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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X – Price and performance

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+[1] ,which are set to arrive in South Africa on 9 March. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have received several new features compared to their predecessors, and are set to take on Apple’s iPhone X, and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Among these features is a new dual-aperture camera system, which lets the camera automatically adapt to various lighting conditions, said Samsung.

Samsung has also added a dual-camera setup to the Galaxy S9+, after introducing the feature with the Galaxy Note 8. The camera innovations do not stop there, with super slow-motion video recording (960fps at 720p), Live Translation, and Intelligent Scan – a combination of iris and facial recognition – implemented. Like the iPhone X and iPhone 8, the Galaxy S9 range also supports 1080p video recording at 240fps.

Animoji and AR Emoji

Following Apple’s introduction of Animojis with the iPhone X in 2017, Samsung has added augmented reality emoji stickers and videos called AR Emoji.

An initial hands-on of AR Emoji by Tom’s Hardware[2] stated that “Samsung’s animated emoji are more lifelike than Apple’s”. “Your face and voice are used to animate what is supposed to look like a three-dimensional cartoon version of yourself,” stated the publication. The way the Apple and Samsung systems work is slightly different.

Animoji reacts to a 3D wireframe of your face and overlays animated characters on top of that. AR Emoji aims to create a cartoon 3D model of your face from which to generate animated GIFs, stickers, and videos.

Performance

Predicting device performance based on spec sheets is never a good idea, as the hardware and software combining in a smartphone is a complex experience. AnandTech[3] obtained a Samsung Galaxy S9 test device powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 9810 chip, however, and put it through a few benchmarks.

It is worth noting that South Africa receives Exynos-based flagship smartphones from Samsung. Results from Geekbench 4 indicate a significant performance boost between the Exynos 8890 processor in the Galaxy S8 compared to the Exynos 9810 in the S9 and S9+.

Specifications

The table below details the hardware and pricing of the Galaxy S9 range and the iPhone X. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are available with various storage capacities, but South African retailers are predominantly selling the 64GB Galaxy S9 and 128GB Galaxy S9+.

Specifications

Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9+

iPhone X

Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
Weight 163g 189g 174g
OS Android 8 Android 8 iOS 11
Display 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 5.8?

Super Retina HD OLED HDR

Rear camera 12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 Dual 12MP: f/1.5 and f/2.4 wide-angle f/2.4 telephoto Dual 12MP: f/1.8 wide-angle f/2.4 telephoto
Front camera 8MP f/1.7 8MP f/1.7 7MP f/2.2
Storage 64GB, MicroSD 128GB, MicroSD 64GB
RAM 4GB 6GB 3GB*
Processor 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octo-core Exynos 9810 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octo-core Exynos 9810 A11 Bionic
Battery 3,000mAh 3,500mAh 2,716mAh*
Cellular LTE Cat.

18

LTE Cat.

18

LTE-A Cat.

16*

SIM Nano (Single/Dual) Nano (Single/Dual) Nano
Durability IP68 IP68 IP67
Biometrics Fingerprint, iris, face Fingerprint, iris, face Face ID
RRP R15,499 R17,999 R18,999
*Certain iPhone specifications are from third-party sources.


Galaxy S9 vs iPhone 8

The table below details the hardware and pricing of the Galaxy S9 range and the iPhone 8 range.

Specifications

Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9+

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Plus

Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
Weight 163g 189g 148g 202g
OS Android 8 Android 8 iOS 11 iOS 11
Display 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 4.7? Retina HD 5.5? Retina HD
Rear camera 12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 Dual 12MP: f/1.5 and f/2.4 wide-angle f/2.4 telephoto 12MP f/1.8 Dual 12MP: f/1.8 wide-angle f/2.8 telephoto
Front camera 8MP f/1.7 8MP f/1.7 7MP f/2.2 7MP f/2.2
Storage 64GB, MicroSD 128GB, MicroSD 64GB 64GB
RAM 4GB 6GB 2GB* 2GB*
Processor 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octo-core Exynos 9810 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octo-core Exynos 9810 A11 Bionic A11 Bionic
Battery 3,000mAh 3,500mAh 1,821 mAh* 2,691mAh*
Cellular LTE Cat.

18

LTE Cat.

18

LTE-A Cat.

16*

LTE-A Cat.

16*

SIM Nano (Single/Dual) Nano (Single/Dual) Nano Nano
Durability IP68 IP68 IP67 IP67
Biometrics Fingerprint, iris, face Fingerprint, iris, face Touch ID Touch ID
RRP R15,499 R17,999 R13,999 R15,999
*Certain iPhone specifications are from third-party sources.

Now read: Samsung’s Galaxy S9 launch event in South Africa – Photos[4]

References

  1. ^ Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (mybroadband.co.za)
  2. ^ by Tom’s Hardware (www.tomsguide.com)
  3. ^ AnandTech (www.anandtech.com)
  4. ^ Samsung’s Galaxy S9 launch event in South Africa – Photos (mybroadband.co.za)

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