Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: blind camera comparison!

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: blind camera comparison!
Which phone takes the better pictures: the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or the Apple iPhone X?

Sometimes it's hard to judge, especially if you have a preference for one brand over the other: many people are just quietly biased towards their favorite and the only way to go around this is to have a... blind camera comparison!

This is exactly what we are doing here. What you do know is that we have used the Note 9 and iPhone X, but we have stripped away all EXIF information that would reveal which phone took which picture and left just the images to speak for themselves. Go on and take a closer look at the pictures and vote for your favorites, we will reveal the phones behind the pictures on Monday.

With no further ado, here is our blind camera comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone X...

Scene 1: The Alley

Which photo do you prefer?

A - iPhone X
B - Note 9

In this first shot, you can see the different way the two phones interpret color, resolve sharpness and dynamic range.  Some big differences visible from the get go!

Scene 2: A Close-up Look at a Flower

Which photo do you prefer?

C - Note 9
D - iPhone X

This macro shot reveals a lot of details as well as a very peculiar distinction in the way these two handle colors.

Scene 3: Daylight Shot

Which photo do you prefer?

E - Note 9
F - iPhone X

We took this shot first during the day...

Scene 4: Nighttime shot

Which photo do you prefer?

G - iPhone X
H - Note 9

And then repeated it at night.

Scene 5: The Statue at Night

Which photo do you prefer?

I - Note 9
J - iPhone X

We have included one more night shot, so that you can better judge how the phones perform in low light.

Scene 6: A Selfie!

Which photo do you prefer?

K - Note 9
L - iPhone X

Finally, this one selfie shows the capability of the front camera.

Final Words

With no details about which phone took which picture, we can have the best-looking photo win, with no other bias. Once again, we will reveal the results on Monday, but in the meantime you are welcome to voice your thoughts on these pictures in the comments section below.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)
iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017


32. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

ADFHIK, scene 3, noway is the sidewalk actually that damn dark in photo one.

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 672; Member since: Apr 03, 2018


3. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010


4. mimicryXD

Posts: 181; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

The most hilarious thing is, you guys review sony Xperia xz2 premium a month ago then you guys didn't do a camera comparison to it. Now note 9 released a week ago and u guys has this. Talking about "paid" reviews. Test this vs Xperia xz2p and that phone will put note9 camera into the trashcan and ofc u guys in PA dont wanna do that.

7. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Only comment what you voted, no bs-ing.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Because only 12 people will buy a Sony phone.

16. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

5 at most

21. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Xperia ZXP is a terrible phone. It can't even match the Note 8 in quality photos. Even with its 19MP rear facing camera. What I did see in a video, is the front facing camera on the ZXP was betetr, but it also is 13MP too. Sony can even calibrate their own sensors. Apple and Samsung also use Sony sensors and they do a better job with them than Sony does. You know the Xperia is terrible when people in Japan don't even buy them.

5. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012


6. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018


24. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Selfie K is note 9 and L is iPhone X thanks me later.

28. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Everyone knows that image is cropped.

41. yalokiy

Posts: 1116; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

So you suggest he votes based on the brand, rather than photo quality preference?

8. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 301; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

It's easy to recognize iphone x's photos where ever there is a light source it flares it by default- cheap phone with a cheap sensor...

9. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Why don't you just comment your answer? we'll know tomorrow what you voted for.

20. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

You mean monday

25. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Obviously. No one works at weekends

27. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

except me

26. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

And your nexus/pixel worst phones around.

34. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

*lens Sensor really doesn't affect lens flare

10. ALMBO6

Posts: 197; Member since: May 28, 2018


11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31667; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hard choices, both look great. John Vee was L for me though.

12. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Its easy to recognize Samsung’s camera because the photos are saturated and overly enhance just like beutyplus features of chinese products.

43. waqarz

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Are you drunk

14. waqarz

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

If PA let iPhone X won this blind comparsion.....thennnnnnn.....nothing can be done to stop phonearena to praise apple.

15. Shady14

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2018


17. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Definitely note 9 going to win this one

18. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The nighttime shots are obvious. The better sensors on the Galaxy are "unmatched" by any phone on the market. All of them are obvious now. But it looks like the Note 9 is taking both natural pictures with one lens, and more saturated with another. Both did "OK', but the Galaxy is the "clear" winner. More sharper, more accurate, more detail, less noise, better color's a Galaxy!

19. rsiders

Posts: 2018; Member since: Nov 17, 2011


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