or not. Without any further delay, let's find which smartphone is better in what aspects. Starting with the design as it is the first thing buyers consider while purchasing a new smartphone.

76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8 mm
6.4 inches - 2960x1440 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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Apple is amongst those OEMs who brought a refreshing change in design after every two years. Usually the Apple's design is highly appreciated due to being well refined, however, the last year was quite special as it commemorates the 10th anniversary of iPhones. Apple took a big jump with the iPhone X as far as design is a concern. The device features an edge-to-edge display with a notch at the top of the display. The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side.

The iPhone X design was so well appreciated that many Android OEMs this year brought smartphones with the somewhat similar design. The iPhone X lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and also the fingerprint scanner.

On the other hand the Galaxy Note 9 is also featuring a metal and glass-clad design, however, the finish is different. Up front, you will find full view display with gently curved edges. The screen is enclosed with thin bezels at the top and bottom. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras placed horizontally in the center. The fingerprint scanner is now below the dual sensors.

The Galaxy Note 9 dimensions are 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm and weigh 201g whereas the iPhone X is significantly smaller and thinner at 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm and it weighs 174g. Both the devices are not amongst the most rugged because of glass rear.

The good thing is both the devices are water and dust proof. The Galaxy Note 9 is an IP68 certified smartphone whereas iPhone X is IP67 certified. The Galaxy Note 9 can resist water up to 1.5 meters whereas the iPhone X can resist only 1-meter deep water.

In terms of looks both the devices are exciting, however, the iPhone X takes lead due to being futuristic whereas the Galaxy Note 9 doesn't bring significant changes over the last year's design. So the iPhone X is the winner here.


Apple is using LCD display panels with Full HD resolution for quite some time, however last year the company stepped up their game by introducing iPhone X with an OLED display panel. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inches display panel with 1125 x 2436 pixels screen resolution. The display aspect ratio is 18.7:9 and the pixels density is 458 pixels-per-inch.

Samsung using Super AMOLED displays for their smartphones for quite long. Undoubtedly the display panel on the Samsung smartphones is top-rated. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 9 has a dual curved display. The display screen is of 6.4-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and the pixels density is 516 pixels-per-inch.

The Galaxy Note 9's display is not only larger but also its resolution is higher. In this section, the Note 9 easily outclasses its competitor.


Its never an easy task to compare the performance of an Android-running smartphone with an iOS device, same is the case here. The optimization level is way different on both the devices. The iPhone X has the A11 Bionic chipset under the hood with 3GB RAM. The base variant has 64GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 256GB storage. Its native storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD.

Being the latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9 is powered up with the Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9810 chipset. The base variant has 6GB RAM storage with 128GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 8GB RAM with 512GB. It supports memory expansion up to 512GB using MicroSD. Also, the Galaxy Note 9 features a special water-cooling system which ensures the device remains cool when it is pushed to the maximum.

The best thing is both the devices perform pretty great not in day-to-day usage but also in heavy multi-tasking and HIFI games. However, so far early benchmark shows that iPhone X is still relatively speedier than the latest Galaxy Note 9.

Specs Galaxy Note 9 iPhone X
Display 6.4-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels 1125 z 2436 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 A11 Bionic
Storage 128, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD 64,256GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras Dual 12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP 7MP
Battery 4,000mAh 2,716mAh
3.5mm heapdhone jack Yes No
IP-ratings IP68 IP67


Finally, Samsung brought the much-awaited upgrade with the Galaxy Note 9. The Galaxy Note 9 is Samsung's first premium smartphone with a gigantic battery cell of 4,000mAH. On the other hand, the iPhone X has a significantly smaller 2,716mAh battery cell. Although the Galaxy Note 9's battery is larger also it has to keep the larger and high-resolution display lights on.

Both the devices support fast charging, however, there is a catch. The iPhone X fast charger isn't shipped with the box instead you will have to pay extra to grab it as an extra accessory. Thanks to glass rear both the devices support wireless charging.


The cameras are becoming one of the key selling aspects of premium smartphones, the same is the case with these two devices. Both are the best offerings that are why packed with one of the best cameras. In last year or so the cameras become an essential aspect for any smartphone to be successful in the market.

The iPhone X has dual 12MP sensors on the rear side, the primary camera is 12MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. Both the sensors have Optical image stabilization. Up front the selfie camera is 7MP. The iPhone X front camera also provides 3D facial recognition AKA Face ID and Animoji.

On the other hand, the camera's setup on the Galaxy Note 9 is also pretty cool. The primary sensor is 12MP with a variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. The secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Both the sensors have OIS. The selfie camera on the Galaxy Note 9 is an 8MP sensor. It's the same setup we have seen on the Galaxy S9 plus but the good thing is Samsung brought few AI goodies to enhance the Note 9's capturing capabilities. In cameras section both the devices are quite close to each other, So we can call it a tie.


As far as the software is a concern, it is users own preference whether they like stock iOS or custom Android OS on the Galaxy Note 9. Normally the iOS is considered as easy to use software, it comes with a number of gestures as far as iPhone X is a concern. The best thing is Apple controls both the software and hardware that's why iOS running devices are more optimized and also they receive latest updates quickly. On the other hand, the case is different when you have a non-Google manufacturer Android smartphone.

The good thing about Android is indeed its flexibility as it brings tons of customization options. You can customize most of the aspects of Android running smartphones. The Galaxy Note 9 is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 with Grace UI layer. It brings a number of additions but certainly not slick as the stock version. The iPhone X is currently on the latest version of iOS whereas Note 9 is still on Oreo when the latest Android Pie is also announced.

Special Perks

Being the premium smartphones both the devices bring a few special features to stand out amongst the crowd. The iPhone X comes with Face ID as a primary security feature which is still one of the best and secure 3D facial recognition in the market. The 3D Touch was announced exclusively with the iPhone X as it brings gestures support.

The Galaxy Note 9 comes with DeX feature which allows the user to connect to the PC seamlessly without Dock. Last year Samsung introduced this feature with a dock, now it is available without the dock. The S-Pen now have Bluetooth connectivity, it allows the user to perform a number of tasks remotely. It uses the device internal for charging. The S-Pen differentiates the Galaxy Note lineup from other phablets in the market.


The smartphones are becoming insanely expensive with each new iteration. The iPhone X was the first smartphone on the market with a whopping price tag of $999 for the base variant whereas the top of the line variant with 256GB storage costs $1,150. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9 starts at $999 for the base model whereas the top of the line model is even expensive at $1,250. The iPhone X is more widely available across the globe as being almost 9 months older whereas the Note 9 is up for pre-orders in most of the regions with a release from August 24th.


No doubt both the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X are special smartphones and no matter which smartphone you opt you won't disappoint with either of them. The Galaxy Note 9 is focused towards productivity, So if you want a smartphone to enhance your productivity experience the Note 9 is certainly the device for you whereas the iPhone X is more focused towards goodies to fit the user's lifestyle. Both the devices are quite close to each other in most of the scenarios.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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