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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GB vs Apple iPhone XS Max 512GB

Comparison: side by side, pros and cons and the differences between Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GB vs Apple iPhone XS Max 512GB phones. Which is the best phone?

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20 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GB vs 04 Apple iPhone XS Max 512GB

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GB
SpecificationsCompareModelsPictures
6.4"
AMOLED

1440x2960

12.2
MP

8mp

8GB
RAM

64bit Octa

4000
mAh

(Non removable)

Apple iPhone XS Max 512GB
SpecificationsCompareModels
6.5"
AMOLED

1242x2688

12
MP

7.1mp

4GB
RAM

64bit Hexa

3174
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the best phone? The PhoneMore's choice is Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GB

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20 Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GB

Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBvsiPhone XS Max 512GB
 17%17%
+More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
2.8Ghz 64bit Octa-Corevs2.25Ghz 64bit Hexa-Core
 100%100%
+More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking
8GB LPDDR4Xvs4GB LPDDR4X
Advantage+More external storage for files using memory cardsUntil 512GB microSD, microSDHC, microSDXCvsNot supported
 3%3%
+Lighter
201 grams (7.04 ounces)vs208 grams (7.28 ounces)
 28%28%
+Higher resolution screen
1440x2960 pixelsvs1242x2688 pixels
 13%13%
+Crisper display of text, images and video because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
514 PPIvs456 PPI
 1%1%
+Higher resolution main camera
(dual camera) 12.2 megapixels + 12MPvs(dual camera) 12 megapixels + 12MP
Advantage+You with less worry when taking pictures with auto focusPDAF on back camera and autofocus front cameravsPDAF: phase detection autofocus
 20%20%
+Diaphragm opening (Aperture) of the camera which has the smallest F number takes photos with better light exposure
f/1.5 (aperture)vsf/1.8 (aperture)
 13%13%
+Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
(front) 8 megapixelsvs(front) 7.1 megapixels
 78%78%
+More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
2K UHD (2560x1440 pixels)vsFull HD (1920x1080 pixels)
 17%17%
+Faster for surfing the internet and download files
(4G+ LTE-A) 1200 Mbpsvs(4G+ LTE-A) 1024 Mbps
Advantage+Headsets with 3.5mm Jack size are more common and easy to find in stores3.5mm jackvsproprietary audio output
Advantage+Sensors help you use the deviceFingerprint (rear-mounted)vsNot supported
Advantage+Sensors help you use the deviceIris scannervsNot supported
Advantage+Sensors help you use the deviceHeart ratevsNot supported
Advantage+Sensors help you use the deviceSpO2vsNot supported
 26%26%
+Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
4000 mAhvs3174 mAh
Advantage+It's more advantageous to have more than one phone operator in the same device2 slots Dual-SIMvs1 slot
Advantage+More speed data transfer as mp3 and photos via USBUSB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GovsUSB 2.0 Proprietary connector

04 Advantages Apple iPhone XS Max 512GB

iPhone XS Max 512GBvsGalaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GB
 14%14%
+Thinner
7.7 millimeters (0.3 inches)vs8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)
Advantage+More resistant materialStainless steel body, front/back glassvsAluminum frame, front/back glass
 2%2%
+Larger screen
6.5"vs6.4"
Advantage+The Quad-LED flash helps in dark places or in low lightQuad-LED flashvsDual LED flash

