The New Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X

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Although Apple is the biggest tech company with a net worth of around $900 Billion, Samsung is close behind at second place beating even Google and Microsoft. This shows that Samsung isn’t to be trifled with, add to that they’re “many fingers in many pies” makes them a truly worthy contender. Last year Apple gave us the iPhone X with upgraded hardware and a design that left heads turning, for better or for worse. At the time it was pitted against the then Samsung’s flagship Samsung S8, and it won by a small margin. After listening to user feedback and taking advantage of the fast-changing technologies, Samsung went ahead and released the S9 this year, with some head-turning features of its own, let’s see how well it fares against the iPhone X.





Samsung Galaxy S9 packs either a Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 depending on your variant, with both variants coming with an octa-core processor, a 3000 mAh battery, 4 GB of RAM and a 1440 x 2960 pixels super AMOLED display. Simply put, the screen is gorgeous with deep blacks and vivid colours, it has enough power to run any game you can throw at it and has the juice to power all of this comfortably.


iPhone X packs a hexa-core processor, a 2716 mAh battery, 3 GB of RAM and an 1125 x 2436 pixels super AMOLED display. Although the hardware is slightly less impressive than Samsung’s, you won’t find yourself missing anything thanks to iOS’s highly optimized performance. In fact, in some benchmarks, the iPhone X still surpasses the new Galaxy S9.




Samsung Galaxy S9 comes out of the box with Android 8.0 (Oreo) which adds a multitude of features like being able to minimize videos, changing icon shapes, notification badges and being able to snooze notifications on a quick view. The new update also improves on battery usage and control along with other security features. However Samsung is notorious for including bloatware, so beware. What makes Android stand out is its openness and ability to work well with different OSs, meaning you can own an Android phone, a Windows laptop and an Amazon smart speaker, and you wouldn’t have trouble making all of them work together.


iPhone X comes with the iOS 11, which introduces the files app, ad blocking and Siri translations. If you’re looking for features, iPhone isn’t the place to go. It’s strength are it’s optimised performance and minimalistic design, suitable for people who just want the basics. iOSs biggest weakness though is its closedness when owning an iPhone, you’re going to have a hard time connecting it to an accessory that isn’t from Apple, sometimes downright impossible. This forces you to shell out a lot of cash surrounding yourself with Apple accessories, so choose wisely.




Samsung Galaxy S9 packs a 12 MP back-facing camera capable of shooting amazing super slow motion videos (1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps) and a selfie 8 MP camera. The camera also has an adjustable shutter to let in more or less light, a first in any smartphone. In terms of photo quality, however, it loses to the iPhone X.


The iPhone X packs a 12 MP back-facing camera capable of only up to 1080p@240fps slow motion videos. Where it really shines is selfies with its portrait mode and photos too thanks to it’s HDR and optical image stabilization, getting beat by only one phone, the Pixel.


Overall Design


Samsung Galaxy S9 is pretty big at 5.8”, it has an edgy display that eliminates side bezels, packs a fingerprint scanner and an iris scanner. It is a perfect blend of utilitarian concepts and style, but alas some may say it’s an old design, and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong.


iPhone X got rid of the fingerprint scanner to make space for its almost bezel-less display. It is gorgeous, it is beautiful, and some even say it’s the future. Its iris scanner is also very advanced compared to any other phone manufacturer, being very hard to fool even with twins and being able to function pretty well even at night. However, the glass on the display and on the back isn’t Gorilla, meaning it’s more prone to breakage, with replacements costing upward of 270$ you’d better be loaded!



You are the one who knows your financial limits and your wants and need in a phone, as such it should be your choice as to what phone to get. Each of these devices shines in some ways and lets you down in others, so it all comes down to whether you like Android or iOS. Whichever one you choose, make sure your reasons are practical so you don’t regret your choice later. Visit ZoomTanzania Phone section to explore more options.

Elizabeth Nyimbo