Samsung's New Galaxy S9 Vs iPhone X: Which Is Better? Which Should You Get?

Here we go again.

  • Samsung has finally unveiled its highly-anticipated flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, at a special event in Barcelona

    • The South Korean tech powerhouse had been teasing the launch on social media platforms for the past few weeks. 

  • The phone is critical for the company. Samsung needs to show that it has the hardware and expertise to maintain its top spot in the Android market. But ultimately, in the eyes of the tech industry, Samsung has to prove itself to Apple.

    • We've seen it play out year after year. Samsung vs Apple, Galaxy vs iPhone. Now, the latest iteration of this never-ending comparison is the Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X. 

  • Here's how the two phones compare:

  • Design

    • The Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen which takes up almost all of the front of the device. At either side, the screen gently curves around the sides, blending smoothly into the rear. The fingerprint sensor has been placed to sit beneath the camera. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack for all the purists out there.

      The iPhone X also has a 5.8-inch screen. As with the S9, the iPhone X screen fills almost the entire front of the entire, save for the notorious notch that takes up a chunk at the very top. There’s no fingerprint scanner on the iPhone X, since Apple decided to go all-in on Face ID with this model.

      Both phones come with a sleek all-glass design that allows for wireless charging.

  • Display

    • Both the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X have 5.8-inch AMOLED screens with wide aspect ratios, but the similarities stop there.

      The Galaxy S9's screen is slightly curved while the iPhone X's is flat. Samsung’s device has a higher-resolution 2960 x 1440 display, while the iPhone X makes do with a 2436 x 1125 display.

  • Camera

    • The iPhone X is notable for its ability to capture stunning portrait shots with its dual 12-megapixel cameras. With the Galaxy S9 though, it's only sporting a single 12-megapixel camera, with its focus on low light photography.

      The S9’s clever trick is a variable mechanical aperture between f/1.5 and f/2.4. Like a lens on a DSLR, the lens can open or close its diaphragm to let more light reach the sensor.

  • Specs

    • The Galaxy S9 comes with the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, which is fast and capable of handling demanding tasks. It's backed up by an ample of 4GB of RAM. 

      For all its power, the Galaxy S9 is up against a giant in the speed stakes. The iPhone X comes packed with Apple's A11 Bionic chip and it's lightning fast.

      The iPhone X only has 3GB of RAM, but iOS handles memory optimisation differently from Android, so it might not necessarily translate to inferior multitasking performance. 

      Storage wise, both phones come with 64GB onboard capacity. The Galaxy S9 offers a MicroSD card slot for easy and affordable storage expansion. 

  • Battery

    • You get a 3,000mAh unit in the Samsung Galaxy S9, capable of both wireless charging and fast charging. The iPhone X meanwhile has a smaller 2,716mAh one, and also supports wireless and fast charging.

  • Price and verdict

    • The iPhone X famously starts at RM5,149, while the Galaxy S9 comes in at RM3,299.

      So, which one is right for you?

      The Galaxy S9 will be a go-to for anyone who already uses Android, as well as someone who wants a high-end phone for less money with much of the same features as the iPhone X.

      If you're upgrading from an iPhone currently, the iPhone X has to be on your list, but also if you want that nicer overall hardware and some of those Apple-exclusive features.

  • The Samsung Galaxy S9 and a larger S9 + will be available starting 16 March 2018

    • Offered at the recommended retail price from RM3,299 to RM4,399, both devices will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple.

      To celebrate its launch in Malaysia, Samsung will be kicking off a limited-time pre-order promotion. Starting 10:00am from 1- 4 March 2018 on first come first serve basis, customers who place a pre-order will receive an exclusive reward of Harman Kardon Onyx Mini Bluetooth Speaker worth RM699.

      More details on the new flagship phones here.

  • Do you prefer the iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy S9? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments section below.

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