Battle of Flagships – iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9

iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9

Latest Smartphones (iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9):

PakTimes.Com tech team is bringing you the detailed comparison of iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9. Latest Smartphones nowadays offer extremely high quality and functionality alongside a high price tag. With the release of the recent iPhone models in the Apple keynote, it is becoming usual now that smartphones crossing the $1000 (iPhone Price in Pakistan – Rs. 1,23,000/-) mark. The iPhone XS starts at $1099 (iPhone XS Price in Pakistan – Rs. 1,35,200/-) while 512 GB variant stands at a whopping $1449 (iPhone Price in Pakistan – Rs. 1,78,350/-). Another flagship that comes to mind when reading a $1000 price tag is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 which also offers top of the line specs with the most expensive hardware in the market available today.

Both of these competitors cover the needs of their buyers in the best possible way and represent the highpoint of smartphone competence. One represents the best iOS has to offer while the other represents the absolute best an Android device has to offer. However, which one of them is better? Which phone gives you more? Let’s find out below.

1. Design and Build Quality:

Both of these phones are designed with the futuristic and innovative edge to edge display. The Galaxy Note 9 has an aspect ratio of 18:5:9 while the iPhone XS has an even larger aspect ratio of 19:5:9. However, both of them follow a different approach to their display design methodology. The iPhone XS follows a more innovative design which stretches the display all the way down to the very edge of the forehead and chin except a small forehead which essentially covers the front camera and the Face ID detection set-up.


On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 follows a cleanser looking method with a more homogenous design where it has shrunken the bezels close to the edge of the forehead and chin with a narrow, full-width bar at the top and bottom of the screen. Also, both smartphones are built from a combination of aluminum and glass with the Gorilla Glass display.


2. Processing Power:

Another one of the few categories where Apple overpoweringly defeats Samsung is in processing power of iPhones. Apple’s previous generation A11 bionic chip decimated every Android processor in the market. Interestingly, even the most recent android processors (Snapdragon 845) are unable to compete with last year’s Apple A11. With this latest A12 bionic chip installed, this year’s iPhones will prove to be powerhouses in the processing department as well. Recently leaked iPhone XS’s geek bench scores and they outperform Galaxy Note 9 in the competition as it was expected.

3. Software:

Samsung, does not have its own operating system and therefore uses Google’s OS (Android Oreo) which is not native to its own environment and consequently results in relatively slow and receive delayed updates. Furthermore, Samsung implements its own skin on Android OS, which results in an unappealing mixture of Android and Samsung’s TouchWiz.

Android Oreo 8.1

Apple, on the other hand naturally goes with its in-house designed operating system i.e. iOS while Samsung prefers to run Google’s Android on its devices. The iPhone XS Max will come out with the new iOS 12 whereas the Note 9 was released with Android Oreo 8.1. This is where the balance tilts slightly towards Apple Phones. Apple designs its software alongside its hardware, thus giving iOS devices an edge as they get regular updates, more frequent security patches, and a bug-free and silky-smooth interface due to the custom-built software.

4. CPU Scores (iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9):

Apple iPhone XS / XS Max – Benchmark Score

CPU Scores iPhone XS

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Benchmark Score

CPU Scores Note 9

5. Camera Comparison for iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9:

Apple’s iPhone XS Max and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 feature dual camera set-up with the famous ‘Bokeh-effect’ and both have telephoto lens and an excellent dynamic range.

