iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy S9 Plus

Which one is best for you?

Both Apple’s iPhone XS Max and Samsung’s S9+, released earlier in 2018, will appeal to gamers, movie buffs and anyone who likes stunning big screens. They both make use of the latest innovations in screen tech, with iPhone XS Max sporting a dazzling full-face OLED screen measuring a whopping 6.5 inches, compared to the S9+’s 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Display.

Samsung have packed 6GB of RAM into the S9+, to iPhone Xs Max’s 4GB. Apple have concentrated on advancing their camera technology, with an impressive feature-heavy snapper going up against Samsung’s workhorse. Both employ dual lens technology to enable more professional looking photos.

Both phones push the envelope on biometric security. Apple has introduced its much-heralded 3D facial recognition software and Samsung offer Intelligent Scan, which combines face, fingerprint and iris scanning.

On the surface, these two plus-size phones have very similar specs, so your choice is most likely to be directed by your preference of operating system. If you’re still on the fence, check out our handy features guide to help you decide.

  • Apple

    iPhone XS Max

    • Take stunning professional pictures with iPhone XS Max’s feature-laden dual-lens camera, including Apple’s Smart HDR

    • See more on the gorgeous 6.5-inch OLED display – or multi-task with split screen view

    • Experience a smoother and more immersive gaming experience thanks to the powerful new A12 Bionic chip.

    • Personalise your favourite Animoji and add stickers and filters for even more fun

    Buy the XS Max
  • Samsung

    Galaxy S9 Plus

    • Take stunning images in any light and create pro effects with ease with Dual Aperture and 2x optical zoom lenses

    • Turn your selfie into an animated emoji and discover a new way to share your stories

    • Point the camera to discover more about the world around you with Bixby Vision

    • Stretch time and capture moments in vivid detail with Super Slow-mo video mode

    Buy the Galaxy S9+
Name iPhone XS Max Galaxy S9 Plus
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Display 6.5 inches 6.2 inches
Size and weight Height: 157.5 mm
Width: 77.4 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm
Weight: 208 grams
Height: 158.1 mm
Width: 73.8 mm
Depth: 8.5 mm
Weight: 189 grams
Rear camera Dual 12 MP Dual 12 MP
Front camera 7 MP 8 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24fps 960 FPS in Slow-mo mode
Processor A12 Bionic Chip Octa-core Exynos 9810
Battery 3174 mAh 3500 mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
128 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
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