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UK Deals of the Week: Honor View 10 for £369, £170 off Google Pixel 2 XL


Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best UK deals of the week for Android devices, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile.

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This week’s deals include a cracking offer on the Honor View 10, Honor 7X, and the Huawei P10, as well as discounts on the Google Home Mini, Amazon Fire tablets, Xiaomi Mi Band 2, and much more.

Below are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals the UK’s biggest deal-sharing community.


Honor View 10 (SIM Free, 128GB, Blue) – £369.99 (was £469.99) @ John Lewis

Huawei P10 (SIM Free, 64GB, Black) – £316.56 (was £499.99) @ Amazon

Honor 7X (SIM Free, 64GB, Blue/Black) – £219.99 (was £269.99) @ Amazon

Google Pixel 2 XL (SIM Free, 64GB, Black) – £629.00 (was £799) @ Carphone Warehouse

Sony Xperia L1 (Pay as you go, 16GB, Black) – £99.99 (was £139.99) @ Argos


Virgin Media sim only, 12 months, 5000 mins, unlimited texts, 100GB data – £20 p/month

EE data sim only, 1 month, 30GB – £15 p/month (was £30)


Sandisk 128GB Micro SDXC Card – £24.99 (was £40.99) @ Mymemory

Xiaomi Mi Band 2 (Chinese version) – £14.67 @ Gearbest

Xiaomi Piston In Ear Earphones, Black/Blue/Silver – £2.93 @ Gearbest


Google Home/Google Home Mini – £104/£34 (was £129/£49) @ Google Store

Amazon Echo Dot – £34.99 (was £49.99) @ Amazon (£29.74 with Student Prime)

JBL Link 10 – £74 (was £149.99) @ Currys

Amazon Fire 7 tablet, 8GB – £34.99 (was £49.99) @ Argos

Google Chromecast Ultra – £59.99 (was £69.99) @ Currys

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Have you seen any amazing deals this week? Be sure to share your finds in the comments.

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You can finally use Files Go to search for that SpongeBob meme you downloaded


  • Files Go now lets you search for files, show where duplicate files are, and integrate with Google Photos.
  • The update is rolling out now and keeps the app at around 7MB in size.
  • Files Go is part of Google’s slimmed-down Android Go. 

Google updated its Files Go app not only with new search functionality, but with added functionality to make removing your files a bit easier.

When you open the Files tab, you can now tap the search icon to find any file on your phone. In addition to instant results, the search feature can also auto-complete your searches and presents a search history.

If you find typing to be too much of a chore, you can set up filters to help you find your files with fewer taps. As a nice bonus, filters and search do not require an Internet connection to work.

However you decide to search for files, you can now use the function to locate duplicate files. Files Go will still suggest duplicate files for removal, but you can now long-press a thumbnail and press the “i” icon to see where the files are located.

Lastly, Files Go now features Google Photos integration. Once you back up your photos and videos in Google Photos, Files Go will prompt you to delete those files to free up space.

It is no coincidence that all of the new features have something to do with freeing up as much space on your phone as possible. Files Go is part of Google’s Android Go, a stripped-down version of Android designed to run on entry-level smartphones.

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Currently, the operating system is based on Android Oreo and features Go-ified versions of Google Assistant, YouTube, Gmail, Gboard, and more. All the Go apps weigh less than 15MB, with Files Go coming in at 7MB.

You can download Files Go at the link below.

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Camera shootout: Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel 2 XL


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Galaxy Note 9 likely won’t get in-display fingerprint scanner (Update: Actually, maybe it will)


The Synaptics Clear ID in-display optical fingerprint sensor.

Update (03/23) 10:45 A.M. EST: It seems that The Bell may have jumped the gun, as The Korea Herald obtained inside information that Samsung is still considering the implementation of an under-glass fingerprint scanner in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9. According to the anonymous source, Samsung’s display department has “prepared three or four solutions” when it comes to the practical issues of putting a fingerprint scanner under the main display, like cost and the movement of other interior hardware. This will give the main branch of Samsung Electronics a few options, and the source says both branches are “seriously considering” one of those proposed solutions.

According to the source, the decision will be finalized this month.

