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.
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
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
|iPhone XS Max
|Galaxy S9 Plus
Buy the XS Max
Buy the Galaxy S9+
|6.2 inch Infinity Display
|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
|Dual 12 MP
|12 MP + 12 MP
|4K video recording at 24fps
|4K video recording at 30 fps or 60fps
|A12 Bionic Chip
|Octa-core Exynos 9810
|Splash, water and dust resistant
|Buy the XS Max
|Buy the Galaxy S9+