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Galaxy S9+ vs. iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X: Spec showdown

Samsung’s newest smartphone is here, and while it may look a lot like the model it replaces, it’s been completely redesigned on the inside. From the processor to the camera, the Galaxy S9+ is a powerhouse of a phone. But can it stand up to Apple’s latest handsets? Let’s take a look:

Galaxy S9+ vs. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X: Design

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If you love the notch you’ll love the iPhone X.

The S9+ sticks to the same slim-bezel design as the Galaxy S8+, built around a curved Infinity Display. It’s hard to find fault with it. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 Plus is using an aging design with big bezels and a front-facing fingerprint scanner.

However, both phones have nothing on the iPhone X and its all-screen display. Say what you will about the notch, but the uniform bezels around the screen are a thing of beauty.

Around the back, all three phones feature glass designs. The S9+ aligns its cameras with the fingerprint sensor down the middle, while Apple has tucked its cameras away in the top right corner. Basically it’s a matter of preference: If you want a classic design, pick the iPhone 8; if you want a cutting-edge design, pick the X; and if you hate the notch, go with the S9+.

Galaxy S9+ vs. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X: Display

All three phone feature giant displays, but the Galaxy S9+ takes the crown when it comes to size and resolution:

  • Galaxy S9+: 6.2-inch AMOLED, 2960×1440
  • iPhone 8 Plus: 5.5-inch LCD, 1920×1080
  • iPhone X: 5.7-inch OLED, 2436×1125

However, specs don’t tell the whole story. There’s nothing wrong with the display on the iPhone 8 Plus, but it’s hardly fresh, having been used in the past four generations of iPhone. The iPhone X’s OLED screen is head-and-shoulders above the iPhone 8 Plus’s display, with crisp blacks and vivid colors, and I found it to be superior to the S8’s in a head-to-head matchup. The S9+ has basically the same screen, but it’s a little brighter.

Galaxy S9+ vs. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X: Power and performance

The Galaxy S9 uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chip, while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus both use the A11 Bionic processor. We’ve yet to see the S9+ in action, but it’s likely to perform extremely well. Apple’s phones will likely maintain an edge thanks to a tighter end-to-end integration with the OS.

When it comes to battery life, the spec sheet suggests it’s a very one-sided affair:

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