iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy S9

Which one is best for you?

2018 saw the arrival in March of the Galaxy S9, Samsung’s latest flagship phone, with Apple’s latest generation of smartphones launching in September. Both releases were hotly anticipated, and both brands came to the market with a host of cutting-edge features.

iPhone XS Max is Apple’s premier plus-size phone, and as such is a lot bigger than the more pocketable S9 – the 6.5-inch OLED Display noticably bigger than the S9’s 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen. Both boast outstanding colour and contrast, and represent the very best in display technology.

Under the hood, both models boast 4GB of RAM. Both are water resistant, and both allow wireless charging too. The S9 lets you to take professional-looking snaps with its 12-megapixel dual pixel sensor, while Apple have crammed an impressive dual lens camera and lots of new post-processing tech into iPhone XS Max.

Have a look at our feature guide to compare the two and work out which suits you best.

  • 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

    • 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

    Buy the Galaxy S9
Name iPhone XS Max Galaxy S9
Image note 9
Buy the XS Max
Choose a Device
Buy the Galaxy S9
Display 6.5 inches 5.8 inches
Size and weight Height: 157.5 mm
Width: 77.4 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm
Weight: 208 grams
Height: 147.7 mm
Width: 68.7 mm
Depth: 8.5 mm
Weight: 163 grams
Rear camera Dual 12 MP 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 3000 mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
64 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
Buy now Buy the XS Max Buy the Galaxy S9