Who Will Win? Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Versus iPhone X

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 became one of the most positively received mobile releases of 2018, but it has some stiff competition – most importantly, the iPhone X, a hit device from 2017. Find out which phone is the ultimate winner, Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone X!


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1. Design and display

Both the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 9 are stunning devices with lots of glass in their design, but visually the two phones aren’t very similar.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 famously paved the way for nearly bezel-less devices with curved screens, but one of the first things you’ll see in every Samsung Note 9 review is that visually not much has changed since the previous model.

The Galaxy Note 9 is an expensive-looking device, but if you compare it to the iPhone X, you will realize that the Note 9 has considerably wider top and bottom bezels, while the screen occupies the whole front part of the iPhone X, except for the little fragment at the top.

In terms of the screen, both devices come with similarly built OLED displays, but there is a major difference in the size and quality of the screens. The iPhone comes with a 5.8-inch screen, while the Note 9 has a 6.4-inch screen, which is also noticeably sharper than the X display.

2. Performance

The iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are both flagship devices, so it’s important for the iPhone and Samsung Note 9 specs not to disappoint the buyers.

The Galaxy Note 9 is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and has 6GB of RAM, while the iPhone X has an A11 chip and 3GB of RAM. On the paper Samsung’s specs look more advanced, but in reality the results are different.

According to reputable benchmark tests, the iPhone X beats the Galaxy Note 9 in terms of performance. However, the difference between the performance of the two devices isn’t likely to be noticeable for daily usage.

3. Camera and battery

The iPhone X has a 2,716mAh, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes equipped with a massive 4,000mAh battery. Even though battery capacity isn’t the only way to measure a device’s battery life, the Note 9 is still expected to beat the iPhone X when it comes to battery usage.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X come with very similar camera features. Both have two 12MP rear cameras, LED flash, 2.0 optical zoom, and a ton of extra features for delivering breathtaking smartphone photography. However, the Galaxy Note 9 has an 8MP front camera, while iPhone’s camera only has 7MP.

4. Additional features

If you compare the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at the same price level, you will see that the Galaxy Note has exactly twice as much storage as the iPhone X, 128GB vs. 64GB. Plus, Samsung allows you to get more storage with a microSD card, while the iPhone doesn’t have that option.

A deciding factor against the iPhone for many buyers will be the absence of the headphone jack in the iPhone X, while Samsung has a standard 3.5mm jack. There is also an issue of a missing fingerprint scanner in the iPhone X – you can unlock the phone only using the facial recognition feature.

5. Conclusion

If you’re a diehard fan of either Samsung or iPhone devices, the choice between the two new models is simple for you. However, if you want to know which phone offers more for your money, the answer is Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – it’s simply a better-equipped device for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price.


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My name is Inna. I am a content writer with an English and literature background. As a mother of a 2-year old son, I love learning about children’s health and development, as well as finding new interesting toys and activities for my little one. I am also in love with all things tech and always keep my finger on the pulse of new smartphone and gadget releases. Another big passion of mine is beauty and makeup – every day I read about new trends in skin care and makeup and always look forward to trying them. Plus, I love pop culture, travelling, crafts, and anything that can make our daily life more thrilling!