If the Galaxy Note 9 gets an under-glass fingerprint sensor, it will likely be the first globally released smartphone to have the feature. It would surely be an easy way to market the Note line as being a progressive brand, as well as help differentiate the phone from the recently released Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

Original Article: It seems like it has been years now that Samsung (and other brands) have been promising to put a fingerprint sensor under smartphone displays. The rumors first started with the Galaxy S8, before being pushed back to the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy S9, and the Galaxy Note 9.

However, the feature has never materialized, leaving users with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.

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Unsurprisingly, a new report about the Galaxy Note 9 suggests that Samsung won’t include an in-display fingerprint sensor in the upcoming phone. Instead, Korean site The Bell suggests that the fingerprint sensor will be placed at the back of the device. The source says that despite a number of different companies developing the feature for two years now, technical difficulties have once again led to its delay.

The article says that production of the display for the Note 9 is set to start in June and even if Samsung delay the development schedule as much as possible, they will be unable to apply the new technology in only four months.

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This means that for the foreseeable future, the only phone likely to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner will be the Vivo X20 Plus UD. This phone uses an in-display fingerprint sensor developed by Synaptics. The phone hasn’t been released yet but we noted in our hands-on review of a sample model that unlocking the phone worked as expected, although it was a little slower than existing solid-state sensors.

Of course, the problem is that Vivo doesn’t have the same distribution as Samsung and the phone is currently only set for release in China. When the rest of the world will be able to get their hands on such a device remains to be seen.

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Live in Brazil? Look out for the Moto Z Android 8.0 Oreo update


  • Motorola and its parent company Lenovo confirmed that an OTA Moto Z Android 8.0 Oreo update is rolling out now…to Brazil only.
  • The company did not give an estimated date for the U.S. or European variants to get the update.

Motorola and its parent company Lenovo are going through some major changes right now, like a massive staff reduction in Chicago and the supposed end of a few smartphone lines. But the company still found time to push out the Motorola Moto Z Android 8.0 Oreo update…but only to Brazilians.

On an official Motorola/Lenovo forum (English translated version here), a verified user by the name of MrAnDLee confirmed that an update is rolling out to Brazilian Moto Z owners right now. Weighing in at 1.4 GB, the OTA update will bring Moto Z owners from Nougat to Oreo, as well as bring the latest Android security patches.

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Motorola has been working on the Oreo update for quite a while now, so it’s been a long time coming. However, the Moto Z at this point is nearly two years old, so the fact that anyone anywhere is receiving an update to the almost-latest version of Android is pretty notable.

As for the rest of the world, Motorola does confirm in the forum post that the United States and European variants will get the new update eventually. The company didn’t give a firm date or even an estimated month, just that the update will come at some point in the future.

As soon as we hear more info on when the rest of the world will see this update, we’ll post about it. In the meantime, if you’re in Brazil, let us know in the comments if you got the update!

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Moto Madness: Get a Motorola Moto Z Droid for $170 and more!


In our hunt for deals you’ll love we always keep one eye on Daily Steals. They’re currently offloading a batch of refurbished Motorola phones in their ‘Motorola Madness’ promotion. This is the pick of them – A Motorola Moto Z Droid handset for $169.99!

Even refurbished, it’s an extraordinary price for this model. It was released in September 2016, so it’s only been on the market for 18 months. The spec pretty much reflects that.

Here’s a few vitals:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB internal storage upgradable to 256GB
  • 13MP rear camera with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization
  • 5.5″ Quad HD AMOLED touch-screen display
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS

The big selling point of the Moto Z Droid is the design. It’s ultra-thin, even by modern smartphone standards. It has a sleek aluminum chassis and Gorilla Glass, so it’s a decent piece of kit for the fashionistas out there – both for snapping photos and posing nonchalantly.

Colour-wise, the Moto Z Droid is available in ‘black and lunar grey’ or ‘white and fine gold’. We’re not a style guide, but we think they both look pretty alluring. Perhaps choose whichever one matches your car, tie, or poodle.

If you’ve never had a refurbished phone before, you might have an image of a beat up piece of junk with half the screen missing. This isn’t the case. Grade B refurbed phones like these will have, at most, a few scuffs or scratches. In fact at a glance it’s likely they’ll look brand new.

By the way, any marks are only superficial. The phone itself should work like new. If not, the 30 day warranty has you covered.

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And here’s the beauty of it: Because of a few scuffs on the casing, the price gets knocked down from the retail value of $850 to just $169.99. Crazy huh? Honestly, once you go refurb you never go back.

