The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was launched in April 2018, while the iPhone XS was launched in September 2018. The similarities between these phones is that to get them, you’ll need to sacrifice $1000 which is a huge amount of money to spend on a handset.
The most important question is, what do these premium phones have that worth $1000? Well, in this post we will be comparing the iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone to see which one has value for money.
iPhone XS VS Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Design & Display
Both phones sport a fashionable design with a large long, edge-to-edge screen. The iPhone XS is built with glass on both the front and back and it has IP68 certified just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. They are also available in beautiful colors.
On the display, the iPhone XS uses an OLED technology that produces vibrant contrast and color, which gives phones using the display some premium cache. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with a bigger screen that will deliver big phone experience for your money. It offers a curved 6.4-inch display rather than the iPhone XS’ 5.8-inch screen.
iPhone XS VS Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Camera
The iPhone XS has the same camera setup as the iPhone X on paper, but according to Apple, the dual 12-megapixel setup comes with software smarts that can automatically fix red-eye and pump up shadows and detail for improved HDR that Apple calls Smart HDR.
The maker also added more portrait lighting effects to the iPhone XS and claims to give portrait selfies greater depth. It also has a new slider adjustment that allows you edit the amount of blur you put on a Bokeh selfie after it’s taken.
You will also get similar features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The Note 9 offers the same dual 12-megapixel camera setup that supports an automatic scene recognition tool that uses AI to automatically select the “best” settings for your photos.
The main camera has a dual-aperture lens automatically changes to bring you better, brighter low-light shots anywhere. When shooting videos, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has super-slow-motion video as well as slow motion, while the iPhone XS has only slow-motion video.
In the overall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will take brighter low light shots and the selfie will be sharper as well. Another exclusive feature on the Note 9 is the S-Pen which can also serve as a remote for group photos and selfies, from up to 30 feet away. Apple has added some adjustments into its image processing algorithms which could make all the difference, especially in those low-light shots.
iPhone XS VS Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Performance
On the hardware, the iPhone XS is equipped with a latest A12 Bionic chip which will compete against the Galaxy Note 9’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The chipset is made up of multiple processors that includes CPU, GPU for graphics and coprocessors such as the image signal processor for photography. This handle multitasking and other tasks like loading Apps and more.
On the iPhone XS, things will be faster as Apple claims that apps will load up to 30 percent faster than they did on the iPhone X and that the entire phone will be 15 percent faster too.
Apple also went further to assures gamers and photographer’s that the new iPhone XS will play resource-heavy games more smoothly and help photos look their best with the Smart HDR.
This will also enable the Face ID to work faster. Another feature on the XS is the new Memoji avatars that let you track your real-life facial expressions and reduce lag in AR environments.
The Apple’s new A12 chip uses a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, which enables power efficiency and also makes room for other bigger elements by reducing the phone specs.
On the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, you will get a Snapdragon 845 processor which will perform extremely fast and it can run any game smoothly. It also promises to support 5G network speed.
iPhone XS VS Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Battery
According to Apple, the iPhone XS will last 30 minutes per day longer than the iPhone X did. This means it will last about 11 hour’s on normal usage which is nothing to smile about. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, on the other hand, packs a massive battery capacity of 4000mAh which promise to last 19 hour’s on normal usage.
iPhone XS VS Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Price & Storage
On the price, the iPhone XS with 64GB of memory cost $1000, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with 128GB cost the same amount. For bigger storage, the 512GB on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cost $1,250, while the iPhone XS with 512GB cost $1,350.
The good news here is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is $100 cheaper than the iPhone XS on the bigger memory and the phone also has a Micro SD card slot that you can use to expand the memory.
The iPhone XS is quite an expensive phone, though the phone comes with impressive features to justify its price tag, however, you should be on the lookout still or better still go for the lower version like the iPhone XR if you don’t have enough money for the big phone.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also has a small variant which is the Samsung Galaxy S9 with similar features that will offer a premium phone experience at a price of $720 just like the iPhone XR.