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Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB) vs Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)

Side by side comparison between Apple iPhone XS Max vs Samsung Galaxy S9 phones, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Samsung Galaxy S9 XApple iPhone XS Max (512GB)10Points
Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)
6.5"
AMOLED

1242x2688

12
MP

7.1mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Hexa

3174
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
20PointsSamsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)Compare Apple iPhone XS Max X
Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
5.8"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Octa

3000
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better phone? Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)

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iPhone XS Max (512GB)10 Advantages Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)vsGalaxy S9 (SM-G960W)20 Advantages Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
+512GB (498GB available)9 times
More internal storage for applications and files
vs64GB (51GB available)
+NVMe (SSD)Advantage
Fastest write and read storage.
vsUFS 2.1
+7.7 millimeters (0.3 inches)10%
Thinner
vs8.5 millimeters (0.33 inches)
+Stainless steel body, glass front/backAdvantage
More resistant material
vsAluminum frame, glass front/back
+Dolby Vision/HDR10Advantage
The Dolby Vision/HDR10 display provides vibrant colors and more details
vsHDR10
+6.5"12%
Larger screen
vs5.8"
+(dual camera) 12MP + 12MP97%
Higher resolution main camera
vs(back) 12.2MP
+Quad-LED flashAdvantage
The Quad-LED flash helps in dark places or in low light
vsLED flash
+Digital and optical zoomAdvantage
The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take pictures
vsOnly digital zoom
+3174 mAh6%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs3000 mAh
2.25GHz 64bit Hexa-Corevs+2.8GHz 64bit Octa-Core23%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
Not supportedvs+Until 1TB microSD, microSDXCAdvantage
More external storage for files using memory cards
208 grams (7.28 ounces)vs+163 grams (5.71 ounces)28%
Lighter
1242x2688 pixelsvs+1440x2960 pixels28%
Higher resolution screen
456 PPIvs+568 PPI25%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
f/1.8 (aperture)vs+f/1.5 (aperture)20%
Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure.
(front) 7.1MPvs+(front) 8MP13%
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
(front) Full HD (1920x1080)vs+(front) 2K UHD (2560x1440)78%
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
2300000 apps (App Store)vs+3500000 apps (Google Play Store)52%
More apps available to download and use
(4G+ LTE-A) 1024 Mbpsvs+(4G+ LTE-A) 1200 Mbps17%
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+ANT+Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Heart rateAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Iris scannerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+SpO2Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
proprietary audio outputvs+3.5mm jackAdvantage
Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores
Not supportedvs+FMAdvantage
The radio lets you listen to your songs and sports in general
Not supportedvs+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
USB 2.0 proprietary connectorvs+USB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoAdvantage
Newer and faster USB version for transferring photos, mp3 or data.
USB 2.0 proprietary connectorvs+Type-CAdvantage
Reversible connector, you can stick in a USB-C cable any which way; either side is up.

35 Common items in both devices
4GB LPDDR4X
Super AMOLED
60Hz
16 million
PDAF: phase detection autofocus / PDAF on back camera and autofocus front camera
OIS: Optical stabilization
BSI sensor
+28 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
ModeliPhone XS Max (512GB)Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
Other model namesiPhone Xs Max A1921, A2101, A2102, A2104Bell/Rogers Galaxy S9 G960W (Snapdragon)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
Canada
Canada
BrandAppleSamsung
Release date9/21/2018, Announced: 9/12/20183/9/2018, Announced: 2/25/2018
Depth7.7 millimeters (0.3 inches)8.5 millimeters (0.33 inches)
Size (width x height)77.4 x 157.5 millimeters (3.05 x 6.2 in)68.7 x 147.7 millimeters (2.7 x 5.81 in)
Weight208 grams (7.28 ounces)163 grams (5.71 ounces)
Build, materialsStainless steel body, glass front/backAluminum frame, glass front/back
Protection against water and othersIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistantIP68 certified: water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30min and dust-resistant

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
System versioniOS 12Android 8.0 Oreo
Firmware updateiOS 16Android 11
User Interfacefeature not registeredOne UI 2.5 / 3.1