Shipping’s free, so what are you waiting for? We suspect at this price they’ll sell out quick, so head over and grab one while you can. The button below will take you there.

Not interested in this particular Moto pick? Be sure to check out the rest of Daily Steals’ Moto Madness event. They have a variety of Motorola devices in addition to accessories and cases. Check it out!

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Samsung brushes off rise of Chinese chip-makers



  • In an interview with Korean newspaper The Investor, a Samsung executive claimed the company has no fears when it comes to the rise Chinese chip-makers.
  • In the same interview, he apologized to investors for the fact that Samsung’s smartphone market share in China is down to a single-digit number.
  • China’s growth in both smartphone and chip manufacturing has been staggering, something that Samsung simply can’t ignore.

Korean company Samsung is the world’s largest chip-maker as far as profits are concerned, followed closely by American company Intel. But the Chinese semiconductor market is booming, with the Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon earning an estimated 26 billion Chinese yuan (~$3.87 billion) in 2017.

But does this worry Samsung? Not at all, according to the chief of the tech giant’s device solutions division, Kim Ki-nam.

“Chinese firms are heavily investing in almost all types of semiconductors, including memory chips,” Mr. Ki-nam said, “but technological barriers in the segment are relatively higher than in other industries.”

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He then brushed off the Chinese competition by saying, “It takes more than large, short-term investments to overcome such difficulties. Samsung will give it all it’s got to continue its lead in the sector.”

Mr. Ki-nam was speaking at a Q&A session with The Investor, a subsidiary of The Korean Herald. The newspaper also grilled Samsung on the company’s smartphone market share dropping to single-digits in China. Mr. Ki-nam was a little less boisterous when discussing that statistic:

“I deeply apologize to shareholders for the falling market share in China. When the figure hit single digits, we replaced the local chiefs and streamlined the sales organizations there from three to two to quicken decision-making. We will need some time to see how these measures work out. Furthermore, China is a much more complicated market than Korea, and Samsung is trying different approaches. The latest flagships Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 have helped us improve our market share in recent months.”

This is an interesting claim, as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus hit stores only a few days ago.

Samsung certainly is in position to downplay the threat China poses to it on numerous fronts.

Whether Samsung wants to admit it or not, China is a global powerhouse in the smartphone market. Three of the top five smartphone manufacturers are Chinese, and Huawei, in particular, has grown its smartphone market share every single quarter since 2015. If it continues on that path, it could potentially overtake Samsung’s crown as the world’s largest smartphone maker, as it overcame Apple late last year. Xiaomi has already taken over Samsung’s lead in India.

Even though HiSilicon has a long way to go to catch up to Samsung when it comes to semiconductor chip production, its proven that it has the chops to do so. Let’s see what Samsung has to say this time next year about China’s rise in the chip-making industry.

NEXT: Best Samsung phones you can buy right now

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How to read your valuable personal Facebook data


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If we’ve learned anything from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its that our personal Facebook data has some real value. The fact that Cambridge Analytica allegedly paid big bucks to get the data, then directly lied to Facebook to hold onto it, shows that our personal details are worth something.

While we tend to think of the sale of our personal Facebook data as nothing more than a way for advertisers to sell us products, this Cambridge Analytica scandal (and by proxy, the election of President Donald Trump) proves otherwise. By targeting the right people with the right information, our personal Facebook data can be used to sway elections of our most powerful officials.

You might be wondering: “What is in my personal Facebook data file?” Well, follow along here, and you can have a look to see what advertisers and politicians alike will pay top dollar to see.

Facebook settings

Step one: Request the data

The first thing you need to do is tell Facebook that you want to see what it’s got on you. Despite how much flak Facebook gets for all its privacy fiascos, you have to hand it to the company for making it incredibly easy to see what data it’s using.

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Log in to Facebook and head to Settings > General. At the bottom of the list of options, you’ll see a hyperlink that says “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” Go ahead and click that.

Facebook will then tell you how the process works, but it’s pretty simple: Facebook compiles your personal data and then emails you a link to download a ZIP file. The link will be sent to the address you use to log in to Facebook, so that’s where you’ll have to go once the link is complete.

Hit the big green button on the page, fill in your password, and then check your email.

