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 noticeably 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.
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
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
|Name||iPhone XS Max||Galaxy S9|
Buy the XS Max
Buy the Galaxy S9
|Display||6.5 inches||5.8 inch Infinity Display|
|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 + 12 MP|
|Front camera||7 MP||8 MP|
|Video recording||4K video recording at 24fps||4K video recording at 30 fps or 60fps|
|Processor||A12 Bionic Chip||
Octa-core Exynos 9810
|Battery||3174 mAh||3000 mAh|
|Splash, water and dust resistant||Yes||Yes|
|Buy now||Buy the XS Max||Buy the Galaxy S9|