If you’re a smartphone lover, prepare to flash some cash.
A new smartphone contender was launched on Sunday hoping to dethrone Apple’s, iPhone X.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 will be on sale starting mid-March.
Good news for Samsung, but maybe not for Apple especially after the missed sales target of its iPhone X and a turbulent year for the technology company.
But is there a clear difference between Galaxy S9 and iPhone X?
Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X
To begin with, the design does not look much different, according to Trusted reviews, a platform for tech reviews.
Apple has embraced a bezel-less design for the iPhone X, which makes it look similar to its Android rivals including Galaxy S9.
According to Trusted Reviews, both phones feature 5.8-inch OLED screens; Samsung’s is a Super AMOLED.
“Of the two, Samsung’s S9 has a higher-resolution 2960 x 1440 display, which amounts to a pixel density of 570ppi. The iPhone X makes do with a 2436 x 1125 OLED, which makes for a pixel density of 458ppi. Both phones can display HDR material,” it said.
Bloomberg reveals that Samsung has equipped the S9 Plus with two cameras: a wide-angle, and a telephoto (like the iPhone X) and both capture at a resolution of 12 megapixels (also like the iPhone X).
It says that Samsung even mounts the two lenses of the S9 Plus vertically — something Apple also does with its flagship.
It says: “But the big difference may come with low-light performance. When you take a picture with the S9, you actually capture 12 images simultaneously. The phone then compares all exposures to create a single shot that includes all the detail you want, but with as little grain and noise as possible. It’s similar to how the iPhone X processes high-dynamic range photos, taking three images at different levels of light exposure to combine them to produce a richer, more balanced image.”
It continues: “Samsung’s decision to expand this technology in the S9 complements the physical camera lens, which has a wider aperture to let in more light — an f1.5 aperture compared to Apple’s f1.8. In the camera world, that small change can make a big difference.”
What about performance?
According to Digital Trends, a tech platform, the Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor, which is faster and less power-hungry than last year’s Snapdragon 835.
But it says that the Galaxy S9 is up against a behemoth in the speed stakes.
“Apple’s iPhone X is packing the company’s A11 Bionic chip and it’s lightning fast, blowing away all comers in benchmark testing,” it said.
Digital Trends reveals that the iPhone X only has 3GB of RAM, but iOS handles memory management differently than Android, so it doesn’t translate to inferior multitasking performance.
“Both phones come with 64GB of onboard storage, but there’s also a 256GB version of the iPhone X, though it does cost an extra $150,” it says.
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“The Galaxy S9 offers a MicroSD card slot for easy, and potentially cheap, memory expansion of up to 400GB,” it adds.
Whether or not the two smartphones are hugely different, the latest problems faced by Apple may work in Samsung’s favour.
Bad time for Apple
Apple faced various challenges in the past year.
Media reports revealed last month that Apple will cut its iPhone X production target for the first three months of the year by half to around 20 million units after failing to meet sale targets of the device for the holiday season.
Unfortunately, the company also faced a hard time when it admitted on December 21, 2017, that it has been secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.
According to Business Insider, this incident gave regular customers a big reason to distrust it and seriously undermined fans’ faith in the company and loyalty to it.
The company has also been facing fierce competition from Samsung and surprisingly from Huawei.
According to Gadgets 360, Samsung grabbed the top spot in the global smartphone sales to end users in the third quarter of 2017 with 22.3% market share compared to 11.9% for Apple while Huawei succeeded in snatching 9.5% from the market.
The Verge, a technology platform, said that Huawei surpassed Apple’s global smartphone sales for the first time in June and July 2017.
And oh by the way!
Samsung may be proud of its advanced photography features but Huawei has also set a new standard in smartphone photography.
Huawei’s partnership with premium camera manufacturer Leica offers new and improved dual-lens camera technology.
The P10 focuses on portrait photography, creating portrait mode, introducing precise 3D facial detection, dynamic illumination and natural portrait enhancements to produce stunning artistic portrait shots.