Galaxy S9 vs. iPhone X: Who will dominate 2018's smartphone war?

Samsung kicked off the 2018 smartphone race with its traditionally early announcement of the Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress 2018, but does it stack up against the iPhone X?

Brittany King

2017 smartphones were so last year, but seriously. The race is on for the ultimate 2018 flagship phone, and both Samsung and Apple have their eyes on the prize. 


Samsung's new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, has officially been unveiled and with some noteworthy top-of-the-line specs. Samsung users will be able to get their hands on a Snapdragon 845 processor, Quad HD AMOLED screen, dual-aperture rear-facing camera, and a brand new sleek design. Though it's not a giant leap in upgrades from the previous Galaxy S8, it's certainly a step forward.

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Let us start with sizing

The Galaxy S9 is a little squarer than the Galaxy S8, but it's still slightly longer and more slender than the iPhone X and also weighs nearly 0.4 ounces less than iPhone X, according to multiple tech reports.



It looks like Samsung takes the cake with this one. The Galaxy S9 has a 2,960-by-1,440 resolution packed into its 5.8-inch AMOLED screen to display 570 pixels per inch. The iPhone X has a slightly smaller resolution on its same-size screen, coming in at 2,436-by-1,125 for a much lower 438 pixels per inch. Both screens remain very sharp, and the iPhone X uses an AMOLED screen, so both phones offer similar colors and contrast levels.



The S9's front-facing camera doesn't seem to have the same 3D-scanning dot projector found on the iPhone X's front-facing camera, but, rest assured, you can still track your face for those fun "animojis." The S9 doesn't have a dual rear-facing camera system like the iPhone X, with two 12MP cameras using 1x and 2x optical zoom lenses. Its single rear-facing camera features a dual aperture lens that can switch based on shooting conditions, according to Samsung. It can also capture 4K video like the iPhone X, along with a 960fps super slow-motion video mode. It can automatically detect motion to know when to trigger switching to the mode to record those clips, according to multiple tech reports. 

"The F1.5 aperture mode finds light even in the dark. So the low light camera delivers vibrant photos late into the night. Meaning your camera no longer has a curfew," Samsung boasts. 



The Galaxy S9 doesn't quite match the iPhone X in either the single-core or multi-core Geekbench benchmarks, according to BGR's report. The A11 CPU in Apple's iPhone X is a powerhouse, but the Galaxy S9 is holding its own with Snapdragon 845. Apple's design has six cores, with two 2.35GHz high-performance cores and four slower, yet efficient, cores. 


Now for the fun part price

Yes, the iPhone X is Apple's most expensive smartphone by far and comes in at a whopping $999, that's a lot of dough. Whereas the Galaxy S9 rides in on its own wave at $719.99. 


So what's more worth it?