Samsung is Apple’s big competitor, and vice versa. In terms of sales numbers, it is the two largest smartphone producers in the world. Apple sells more than 200 million iPhones annually; Samsung exceeds this number by several tens of millions. It is not that strange: Apple is only active in the high-end segment. Samsung, on the other hand, also sells mid-range and budget telephones.
In other words, the supply of the Koreans is much broader compared to that of the American technology company. By the way, both are being hit by Huawei, which has experienced a huge growth spurt in the last few years.
Both Samsung and Apple have a crown jewel with which they compete for the favor of the consumer. At Samsung is the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, when Apple’s iPhone X. Samsung’s flagship was presented at the end of February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
The iPhone X was already revealed last September and is already available for a while. They are essentially different telephones, but they largely target the same target group. A good excuse to put both devices next to each other and compare them. As usual, we look at the design, the screen, the camera, the hardware and software and the price tag.
Comparison of Samsung Galaxy S9 or IPhone 9.
To some extent, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X look similar to each other. Both flagships have an aluminum housing that is covered with glass plates on the front and back. So you have to take a good look at your count and do not accidentally slip them out of your hands. They are both dust and watertight, although there is a small difference in the extent to which. The Galaxy S9 Plus is IP68 certified, which means that you can submerge it for half an hour at a depth of one and a half meters. With Apple’s top model, this is limited to a depth of one meter. Both manufacturers warn that the water resistance may decrease over time as a result of wear. It therefore remains careful blowing in the vicinity of water.
To make the iPhone X dust and waterproof, Apple was forced to leave the headphone jack. The manufacturer does this since the launch of the iPhone 7 in 2016. However, Samsung’s flagship has a connection for your earbuds. You can find this at the bottom of the device. That means you do not have to touch the pouch to buy a new Bluetooth wireless headset. And that saves a lot of kneeling. For example, the Air Pods from Apple cost 179 euros. And then you get earplugs that are empty after a few hours and where there is a good chance that you will lose them.
What the Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X also have in common is that they have stereo speakers. One you will find next to the USB-C or Lightning Connector, the other is incorporated in the earpiece. Both flagships also have a double camera at the back and an edge-to-edge display, but we will be talking about this in the next section. The Home button has been omitted from both flagships. Speaking of buttons: Both devices obviously have an on / off button and volume buttons, but they also have a third button. With Samsung this is the Bixby button, with Apple a slide to turn the sound on or off (or to switch screen rotation on and off).
Another difference is in biometric security. The Galaxy S9 Plus has a fingerprint scanner on the back. Apple has chosen to leave Touch ID out. Instead, the company has equipped the TrueDepth camera with face ID on the front. Samsung has given the selfie camera a similar security option with Intelligent Scan. More about this can be found under the heading ‘Selfie camera’.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and the iPhone X have an OLED screen with wafer-thin edges. At Samsung it has been renamed the Infinity Display, at Apple it goes through life as the Super Retina HD Display. As a result, both flagships can work with HDR content. The screen resolution of the Galaxy S9 Plus is 2960 by 1440 pixels and you can possibly adjust downwards to spare battery. Apple’s smartphone has a slightly lower resolution, namely 2436 by 1125 pixels. Both devices do not have a traditional 16: 9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy S9 Plus has an 18.5: 9 ratio. The aspect ratio for the iPhone X is 19.5: 9.
Due to the higher screen resolution, the Galaxy S9 Plus has a slightly higher pixel density: 529 ppi. The iPhone X does not go beyond 458 ppi. It is good to know that you will not notice anything in daily use. What you benefit from is that the screen brightness of the Galaxy S9 Plus is almost twice as high as that of the iPhone X: 1130 cd / m2 versus 625 cd / m2. Samsung’s phone is so much better to read in the bright sunlight than the iPhone X. A feature that has the screen of the iPhone X and is missing from the Galaxy S9 Plus is 3D Touch.
The color reproduction, black values and contrasts on OLED screens are phenomenal. Yet the Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X have a substantially different screen. Samsung has the screen less far through the sides.