Download personal Facebook data

Step two: Download the data

You will get two emails: one confirming that you have requested your data, and another sometime after that with the actual link. When you get that second email, click the link which will take you back to Facebook.

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Hit the big green “Download Archive” button, and you’ll once again be prompted for your password. Once you’ve entered it, the download will start automatically.

Open up the folder where you saved the ZIP file (probably your Downloads folder, but you’ll know where to look) and open it up. Extract the contents of the ZIP file (go here if you’re on Android or here if you’re on a computer) and then click on the file named “index.htm”. Congratulations, you are now looking at your valuable Facebook data.

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Step three: Check out your data

Facebook organizes your data in a clean and simple format. To the left, you’ll see the categories of data, and then to the right, you’ll see the data in that category.

Rummaging through my own data, I wasn’t too surprised. The Profile tab has all of the basic data I’ve ever given Facebook, even the stuff that isn’t publicly visible on my profile (past relationships, for example). It also has a list of every movie and TV show I’ve ever watched that I’ve told Facebook about. For example, when I checked-in at the movie theatre to let my friends know I was seeing Blade Runner: 2049, Facebook logged that info. Makes sense, advertisers will want to know what movies I like.

There was nothing here that was that unexpected or alarming.

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The second tab, Contact Info, is a little more nerve-racking. When I signed up for Facebook, I probably gave it access to my contacts so it could easily find all my friends for me so I could add them as connections. Well, that list didn’t go away, so this section was populated with people I’m connected to, even if I’m not friends with them on Facebook. That’s a little concerning, but nothing I didn’t agree to.

Timeline, Photos, Videos, and Friends, all have what you’d expect them to have. There’s nothing there that isn’t publicly visible on my profile right now, so no concerns here.

The Messages section, depending on your level of comfort when it comes to your online privacy, might be a little too much for you. It contains the logs of every Facebook Messenger conversation I’ve ever had. Are advertisers/politicians scraping these conversations to figure out what to sell me? Probably. But I could opt-out of that at any time by turning all my privacy settings up to the max or just not using Facebook messenger. In the end, this doesn’t bother me, but I understand why it would bother other people.

The Events section is exactly what you think: every Facebook event I’ve been invited to. Note that even if I didn’t attend the event, it’s still listed here. Not too surprising.

I can understand how some of this data would bother other people, but it really didn't seem a big deal.

Security is an interesting section. It dishes out all the places and times I’ve logged into Facebook for the first time. There were some old phones in there (hello, OnePlus One!) and some coffee shops and friends’ houses. Pretty spooky, but I anticipated Facebook tracking this kind of thing since advertisers will want to know how mobile I am.

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Getting down to the wire here, we’re in the Ads section. This is probably the most alarming section on the list, as it lists out every ad I’ve ever clicked and all the advertisers that have my information. For me though, most of the list was funny, like Depeche Mode having my information (hey, gotta sell concert tickets somehow). And PediaSure? I am childless so I don’t know how that got there. All in all, it was weird to know that these companies look to me to sell their products, but I didn’t see anything as crazy as a political campaign or any sneaky focus group.

Finally, there’s the Applications section, which is just a rehash of the apps I’ve permitted to access Facebook (read this for more info on that). Nothing surprising here.

So there you go, your Facebook data. You might find some crazier stuff than me, but I was OK with everything I saw. Let us know in the comments if you found anything that scared you.

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Deal: Get the unlocked HTC U11 for $345 ($304 off)


If you are willing to go down the eBay route, you can pick up the still-excellent HTC U11 for $345, down $304 from the original $649 that HTC still sells the phone for from its website.

This is the unlocked version, which is compatible with AT&T’s, T-Mobile’s, and Verizon’s networks. There is no Wi-Fi calling for Verizon customers, while AT&T folks must make do with no Wi-Fi calling or VoLTE. Sprint customers are out of luck, since they must pick up separate U11 variant that works with the network.

According to the seller, which holds a 99.4% positive feedback rating on eBay, the U11 is in new condition. However, the phone comes in a generic box and does not include HTC’s USB Type-C earbuds. You can pick up the earbuds by themselves for $40, though they are currently sold out on HTC’s website.

Even though the HTC U12 Plus promises to be an absolute beast, the HTC U11 still holds its own in more ways than one. As a quick recap, the U11 features a 5.5-inch, QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) display, octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage.

