Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: The Battle of Arch Rivals

Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: The Battle of Arch Rivals

Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: The Battle of Arch Rivals

by September 19, 2018

Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9 PlusApple recently announced its lineup for 2018 at an event held in company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. The three phones launched are iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The iPhone XR is the cheapest of the three phones with starting price of Rs. 76,900. Today we’ll compare the same with Apple’s arch rival Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus smartphone that was launched earlier this year during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The comparison will be based on several parameters such as Design & Display, Processor, RAM, Storage, OS, Battery, Camera and last but not the least- price.

Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Design and Display

The Galaxy S9 Plus is one of the most stylish looking smartphones available in the market. It has a very elegant design with metal and glass body, which makes it look premium. It is a good improvement over its predecessor Galaxy S8 Plus. The device sports a 6.2-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED Infinity display with 2960 × 1440 pixel resolution and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The device is IP68 certified for water as well as dust resistance. In terms of design, the Galaxy S9 Plus measures 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm and weighs 189 grams.

The recently launched iPhone XR is built with an aerospace-grade aluminium design with six new finishes and it comes equipped with a more durable glass back. The phone has a premium feel just like the iPhone X or any other Apple device. It sports a 6.1-inch LCD Liquid Retina display with 1792 x 828 pixel resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio and 326 PPI pixel density. Apple has replaced the 3D touch system with that of Haptic touch system. The phone is IP67 certified for water and dust resistance. In terms of dimensions, the phone measures 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm and weighs about 194 grams.

Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Processor, RAM and Storage

The Galaxy S9 Plus is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 chipset in India combined with Mali-G72 MP18 and 6GB of RAM. There are two options in terms of storage- 64GB and 256GB.

On the other hand, the iPhone XR comes with Apple’s own A12 Bionic chipset with 4-core graphics Apple GPU. In terms memory, the phone features a 3GB RAM. There are three options in terms of inbuilt storage- 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Although, the iPhone X has a lower RAM, the Apple iPhones are known to have better performance than the Android processors.

Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: OS and Battery

The iPhone XR runs iOS 12 operating system out of the box and is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion battery which can provide a talk time of up to 25 hours as claimed by Apple.

With Galaxy S9 Plus, you get an Android Oreo experience out of the box. The battery capacity of the device is 3500mAh.

Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Camera

The Galaxy S9 Plus features a dual camera set up on the rear which consists of a 12MP primary sensor and a 12MP secondary sensor. The primary sensor is paired with a dual-aperture lens i.e. f/1.5 and f/2.4. For selfies, there’s an 8MP snapper with f/1.7 aperture.

On the other hand, the iPhone XR bears a single rear camera of 12MP with f/1.8 aperture.  The rear camera has several features such as Portrait Lighting, OIS, Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and depth control etc. The front hosts a 7MP camera with a f/2.2 aperture for selfies and video calls.

Although, the Galaxy S9 Plus seems to have a better camera set up on paper, the actual camera output may differ and thus we would advise you to refer more user or expert reviews before taking a decision which is based on the camera performance. Typically, the iPhone has a lower camera configuration on paper but it still performs better as compared to other phones with higher camera configuration.

Apple iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Price in India

Let us now have a look at the pricing of both the phones in India.

The Galaxy S9 Plus base variant i.e. 6GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage is priced at Rs. 64,900 and the top variant i.e. 6GB RAM + 256GB inbuilt storage is priced at Rs. 72,990.

The iPhone XR 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 76,900 and the 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 81,900. The top variant i.e. 256GB storage comes with a hefty price tag of Rs. 91,900.

CompareRaja’s Verdict:

Both Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone XR come with good set of features and specifications. Both the devices feature good design and provide a premium feel in the hand. The iPhone XR is a winner in terms of performance but Galaxy S9 Plus doesn’t lag behind much either. However, the iPhone devices are always priced high and the iPhone XR is no exception. There is a difference of about Rs. 10,000 in the base variant of both the phones. So, in terms of value for money, we feel Galaxy S9 Plus is a better option. Having said so, for those who prefer iOS experience, the iPhone XR is a good option to consider out of the current set of iPhones.

Do check out the quick specs comparison below to have better clarity on how the two devices compete against each other…

  Apple iPhone XR Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Display Size 6.1-inch 6.2-inch
Resolution 828 x 1792 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel Density 324 ppi 531 ppi
Aspect Ratio 18.5:9 18.5:9
Display Type LCD Super AMOLED
Dimensions 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight 194 grams 189 grams
Processor A12 Bionic Exynos 9810 SoC
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 3 GB 6 GB
Inbuilt Storage 64 GB or 128 GB or 256GB 64 GB or 256 GB
Expandable Storage Yes No
Primary Camera 12 MP 12 MP + 12 MP
Secondary Camera 7 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes, Retina Flash Yes, LED Flash
OS Version iOS 12 Android v8.1 (Oreo)
Battery Capacity NA 3500 mAh
Fingerprint Sensor No Yes (rear mounted)
Fast Charge Support Yes Yes
Wireless Charging No No