There is a concept that Apple iPhone X is a global premium phone which delivers the smoothest, most optimized software and hardware experiences to its users. Do you think its right? No, the taboo of holding iPhones as a status symbol is getting lower with time. The advent of other flagship devices by tech giants such as Samsung, has taken up the market with a bang.
Tests by high-profile YouTubers like XeeTechCare, SuperSaf TV and EverythingApplePro have reached a consensus: the iPhone X can’t live with the real world performance of the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.
Whats does the test suggest?
The shocking aspect to this? Apple seemingly has everything in its favour:
- iPhone X A11 chipset benchmarks up to 45% faster than the Galaxy S9 Plus Snapdragon
- 845 chipset used in the tests
- Snapdragon 845 is much slower than the Galaxy S9 Plus Exynos 9810 variant shipping outside America
- iOS is famed for its optimisation, efficiency and instant software updates
- Samsung’s Android customisation is infamous for bloatware, lag and glacial updates
However a part from all perks by Apple, iPhone X still has some serious issues related to its design:
Where the Galaxy S9 Plus dominates the iPhone X is in how much better it holds apps in memory. This despite Apple boasting the A11 is 70% faster at multitasking compared to the A10 in the iPhone 7.
Ultimately what Apple can’t escape is it can no longer afford to skimp on RAM. While the Galaxy S9 Plus has 6GB of RAM, the iPhone X has just 3GB of RAM, is not only the fastest memory in any device, but also where background apps are stored when not in use. If RAM fills up it makes space by discarding the save state of previous apps, forcing them to reload when you return to them.
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There are arguments against adding more RAM: it adds cost and can impact battery life, but Apple needs to suck this up. Profit margins on the iPhone X are substantial enough to swallow the cost of 4-6GB (OnePlus puts 8GB in a $500 smartphone), and Apple is long overdue fitting its phones with bigger batteries: iPhone X (2716 mAh), Galaxy S9 Plus (3500 mAh).
Samsung has a reputation for Bloatware and slow updates but Apple can not escape the criticism for pre installing many apps when updated. This cause many problems as they fix. Samsung phones have the reputation of getting slower over times but iPhones also have the same issue as now they also have accepted that they were intentionally slowing down phones to combat battery degradation. As Samsung has never done this, it kept on telling people hence catching more users from iPhone X.
Many researchers also carried on several speed tests of iPhone X and Samsung, where Samsung took lead against iPhone. From sometime slower hardware running Android has been catching far more powerful hardware running iOS when it comes to real-world performance.
Bottom Line: Apple iPhone X VS Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus:
Apple need to do the following to regain its position:
- Apple should add more RAM– minimum 4GB to its next iPhone.
- They should work on iPhone Battery capacity to reach Battery capacity of Samsung.
- The tech giant should reduce iOS updates.