iPhone XS Max Vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: The Full Specifications, Camera, Processor, Performance & Conclusion

iPhone XS Max Vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Introduction: –

Hello Folks! Today we’re going to make a full comparison between the iPhone XS Max Vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Now, the Galaxy S9 Plus has released in March 2018 while the iPhone XS Max in September 2018. These are two of the most popular smartphones in the world. As such people quickly asked questions such as, Is the iPhone XS Max better than the Galaxy S9 Plus or is the Galaxy S9 Plus better than the iPhone Max or which one is better? And of course, that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you in this discussion by making a full side-by-side comparison of every aspect of smartphones. So let’s dive in and discover the winner-


Design & Build: –

Both the iPhone XS Max and the S9 Plus have similar build quality. Front and back you’ll find glass on both smartphones with a solid metal band around the edges. This makes for a high-end build. Therefore, both smartphones feel like a million dollars when you hold them in your hands.

When you move on to the design is where things differ they both have a massive frontal display, and they both look gorgeous. The S9 Plus has a large and tall display that dominates the screen leaving tiny bezels on the top and the bottom while the iPhone Max strives to fill the entire front with a screen almost succeeding except for that notch on the front that has been a topic of controversy. Now some people embrace the notch while others don’t like it. You’ll observe that the bezels on the side of the S9 Plus are thinner and it sports the signature dual curve edge design.

All-in-all I must say that the design is a subjective choice, but in my opinion, the S9 Plus still seems to pull ahead. It looks cleaner in overall presentation from the front. Now, this slight lead could have been possibly avoided if the iPhone Max had somehow eliminated that notch on the top which does serve a significant function known as the Face ID which we will talk about later.


Dimensions: –

The iPhone XS Max measures 157.5mm in height, 77.4mm in wide and 7.7mm thick, it weighs 208 grams. The Galaxy S9 Plus measures 158.1mm in heights, 73.8mm wide, 8.5mm thick and it weighs 189 grams. Both smartphones have similar dimensions overall but in this day and age dimensions and weight don’t seem to have much of an influence on buying decisions. However, the slightly narrower frame of the S9 Plus makes it easier to hold in one hand.


Sound & Protection: –

Now both smartphones come with water resistance capability with the same water resistance rating of IP68 rest assured both phones could easily handle a rainy day or an accidental drop into a puddle of water. Both smartphones also offer high-quality stereo speakers that produce a loud, deep and rich sound perfect for watching movies and videos.

The S9 Plus takes the lead in audio options by offering a 3.5-mm headphone jack while the iPhone Max does not. So the summarise S9 Plus certainly has a slight edge in this category. Although the build is equally well done on both smartphones giving the end user a premium in hand feel.


Display: –

The iPhone Max has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with the resolution of 1242 by 2688 with 458 PPI. The S9 Plus has a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 by 2960 with 521 PPI. Both smartphones support HDR, both of these smartphones have fantastic displays that look stunning from every angle, they’re not dull they’re vibrant.

The S9 Plus is sharp and clear, and it’s slightly more saturated. The iPhone XS Max is bright and clear as well with less saturation but better colour accuracy. Overall I cannot recommend one over the other as they both look spotless and crispy. Only thing I will say is that it feels more immersive to watch movies in full screen on the S9 Plus. As opposed to the iPhone Max because the notch seems to bite into the video from the left side. On the flip side, iPhone Max offers a slightly larger display size which more screen real estate. I will consider this category draw.


Camera: –

Both smartphones have a Dual Camera system on the rear. iPhone Max has a 12-megapixel primary wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/1.7, and the secondary camera is a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with an aperture of f/2.4.

The S9 Plus also has a primary 12-megapixel camera that comes with a dual aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.4 the secondary camera is similar to the iPhone Max, and it’s a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with an aperture of f/2.4.

Both of the primary cameras are quite capable they take stunning daytime shots and produce a clear and sharp image. When it comes to nighttime, they both take amazing nighttime shots. The secondary telephoto camera on both smartphones is designed especially for two times of optical zoom and being able to take beautiful portrait photos that will keep your face in sharp focus while blurring the background to create the Bokeh effect.

When we move on to the video recording, the iPhone 10 Max and the S9 Plus are capable of some fantastic things. They can record at 1080p at 30 frames per second and can also record in 4K at 30 or 60 frames per second. However, the S9 Plus takes the lead in slow-motion recording it can now record at 960 frames per second slow-motion speeds as opposed to the iPhone 10s Max is 240 frames per second. This super slow-motion allows you to capture some incredible moments if you are into this kind of videography.

Now, the front cameras on both smartphones take great selfies and are perfect for video conferencing. In this category, the S9 Plus takes the lead due to its super slow-mo recording capability. However, for an average consumer that mostly takes photos and videos, both phones offer a beautiful package that will not disappoint and will deliver sharp and clear images in varying lighting conditions.


