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

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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8 vs 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 support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR 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 (15.x, 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 (996 min)
 
31.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
Stand-by time
13.4 days (321 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
3.4 days (82 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 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: 2.0x; 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 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.14 oz (174.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.75 oz (163.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 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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Samsung Galaxy S9 specs
  • Display 5.8 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 10 Samsung One UI
Samsung Galaxy S8 specs
  • Display 5.8 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Samsung One UI
Apple iPhone X specs
  • 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 15.x

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