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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone X: Specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone X: Specs comparison
Samsung just announced the Galaxy S9, its latest 'big thing' that has to build upon on the solid foundation established by the Galaxy S8 started a year ago - great design, intriguing features, no-compromise performance, and meaningful innovation. Samsung is also showing that it's keeping an ear close to the ground and listens to the feedback it users have come forth with, which is always a good sign.

Now, the new Galaxy S9 is out, but a rather important new question arises - is it actually a worthy improvement over the Galaxy S8 and should you necessarily upgrade if you're happy with the previous generation of the flagship? The answer to this question might not be as obvious as it might seem at first. In order to help just about anyone interested in such a comparison, one of the easiest things we can do is compare the two devices pound for pound. 

While we are at it, it will be also quite interesting to compare the Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X while we are at it. After all, it's no other but Apple that's Samsung's biggest rival on the high-end flagship market, and it's only natural that consumers will inevitably be faced upon a choice between the new Galaxy S9 and Apple's iPhone X in a few weeks' time.

Display

Size

5.8 inches
5.8 inches
5.8 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
OLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

84.26 %
82.35 %
84.36 %

Peak brightness

 
625 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Features

HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
Apple A11 Bionic APL1W72
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845

Processor

Octa-core, 2350 MHz, Kryo 280, 64-bit, 10 nm
Hexa-core, 2390 MHz, Monsoon and Mistral, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm

GPU

Adreno 540
Apple 3-core GPU
Adreno 630

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

64GB
256GB, not expandable
64GB

OS

Android (9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat), Samsung One UI
iOS (14.x, 13.x, 12.x, 11.x)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie, 8.0 Oreo), Samsung One UI

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
2716 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging

Talk time

30.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)
 
31.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)

Stand-by time

13.4 days (321 hours)
the average is 21 days (496 h)
 
3.4 days (82 hours)
the average is 21 days (496 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
 

Internet use

3G: 12 hours; LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours
 
3G: 11 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours

Music playback

88.00 hours
60.00 hours
51.00 hours

Video playback

17.00 hours
13.00 hours
17.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Dual camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.5/F2.4; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm

Second camera

 
12 MP (Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
 

Specifications

 
Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"; Pixel size: 1 μm
 

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)

Features

HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 MP
7 MP
8 MP

Video capture

2560x1440 (QHD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches (148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm)
5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches (143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm)
5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 inches (147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm)

Weight

5.47 oz (155.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
6.14 oz (174.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
5.75 oz (163.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)

Materials

Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass; Frame: Stainless steel
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP67
Water, Dust; IP68

Biometrics

Iris scanner, 2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
3D Face unlock
Iris scanner, 2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)

Features

 
 
Notification light

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 1149
$ 720







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