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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (8GB RAM, 512GB) is a slightly better phone than the Apple iPhone X 256GB, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (8GB RAM, 512GB)!

Apple iPhone X 256GB  Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (8GB RAM, 512GB) 
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Excellence Score
85.9
90.4
Value for Money Score
51.8
56.0
Price ₹ 85,199 onwards ₹ 78,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 11, Upgradeable to 12Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1125x2436 pixels (~ 463 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 514 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features OLED, Super Retina HD Display, HDR Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), 3D Touch, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously Super AMOLED, HDR10 Compliant, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.39 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name A11 Bionic with Neural Engine and M11 Motion CoprocessorRanked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810 OctaRanked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 3 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Wide-angle: F/1.8 Aperture, Telephoto: F/2.8 Aperture, Dual Optical Image Stabilisation, 6P Lens, Quad-LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Sapphire Crystal Lens Cover, Backside Illumination Sensor, Hybrid IR Filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Portrait Mode, Portrait Lightening, Optical Zoom, Live Photos with Stabilisation, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Body and Face Detection, Exposure Control, Noise Reduction, Auto HDR for Photos, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Timer mode, Geo-tagging, Full HD Video Rec. at 30 fps or 60 fps, Slow-motion Video: 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse Video with Stabilisation, Cinematic Video Stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Continuous Autofocus Video, Take 8MP Still Photos while Rec. 4K Video, Playback zoom 12MP (Wide): F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording; Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode
Secondary Camera 7.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, Retina Flash, Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, Animoji, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Auto HDR, Backside Illumination Sensor, Body and Face Detection, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Exposure Control, Timer mode F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22 µm Pixel Size, 25mm Focal Length, Full HD Video Recording, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 512 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.7 mm 8.8 mm
Weight 174 gm 201 gm
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 2716 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 21.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, Quick Charge 2.0
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time: upto 12 hrs, Video Playback Time (wireless): upto 13 hrs, Audio Playback Time (wireless): upto 60 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; Fast Battery Charging: Upto 50% Charge in 30 mins; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; WiFi Calling; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Exquisite design and materials, in-line with the price of the phone - the iPhone X is a piece of desire
  • And of course, there is no home button, just a stunning 5.8-inch screen that hugs the edge, reaching for the silver band that’s just millimeters away - the iPhone X is a looker
  • The steel construction is of a gorgeous surgical steel, up to the highest standards of industrial design
  • Measured diagonally, the iPhone X screen is the largest on any iPhone ever made, yet the device fits comfortably in your hand - thanks to the bezel-less display
  • The back of the iPhone X is protected by ultra-hard glass (the same Corning custom blend that backs the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus) with a smudge-resistant oleophobic coating on the outside - touching the smooth glass exterior and looking at the steel-and-copper-plate frame underneath, the iPhone X feels like a beautiful contradiction
  • The display itself is simply gorgeous - in addition to being Apple’s first OLED display on a phone — the 5.8-inch screen is the highest-resolution smartphone display Apple has ever made - the 2436 x 1125 resolution screen has a whopping 458 pixels per inch - the iPhone X display also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), which means you see a greater contrast range and more colors than on non-HDR screens - this is simply the best iPhone display ever - you have never seen such bright, touchable colors or inky blacks on an iPhone handset, nor have you ever seen an iPhone screen hug the virtually bezel-less edge and corners of a device the way the iPhone X does
  • One of the first results of that is a highly effective iPhone X unlocking routine, based on FaceID - unlike pressing and holding the home button, accessing the iPhone X feels like a single gesture - it is also super accurate and extremely difficult to fool
  • The other function of the home button - to get you to the iPhone home screen - is replaced by system-wide intuitive gestures - they will take a couple of days to get used to - but once you do, they are pretty seamless
  • Apple Pay and Siri also now live under the now substantially longer sleep/lock button - it takes a double press to access Apple Pay - pressing and holding down the side button activates Siri
  • The Apple iPhone X runs the exact same CPU as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus - the A11 Bionic chip is super powerful and impressive with killer benchmark scores and significant, built-in AI power - expectedly, it runs silky smooth, and responsive, whatever you throw at it
  • Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X has a dual-camera system (one wide-angle lens and one 2x telephoto) on the rear camera (though it is interestingly turned 90 degrees to align with the long edge of the device, adding to the iPhone X's distinctive looks)
  • Among the current top crop of flagship phones - the Galaxy Note 8, the Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a close contest for the best camera, but they are all really really good
  • Video recording performance is top-notch too, with excellent stabilisation
  • Low-light photography is excellent too - and again comparable to other top cameras like the Galaxy Note 8
  • On the whole, the camera performance is a little bit better than the already amazing iPhone 8 Plus camera, especially in low light - and comparable even to professional stand-alone cameras
  • The front camera takes things up another notch with "TrueDepth" - the same technology that helps with FaceID - unlocking some fascinating and often entertaining use cases
  • Firstly, the 7-megapixel camera is now a Selfie Portrait Mode camera - relying on TrueDepth to create the bokeh effect, even with a single front camera - given the right light, the results are truly impressive