32 Common items in both devices

+More internal storage for applications and files512GB (498GB user available)
+This device has a Super AMOLED screen, which are brighter and more vividSuper AMOLED
+More colors on the screen is better quality images and videos16 million
+The zoom allows for better focus and approach to take picturesDigital and optical zoom
+Image stabilization prevents blurry photos and helps in recording motion videoOIS: Optical stabilization
+The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightnessBSI sensor
+The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areasHDR photo/video on both cameras
+The larger sensor camera lets you take photos with better depth1/2.55" inches
+More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera4K UHD (3840x2160 pixels)
+The 4G+ LTE-A network is newer and faster4G+ LTE-A
+Better touchscreen. The capacitive screen is much more sensitiveCapacitive
+Better touch type. Multitouch allows to use more fingers at the same timeMultitouch
+Sensors help you use the deviceAccelerometer
+Sensors help you use the deviceProximity
+Sensors help you use the deviceCompass
+Sensors help you use the deviceAmbient Light
+Sensors help you use the deviceGyroscope
+Sensors help you use the deviceBarometer
+Sensors help you use the deviceFace recognition (unlock)
+Removable battery can be replaced easilyLi-Ion (Non removable) / LiPo - Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
+Speakerphone is useful when you are driving and on other occasionsSpeakerphone
+The video calling allows to make calls with voice and videoVideo calling
+The vibration of the device aids in the use of several featuresVibrating alert
+Noise-canceling microphone allows better call qualityActive noise cancellation
+The TV-output lets you use your device on TV by cableUSB Type-C SlimPort® / Proprietary TV-out
+It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your deviceA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou / A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
+WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + MIMO (2.4Ghz/5Ghz) is newer and faster802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + MIMO (2.4Ghz/5Ghz)
+Bluetooth 5.0 version A2DP/LE is newer and faster5.0 version A2DP/LE
+NFC allows you to make payments by approach quickly and securelyNFC
+Better sites viewing on the internetHTML, XHTML, HTML5
+Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keysGorilla Glass 5 / Scratch-resistant glass
+Protection against water allows you talk to your friends in the rain, for exampleWaterproof (IPxx certified) / IP68 certified
+ 24 COMMON ITEMS

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Model and physical featuresSamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
BrandSamsungApple
ModelGalaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBiPhone XS Max 512GB
Also known asGalaxy Note9 8GB/512GB (Qualcomm) SM-G9600/DS, Samsung CrowniPhone Xs Max A1921, A2101, A2102, A2104
Country or region where it's soldLatin AmericaBrazilChinaVarious (International)
Release dateAugust, 2018September, 2018
Depth8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)7.7 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Size (width x height)76.4 x 161.9 millimeters (3.01 x 6.37 in)77.4 x 157.5 millimeters (3.05 x 6.2 in)
Weight201 grams (7.04 ounces)208 grams (7.28 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum frame, front/back glassStainless steel body, front/back glass
Protection against water and othersWaterproof (IPxx certified)IP68 certified: dust proof and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30min
Operating system (OS)Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
Operating systemAndroid 8.1 OreoiOS 12
Firmware updatefeature not registeredfeature not registered
HardwareSamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
Architecture - Chipset64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 MSM8998 (10nm)64bit - Apple A12 Bionic (7nm)
CPU processorOcta-Core, 2 processors:
2.8Ghz Quad-Core Kryo 385 Gold
1.7Ghz Quad-Core Kryo 385 Silver
Hexa-Core, 2 processors:
2.25Ghz Dual-Core Vortex
1.6Ghz Quad-Core Tempest
GPU graphical controllerQualcomm Adreno 630Apple GPU MP4
RAM memory8GB LPDDR4X4GB LPDDR4X
Internal storage512GB (498GB user available)512GB (498GB user available)
NVMe (SSD)
External storageUntil 512GB microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
(hybrid slot/shares the same SIM-2 slot)
Not supported
DisplaySamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
Display typeSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Screen size6.4" inches6.5" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~84% (screen-to-body ratio)~85.1% (screen-to-body ratio)
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Display resolution1440x2960 pixels1242x2688 pixels
Pixel density (dot pitch)514 PPI456 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassGorilla Glass 5Scratch-resistant glass
Mobile networks and dataSamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
Dual-SIMDual SIM Standby - Call active on one sim card
(hybrid slot/shares the same microSD slot)
Not supported
SIM card2 slots Dual-SIM
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot
nano-SIM (4FF)
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
All models:
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100

