Obviously they're two very different devices– the iPhone XS with its notch display and the Galaxy Note 9 with its S Pen. But both are incredibly powerful, beautiful, and expensive. iPhone X. The Galaxy Note 9 also goes for a pair of 12MP cameras, but these are at f/1.5 and f/2.4. PERFORMANCE: Samsung's Exynos 9810 chip leads the Android scene but Apple's chips are notably faster. IPhone XS delivers significant gains in terms of performance and efficiency and IOS 12 is super smooth on the iPhone XS, and Android 8 Oreo is already swift on the Galaxy Note 9. In terms of daily usage, we don't see big differences between them. Both are more than capable of handling your every need, but the iPhone XS does have more extra power available as needed for multitasking and high-performance games and apps. BATTERY: Samsung announced the huge 4,000mAh battery pack in the Galaxy Note 9, but but it didn't quite hit the day (some users claimed). The iPhone XS packs in about 30 more minutes of daily usage than the iPhone X, but that's still likely to be little more than a strong day's usage. Both phones offer wireless charging as well as fast charging.