Additionally, there is one 12MP around back and a 16MP sensor up front. The fingerprint sensor, flanked by the back and multitasking buttons on either side, can be found around front at the bottom.

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The U11 features a small-ish 3,000mAh battery and lacks a headphone jack. However, the phone received its Android Oreo update this past November, with an upgrade to Android P almost certainly in the cards.

Given HTC’s recent layoffs and poor financials, it is fair to question the company’s future. With presumably another year of updates, however, the U11 is still an excellent purchase.

You can pick up the deal at the link below.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs iPhone X


In the age-old battle between Android and iOS, there are two contenders clearly at the top of the list right now: the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9 Plus. Though a lot has been made of the evolutionary leap in Apple’s offering, Samsung has kept their latest flagship pretty familiar while enhancing it in a few key ways. Samsung and Apple clearly have a very different idea of what their customers want, so how do their latest and greatest truly stack up to one another? Let’s find out in this Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs iPhone X comparison.

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Glass-on-glass design is king in this comparison, as the iPhone has finally moved away from the mostly-metal construction that iOS users have known for many generations now. The change is a bit radical if you are a seasoned iPhone user, but it continues the recent development of IP certification to keep everything running despite any contact with water.

The same is true of the Galaxy S9, although it gets an IP68 rating compared to the iPhone X’s IP67. The S9 Plus also gets an exciting new color, Lilac Purple. The iPhone X still only comes in Space Gray and Silver.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

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As mentioned before, the iPhone X is a pretty radical change — gone are the characteristic home button and fingerprint reader, taking away that form of biometric security entirely. That removal paves the way for the big leap for the iPhone: a nearly bezel-less display. Nearly. Okay, fine, let’s talk about the notch.


Regardless of how you might feel about this development in smartphone design, the iPhone X almost proudly displays the bits and pieces that are required for the device’s Face ID recognition. The hardware required for that cuts right into the otherwise pleasing Super Retina display. By the way, Super Retina means the resolution is 2,436 x 1,125 pixels, just below the Quad HD+ (2,960 x 1,440) display of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. That’s 529ppi of unobstructed viewing on the S9 Plus compared to 458ppi notched viewing on the iPhone X. For what it’s worth, Samsung is the sole supplier of the iPhone X’s OLED panel.

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Though it honestly isn’t difficult to get past the notch, some people have very strong feelings about it.

Either side of the notch can be swiped down to bring up either the Control Center or notifications on the iPhone X. To get back home without a home button, users have to swipe up from the bottom and if you hold the gesture there for a second you’ll get the recent apps carousel. Though it honestly isn’t difficult to get past the notch, some people have very strong feelings about it. I find it a little annoying that it cuts into the side of any full-screen content but you’ll quickly learn to “look past” it. The main issue people seem to be having is whether you should have to adapt to it in the first place?

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After all, there is a much more fully immersive experience to be had in the Super AMOLED display of the S9 Plus, with the Infinity Display that curves downward into the body on the sides. Pretty much anything looks great on this saturated display, and the colors can be tweaked for those that don’t particularly like that default Samsung “pop”. The iPhone X is no slouch on the display front, but a full screen without much bezel is still more pleasing to the eye if you ask me.

The screen of the S9 also gets much brighter than the iPhone X (1100 nits compared to 700, depending on whose test you’re looking at), especially in daylight conditions as Samsung has tuned it to really pump the lights when the light sensor detects the sun. Of course, Apple supposedly tuned the display for accuracy, not retina-searing brightness.

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More design elements have changed with the iPhone X, like the camera package on the back. The dual lens setup is now vertical and tucked in the corner, providing a regular angle lens and a zoomed 2x telephoto. The camera of the Samsung Galaxy s9 Plus is the one that similarly gets a second telephoto lens, and the two are also stacked vertically, this time in the center. This provides a much-needed benefit, however — the fingerprint reader now lies below the camera glass, making it much easier to reach than in the last couple of Samsung devices and in the middle where it belongs.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X


Security features on the iPhone X rely mainly on face detection, given that the fingerprint reader has been removed. Facial recognition is interesting on the iPhone, because it is the primary unlock method and instantly attempts to use Face ID to unlock the device. It works pretty well, but is a bit limited compared to the various unlocking methods afforded the Samsung Galaxy S9.

Face ID is a bit limited compared to the various unlocking methods afforded the Samsung Galaxy S9.

