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iPhone XS Max vs. Galaxy Note 9: Apple’s New Flagship Takes On Samsung

by Danny Zepeda | September 12, 2018September 12, 2018 1:10 pm PDT

Apple today introduced a plus-size flagship with the iPhone XS Max, giving users who love jumbo displays a worthy option. That makes it the must-have plus-size phone along with the Galaxy Note 9, so we’re seeing how the two stack up against each other.

Both phones are very different but offer users the same overarching thesis. They are the best of the best with the biggest display possible. The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch display while the Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inch display, though that’s with the caveat that the Note 9 has more usable space because it doesn’t have a notch.

Deciding which is better is almost an impossible task; you can’t go wrong with either. Take a look at the spec comparison down below and decide which is the best plus-size flagship.

Apple - iPhone XS Max Samsung - Galaxy Note 9
Display Size 6.5-inch, 1242 x 2688 pixel display (456 ppi) 6.4-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel display (514 ppi)
Resolution X 1242 1440
Resolution Y 2688 2960
Display Type Super Retina HD display Quad HD+ Super AMOLED
Operating System iOS 12 (at launch) Android 8.1 (at launch)
Processor A12 Bionic chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM N/A 6GB/8GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 128GB
  • 512GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 7MP 8MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
  • FDD‑LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71)
  • Gigabit-class LTE with 4x4 MIMO and LAA
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • TD‑LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • Enhanced 4x4 MIMO/CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Battery N/A 4000mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • Lightning Port
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Face ID
  • Proximity
  • Three‑axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyro
  • Geomagnetic
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
  • RGB
GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • QZSS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
Height 5.65 inches (14.35 cm) 161.9 mm (6.37 inches)
Width 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) 76.4 mm (3.01 inches)
Depth 0.30 inches (7.6 mm) 8.8 mm (0.35 inches)
Weight 13.24 oz (375 g) 201 g (7.09 oz)
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray N/A
Supported Audio Formats 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+) MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE
Supported Video Formats HEVC, H.264, MPEG‑4 Part 2, and Motion JPEG MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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