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Comparing attributes of iPhone XS and Galaxy S9 by Samsung

XS - S9


Looking past the fact that the two phones come from different developers, the iPhone XS and the Galaxy S9 share many common features. Both have a high screen to body ratio, IP68 resistance, high-quality stereo speakers, stylish metal/glass exterior designs, wireless charging and a ton of other next-generation features.  So where does the biggest difference lie? That would be in the phone’s price point. As you’d expect from an Apple device, the iPhone XS marketed as ‘higher end’ and will cost well over $1000, while Samsung’s offering will cost only $650. The important question here is which phone offers you more convenience despite its market value.


Contrasting Features for The Two Devices

Over the years iPhone has generated a huge customer base all over the world who are always excited at the prospect of a new product launch. While a large part of the hype can be attributed to the company’s exceptional marketing prowess, the fact of the matter is that Apple’s offerings tend to offer am ore cohesive experience than what you’d typically find on the Android side of things (Google Pixel excluded, of course). Samsung, on the other hand, has been able to stay viable in the phone market incorporating creative designs and offering quality products at a competitive price point. Carefully analyzing the specifications for the two phones can leave you confused on which model to choose as the two have very distinctive strong points. Basically, it all comes down to which operating system you prefer over the other. As well as the importance of having a top-of-the-line camera, in which case you’d be better off going for the iPhone XS.


The software used to design Samsung S9 makes it easy for you to customize your Android phone but with a downside of leaving your phone cluttered. iOS 12, on the other hand, offers you less customizable experience but its interface is very user-friendly and may offer a much easier learning curve for people who are unfamiliar with Smart Phones or who have been playing into Apple’s ecosystem for a while now. The hardware components of the two phones are quite impressive both utilizing a 5.8 inch AMOLED display. The S9, however, has a notchless exterior where else Apple incorporates the notches with a face ID sensor fitted within them.  This feature has been modified to be more secure even than the facial recognition function employed by Samsung.  Samsung, however, present you with more than one security options including the traditional legacy fingerprint sensor and an additional iris scanner.


Features iPhone XS Galaxy S9
ROM 64 GB 256 GB 512 GB 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB
Operating System iOS 12 Android 8.0 Oreo
Chips A12 Bionic Snapdragon 845
Display properties AMOLED display 5.8 inch, 2436 x 1125 and 463 pixel per inch AMOLED display 5.8 inch 2960 x 1440 and 570 pixel per inch
Front Camera f/2.2, 7MP f/1.7, 8MP
1st Rear Camera True Tone flash, 12MP, 1.4μm, f/1.8, OIS LED flash, 12MP, 1.4μm, f/1.5-2.4, OIS
2nd Rear Camera f/2.4, 12MP 2x telephoto Not applicable
Security Face unlock Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, iris scanner
Water resistance properties IP68 dust and water resistance IP68 dust and water resistance
Battery 2716mAh 3000mAh
Charging System Wireless charging, lightning Wireless charging, USB-C


The quality of the camera is crucial for many smartphone users considering its wide applications in the modern world. The two devices greatly differ when it comes to camera properties. The iPhone XS comes with a dual rear camera with improved features such as an adjustable aperture featuring post and stereo audio properties when capturing videos.  For the Samsung Galaxy S9, it involves a single camera but with a dual aperture. These have been designed to offer you a wider range of manual controls as well as unique post-processing effects and filters.


The iPhone XS has a greater storage capacity of up to 512 GB but has a steeper price range. As we mentioned previously, the price difference between the two devices is considerably big with the iPhone going for $400 more than the Samsung Galaxy S9 market value. For the Samsung S9 one can expand its storage with the aid of a Micro SD card but for the iPhone, you’ll have to contend with the fact that you’ll never be able to expand physical storage on the device.


The bottom line, however, is that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the iPhone XS have been developed to perfection incorporating state-of-the-art technology that makes them trendsetters for other mobile brands in the industry.  Either way, you still get your money's worth on the purchase of any of the two smartphones.

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