iPhone XR vs Galaxy S9

Which one 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.

Name iPhone XR Galaxy S9
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Display 6.1 inch all-screen LCD 5.8 inch Infinity Display
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: 163 grams
Rear camera 12 MP 12 MP + 12 MP
Front camera 7 MP 8 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 24 fps 4K video recording at 30 fps or 60fps
Processor A12 Bionic chip Octa-core Exynos 9810
Battery 2942 mAh 3000 mAh
Storage 64 GB
128 GB
256 GB
64 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
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