Galaxy S9 vs. iPhone X vs. Pixel 2: how the flagship phones stack up

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The 2017 smartphones are so last year (literally), and Samsung is starting the 2018 phone race with its traditionally early announcement of the Galaxy S9 at the Mobile World Congress 2018, as a follow-up to the Galaxy S8 last year.
Keep what worked, fix what you did not do and make everything more powerful
For years, the history of these flagship phones has been trying to transcend a simple shooting of specifications, with devices that try to compete to offer the best experience, and not necessarily the most powerful hardware. This time, the Galaxy S9 is actually a fairly simple device to explain. In essence, it is the Galaxy S8, with a couple of adjustments (such as moving the fingerprint sensor to a more sensible location) and all specifications raised to the absolute maximum for the most powerful device on the market, at least on paper. .
The bigger S9 Plus takes things one step further, with more RAM and a second camera, but the philosophy is the same: keep what worked very well with last year's S8, fix what's not, and do it even more powerful.

Can Samsung make lightning twice with a similar design? It's still too early to tell, and we'll soon have a review that should tell you exactly how good Samsung's new flagship is. Meanwhile, we have faced the S9 and the S9 Plus face to face with some of their biggest competitors, including Pixel 2, the iPhone X, the essential phone and more to give you a better idea of ​​what is the landscape of smart phones . It looks and helps you start making the decision of which phone should get the coveted place in your purse or pocket.

S9 specifications comparison

Specification

Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9 Plus

Pixel 2 XL

Pixel 2

iPhone X

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Plus

Galaxy Note 8

Essential phone

LG V30S ThinQ

HTC U11 Plus

Sony Xperia XZ2

Specification

Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9 Plus

Pixel 2 XL

Pixel 2

iPhone X

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Plus

Galaxy Note 8

Essential phone

LG V30S ThinQ

HTC U11 Plus

Sony Xperia XZ2

Display

5.8 inches

6.2 inches

6.0 inches

5.0 inches

5.8 inches

4.7 inches

5.5 inches

6.3 inches

5.71 inches

6 inches

6.0 inches

5.7 inches

Resolution

2960 x 1440

2960 x 1440

2880 x 1440

1920 x 1080

2436 x 1125

1334 x 750

1920 x 1080

2960 x 1440

2560 x 1312

2880 x 1440

2880 x 1440

2160 x 1080

Processor

Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core)

Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core)

Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)

Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)

A11 Bionic

A11 Bionic

A11 Bionic

Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)

Snapdragon 835 (2.45 GHz and 1.9 GHz, octa-core)

Snapdragon 835

Snapdragon 835 (2.45 GHz, octa-core)

Snapdragon 845 (2.7GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core)

RAM

4GB

6GB

4GB

4GB

3GB

2GB

3GB

6GB

4GB

6GB

4GB, 6GB

4GB

Storage

64GB

64GB

64 GB, 128 GB

64 GB, 128 GB

64 GB, 256 GB

64 GB, 256 GB

64 GB, 256 GB

64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB

128GB

128 GB, 256 GB

64 GB, 128 GB

64GB

Rear camera

12 megapixels

12 megapixels, 12 megapixels (width)

12.2 megapixels

12.2 megapixels

12 megapixels, 12 megapixels (width)

12 megapixels

12 megapixels, 12 megapixels (width)

12 megapixels, 12 megapixels (width)

13 megapixels, 13 megapixels (monochrome)

16 megapixels, 13 megapixels (width)

12 megapixels

19 megapixels

Frontal camera

8 megapixels

8 megapixels

8 megapixels

8 megapixels

7 megapixels

7 megapixels

7 megapixels

8 megapixels

8 megapixels

5 megapixels

8 megapixels

6 megapixels

Battery

3000mAh

3500mAh

3520mAh

2700mAh

2716mAh

1821mAh

2675mAh

3300mAh

3040mAh

3300mAh

3930mAh

3180mAh

Protection of water

IP68

IP68

IP67

IP67

IP67

IP67

IP67

IP68

N / A

IP68

IP68

IP65 / 68

Weight

0.36 pounds

0.42 pounds

0.39 pounds

0.32 pounds

0.38 pounds

0.33 pounds

0.45 pounds

0.43 pounds

0.41 pounds

0.35 pounds

0.41 pounds

0.44 pounds

Dimensions (in)

5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33

6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33

6.20 x 3.00 x 0.30

5.70 x 2.70 x 0.30

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30

5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29

6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30

6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34

5.57 x 2.80 x 0.31

5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29

6.24 x 2.95 x 0.33

6.02 x 2.83 x 0.44

starting price

$ 719.99

$ 839.99

$ 849.00

$ 649.00

$ 999.00

$ 699.00

$ 799.00

$ 930

$ 699.00

TBA

€ 799

TBA

Misc.

Iris scanner, adjustable mechanical opening, wireless charging

Iris scanner, adjustable mechanical opening, wireless charging

Squeezable Sides, without headphone jack

Squeezable Sides, without headphone jack

Facial identification scanner, without headphone jack

Wireless charging, without headphone jack

Wireless charging, without headphone jack

S Pen, Iris scanner, USB-C, wireless charging

Modular attachment system

Quad DAC for high fidelity audio, ThinQ AI

Side compressible function

Dynamic vibration system

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