Apple iPhone XS Max:

The iPhone XS Max features a pair of 12-megapixel optically stabilized cameras with the primary camera having an f1.8 aperture. The cameras are combined with new image signal processing on the A12 bionic chip of apple. With the improved image processing comes a new feature called ‘Smart HDR’ which is more commonly known as HDR in Android Phones. Additionally, there is an overall improvement in low-light sensitivity, less noise and an updated portrait mode with an even better edge detection. Apple’s updated Portrait Mode includes a feature allowing the f-stop of the simulated bokeh-effect to be changed afterwards for pictures taken via portrait mode. In simple words, users will now be able to edit blur level of the background of the image according to their preference. This isn’t an entirely new feature as Samsung already implemented it in last year’s Galaxy Note 8 model.

iphone xs vs note 9 camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 9:

The Galaxy Note 9 also features a pair of 12-megapixel cameras with the primary camera having a dual-aperture f/1.5 or f/2.4 while the secondary camera features 2x optical zoom with f/2.4 lens. This year’s Note 9 camera gives a really shallow depth of field and is blended with Samsung’s classic vibrant colors. The new addition in this year’s Galaxy Note 9 camera is with the AI (Artificial Intelligence) feature in the camera settings, Samsung calls it a ‘scene optimizer’. This feature automatically adjusts certain colors e.g. when the camera recognizes a subject, meaning if the user takes pictures of flowers, the camera might boost the warmer colors or with landscapes, it might boost the blue color of the sky.

Another feature that comes with it is ‘flaw-detection’, where it will automatically detect ‘red-eye’ or a blurry picture and will notify the user about it so they can take another one. DxO, an online camera testing website recently ranked Galaxy Note 9 as the second-best camera. Please note that iPhone XS Max is launched in September 2018 and as soon as it becomes available, we can come with some changes in the DxO smartphone camera ranking.

6. Specs of iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9:

The main point of lead for Galaxy Note 9 it is fully packed with features. The Note 9 provides better storage option since it features a Micro SD card extension. Furthermore, if you have the 512 GB Note 9 variant then adding a 512 GB SD card will stretch your storage to a whopping 1 TB storage. This type of massive storage never came before on any smartphone. The Note 9 also provides 6 GB and 8 GB RAM in its variants while the iPhone provides a maximum of 4GB in the iPhone XS Max version. The Note 9 also features a stylus ‘S-Pen’ which is one of the hallmarks of the note line-up. Another feature that is exclusive to Note 9 is ‘Fortnite’, the uber-popular game on the PC platform.

Galaxy Note 9 has a specially designed cooling system which enables better processing and an overall better user experience on the game. In the battery department Galaxy Note 9 features a massive 4000 MAh battery, the iPhone XS Max’s battery specifications are still unknown but according to the Apple, the iPhone XS Max will last 1 hour and 30 minutes longer than the iPhone X. Both phones however, have the same display quality as both features super vibrant AMOLED screens.

samsung galaxy note 9 vs iphone xs max

iPhone XS specs: Galaxy Note 9 specs:
Weight: 208g
Dimensions: 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm
OS: iOS 12
Screen size: 6.5-inch
Resolution: 2688 x 1242
CPU: A12 Bionic
Storage: 64/256/512GB
Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP
Front camera: 7MP
Colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold
Resistance: IP68
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Memory: 6/8GB Storage: 128/512GB
MicroSD storage: Up to 512GB
Screen size: 6.4 inches
Resolution: 2960 x 1440
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5, NFC
Battery: 4,000mAh
Size: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 201 g (7.09 oz)
Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo

Final Verdict:

This should be noted that the base version of Samsung Galaxy Note 9 costs $1000 USD (Note 9 Price in Pakistan – Rs. 1,23,000/-) while the base version of iPhone XS Max costs $1099 USD (iPhone XS Price in Pakistan – Rs. 1,35,200/-). While both devices have almost same specs, size, and display. The Galaxy Note 9, however comes with much better storage option as its baseline features a 128GB storage with Micro SD extension against iPhone XS Max’s 64 GB and no SD card slot. Furthermore the Note 9 also features a headphone jack while coming with better in-box accessories such as the ‘Fast charger’ whereas the iPhone XS Max continues Apple’s trend of a lack of a headphone jack on its iPhones and comes with a 5W charger in-box rather than a ‘Fast charger’.

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