The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were recently crowned the fastest phones in the world based on benchmarks speeds, beating the OnePlus 6, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and iPhone X in the process. Still, a simulated test in an app doesn’t always show how a device will perform in real life.
Here to fill in this gap is a new video by YouTube channel SuperSaf TV. He pitted the iPhone XS Max against the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in a series of tests designed to determine which of them offered a superior performance. For reference, the former has a hexa-core 7nm A12 processor with 4GB of RAM and the latter has an octa-core 10nm Exynos 9810 SoC with 6GB of RAM.
The battle begins with a straightforward Geekbench test. The iPhone XS Max scored 4840 in its single-core evaluation and 11528 in its multi-core one. The Galaxy Note 9 didn’t fare as well, scoring 2701 and 9001, respectively.
Next, the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9 had to open apps. The Samsung phone actually managed to open social media apps like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram slightly faster than its Apple rival, but they were pretty much neck-to-neck here.
iPhone XS Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Games
The tides turned in favor of the iPhone XS Max when it came to games. It consistently loaded up games like Angry Birds, Jetpack Joyride, Sonic Boom, Temple Run, WWE Mayhem, and Subway Surfers faster than the Galaxy Note 9. The only game which the Samsung handset opened up faster was Asphalt 9 Legends.
The next test was to see which of these apps were still actively running in the background. This helps determine what kind of RAM management and multitasking skills the phones offer. The iPhone XS Max soundly beat the Galaxy Note 9 here. The latter had to refresh 3 apps, in spite of having 2GB more RAM.
The iPhone XS Max was declared the winner by the end since it won 2 battles out of 3. This isn’t a huge surprise since it does have a faster 7nm chip inside. We’ll see where it stands once the Galaxy S10 comes out with its own 7nm SoC.