The announcement of the Galaxy Note 9 is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s upcoming trio of new iPhone models, which are slated to be announced next month. That’s an anticipated head-to-head comparison, but since we don’t know what Apple is going to announce, let’s compare the Note 9 with the iPhone X.
Let’s toss specs aside because both sport very different specs. Design-wise the Note 9 and iPhone X are brothers by all intents and purposes. Each wears a sheets of glass on the front and back held together by a steel metal band that provides an uber premium finish that looks fantastic.
Where the two separate is with feature set. The Note 9 has the iconic S-Pen and fingerprint scanner on the back while the iPhone X simplifies things with Face ID and the polarizing notch.
Which one is better? Take a look at the side by side comparison and decide for yourself.
|Samsung - Galaxy Note 9||Apple - iPhone X|
|Display Size||6.4-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel display (514 ppi)||5.8-inch, 1125 x 2436 pixel display (463 ppi)|
|Display Type||Quad HD+ Super AMOLED||Super Retina HD|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 (at launch)||iOS 11 (at launch)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture|
|External Storage Specs||
|Main Camera (Back)||12MP||12MP|
|Secondary Camera (Front)||8MP||7MP|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Height||161.9 mm (6.37 inches)||5.65 inches (14.35 cm)|
|Width||76.4 mm (3.01 inches)||2.79 inches (70.9 mm)|
|Depth||8.8 mm (0.35 inches)||.30 inches (7.6 mm)|
|Weight||201 g (7.09 oz)||6.14 oz (174 g)|
|Colors||N/A||Space Gray Silver|
|Supported Audio Formats||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE||AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, Protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), and Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)|
|Supported Video Formats||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM||HEVC, H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG|