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iPhone XS vs. Galaxy S9: Apple Beats Samsung Again

by Danny Zepeda | September 12, 2018September 12, 2018 2:00 pm PDT

In announcing the new iPhone XS, Apple dropped the smartphone that will be aiming to be the king. It’s going up against some impressive competition, most notably Samsung’s impressive Galaxy S9.

Apple and Samsung have a rivalry that dates back many years and pitting their 2018 flagships continues the contentious head-to-head battle.

There’s a lot to love about each phone as they offer the best Android and iOS has to offer. It’s too early to make a choice right now, but you can check out the spec comparison down below and see which one you prefer between the iPhone XS and Galaxy S9.

Apple - iPhone XS Samsung - Galaxy S9
Display Size 5.8-inch, 1125 x 2436 pixel display (463 ppi) 5.8-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel display (568 ppi)
Resolution X 1125 1440
Resolution Y 2436 2960
Display Type Super Retina HD display Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED
Operating System iOS 12 (at launch) Android 8 (Oreo) at launch
Processor A12 Bionic chip 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)
RAM N/A 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 64GB
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)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2mbps)
Battery N/A 3000mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geomagnetic
  • Gyro
  • Hall
  • HR
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Assisted GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • QZSS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
Height 5.65 inches (14.35 cm) 147.7 mm (5.81 inches)
Width 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) 68.7 mm (2.70 inches)
Depth 0.30 inches (7.6 mm) 8.5 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 6.24 oz (177 g) 163 g (5.75 oz)
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple
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, APE, DSF, DFF
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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