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 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI
iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



44. carex

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 23, 2017

BDFHIL at first i thought A is better but nope trees are artificial and popped about C&D C looked better at first but its again artificial so D it is also K looked better but nope sunlight shadow and skin looks artificial compared to L

42. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

ABACAB - Genesis

40. yalokiy

Posts: 1145; Member since: Aug 01, 2016


39. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

liars only one did ok the one with the terrible night shots was pathetic it cant be the note 9 becasue it has the best low light camera so it has to be iphone x.

38. HKFoo

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 21, 2013


37. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Scene 4 is unfair for the first photo, light from left side bleed and ruin everything, is should be slightly pan it to the right and match the second photo (check and compare the left side bush size on both photos)

36. alanrey

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 16, 2016

shots are made with a slightly different angle, then you will do a slider to compare them? ex: pic #1, the grooves on the brick on the right side is more pronounce in pic A. pic#6, subject is nearer on one picture than the other.

35. cmdacos

Posts: 4411; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Scene 4 is a dud because the shift in field of view added a stronger lighting element on the right side of the H shot which is changing the color temperature of the whole scene to compensate.

33. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


31. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 932; Member since: May 07, 2014


29. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You can easily tell them apart from the white balance. That said I voted for the better photo of the two.

23. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012


22. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018


19. rsiders

Posts: 2058; Member since: Nov 17, 2011


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!

17. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Definitely note 9 going to win this one

15. Shady14

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2018


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.

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

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

10. ALMBO6

Posts: 197; Member since: May 28, 2018


8. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; 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: 1094; 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: 1094; 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: 2384; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

And your nexus/pixel worst phones around.

34. vincelongman

Posts: 5826; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

*lens Sensor really doesn't affect lens flare

6. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018


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