Google, Samsung, and Apple have delivered their best this year with new iPhones, Pixels, etc. But we agree to the fact that some phones from different manufacturers are just the same on paper that confuses most of the mobile customers. Let us reduce that confusion and compare three of the best running devices from these tech giants: Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy A9, and iPhone XS.

Design

There is a lot to add to this section looking at how Apple last year finally ditched the old design with iPhone X that has been around since the iPhone 6. Apple got switched from that aluminum body to stainless steel and got rid of those bezels. A year has gone and the company thinks those changes were perfect because all three new iPhones follow the same trend. Google disappoints in this section.

Pixels 3’s back is similar to the previous version that had two-tone rear, whereas, the front has a single-lens selfie snapper. The 18:9 panel between not-so-slim bezels of Pixel 3 keeps it behind iPhone XS. Now, if we talk about Samsung Galaxy A9 then it is a decent design.

But when you are adjusting the obvious highlight of the phone- four camera setup in the rear, you have to compromise a few things. Samsung had side fixed fingerprint scanner in previous devices, but on this one, the fingerprint scanner is easily reachable and fixed at the back. There is a dedicated Bixby button that was never there in the A-series. It is a good device spec wise but falls behind the flagship devices in terms of design.

Winner: Apple iPhone XS

Display

Now people who still haven’t accepted the 6-inch and above phablets should be eyeing for Google Pixel 3 and Apple iPhone XS. Both feature an OLED panel with iPhone XS having a 5.5-inch display, and Pixel 3 featuring 5.8-inch panel. Samsung has kept its non-flagship device over these two with 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display.

While the full-HD+ Samsung Galaxy A9 display has great viewing angles and good contrast, it again lacks to match the iPhone XS and Pixel 3. Coming to the other two, it is nothing that any of the displays lack but iPhone full brightness beats Pixel 3 looking at how Google has invested in the screen.

Winner: Apple iPhone XS

Camera

  

No doubts that Galaxy A9 will try to take the limelight here but let’s talk about Pixel 3 and iPhone XS first. Whether it is depth-of-field photography with AI photography or the perfect selfie, you are in for a new experience with Google Pixel 3. Not only Google’s single 12 MP rear camera matches the dual setup of 12 MP wide-angle camera and 12 MP telephoto shooter, but Pixel 3’s dual front camera setup of 8MP wide angle and 8 MP regular lens beats Apple’s 7MP front snapper quite perfectly.

Now let’s move on to the world’s first quad-camera setup phone- Galaxy A9 that sports 24MP, 10MP, 8MP, and 5MP lenses all set to depict perfect photography through a phone with marginal optical zoom. The front of the Galaxy A9 has a 24MP camera which is an absolute stunner.

On technical grounds, Samsung Galaxy A9(2018) has a quad-camera setup. However, the practical truth is that you can use only three of the four camera lenses directly. The 5MP, f/2.2 lens is just there for depth inclusion in photographs or in Samsung’s language, the ‘Live Focus’ helper. You will notice that pictures clicked from any of the other three snappers will have the resolution of the primary 24MP shooter, keeping the details and quality of the photographs alive. In addition, the camera app on the “first four-camera setup device” is brilliant, considering Samsung has to offer three clickers on the app.

Galaxy A9 is one of those smartphones who come in the market with a clear angle. The four camera setup will sometimes be a blessing and other times a curse. Smartphone user will focus on the world’s first quad-cam setup and stop right there. Either they will solely be opinionated on the camera capabilities or they will write off the device as a new trick to sell it.
We think that it’s good that Samsung has followed the tradition of A-series devices considering three camera setup of Galaxy A8. But overall, it is about taking a single pic at a time or shooting a single video at a time, and Apple iPhone XS, as well as Google Pixel 3, are capable enough to do both flawlessly.