A2104 model:
TD-SCDMA 1900/2000
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat18 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2600 (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,18,19,20,28,29,30)
TD-LTE 1900/2300/2500/2600 (Bands 38,39,40,41)
LTE Cat16

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)

VoLTE
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, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, TD-SCDMA, UMTS, TD-HSDPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE, LTE-A
Secondary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkGPRS, EDGENot supported
Maximum download/upload1200/150 Mbps1024/150 Mbps
Messaging and callingSamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
Primary camera / Back cameraSamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
Main camera(dual camera)
12.2 megapixels
12MP telephoto (f/2.4 1/3.4" 52mm 1.0µm AF OIS 2x-zoom)
(dual camera)
12 megapixels
12MP f/2.4 52mm 1.0µm
Main camera resolution4032x3024 pixels4000x3000 pixels
Video recording (primary)4K UHD (3840x2160 pixels) 60 fps4K UHD (3840x2160 pixels) 60 fps
FlashDual LED flashQuad-LED flash
Focal aperturef/1.5 (aperture)f/1.8 (aperture)
Focal length26mm lens28mm lens
Sensor size1/2.55" inches1/2.55" inches
Pixel size1.4µm pixel1.4µm pixel
AutofocusPDAF on back camera and autofocus front cameraPDAF: phase detection autofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilizationOIS: Optical stabilization
ZoomDigital and optical zoomDigital and optical zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video on both camerasHDR photo/video on both cameras
Front camera / Secondary cameraSamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
Front camera8 megapixels7.1 megapixels
Front camera resolution3264x2448 pixels3072x2304 pixels
Video recording (secondary)2K UHD (2560x1440 pixels)Full HD (1920x1080 pixels)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/1.7 (aperture)f/2.2 (aperture)
Focal length25mm lens32mm lens
Sensor size1/3.6" inchesfeature not registered
Pixel size1.22µm pixelfeature not registered
MultimediaSamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.265, H.264, H.263, DivX, XviDMPEG4, H.265, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, OGG, eAAC+, FLACMP3, WAV, AAX+, AIFF
Connectivity and interfacesSamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
USBUSB 3.1 Type-C, USB OTG On-The-GoUSB 2.0 Proprietary connector
TV outputUSB Type-C SlimPort®Proprietary TV-out
Audio output3.5mm jackproprietary audio output
Bluetooth5.0 version A2DP/LE5.0 version A2DP/LE
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + MIMO (2.4Ghz/5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + MIMO (2.4Ghz/5Ghz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
NFCSupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDouA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsSamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
Java / Flash playerNot supportedNot supported
SensorsAccelerometer
Proximity
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Barometer
Iris scanner
Heart rate
SpO2
Hall effect
Face recognition (unlock)
Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
Accelerometer
Proximity
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Barometer
Face recognition (unlock)
Other features- Colors: Black, Copper, Purple, Blue
- Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
- Curved edge screen
- S Pen Stylus (Bluetooth integration)
- Samsung Pay
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Samsung DeX (Desktop experience)
- Quick Charge 2.0
- ANT+
- Miracast
- WiFi direct, hotspot
- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Face ID
- 3D Touch
- AirDrop, iCloud, FaceTime, Siri
- Apple Pay
- Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter included
- Fast battery charging: 50% in 30min
- Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
- 1080p@240fps slow motion
- WiFi hotspot
Power supply and autonomySamsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
Battery technologyLi-Ion (Non removable)
Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging (Qi/PMA)
LiPo - Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Fast battery charging
Qi wireless charging
Battery capacity4000 mAh3174 mAh
Battery model / charger (watts)feature not registeredfeature not registered
Talk timefeature not registered1500 minutes | 25 hours | 1 days
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Specific absorption rate (radiation)Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N9600 512GBApple iPhone XS Max 512GB
SAR USA, Mexico, Colombia0.96 W/Kg (head) | 0.92 W/Kg (body)feature not registered
SAR European Union, UKfeature not registeredfeature not registered

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