Processor & Performance: –

The iPhone XS Max sports a powerful A12 Bionic processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM and can be acquired with 64 gigabytes of ROM for the base model with available 256GB or 512Gb storage model options. The starting price for the Max is $1100.
The Galaxy S9 Plus also sports a powerful processor a Snapdragon 845 CPU or an Exynos 9810 variant in 9 US markets with 6GB of RAM on the base 64GB model. S9 Plus will also be available in 128GB or 256GB storage options. Starting price for the S9 Plus comes in at a lower price point of $740.

In the storage race, S9 Plus pulls ahead due to its ability to expand your storage using a microSD expansion slot, using a microSD card you can add 512GB of extra storage on the S9 Plus. And if you prefer to have internal storage, you can easily upgrade to the 256GB version for a relatively lower price of $860 as opposed to iPhone Max’s $1,100 for a 64GB only storage option.

Now, if you move on to the benchmarks, it is immediately clear that the iPhone XS Max has quite a bit of raw horsepower that kind of blows expectations. The Galaxy S9 Plus is not a slow phone by any means, but iPhone’s A12 Bionic Chip has accomplished some incredible power output which does come in handy for heavy-duty apps and highly graphics intensive games that run with zero stutters. Although the iPhone Max has extraordinary processing power the S9 Plus counters that with better storage solutions at a lower price point, this category is an overall draw.


Software: –

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus runs on the latest version of Android while the iPhone XS Max runs on the newest version of iOS. When comparing iOS and Android, its hard not to overlook two significant differences.

Number One is the Android customisation system is a much more open-ended environment and allows for extensive customisation via visits, themes and home screen tweaking. You can tweak as Android smartphone to fir your sense of style.

iOS on the other hand when it comes to home screens is just a static grip of app icons with fundamental customization capabilities such as being able to change your wallpaper, on the other hand, iOS does offer more polished apps and a greater gaming experience just about every game on the iPhone Max including graphically demanding games will run at maximum performance with smooth and lag-free gameplay a feat Galaxy S9 Plus won’t be able to Match. Additionally, the Apple App Store does yield a larger number of quality apps as opposed to the Google Play Store. So if you care about apps and games and how well they perform this is indeed something to pay very close attention too.

Beyond those two difference, the S9 Plus is indeed more productive and feature-rich in the software department. It allows for split-screen multitasking which means you can run two windows side-by-side at the same time and the larger display on the S9 Plus certainly enhances the whole multitasking experience. The S9 Plus also has the edge functionality you can swipe inwards from the edges of the screen to bring up the edge panels. These edge panels can give you access to F shortcuts weather widgets tools such as a compass or digital ruler or calculator and much more. On top of that, it is fully customizable you can add or remove a bunch of panels based on your needs.

As a counter-attack, the iPhone Max does have 3D touch which is a pressure-sensitive screen that allows you to access quick actions and other gestures by pressing down on the screen with a certain amount of pressure.

So, it is clear from everything I mentioned that the Galaxy S9 Plus is more customizable feature-rich and productive overall. However, Apple wins is the App Ecosystem which is no joke like I said the Apple App Store would offer superb gaming experience and provide more polished and quality apps in comparison to the Google Play Store. For App driven people this might be important enough to stick with Apple.


Battery: –

In the battery department, Both phones yield similar results with iPhone Xs Max showing a slight lead. Overall, you’ll get a full day of battery life with medium to heavy use on both smartphones, but iPhone Max did offer an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour of extra juice after the S9 Plus was already at 0%. Both the iPhone Max and the Galaxy S9 Plus offer wireless charging using the same standard which is fantastic. The S9 Plus has electric wire charging out of the box with the including charging adapter. However, iPhone 10 Max will require you to purchase a fast charging compatible wall adapter if you wish to utilise the fast charging option. This category is an overall draw while the iPhone Max offers slightly longer battery life while the S9 Plus has the fast wired charger included with your purchase and both phones have wireless charging.


Biometrics & Security: –

In this category, the S9 Plus leads in overall tech. The S9 Plus has three ways to unlock your smartphone a fingerprint sensor, an Iris scanner, and an essential facial recognition tool. The iPhone Max only has one way to unlock your smartphone the Face ID. Now the Face ID on the iPhone XS Max is superior to the facial recognition tool found on the S9 Plus even Samsung doesn’t recommend using the facial tool.

So what we have is an iPhone XS Max with a state-of-the-art Face ID system versus the S9 Plus with a state-of-the-art Iris scanner plus the Fingerprint sensor. So the win goes to the S9 Plus in this category.


Price: –

The S9 Plus has an official price of $740 for the 64GB model, and the iPhone Max starts at $1100 for the 64GB model. So, there is a massive $360 price difference between the Max and the S9 Plus.


Conclusion: –

So, it is clear that both smartphones are technological Marvels as a tech package they offer a lot of value. The S9 Plus retains the headphone jack, in my opinion, has a cleaner design and gives you more biometrics security options, it also has the Samsung DEX functionality that can convert the S9 Plus into an actual PC using an accessory.

On the flipside iPhone XS Max only has one advantage that is superior to the S9 Plus, it has a powerful processor. Otherwise, they both have wireless charging, same IP68 grade water resistance and as for the display they both offer large and top-notch display quality.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus comes at a comparatively fantastic deal of $740 and has more tech features.