Apart from a few aesthetic modifications like a repositioned fingerprint sensor, much has not changed from the S9 + released earlier this year. Inside, note 9 gets a water coolant system that seems to do little in terms of performance, a surprising result considering that the phablet uses the same processor as Samsung's flagship smartphone.
Aside from a larger screen and S Pen support, the note contains some cases over the S9 series. It includes cameras, coming straight from the S9 +, although Samsung may have spent some time on software improvements to optimize image quality.
We have already compared the iPhone Xs camera with S9 +, but let's see if the note 9 could be better on Samsung's view.
Beginning with some macro images, we used the wide lenses of both phones and came as close as possible to the subject while keeping the focus. We were able to get quite closer to the note 9 compared to the iPhone X. Samsung actually showed us a small icon indicating that Macro mode was enabled, while iPhone did not have such a feature.
Running the same test with telephoto lenses gave similar results, as note 9 was able to get closer to the subject while keeping it in focus. We noticed that the exposure on Note 9 was also better.
Then we compared the f / 2.4 and f / 1.5 apertures in note 9, and the f / 1.5 mode note was much less detailed than the smaller aperture mode f / 2, 4. Interestingly, iPhone X was sharper than both Modus 9 modes, despite having a f / 1.8 blender in its wide-angle lens.
One thing you do not get in Samsung's Pro mode is HDR so we restore the previous test with Auto mode and noticed that the note's HDR effect made the picture look a little fake compared to the same image on iPhone X. Samsung The version was also a bit blown out too. Overall, colors and contrast look much better on the iPhone.
Both of these phones have their own portraits and Live Focus modes to add artistic blur to an image. Unlike Apple's standby mode, note 9 that you can adjust the amount of blur in the background, but the feature may look a little fake at maximum settings.
Comparing both images, the iPhone looks much more realistic as far as blurry. This can even pass a shot from a DSLR camera, as long as you do not blow it up to a larger size. One thing we like about note 9 is that it adds simulated bokehballer so it looks like what you get with a lens from a DSLR. Overall, the win goes to iPhone X.
Comparing the blurring of the front cameras, iPhone looks much more realistic. However, the iPhone X picture had a little too much contrast, and we noticed that Samsung has quite a wider lens for selfies. This last feature is a plus to take self-help with friends. Not only does Samsung have a broader lens for selfie images, it also has a panoramic selfie mode that allows you to get much more of the background in your image. It was a good job to put the shot together, we did not see literally any objects or torn at all.
By default, Samsung adds a little blur and leveling of the skin in the form of beauty face mode, and you can actually enter the settings and turn it off, then we did it and took the test back. Unfortunately, it still looks like some of it is used, even if you move the slider to zero.
We noticed that note 9 actually turned on beauty mode again even after we manually turned it off. So we tested a self-esteem after switching it off to compare details. We can instantly notice that the note 9 blew out the sky, where the iPhone X actually held a lot of the blue in the picture. However, the colors on iPhone X were off because the sweater in the image is actually gray, not blue. Note 9 does a much better job in faithful repetitive colors.
Both of these phones offer up to 10x zoom files, so we decided to see which phone would link a higher quality image. Note 9 seems to be better in almost every way. Colors contrast and detail all look better.
We have performed another portrait mode test, except this time, we saw how far the subject may be while still triggering the feature. Both phones actually worked from about the same distance, except we noticed that the note 9 gave a fairly large amount of blurred, and then almost unrealistic. The iPhone X seems to account for the distance you are away from the subject and it adjusts the veil to be more realistic.
The veil around the camera and the face of Note 9 is not very good, so you can easily tell that it is being used with software.
Low light and wide lenses
We made a final detail shot with wide lenses. Looking closer, Samsung looks much better. The IPhone X has too much contrast in this image, as well as a bit of overshadowing. The colors of Note 9 look much more alive.
Back in the office, we took some pictures in low light using portrait and vibrant focus mode. Note 9 looks better and brighter in auto mode, both phones decided not to use flash. We manually activated flash and iPhone X looked pretty good. Note 9 seemed to overlook the face and background.
We switched to the wide lens, and the iPhone X image seemed to be a little blurred. We took the same picture again and the iPhone X image was still unclear compared to Note 9.
Exit our low light self-test in auto mode, we see none of the phones are good. Note 9 overexposed slightly, but the image was the winner, as the iPhone X image looks a little dark and loses detail.
Finally, note 9 was definitely better for macro shots, which you can get pretty closer than you can with iPhone X. The colors and contrast of those pictures looked better on Note 9 as well. In general, Samsung was better in contrast and color compared to iPhone X, except for a few situations like the details of the waterfall, the note 9 was a bit too cool.
Surprisingly, Note 9 did an outstanding job while you were 10x zoom, iPhone X hit in detail, exposure and color.
iPhone X definitely strikes Samsung when comparing portrait and live focus modes. The bleach edge was much more accurate and it looked very natural, while note 9 was so fake in a few tests. IPhone X did a much better job for selfies, from all, including blurring, color and exposure.
Too little light, iPhone X definitely became much more natural thanks to the slow sync flash when it was used, but it had sharpness issues when not using flash.
Overall, out of the 15 main scenarios we watched, note 9 was on top and hit iPhone X in 9 of them. We are very impressed with Samsung for improvements in their cameras and software in recent years, now we just have to see what Apple is wearing with the new 2018 iPhone series.
Where can I buy
Shoppers Looking to buy Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone X, you can take advantage of special offers on wireless carriers and electronics retailers.
For those who wish to purchase the note 9, B & H Photo offers customers a free Samsung DeX Pad Dock and Qi Wireless Charger Duo valued at up to $ 218.99. The phone itself qualifies for free shipping – and B & H will not collect commodity charges on orders shipped outside of New York and New Jersey. Samsung also takes orders for the new device with free add-ons.
Wireless operators AT & T and Verizon also offer one, get a free promotion of 128GB Note 9.
For iPhone X Buyers, T-Mobile and AT & T, $ 700 offers another iPhone X with qualifying plans and conditions. The device is also available on eBay, often with discount.