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.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone X

Display

Display size

5.8 inches
5.8 inches
5.8 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels
1440 x 2960 pixels
1125 x 2436 pixels

Aspect Ratio

18.5:9
18.5:9
19.5:9

Pixel density

568 ppi
570 ppi
459 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
OLED

Screen-to-body ratio

84.36 %
84.26 %
82.35 %

Peak brightness

 
 
625 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Dual camera

Main camera

12 megapixels
12 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.5/F2.4; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
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

Second camera

 
 
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

 
 
Telephoto, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

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) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
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)

Features

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
8 megapixels
7 megapixels

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 inches (147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm)
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)

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
6.14 oz (174 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 68
Water, Dust; IP 67

Biometrics

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

Features

Notification light
 
 

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 630
Adreno 540
Apple 3-core GPU

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
4 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3000 mAh
2716 mAh

Charging

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

Talk time

31.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)
30.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)
 

Stand-by time

3.4 days (82 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
13.4 days (321 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

 
 
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Internet use

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

Music playback

51.00 hours
88.00 hours
60.00 hours

Video playback

17.00 hours
17.00 hours
13.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 720
 
$ 1149







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3 Comments

1. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

Thanx for the useless woefully incomplete specs of the S9.

2. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

The price points of these phones indicate you are comparing Apple's premium to Samsung's one off premium, I think the more fair comparison: S9 to iPhone 8 Note 8/9 to iPhone X

3. biostangoodtang1984

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

Apple iPhone X is better i think.............

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