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Where does Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ stand in comparison to iPhone X ?

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Samsung recently unveiled it’s latest flagships ‘Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+’ at the mobile world congress during the Samsung unpacked event in Spain. Although there are no serious talking points as regards the design. It retained almost the same look as its predecessor, although the fingerprint sensor was reseated on the rear and is more comfortable for use unlike in Galaxy S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ still have so many outstanding features that drive it up to standards.The camera improvements, it has more color and graphics, water resisting feature are just enough to get users into a phone store as soon as they are available. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is sized at 5.8 inches and the S9+ at 6.2. They come with nice processors and storage as well.

How do Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ compare to the iPhone X?

iPhone X is definitely going to be facing some well-deserved head to head comparison with Samsung S9 for obvious reasons. Both devices use OLED as screen technology and both have great camera strength.

Samsung galaxy s9 and s9+
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But here’s where they differ;

Design

Apple’s 5.8 inched iPhone X was a completely a new design and was beautifully crafted as well. The Samsung galaxy S9 / S9+ came with a familiar look and are slightly larger; sized at 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches respectively.

Water / Dust Resistance

Samsung’s two new flagships are IP68 certified. Meaning it can be submerged up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes. iPhone X is only IP67 certified. Meaning it can be submerged up to 1 meter deep in water for up to 30 minutes.

Power

Samsung Galaxy S9 carries a 4GB RAM and S9+ has a 6GB RAM embedded inside with either an octa-core Exynos 9810 chipset with four cores clocked at 2.7GHZ and running at 1.7GHZ or an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset with a similarly fast core.

The chipset you get is depending on where you are; the Snapdragon in the U.S and Exynos in other places. The iPhone X comes behind with a 3GB RAM.

There’s also this outstanding camera with a single lens which can switch between two different apertures. It also has optical image stabilization(IOS) just like the iPhone to keep photos blur-free. Samsung’s S9 / S9+ also has a slow-motion shooting ability.

The 3.5mm audio jack is kept alive in this device instead of the wireless method iPhone has adopted. S9 also has something similar to Apple’s Animoji. Its called AR Emoji, letting you create an emoji of your face and have it mimic your face though It’s front-facing camera.

How much will this device cost??

We know the Galaxy S9 price should be around £739, $719.99, or AU$1,199. Chances are there would be a drop in price after some time. Launch prices dont tend to last forever. The simple truth remains that The Samsung galaxy S9 price could sound huge, but it would definitely be worth the price.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Device Full Specifications

Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9+
Network GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only) GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE LTE
Sim Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust/waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust/waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes.

Body
Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm (5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 in) 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)
Weight 163 g (5.75 oz) 189 g (6.67 oz)
Colors Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple
Build Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
Display
Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen Size 5.8 inches, 84.8 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio) 6.2 inches, 98.3 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density) 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~529 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5

– HDR10 compliant
– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

– HDR10 compliant
– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display

OS And Hardware
OS Android 8.0 (Oreo) Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 – USA & China
Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 – USA & China
Processor Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA & China
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA & China
GPU Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA & China
Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA & China
Memory
Card Slot microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
Internal 64/128/256 GB, 4 GB RAM 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM
RAM 4GB 6GB
Camera
Primary 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.5″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash Dual: 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1 µm, AF), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video, and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video, and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec
Secondary 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22 µm), autofocus, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22 µm), autofocus, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR
Multimedia
Radio FM radio (USA & Canada only) – To be confirmed FM radio (USA & Canada only) – To be confirmed
Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jack Yes

– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Yes

– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Connectivity
WIFI Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC YES YES
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Other Features
Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2 Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5

– Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– Bixby natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor

HTML5

– Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– Bixby natural language commands and dictation

– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor

Battery and Power
Capacity Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (11.55 Wh) Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery (13.48 Wh)

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ might not have been much of an upgrade over the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ like would expect, but they’re certainly a worthy successors to last year’s model. The S9 goes for About 840 EUR while S9+ is About 990 EUR. This prices are on the high side for now but should reduce hopefully. Samsung generally delivers a quality so you can be rest assured that your money isn’t going for nothing.

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