With the launch of the new iPhone XS Max, Apple is taking on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9.
The new extra-large iPhone has a big, beautiful OLED display, impressive battery life, and a high-end camera — much like the Note 9, which was introduced last month. Both phones cost more than $1,000, seemingly the new standard for high-end smartphones.
In fact, the two devices bear so many of the same features that they’re neck and neck for the title of best smartphone on the market.
Here’s how the iPhone XS Max compares with the Galaxy Note 9:
There are a few ways the iPhone XS Max beats the Galaxy Note 9. For one, the XS Max comes in three colors, while the Note 9 comes in only two.
The iPhone XS Max comes in gold, space gray, and silver.
The Galaxy Note 9 comes in two colors — ocean blue and lavender purple — though they’re arguably a bit more fun than the iPhone XS Max’s colors.
The iPhone XS Max runs iOS 12, the latest version of Apple’s smartphone operating system.
Out of the box, the iPhone XS Max will run iOS 12, the latest version of Apple’s smartphone operating system. The new OS has grouped messaging, tools to limit your screen time, personalized animated avatars called Memoji, and a new feature called Siri Shortcuts.
The Galaxy Note 9, on the other hand, runs Android 8.1 Oreo, which is already one generation old.
In a lot of ways, the two phones are identical. They have the same-size display — almost.
The displays on both the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9 are among the biggest you can buy, and they’re almost identical in size.
The iPhone XS Max wins by a hair — its display is 6.5 inches, while the Galaxy Note 9’s is 6.4 inches.