  • The TrueDepth camera is also responsible for animojis - another of Apple's innovations - adorable animated heads that can move in sync with your mouth, head and facial expressions - Animojis tracked virtually every head turn, nod, wink, smile, eyebrow raise, and furrowed brow - and integrate seamlessly with iMessage
  • The TrueDepth camera will also take third-party apps to new places - Snapchat for instance is already developing new 3D skins that take advantage of the TrueDepth camera
  • Very good call quality
  • Best in class speakers
  • Very good battery life - comparable to the excellent iPhone 8 Plus - should comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • Also supports wireless charging and works with any Qi-compatible charging base
  • Fast charging is supported too
  • On the whole, while there are similarities between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, but the way the iPhone X looks, feels and, most importantly, works, puts it on a different plane
  • The iPhone X changes everything - and takes you on a trip that is as refreshing as perhaps the very first iPhone was
  • All considered, this is right now the best smartphone (a lot of) money can buy - and if you find yourself on your phone more than you do on your computer, constantly staring down at it, then it might make sense to get the best one out there
  • You can of course opt for the significantly cheaper iPhone 8/Plus, but you'll lose the design and the screen on the iPhone X, which make for an experience in themselves
  • While, mostly, new phones are iterative upgrades to last year’s model, this, the iPhone X, feels like the future - this is the closest to smartphone perfection Apple has ever got
  • Big, stylish, premium, high-end phablet, mostly continuing the design from the previous Note series - Samsung continues to do an impressive job cramming a lot of screen into a reasonably manageable footprint
  • The new blue and purple paint jobs look excellent
  • The fingerprint sensor has now (thankfully) migrated from the side of the camera to underneath it, making it more intuitive to use
  • The new stylus (S-Pen) comes in vibrant color options, and now can be used as a (bluetooth) remote control for the phone - serving as a handy surrogate for those who don’t own a compatible smartwatch - for instance you could control your music player (single click plays/pauses a song, and a double-click extends the track), or you could use it as a shutter button in the camera app which could be a useful way to take a selfie without having to hold the phone at arms’ length
  • Absolutely gorgeous, vibrant, bright, big display - one of the best displays in a smartphone, period
  • Samsung's Android UI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and includes the (somewhat useful, but not always useful) Bixby AI assistant
  • Top-end, top-notch performance backed by flagship hardware - the Note 9 will steamroll through anything you throw at it
  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras - up there with the best of the lot, the Pixel 2 and the Galaxy S9 Plus - this time out, most of the camera improvements are on the software side of things - as has been the case for a lot of flagships this year - two features in particular stand out: Scene Optimizer (AI engine to pick the scene you are shooting and tweak settings accordingly) and Flaw Detection (AI engine to pick out and warn about blurry shots, people blinking in the picture etc)
  • Very good selfie camera too
  • Surprisingly loud and powerful stereo speakers - there's one on the bottom, and the earpiece doubles up as the second - all your music, games and videos will sound rich, crisp and clear without any distortion
  • Very good battery life - with a 4000mAh battery this time, you can now expect the phone to last a full day and night
  • Fast charging, and wireless charging support
  • On the whole, the Note continues to be Samsung's “innovation brand”, the uber-premium device that allows the company to push the limits of its mobile hardware, and at least for the time being, the Note remains one of the best methods for transporting a whole lot of screen around on your person - the big screen and stylus come together to walk the line between productivity and entertainment - it’s big, it’s bold, and it remains the phablet to beat
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The metal rim can scuff without a case
  • With the new home-button-less interface, you will need to learn a new gesture based approach to navigation (although, in fairness, it is pretty intuitive, and shouldn't take more than a couple of days to learn)
  • Fast charging is supported but you will need to buy new accessories for that
  • Of course, as is usually the case with all Note series phones, a lot of people might still find the size a bit too large, and unwieldy, for their taste - it's also fairly heavy - beyond the 200g mark
  • The company’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to the Note line means there are plenty of features that will probably never really make their way into your daily routine - the Note continues to be a phone that's best suited for the most hardcore users
  • Like always, one of the key things about whether you should buy the Note, should be if you see yourself using the stylus for handwritten notes, annotations, making drawings, and the likes - this is always a divided house - some people find it useful as a productivity device, and others not so much
  • The 512GB storage option is arguably too extreme - with cloud syncing and the rest, it’s pretty hard to imagine many people would come close to those limits in the two or so years until they upgrade the handset
Expert Reviews
  1. The iPhone X excels in design and build, it has one of the best smartphone screens, unmatched performance, and top-notch camera experience....Apple did great in picking and packing the hardware for the iPhone X.
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. iPhone X is an overdue and winning evolution of the iPhone
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The iPhone X is the most radical change to the iPhone formula ever, and despite some concerns, Apple has built a seriously impressive machine
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The iPhone X is the first iPhone since that one that feels genuinely new and different
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  5. It's impossible to give a perfect score to something that costs this much - but this is the closest to smartphone perfection Apple has ever got.
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  1. One of the year's best phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s too expensive for a lot of us. But it remains the phablet to beat.
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. For the Note 9 to make sense, you need to want more than just “more,” you need to want the most
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Compelling experience for consumers that want it all
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An 'ALMOST' perfect flagship smartphone
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
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