Samsung today launched the flagship Galaxy Note 9 smartphone in India. Compared to the predecessor, it is now more refined, comes with a bigger battery and top of the line hardware. It will be competing with the likes of the iPhone X from Apple, and the Pixel 2 XL from Google. Here’s how the three smartphones compete based on their price, specifications and features.
Price in India, availability
The Galaxy Note 9 is offered in two storage variants – 6GB RAM with 128GB storage priced at Rs 67,900, and 8GB RAM with 512GB storage priced at Rs 84,900. It will go on sale starting August 24 via Flipkart, Samsung online shop and offline retailers. The iPhone X is also offered in two variants – the 64GB storage variant priced at Rs 95,390, whereas the higher end variant with 256GB storage priced at Rs 108,930. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, will set you back by Rs 60,999 for 64GB variant, and Rs 61,999 for the 128GB storage variant.
Watch: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 First Look
The Galaxy Note 9 features a 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display running at a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels, and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, comes with a 6-inch P-OLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:9.
As all three devices are flagship smartphones, they are all equipped with top of the line hardware. Samsung has equipped its Galaxy Note 9 with an octa-core Exynos 9810 SoC with some support for machine learning and neural processing. It is paired with either 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, or 8GB RAM with 512GB storage. A microSD card slot with support for up to 512GB is also present.
The Apple iPhone X has A11 Bionic octa-core chipset with just 3GB of RAM and option for either 64GB or 256GB of storage. However, Apple has optimized its iOS mobile operating system to such an extent that the phone won’t slow down easily. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, is powered by a Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC paired with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB / 128GB onboard storage options.
All three smartphones come equipped with the very best of cameras. The Galaxy Note 9 comes with dual cameras at the back, both having 12-megapixel resolution. One is a wide-angle sensor with dual aperture (f/1.5 to f/2.4), whereas the other is a telephoto lens enabling 2X optical zoom and portrait mode.
Samsung has also added artificial intelligence capabilites that can recognize between 20 different scenes to tweak the camera settings, and let you capture better photos. The Galaxy Note 9 can capture 4K videos at 60fps, and 960fps super slow-motion videos at HD (720p) resolution. Up front, you get an 8-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling.
The iPhone X also features dual cameras of 12-megapixel resolution – one is a wide-angle lens and other is a telephoto lens allowing you to click portrait mode photos, and the ones with 2X lossless zoom. Apple has also added portrait lighting mode that let you click photos with studio-like effects. Up front, the iPhone X comes with an 8-megapixel sensor.
Now, while Apple has Samsung have integrated dual cameras, Google has gone with a single camera on the Pixel 2 XL. It is equipped with a 12-megapixel sensor with dual pixel technology and aperture of f/1.7. The camera is backed by AI which not only corrects the colors, sharpens and tweaks other settings, but also let you click portrait mode photos using AI. Up front is an 8-megapixel sensor of aperture f/2.4 and it also lets you click portrait mode photos.
Battery, Connectivity and Operating System
While the Galaxy Note 9 is a dual SIM smartphone, the Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X are single SIM ones. All three smartphones come with Bluetooth, 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS and NFC connectivity options. Both Apple and Google have done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, whereas Samsung has retained it. For charging and data transfer, the Note 9 and Pixel 2 XL comes with a USB Type-C port, whereas the iPhone X comes with a lightning port.
The Note 9 comes armed with a 4,000mAh battery, the Pixel 2 XL comes with a 3,520mAh battery, whereas the iPhone X comes with a 2,716mAh battery. On the software front, the Pixel 2 XL gets an advantage of being a Google phone, and it runs Android 9.0 Pie, whereas the Galaxy Note 9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung’s custom UI on top. Lastly, the iPhone X runs iOS 11.3 and will soon be updated to iOS 12, sometime in September.
On the security front, the Galaxy Note 9 comes with face unlock, iris scanner and a fingerprint sensor. The Pixel 2 comes with a fingerprint scanner, whereas the iPhone X comes with 3D face scanning tech.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Comparison table
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Note 9||Apple iPhone X||Google Pixel 2 XL|
|Display||6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 aspect ratio||5.8-inch Retina AMOLED||6-inch P-OLED QHD, 18:9 aspect ratio|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core||Apple A11 Bionic octa-core||Snapdragon 835 octa-core|
|Storage||128GB/512GB (expandable)||64GB/256GB (non-expandable)||64GB / 128GB|
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel + 12-megapixel||12-megapixel + 12-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC||4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Android 8.1 Oreo||iOS 11.3||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Price||Rs 67,900 (128GB)
Rs 84,900 (512GB)
|Rs 95,390 (64GB)
Rs 1,08,930 (256GB)
|Rs 60,990 (64GB)
Rs 61,990 (128GB)