This makes it easier to pick up the phone without accidentally operating the screen. The black bars at the bottom and top of the screen have become slightly slimmer compared to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. It almost looks like the screen covers almost the front. The screen-to-body ratio is therefore no less than 84.2 percent.
The screen of the iPhone X has a recess or notch. As a result, the screen is split more or less in two at the top. If you sweep down on the right side of this bay, the Control Panel appears. To open the Notification Center, swipe down on the left of the notch. Unlike the Galaxy S9 Plus, the iPhone X has no on-screen navigation buttons.
By swiping from bottom to top you go back to the start screen. If you do that while holding your finger on the screen a little longer, open the Recent App Switcher. You then see exactly which apps are running in the background at that moment. The Previous button is missing on the iPhone X, but is fortunately found in the web browser.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X each have two lenses at the back. For both flagships, the resolution of the cameras is 12 megapixels. One acts as a normal wide-angle lens, the other serves as a telephoto lens. What they also have in common is that both lenses are equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS). Last year only one of the two cameras of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus had this form of image stabilization. That is a serious upgrade to shoot sharp, unmoved photos. The autofocus is fast at both flagships. Both devices also have 2x optical zoom. With this you zoom in on a subject without sacrificing image quality. Filming is done in 4K with a speed of up to 60 frames per second.
As you can see, the dual cameras of both phones have a lot in common. But there are more than enough differences. Let’s start with the Galaxy S9 Plus. What makes the cameras of this flagship so special is that it has an interchangeable lens opening. The camera software uses an aperture of f / 1.5 when you try to shoot images in the evening. During the day you have a smaller f / 2.4 aperture, because there is more than enough ambient light. The software determines when which aperture is most suitable. In the Pro mode switch you can manually switch between the two apertures.
The iPhone X delivers beautiful images thanks to a feature called Portrait Lighting. This gives your photos professional, studio-like effects. This feature consists of five modes. Natural Light looks like a photo where the main character is in focus and the background is blurred. With Studio Light you get a sharp image that makes the face look even better. Contour light plays with light and dark elements on photos. This creates beautiful contrast effects between the foreground and background. With Scenic Light it seems as if a face looks in the spotlight of a studio lamp while the background is black. With Tone ellicht mono you shoot the same beautiful pictures as with Scenic Light, but in black and white.
Of course we also need to talk about the selfie camera. With the Galaxy S9 Plus, it has a resolution of 8 megapixels. With the iPhone X this is 7 megapixels. The difference is so minimal that the image quality does not differ much from each other. Neither has a LED flash in front. What both flagships have in common is that they have used advanced technology to unlock the device and experience virtual avatars.
Apple has first processed a brand new TrueDepth camera. In addition to the FaceTime HD camera, it consists of an infrared camera, an infrared illuminator and a raster projector. The first two components are necessary so that you can unlock the flagship even if it is darker. The raster projector scans 30,000 points and creates a facial profile. This is stored locally on the Secure Enclave of the processor. So you do not have to worry about being hacked. Apple calls this feature of the TrueDepth camera also called Face ID. Besides unlocking the device you can also use Animoji send along: three-dimensional emoji that imitate your facial expressions and where you can say and send a short, personal message.
The selfie camera of the Galaxy S9 Plus combines an iris scanner with face recognition software. This is also called Intelligent Scan.
The price difference between the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X is quite large. The flagship of Samsung you get in house for 949 euros. The device is just in shops, so a price reduction is not yet available. Perhaps he will be cheaper in a few months, because that’s how Samsung works. The iPhone X still costs as much as at launch last November, namely 1.160 euros. For that amount you get the entry-level model with 64 GB of memory. As mentioned, you cannot expand the storage capacity. If you think you need extra storage space, you have to put an amount of 1,330 euros on the table. No matter how you turn it, the price difference between the Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X is at least 200 euros.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X have quite a few similarities and differences. Both devices include a colossal OLED display, stereo speakers, dual camera system with dual optical image stabilization and biometric security options. Yet we see that the Galaxy S9 Plus does not manage to touch the iPhone X in all areas. The Apple TrueDepth camera is a lot more advanced than Samsung’s alternative. Face ID and Animoji work better because of this.