On the S9 Plus, face unlock and the iris scanner are used together via Intelligent Scan, through which the phone uses both metrics and goes for the one that works first. Meaning that in low light situations where one’s face might be hard to detect, the infrared searches for the registered iris. And if all of that fails, there is always the fingerprint reader as well as the usual PIN, password or pattern. It is definitely nicer to have these security measures stacked rather than relying on just one of them.


Once in the phones, the performance experience is about as great and reliable as you would expect in these two flagship devices. The Galaxy S9 rocks the Snapdragon 845 while the iPhone X sports the A11 Bionic — both are high powered packages that no one should have much trouble with. The Galaxy S9 Plus does have double the RAM at 6GB, but iPhones have always done fine with less, and the X has 3GB. That is okay, though, because iOS demands are very different from those of Android, and thus the software usage experience whas been optimized accordingly.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X


More gaps between these phones come in the audio department. Both have similarly laid out audio systems, with a bottom-firing speaker working in concert with the front-facing earpiece. Even so, the iPhone X speakers are less immersive than those found on the Galaxy S9. Both get quite loud, but the sound of the S9 is just fuller and richer.

Apple was among the first to take away the headphone jack, causing much controversy and more rapidly ushering in the age of Bluetooth audio. The iPhone X is no different — AirPods, wireless headphones, or a Lightning adapter are required. This is not the case with the S9 as it still rocks the 3.5 mm jack that pumps out some great and customizable audio.

The iPhone X is all about AirPods and dongles, where the S9 keeps the 3.5mm jack.


Battery life really depends on usage with these two, as I’ve had very mixed experiences with both phones. I give credit to Apple for the iPhone X having such good standby time. However, the 2,716mAh battery can get drained pretty easily under constant media consumption and camera usage. This has also been the case with the Galaxy S9 Plus. Six hours of screen-on time is possible, but getting a day and a half out of the battery has required use of power saving modes. Fast charging is a reliable way of getting more power back in a short amount of time, but the charger included with the iPhone X is not made for it — apparently a USB-C to Lightning solution provides the best results.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X


The cameras are going to be the main battleground for many here, and though I can provide some insight now, we will have a more in-depth camera piece available here and on our YouTube channel shortly.

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As we have already mentioned, the twin 12MP camera package on each phone is fairly similar, but Samsung has done well to really move the needle forward in smartphone photography by adding in a dual aperture for the main lens.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Camera Samples

That wider angle lens has a wide-open f/1.5 aperture that floods in a ton of light to the sensor, but now there are actual blades in the camera that close down to provide a f/2.4 aperture. I mention in my full review that the benefits of the f/2.4 are to undercut the amount of light in super bright conditions but also to keep users from wrestling with the very fine focus f/1.5 provides. Ultimately, the S9 shooting experience yields some really great photos without much fuss, as the Auto mode does a good job of figuring out when the aperture needs to change according to the scene. Those who aren’t keen on the manual Pro mode can expect the camera to perform just the way it should.

iPhone X Camera Samples

On the other hand, the iPhone X is not as good of a low-light performer. The main lens has an aperture of f/1.8 while the telephoto lens goes to f/2.4 (note that the S9 has f/1.5 and f/2.4 on the main lens with f/2.4 on the zoom lens). Though it does a good enough job of capturing detail in dark situations, it simply cannot compare to the S9’s better-exposed photos. The S9’s camera also benefits from some extra post-processing power, as DRAM was installed on the camera module to help with multi-frame processing. Sort of like HDR, dozens of photos are taken all at once with the S9 that are combined to provide the best possible final result.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

Portrait mode is a big deal with both of these phones, as the iPhone X prioritized it via different software-based lighting modes. The 7MP front shooter is a good enough performer on its own, which we can also say about the 8MP front-facing camera of the Galaxy S9. The iPhone X can change how the photo depicts lighting and users may or may not find it useful — personally, I don’t see myself taking many black and white selfies but your mileage may vary.

Though the iPhone X does a good enough job of capturing detail in dark situations, it simply cannot compare to the S9’s better-exposed photos.

