How Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 stacks up against the iPhone X

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9 is official, and the company has once again outdone itself when it comes to putting a truly staggering amount of firepower into a phone. The top-of-the-line model offers a whopping 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, which are numbers that put most midrange laptops to shame.

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But in 2018, the smartphone market is already pretty tough. And both Apple and Google are already gearing up to release their own updated flagships this fall, so the Note 9’s competition is only going to get tougher. As is now tradition with these posts, it’s important to realize that raw specs don’t always tell the full story for a smartphone. What manufacturers do with their hardware, how well it’s optimized, and what real-world performance looks like isn’t always reflected in the specifications.

We’ll have a full review of the Note 9 soon. In the meantime, we’ve put the Note 9 head-to-head against some of its biggest competition on the market today, including the iPhone X, the G7 ThinQ, the U12 Plus, and Samsung’s own Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus to help you get a better idea of where things stand now as you decide which way to vote with your wallet this fall.

GALAXY NOTE 9 SPEC SHOOTOUT

Specification Galaxy Note 9 Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9 Plus iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus LG G7 ThinQ HTC U12 Plus Huawei P20 Pro Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2
Display 6.4-inches 5.8 inches 6.2 inches 5.8 inches 4.7 inches 5.5 inches 6.1 inches 6.0 inches 6.1 inches 6.0 inches 5.0 inches
Resolution 2960 x 1440 2960 x 1440 2960 x 1440 2436 x 1125 1334 x 750 1920 x 1080 3120 x 1440 2880 x 1440 2240 x 1080 2880 x 1440 1920 x 1080
Processor Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) A11 Bionic A11 Bionic A11 Bionic Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) Kirin 970 (2.36 GHz and 1.8 GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)
RAM 6GB, 8GB 4GB 6GB 3GB 2GB 3GB 4GB 6GB 6GB 4GB 4GB
Storage 128GB, 512GB 64GB 64GB 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB 64GB 64GB, 128GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB
Rear camera 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 16 megapixel, 16 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel (wide), 16 megapixel (telephoto) 40 megapixel, 20 megapixel (monochrome), 8 megapixel (telephoto) 12.2 megapixel 12.2 megapixel
Front camera 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel, 8 megapixel 24 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel
Battery 4000mAh 3000mAh 3500mAh 2716mAh 1821mAh 2675mAh 3000mAh 3420mAh 4000mAh 3520mAh 2700mAh
Water protection IP68 IP68 IP68 IP67 IP67 IP67 IP67 IP68 IP67 IP67 IP67
Wireless charging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Ports USB-C, headphone jack USB-C, headphone jack USB-C, headphone jack Lighting port Lighting port Lighting port USB-C, headphone jack USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Weight 0.44 pounds 0.36 pounds 0.42 pounds 0.38 pounds 0.33 pounds 0.45 pounds 0.36 pounds 0.41 pounds 0.40 pounds 0.39 pounds 0.32 pounds
Dimensions (in.) 6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 6.03 x 2.83 x 2.83 6.17 x 2.91 x 0.38 6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 6.20 x 3.00 x 0.30 5.70 x 2.70 x 0.30
Starting price $999.99 $719.99 $839.99 $999.00 $699.00 $799.00 $750.00 $799.99 €899 (not available in the US) $849.00 $649.00
Misc. Bluetooth S Pen, iris scanner, mechanically adjustable aperture Iris scanner, mechanically adjustable aperture Iris scanner, mechanically adjustable aperture Face ID scanner, runs iOS Runs iOS Runs iOS Quad DAC for Hi-Fi audio, ThinQ AI Squeezable side function Triple camera system Squeezable sides Squeezable sides