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

Pixel density

568 ppi
570 ppi
459 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
OLED

Screen-to-body ratio

84.36 %
84.26 %
82.35 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

 
 
625 cd/m2 (nit)

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

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

Flash

LED
LED
Quad LED

Software Features

Manual focus, Object tracking, RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Voice activation, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Manual focus, Object tracking, RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Smile detection, Voice activation, Burst mode, Effects, Frames, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging

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 oz (173 g)
5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 g)
6.14 oz (174 g)
the average is 6 oz (173 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
Water, Dust
Water, Dust

IP certified

IP 68
IP 68
IP 67

Biometrics

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

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

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
 

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 (12.x, 11.x)

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3000 mAh
2716 mAh

Talk time

31.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)
30.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)
 

Stand-by time

3.4 days (82 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
13.4 days (321 hours)
the average is 21 days (500 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

 
 
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1396 min)

Internet use

 
 
 

3G

11 hours
12 hours
 

LTE

12 hours
14 hours
 

Wi-Fi

14 hours
14 hours
 

Music playback

51.00 hours
88.00 hours
60.00 hours

Video playback

17.00 hours
17.00 hours
13.00 hours

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66, 71
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66

LTE (TDD)

Bands 38, 39, 40, 41, 46
Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
Bands 38, 39, 40, 41

UMTS

850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

CDMA

800, 1900 MHz
 
 

Data

LTE-A Pro Cat 18 (1200/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA
LTE-A Pro Cat 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE-A Cat 12/13 (600/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay
Apple Pay

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

Wireless screen share
DLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 820
 
$ 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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