iPhone XS vs Galaxy S9 Plus

Which one is best for you?

If you’re trying to decide between iPhone XS and Galaxy S9+, then you’re certainly spoiled for choice. Both are seriously impressive phones, complete with beautiful OLED screens and packed with the latest technology.

For starters, both have 12-megapixel dual-lens cameras that let you create professional-looking images, either by switching between modes or adjusting the settings yourself. iPhone XS has a clever feature called Smart HDR. The camera simultaneously takes under and over exposed shots and intelligently combines them with the normal exposure image to create amazingly detailed images. Galaxy S9+ on the other hand, can adapt to light levels, with one of its lenses switching between two aperture sizes automatically. They each have their own strong points – and neither will disappoint.

The Galaxy S9+ does have the larger screen, as you’d expect for a plus model. Though, if you want the biggest screen available, you might even want to look at iPhone XS Max or Note 9.

Whichever you pick, you’ll be amazed at its capabilities – whether you’re creating amazing slow-motion videos, exploring the world of augmented reality, or unlocking your phone with a glance. See our quick facts and specs tables to find out more and help you decide.

  • Apple

    iPhone XS

    • Create stunningly detailed images thanks to Smart HDR – or adjust depth of field to create professional looking portraits

    • See more with 60% greater dynamic range than its predecessor, iPhone X

    • Share your feelings with 3D Animoji that mirror your own expression

    • Enjoy a smoother gaming and streaming experience with the new A12 Bionic chip

    Buy the iPhone XS
  • 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 Galaxy S9 Plus
Image note 9
Buy the iPhone XS
Choose a Device
Buy the Galaxy S9+
Display 5.8 inches 6.2 inches
Size and weight Height: 158.2 mm
Width: 77.9 mm
Depth: 7.3 mm
Weight: 192 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 2658 mAh 3500 mAh
Storage 64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
128 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
Buy now Buy the iPhone XS Buy the Galaxy S9+