Apple iPhone Xs vs Samsung Galaxy S9 – Ultimate smartphone showdown

Apple has launched its new smartphones, the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr.

The Xs and Xs Max are Apple’s most advanced iPhones to date, and feature powerful new processors and cameras.

An upgraded IP rating – IP68 – has also been included, along with storage options up to 512GB.

The Xs and Xs Max are positioned as the new flagship iPhones, with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays respectively, while the iPhone Xr is the “more affordable” option.

This makes the iPhone Xs and Xs Max direct competitors to the recently-launched Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.


Xs vs S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone Xs are very similar and very different at the same time.

Their operating systems – Android and iOS – are the primary difference, and the ecosystems they tie in to and support typically determine which device a user will choose.

The smartphones share many similarities, though. Both have 5.8-inch OLED displays, both weigh around 170g, and both have an IP68 rating.

LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity are also shared, but the physical ports are different – USB-C for Samsung and Lightning for Apple.

Biometric security on the Samsung includes fingerprint, iris, and face scanning, while the iPhone only supports Face ID.

The specifications of the devices are shown below.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S9 Apple iPhone Xs
Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
Weight 163g 177g
OS Android 8 iOS 12
Display 5.8-inch AMOLED (1,440 x 2,960) 5.8-inch OLED (2,436 x 1,125)
Rear camera 12MP f/1.5-f/2.4 Dual 12MP f/1.8 + f/2.4
Front camera 8MP f/1.7 7MP f/2.2
Storage 64GB, MicroSD 64GB/256GB/512GB
RAM 4GB N/A
Processor 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octa-core Exynos 9810 A12 Bionic
Battery 3,000mAh N/A
Cellular LTE LTE
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
SIM Nano (Single/Dual) SIM + eSIM
Ports USB-C Lightning
Durability IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint, iris, face Face ID
RRP R15,499 $999

iPhone Xs header


Xs Max vs S9+

As with the smartphones above, the iPhone Xs Max and Galaxy S9+ share many similarities.

They are both plus-size versions in their respective ranges and feature 6.2-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays respectively.

Both have dual-12MP camera systems, high storage capacities, and an IP68 rating against dust and water.

Besides the operating system difference, the notch display design on the iPhone is the standout physical differentiator.

As before, the biometric security of the Samsung features fingerprint, face, and iris recognition, while the iPhone relies on Face ID.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S9+ Apple iPhone Xs Max
Dimensions 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
Weight 189g 208g
OS Android 8 iOS 12
Display 6.2-inch AMOLED (1,440 x 2,960) 6.5-inch OLED (2,688 x 1,242)
Rear camera Dual 12MP f/1.5-2.4 + f/2.4 Dual 12MP f/1.8 + f/2.4
Front camera 8MP f/1.7 7MP f/2.2
Storage 128GB, MicroSD 64GB/256GB/512GB
RAM 6GB N/A
Processor 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octa-core Exynos 9810 A12 Bionic
Battery 3,500mAh N/A
Cellular LTE LTE
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
SIM Nano (Single/Dual) SIM + eSIM
Ports USB-C Lightning
Durability IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint, iris, face Face ID
RRP R17,999 $1,099

Galaxy S9

Note: Apple does not disclose iPhone RAM and battery specifications.


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