iPhone XR vs Galaxy S9

Which phone is best for you?

Amongst the most sought-after releases of 2018, iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S9 are both beautiful-looking phones with large screens, super-fast processors, sophisticated cameras and more.

So which should you choose? Look closely and you’ll see some subtle differences in how they work and what they do.

Both have edge-to-edge screens for example. Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch OLED display that creates true blacks and realistic colours. iPhone XR, on the other hand, has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina (LCD) display. It senses the lighting around you and adjusts the white balance to ensure the colours always look natural.

And both have 12-megapixel main cameras, each with their individual strengths. The Galaxy S9 has a variable aperture lens that can adjust different light levels and produce natural background blurring effects. iPhone XR uses the power of its A12 Bionic chip to create depth-of-field effects too, even allowing you to fine-tune the focus of the background before you save. Plus, it can take shots at different exposure levels, then knit them together to create amazingly lifelike images.

Developers and game designers are really pushing the boundaries of what our phones can offer us – and not surprisingly, both iPhone XR and Galaxy S9 are optimised for augmented reality. Want to see how a new espresso machine would look in your kitchen, or battle friends real-time in a 3D virtual world that you view through your screen? If so, either would be a great choice.

Still can’t decide? See our feature guide for more ideas and inspiration.

  • Apple

    iPhone XR

    • Use Portrait Mode to create stunning images that stand out with breath-taking detail against naturally blurred backgrounds

    • Enjoy the latest Augmented Reality games and apps – including 3D Animoji

    • See everything in true-life colour on the edge-to-edge Liquid Retina HD display

    • Choose from a range of vibrant colours to suit your style

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  • Samsung

    Galaxy S9

    • Capture all the action and stretch time with Super Slow-mo video mode – then loop and add music to create awesome GIFs

    • Take superb pictures even in super low light with a lens that adapts like the human eye

    • Create and personalise your own animated emoji, and use it to share stories with friends

    • Use Intelligent Scan to unlock your phone securely with ease – even in low light

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  note 9
galaxy s9
Storage Capacity 64 GB
128 GB
256 GB
64GB
Display 6.1 inch all-screen LCD 5.8"
Size and Weight Height: 150.9 mm
Width: 75.7 mm
Depth: 0.33 mm
Weight: 194 grams
Height: 147.7 mm
Width: 68.7 mm
Depth: 8.5 mm
Weight:: 163g
Splash, Water and Dust Resistant Yes Yes
Chip A12 Bionic chip Octa-core Exynos 9810
Main Camera 12 MP 12 MP
Video Recording 4K video recording at 24 fps 960 FPS in Slow-mo mode
Front Camera 7 MP 8 MP