Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max

It’s that time of the year again where we have the latest Samsung device, a Galaxy Note lineup, and a new Apple lineup. The fact that Apple changed the lineup entirely means this time around we have something different to compare. Before we dive deep into this apple vs oranges comparison, if you are planning to buy the iPhone XR instead of the Note 9, we would suggest otherwise, get the Note 9. If you are intrigued as to how we came to that conclusion, read on to find out.

Specs Compared

All the phones are almost on the same level here. The Galaxy Note 9 comes with the Snapdragon 845, the latest and greatest silicone from Qualcomm, the iPhones, however, are fitted with A12 Bionic which from experience is a true beast. iPhones lose out on the memory department 3GB XR and 4GB XS models compared to the 6GB and 6GB/8GB Note 9 models. With iOS being as fluid and optimized as it is, 3 or 4GB of RAM is more than enough to plow through any tasks.

Camera Comparison

This is where the comparison really takes a turn. Again, the iPhone XR with a single camera is beaten by the likes of dual camera setup found in other phones. iPhone XS and XS Max come with a dual 12 Megapixel camera, one wide angle with f/1.8 aperture and the other a telephoto with f/2.4 aperture, both cameras optically stabilized. This means that the iPhone can kick out some really amazing shots even in poor lighting conditions. The Galaxy Note 9, however, takes things further with its dual 12 Megapixel cameras, variable aperture going as high as f/1.5, both cameras optically stabilized with a wide angle lens and another telephoto lens. The Note 9 is tough to beat in this department since it offers so much in this little package.

Display: OLED vs OLED vs LCD(?)

If it ain’t broke no need to fix it. This is where the iPhone XR falls short of the competition with it’s LCD display, a tradition set by Apple (it’s not going to change anytime soon), a 6.1-inch 800P display. The iPhone XS and XS Max, on the other hand, are both OLED displays 5.8 inch and 6.5 inches respectively with display bleeding out to the edges with that functional notch up top. The Galaxy Note 9 also comes with an OLED panel, but none of the Apple devices gets the saturated, inky colors of a Samsung display. This is a department where there’s no competitor parallel to the company. 6.4 inches for the display is a perfect mix, a concoction of a curved display giving the phone a bezel-less experience while maintaining the handling at the same time. The Note 9 is the only phone without a notch, but still keeps the beauty of a smartphone, a truly stunning device.


With this short comparison, we can conclude that this standoff has pretty much same results as last time with no real winners. The iPhone XR is more oriented to those people who want a phone but not ready to shell out $1000 for it. The LCD display is becoming old for 2018, no matter whatever the manufacturer calls it. The specs are similar to the other iPhone models so nobody misses out on the fun. The iPhone XS and XS Max are for people who are stuck to the ecosystem and willing to spend for it. That being said, the Note 9 is not a cheap device either, with a premium price tag to go along with it. The Note 9 is for someone who wants a phone, but not really bothered by the ecosystem. Note 9 is truly a stunning device offering the best in a smartphone without going with the notched approach for bezel-less solution. If you are convinced as to which you want by now, let us know in the comments below.

Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XR vs iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max

Galaxy Note 9 iPhone XR iPhone XS iPhone XS Max
OS Android 8.1 Oreo iOS 12 iOS 12  iOS 12
Pixel density 521 ppi 326 ppi 458 ppi  458 ppi
Display 6.4 inch 6.1 inch 5.8 inch 6.5 inch
Battery 4100 mAh 2716mAh 3300 mAh OnePlus 6
Processor Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Storage 128/256/512GB 64/128//256GB 64/256/512 64/256/512
Camera Dual 16 Megapixels, variable aperture (speculated) 12 Megapixels, f1.8, f/2.4, OIS Dual 12 Megapixels, f1.8, f/2.4, OIS Dual 12 Megapixels, f1.8, f/2.4, OIS
Bluetooth V5.0 V 5.0 V5.0  V5.0
Wi-fi 802.11 a,b,g,n,ac Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Price 1000$ US $749 US $1000 US $1449



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