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iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Can Samsung Take Apple Down?

There's no escaping it - this is pretty much the biggest prize fight of the year. Once again, Samsung vs Apple with their respective major flagships.

There's no escaping it - this is pretty much the biggest prize fight of the year. Once again, Samsung vs Apple with their respective major flagships.

There's been SO much hype about both of these Google Pixel XL parts . With the iPhone X that's been in no small part due to it being the 10th anniversary handset. But it's also because it's the first MAJOR overhaul of the iPhone for many years, and introduces some brand new technology that's either world first or at least the first time in an iPhone, including a 3D face scanner and OLED display.

The Galaxy S9 isn't such a landmark phone in Samsung's portfolio - that'll come in 2019 with the Galaxy S10 - but nonetheless, the hype train has been pretty massive on this one as well, with months and months of rabid rumours leading up to launch.

Samsung has now officially Unpacked its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagships at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

The whole rumour train turned out once again to be more or less spot on, but that's no bad thing as the overall package seems rather compelling. On the outside, very little has changed, but Samsung has packed in a couple of brand new processors (region dependent which one you get) and majorly upped the camera tech housed in the back panel.

In that sense, there are a lot of parallels between the Galaxy S9 series and Apple's already 5-month old iPhone X - they're both essentially major CPU and camera boosts. OK, so the iPhone X was also a major design overhaul for Apple and saw it drop an edge-to-edge OLED display into its product for the first time ever; but to Samsung, that is old news (other than the way in which Apple uses Samsung's OLED screens impacts its balance sheet!)

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Design & Display

The Galaxy S9 and iPhone X have 5.8in displays (the Galaxy S9+ has a 6.2in display) and both are OLED and made by Samsung. Samsung's own phones use Super AMOLED, however.

So which is better? Technically, the Galaxy S9 has a higher resolution. Just by the raw specs, the Galaxy S9 does have the edge over the iPhone X, and if the firm's previous flagship Super AMOLED offerings are any measure this one will probably trounce the iPhone X.

Admittedly, the Galaxy S9 doesn’t have any kind of pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display like the iPhone X does, but this is hardly a feature many people rave over.

As for design, both are edge-to-edge displays with glass bodies, and feature waterproofing. However, the iPhone X features a stainless steel frame whereas the Galaxy S9 has an aluminum one.

iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Biometrics and Battery

You can’t talk about smartphones in 2018 without talking about biometrics. On the iPhone X you’ve got FaceID–and no fingerprint sensor. Now, Face ID works REALLY well using an advanced 3D scanner, but some people just love the fingerprint sensor. If that’s you, you’ll be more interested in the Galaxy S9, which still has a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the Google Pixel XL spare parts , plus Samsung has moved it to a more sensible central position beneath the camera sensor. The Galaxy S9 also has an iris scanner and face scanner, which work together for something called Intelligent Scan which combines the biometric data of both for enhanced security over each method alone – but as the scanners involved are 2D, not 3D like the iPhone X, don’t expect that to work as well as Apple’s Face ID.

When we get to the battery, the Galaxy S9’s 3,000 mAh battery isn’t much better than the iPhone’s 2,716 mAh pack. However—just as with RAM and processors—how long a phone’s battery lasts has as much to do with the size of the pack as it does with how well the software works to conserve power. For now, we can’t accurately judge how each battery life compares in real-world usage. That said, the Galaxy S9+ does have a bigger 3,500mAh pack which will probably outperform both the regular Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X.

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