Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: Which One Is a Better Value for Money?

Apple and Samsung are constantly battling it out for the crown of leading smartphone manufacturer. Both brands are continuously releasing new products to increase their market share in the smart devices market. Two of their most recent releases include the iPhone X (released on November 2017) and the Samsung Galaxy S9 (released on March 2018). This review aims at helping you choose one of these phones that is a better value for your money.


Summary of the Specs



Samsung Galaxy S9

iPhone X


2960 x 1440 (570ppi)

2436 x 1125 (458ppi)


5.8-inch Super Amoled

5.8-inch OLED

Aspect ratio

18 5:9


Front camera

8MP f/1.7

7MP f/2.2

Rear camera

12MP f/1.5 f/2.4 variable aperture, OIS

12MP wide angle, f/1.8 OIS | 12MP telephoto, f/2.4 OIS








Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung Exynos 9810

Apple 811 Bionic

Battery capacity



Wireless charging



Data port



Headphone jack



Face/iris scanner



Fingerprint scanner









MicroSD slot

SDXC up to 400GB


 Samsung S9 display


Design and Display

Apple incorporated the thin bezels, which is similar to the Galaxy S9, in the design of the iPhone X. The design first appeared in the Galaxy S8. On the iPhone X, there is a cutout area left for the sensors and camera. The S9, on the other hand, has a fingerprint scanner lying beneath the rear-facing camera.

 iPhone x display

Both phones have a display size of 5.8 inches. However, the S9 has a higher screen resolution (2960 x 1440) and higher pixel density (570ppi) than the iPhone X (2436 x 1125 screen resolution and 458ppi pixel density). Though the S9 features a Super AMOLED screen while the iPhone X features an OLED screen, both phones can stream HDR content. The iPhone X feels great to touch with its glass rear while the S9 has a rear made of premium materials.



The iPhone X beats the Galaxy S9 in terms of the OS, which is tailor-made for its hardware. Both phones can effectively handle day-to-day usage including playing HD games, streaming HD content and running apps simultaneously. Though the iPhone X has a smaller RAM (3GB) as compared to the S9 (4GB), it is still powerful than the Android-powered device. The two phones have 64GB/256GB storage options but the external SD support is only available on the S9.

 iPhone X


The Galaxy S9 and iPhone X both have 12MP rear camera sensors. However, they differ in the type of lenses with the iPhone X having a dual lens setup (f/1.8 for the wider lens and f/2.4 for the telephoto lens). The S9, which has one lens, has a mechanical aperture varying from f/1.5 and f/2.4, on its rear camera that can provide more light. The iPhone X is superior to the S9, which tends to over-expose images, in terms of photo quality.


The iPhone X boasts of a 7MP front camera with a f/2.2 aperture while the S9 has an 8MP front camera with a f/1.7 aperture. You can use both phones to capture decent photos in low-light surroundings. However, photos captured by the S9 lack realistic details since they have overly boosted colors.

 Samsung S9 camera


The iPhone X, which retails at $1,149 for the 256GB option and $999 for the 64GB option, is among the most expensive phones. The S9, on the other hand, costs $869 for the 256GB version and $739 for the 64GB option. The prices differ depending on the country and vendor.


Final Verdict

You may consider buying the iPhone X if you are looking for a phone with a secure operating system, better camera and lightweight design. The S9 may also appeal to you if you want a budget phone with a larger battery capacity, more storage options, super AMOLED display and open source OS. The iPhone X still takes the lead in general based on its features.