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
Chipset64bit - Apple A12 Bionic (7nm)64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (SDM845) (10nm)
CPUHexa-Core, 2 processors:
2.25GHz Dual-Core Vortex
1.6GHz Quad-Core Tempest
Octa-Core, 2 processors:
2.8GHz Quad-Core Kryo 385 Gold
1.7GHz Quad-Core Kryo 385 Silver
GPU graphical controllerApple GPU (4-Core)Qualcomm Adreno 630 (710MHz)
Performance (benchmark)AnTuTu: 353210 (v7)
Geekbench: 11432 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 47fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
AnTuTu: 273972 (v8)
Geekbench: 8830 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 14fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

💽 Memory and storage

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
RAM memory4GB LPDDR4X4GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage512GB (498GB available)
NVMe (SSD)
64GB (51GB available)
UFS 2.1
External storageNot supportedUntil 1TB microSD, microSDXC
(dedicated slot)

📲 Display

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
Display typeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size6.5" inches5.8" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~85.1% (screen-to-body ratio)~84.1% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1242x2688 pixels (19.5:9)1440x2960 pixels (18.5:9)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)456 PPI568 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5
Refresh rate60Hz60Hz
Display features625nits[typ]
Dolby Vision/HDR10
Oleophobic coating screen
HDR10
Always-On Display

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload1024/150 Mbps1200/150 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkAll models:
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
A2104 model:
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat16
VoLTE
A1921/A2104 models:
LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14, 17, 18, 19,20,25,26,29,30,32,66,71)
TD-LTE (Bands 34,38,39,40, 41,46)
A2101 model:
LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14, 17, 18, 19,20,25,26,28,29,30,32,66)
TD-LTE (Bands 34,38,39,40, 41,46)
A2102 model:
LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,11,12,13,14, 17, 18, 19,20,21,25,26,28,29,30,66)
TD-LTE (Bands 34,38,39,40, 41,42,46)
LTE Cat18 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30)
TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
VoLTE
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-AGPRS, EDGE, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
Back camera (main camera)(dual camera)
12 megapixels
12MPf/2.452mm1.0µm
12.2 megapixels
Main camera resolution4000x3000 pixels4032x3024 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fps4K UHD (3840x2160) 60 fps
FlashQuad-LED flashLED flash
Focal aperturef/1.8 (aperture)f/1.5 (aperture)
Focal length28mm lens26mm lens
Sensor size1/2.55" inches1/2.55" inches
Pixel size1.4µm pixel1.4µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF: phase detection autofocusPDAF on back camera and autofocus front camera
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
Camera extras1080p@240fps1080p@240fps
720p@960fps

📸 Front camera

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
Front camera (secondary)7.1 megapixels8 megapixels
Front camera resolution3072x2304 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (secondary)Full HD (1920x1080)2K UHD (2560x1440)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)f/1.7 (aperture)
Focal length32mm lens25mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registered1/3.6" inches
Pixel sizefeature not registered1.22µm pixel

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
LoudspeakerStereo soundStereo sound
32-bit/384kHz
Dolby Atmos
Tuned by AKG
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedFM
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMPEG4, H.265, H.264, MOVMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviD
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFFMP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC

🔌 Connectivity

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
USBUSB 2.0 proprietary connectorUSB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-Go
Audio outputproprietary audio output3.5mm jack
TV outputProprietary TV-outUSB Type-C (reversible)
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP/LE5.0 + A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi hotspot
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) + MIMO
WiFi Direct, hotspot
DLNANot supportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
NFCSupportedSupported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Gyroscope
Proximity sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
ANT+
Barometer
Compass
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Gyroscope
Hall effect
Heart rate
Iris scanner
Proximity sensor
SpO2
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported

🔋 Battery

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
Battery typeLi-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)Li-Ion: Lithium-Ion (Non removable)
Battery capacity3174 mAh3000 mAh
Charger, watts15W Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging
USB Power Delivery 2.0
15W (9V/1.67A) Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
Quick Charge 2
Talk time autonomy25 hours (1 days)feature not registered
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Face ID
- AirDrop, iCloud, FaceTime, Siri
- Apple Pay
- Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter included
- Fast battery charging: 50% in 30min
- Colors: Black, Silver, Blue, Gold, Orchid Gray
- Samsung DeX
- Curved edge screen
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
- Samsung Gear VR compatible
- Samsung Pay

☢️ Radiation rate

Apple iPhone XS Max (512GB)Samsung Galaxy S9 (SM-G960W)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registered0.63W/kg (head), 1.08W/kg (body)
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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