We cannot compare the three with any other smartphone around on papers or even on practical levels. But among these three, we might have two winners with Galaxy A9 taking the rear camera bout and Google’s Pixel 3 winning front camera battle.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy A9 and Google Pixel 3

Performance

 

Apple’s raw hardware speed beats Google Pixel 3 where the latter one featuring a 4GB RAM powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip while iPhone XS offering similar RAM on its own A12 Bionic chipset.

If we consider Samsung Galaxy A9 in this battle, the phone wins on the RAM as it only comes with 6GB and 8GB variants with an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC chip with four cores clocking at 2.2GHz and remaining four clocking at 1.8GHz. Among all the tests between Google Pixel and Apple iPhone XS, the latter one has a huge upper hand with its broadly better A12 chip.

There are no performance results yet available for Galaxy A9 but considering it’s again a Snapdragon chip, we can say that Apple might have an edge over the other two. On the software front, Google Pixel 3 is ready to mesmerize you with all new Android 9 Pie.

Samsung Galaxy A9 is far behind here with Android 8.0 Oreo with their own custom Experience 9.0 UX out of the box but offers an upgrade for Android 9 Pie soon. Samsung should have considered offering at least Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. We have been reporting issues regarding iOS 12 update that keeps Apple slightly behind Android OS but performance-wise it beats Galaxy on all benchmarks.

But, what if you do not find Apple’s fixed 64GB, 256GB, 512GB or Google’s 64GB and 128GB storage large enough? In typical Apple fashion, with a rise in the storage, the price goes fairly high too and a micro-SD card doesn’t cost that much. Samsung Galaxy A9 has a constant 128GB internal storage for both 6GB and 8GB variants but provides its users the micro-SD slot supporting up to 512GB. We are yet to have performance results from the Galaxy A9 but it does beat the other two on-paper.

Winner: Apple iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3

Batteries and Prices

If we have to compare their batteries, Apple iPhone XS has a 2,658 mAh battery, Google Pixel 3 has a 2,915 mAh power pack, whereas Samsung Galaxy A9 has a whopping 3,800 mAh on-board. Though Apple iPhone XS has a proven longer running battery than Google Pixel 3, it falls far behind Samsung Galaxy A9.

Listing down their prices, Google Pixel 3 starts at $799 for the base 64GB model while Apple iPhone XS starts $999 for a similar amount of storage. While both these devices are from the flagship series, Samsung Galaxy A9 is a mid-range device that will probably compete with the likes of Huawei Honor and OnePlus 6T etc. The price set for the base model is EUR 599.

Price Comparision: Apple iPhone XS vs. Google Pixel 3 vs. Samsung Galaxy A9

Phones Apple iPhone XS Google Pixel 3 Samsung Galaxy A9
4 GB/ 64 GB $1099 $799
4 GB/ 128 GB $1249 $899
4 GB/ 256 GB $1449 $999
6 GB/ 128 GB $699 (expected)
8 GB/ 128 GB $799 (expected)

Verdict

We think all of them has their own advantages but we can say that you do not use four cameras if you have new technology installed. However, if your budget is low, Samsung Galaxy A9 is an easy pick. Moreover, Google Pixel 3 is beaten by Apple iPhone XS in its major departments but that doesn’t make Pixel 3 any less of a device at all. If you want the newest Android feel, go ahead for Pixel 3 without hesitation.

30 Seconds Reading comparison: Apple iPhone XS vs. Google Pixel 3 vs. Samsung Galaxy A9

Specifications Apple iPhone XS Google Pixel 3 Samsung Galaxy A9
Processors A12 Bionic Chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC
Display 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436×1,125 pixels 5.5-inch “flexible” OLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 2,200×1,080-pixel
Operating System Apple iOS 12 Android 9 Pie Android 8.0 Oreo
RAM 4GB 4GB 6GB/ 8GB
Internal Storage 64 GB/256GB/ 512GB 64GB/128GB 128GB
External Storage N.A N.A Expandable through microSD up to 512GB
Primary Camera 12MP+12MP 12MP 24MP+10MP+8MP+5MP
Secondary Camera 7MP 8MP+8MP 24MP
Battery 2658 mAh 2915 mAh 3800 mAh