While Samsung has officially released the new Galaxy S10 lineup and iPhone has also gone on sale three iPhone 2018 models, its price is currently too high. If you don’t afford to purchase the latest Galaxy or iPhone flagship, but still want to experience the high-end features, then released flagships will be a better choice. They have a lower price, and you can still get great features without paying even a thousand dollar for a smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs iPhone X: Which phone is the best in 2019?
Samsung and Apple have long been in battle for years, with Samsung’s flagships offering the best Android-powered alternatives to Apple’s iPhone models. When the two giants come to blows, meaning that both companies will offer monster specs and performance from their respective flagship smartphones.
However, which one is best for you in 2019, and what are their differences? Let us delve into the finer details.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs iPhone X design and screen:
From iPhone X, Apple has embraced a bezel-less design, and it’s now sporting a look that’s more similar to its Android rival. Alternatively, we’ve seen ever-thinner bezels on Android flagships.
Everything started with Galaxy S8 Plus, and there were a few changes with the Galaxy S9 Plus, while those similarities still remained. On the Galaxy S9 Plus, the bezel has been cut down more, making the top and bottom thinner. The top bezel still houses the cameras and sensors.
Apple iPhone X was the first smartphone that created the ‘notch’ trend, which is then studied by many other Android manufacturers. ‘Notches’ are becoming very common, but it’s great when Samsung hasn’t followed suit.
The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S9 was already placed under the dual rear camera. It’s now better but is still quite small. The Galaxy S9 Plus also includes face and iris unlock to compete Face ID sign-in system on iPhone X. Apple’s Face ID offers a better solution when you just look at the screen and the phone is already unlocked.
iPhone X features 5.8-inch OLED screen; while Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a 6.3 inches Super AMOLED display. Galaxy S9 Plus has a higher-resolution 2960 x 1440 display, while iPhone X comes with a 2436 x 1125 resolution, giving a pixel density of 458ppi. Both the phones support HDR content from Netflix, but Amazon Prime and YouTube HDR supports are just available for Galaxy S9 Plus.
The display of these phones are stunning and are still the best displays on the market today. From iPhone X, Apple has added a new technology, called True Tone, which would alter the colour temperature of the display according to the environment and it’s a feature I also love to see on Android phones.
The iPhone X is equipped IP67 for dust and water resistance, but the Galaxy S9 Plus is slightly more resilient with an IP68 rating. It means that the S9 Plus can survive depths of 1.5 metres in 30 minutes, whereas the iPhone X can manage just 1 metre for the same time.
With the appearance of a glass back, both iPhone X and Galaxy S9 Plus support wireless charging. The iPhone X has already been removed the headphone jack, so you need to use a Lightning adapter, but the headphone jack still remains on the Galaxy S9 Plus.
Samsung has done something interesting with Galaxy S9 Plus speakers. They are front-facing, tuned by AKG, and they even support Dolby Atmos for surround-sound effect. The sound on iPhone X is better when it is richer and doesn’t distort at high volumes, but the S9 Plus speakers have a huge improvement.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs iPhone X Specs
Comparing an iPhone to an Android device in term of performance is likely comparing apples to bananas. iPhone runs on Apple’s iOS operating system, which can take the most advantage of the hardware.
The Galaxy S9 Plus is equipped with either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or developed in-house Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC, depending on your country.
In our benchmarking tests, iPhone X gained 4257 in the single-core test and 10,364 in the multi-core test. In the same test, the Exynos Galaxy S9 Plus continuously scored 8424 and 2472. Benchmarking tests are good for an overview, but real performance is much more important. Both phones are very fast in day-to-day tasks and they can handle every single app in the app stores. But, we feel the iPhone X is reliably smoother, thanks to iOS platform.
In terms of RAM, the iPhone X packs with 3GB, whereas the Galaxy S9 Plus is equipped with 6GB, doubling over iPhone X. iOS and Android platforms handle RAM differently, so a bigger number does not mean it has a better performance.
Both phones are available in 64GB or 256GB of inbuilt storage, but the Galaxy S9 Plus supports a microSD slot up to 400GB. This offers a cheaper way in case you want to expand storage if you choose the model with less internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs iPhone X Cameras
Both the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 Plus features dual 12-megapixel sensors for the rear camera. The iPhone X has a wider lens with an f/1.8 aperture and a telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture. Both come with optical image stabilization. The large f/1.8 aperture on iPhone X gives you the decent low-light performance by absorbing more light to the sensor without slowing down the shutter speed.
The Galaxy S9 Plus has a clever trick when there is a variable aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4. The main camera sensor can open or close its diaphragm to get more light for the sensor. The f/1.5 aperture provides more light than f/1.8 on iPhone X, the variable aperture has an effect on ‘bokeh’ to separate your subject from the background.
The Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X can easily take decent low-light shots, but the images on Galaxy phone features boosted colors with the lack of realistic details.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X: Price
iPhone X is no longer the most iPhone expensive iPhone models, and its price is now also comfortable with around $679for the 64GB model and $749 for the 256GB variant. On the other hand, prices for the Galaxy S9 Plus will be lower at $569 for the 64GB model, and a jump to the 256GB model, which is at $720.
Which one do you prefer to? Will you choose iPhone X or Galaxy S9 Plus? Let’s know in the comment below.