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The specs: Galaxy Note 9 vs. S9 vs. iPhone XS vs. Pixel 3

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 now the most powerful phone for professionals? Here's how it stacks up to other flagship models.

Samsung's Galaxy Note series has always been full of high-powered devices for working professionals, and the Galaxy Note 9 is full of even more top-shelf features. But how does it stack up to other flagship models?

The latest Note device boasts expandable storage, updated S Pen, and more. However, other devices from Samsung, Google, and Apple also contain core features that set them apart in the world of enterprise smartphone users.

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Here are some of the top specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and how they compare to the Galaxy S9, the Apple iPhone XS, and the Google Pixel 3.

Storage

According to event presenters, the Note 9 is available in 128 GB and 512 GB storage configurations. A microSD card can pump storage up to 1 TB.

The Galaxy S9 series is available with 64 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB, with optional SD storage. Apple's iPhone XS comes with 64 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB, but it is not expandable. Google's Pixel 3 line is available with 64 GB or 128 GB storage, but it also lacks microSD expansion.

Battery

According to a device fact sheet, the Galaxy Note 9's 4,000mAh battery enables all day (literally 24-hour) battery life. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ has 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh batteries, respectively—and are both rated above 22 hours of battery life for talk time. However, battery life varies widely based on what task the user performs.

Apple 's iPhone XS has a 2,658mAh battery, which is smaller than its iPhone X predecessor. However, the company claims that the battery on the iPhone XS will last 30 minutes longer than iPhone X, and the battery on the iPhone XS Max will last 90 minutes longer than iPhone X. The iPhone XS Max has a 3,174mAh battery.

The Pixel 3 has a 2,915 mAh battery, and the Pixel 3 XL has a 3,430 mAh battery. Both Pixel 3 models feature 18W fast charging and Qi wireless charging.

Camera

The Note 9 has a 12MP dual camera with dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and intelligent features. The Galaxy S9 also features a 12MP camera with dual aperture as well, as does the iPhone XS and XS Max. The Pixel 3 line, however, features a 12.2MP dual-pixel rear camera and 8MP front camera.

All of these phones feature a portrait or professional mode that makes use of a wide aperture and shallow depth of field.

SEE: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a bargain at $1250. Here's why (ZDNet)

Water and dust resistance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9/S9+, iPhone XS series, and Pixel 3 series all received an IP68 rating, which Samsung said means they "are deemed fit enough to withstand dust, dirt and sand, and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes."

Screen

The device screens are as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (516ppi)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9: 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (570 ppi)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+: 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (529 ppi)
  • iPhone XS: 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED Multi-Touch display, 2436x1125 (458ppi)
  • iPhone XS Max: 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED Multi-Touch display; 2688x1242 (458ppi)
  • Google Pixel 3: 5.5-inch flexible OLED, 1080x2160 (443ppi)
  • Google Pixel 3 XL: 6.3-inch flexible OLED, 1440x2960 pOLED (523ppi)

RAM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is available with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, depending on which storage option is chosen. The Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and iPhone XS line all feature 4 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S9 has 4 GB of RAM and the Galaxy S9+ has 6 GB.

Security

The hallmark of the Samsung series with security is its Knox protection system, which features full biometric capabilities and is available on the Note 9 and the S9/S9+. The Pixel 3 series has an updated on-board Titan M security chip, which Google said improves disk encryption and device data protection. On the Apple side of things, the iPhone XS and XS Max features the firm's Secure Enclave hardware-based key manager and Face ID biometric authentication, which the company claims is faster in these models.

Accessories

This is where the Samsung devices really stand out. Both the Galaxy S9 series and the Note 9 can use the DeX docking system, and the Note 9 has an improved Bluetooth-powered S Pen that can improve productivity.

The Pixel 3 series can work with a Google Daydream VR headset, but it doesn't have many particular accessories to boost efficiency for pros. The iPhone XS doesn't yet have any native accessories that help improve its usability among business pros.

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About Conner Forrest

Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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