The Galaxy S9 has a soft focus selfie mode that mimics a lot of the same features, on top of some beauty mode options if I wanted to do things like remove my freckles altogether. It is up to you what you prefer — beauty mode or specific portrait lighting — but in either case decent selfies are possible on either phone.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

When using the rear camera package for portraits, the dual lens setups make much more of a difference. When used in conjunction, the Live Focus of the S9 does a better job of separating subjects from the background than any software-based solution found in previous generations. That said, it is still a little hit-or-miss. If there are small light diodes in the background, the gallery app allows for some Art Bokeh changes, in case you want the lights to be stars or hearts for example.

On the other hand, the iPhone X keeps to its different lighting applications when using portrait mode via the rear shooter. If much of the photo is really busy, the iPhone X has about as much trouble as the S9 trying to cleanly cut the subject out of the background. But those lighting effects are applied to that cutout, even if some of them look a bit too software-based compared to proper photography methods.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

Overall, the cameras are certainly capable, but if you want more control, the Galaxy S9 just has more to offer. Super slow motion is another great addition that is fun to use, for example. It even lets you create a caricature of yourself through AR in the camera, via AR Emoji. This is quite different from the Animoji found basically only in messaging apps with iOS, which are tougher for on-the-fly use. The face tracking and the specific number of Animoji are polished and fluid, which is harder to say for the buggy and twitchy AR Emoji. Your experience may differ with the AR Emoji, which tries to be a somewhat accurate depiction of you, but the Animoji are just more fun.

Overall, both phones' cameras are certainly capable, but if you want more control, the Galaxy S9 just has more to offer.


Finally, the software experience. Funny how we have to get through so much before we can finally answer the question of Android vs iOS properly. However, the answer is not so simple these days. Over the years, the app gap has certainly gotten smaller and most users can get all of the same tasks completed no matter which phone they choose. What matters here is the ability to customize the experience, which has always been a feather in the cap of Android.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

Samsung’s UI provides a ton of different options for personalization, including a powerful theme engine and the option to customize the display, a useful feature that the iPhone X does not have. You can even make a 15-second video for the S9 lock screen, which can make an otherwise forgettable screen much more personal. In iOS, what you see is what you get, and a slew of home screens full of app shortcuts with no widget support would feel very foreign to Android veterans. To Apple fans, it “just works,” but the exact same thing can be done on Android if you really wanted to — the point is that Android offers choice.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

That’s not to say iOS looks bad — on the contrary, its simplicity is something that many users flock to and certain features have been added recently to make it more capable. For example, there’s now an actual notification area and the Control Center which mimic Android’s notification dropdown and quick settings. Otherwise, the main change in the iPhone X software is the move to gesture-based controls. Swiping up from the bottom to go home or access recent apps takes a little getting used to and there is still no back button. The back button is always on the top left of apps, but there’s now a gesture-based swipe to take you back without needing two hands to reach it. On the gesture downside, swiping from the bottom used to be a very useful and easy way to quickly access settings, but now the Control Center requires a swipe down from the right side of the notch. Again, this is something you’ll get used to, but it’s definitely less convenient than before.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

Samsung is one of the most egregious tuners of Android, putting quite literally everything it can into its software.

Android is a completely different beast, one that is ripe for feature-rich versions depending on the manufacturer’s whims. And Samsung is one of the most egregious tuners of Android, putting quite literally everything it can into its software. Though it can be argued that all the software features can be useful in one way or another, there are a bunch of redundancies that plenty of people have been annoyed by.

Bixby and Google Assistant are on the same phone, for example. The Bixby button goes right to Bixby Home, which is a decent enough landing page, whereas holding the button triggers voice commands. This is all on top of the Google Now feed and holding the home button to start Google Assistant and its brand of voice-driven assistance.

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Bixby has a few new tricks up its sleeve, including augmented reality translation and food recognition, and it might be nice to have both in case one of them doesn’t work perfectly. No matter how you slice it, Bixby and Google Assistant have way more capabilities than Siri, which is still a rather simple voice assistant in comparison.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Apple iPhone X

Wrap up

There is so much to consider in a comparison between these two phones, but it is clear that users can get a lot of out either device. The camera quality does skew toward the Galaxy S9, but the iPhone X doesn’t fall behind in many other aspects. If you are an Android or iOS fan, you already know which one of these you would pick, so maybe a good way of looking at this comparison is wondering what Samsung will do when it finally hits the Galaxy S10 — or SX, perhaps?

How do you feel about the race to the top between Apple and Samsung? Are you considering a jump from one to the other? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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