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iPhone XS vs. Note 9, LG V30 and OnePlus 6

How does Apple's latest iPhone XS stack up against its Android rivals spec-by-spec?

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The new iPhone XS.

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In addition to the iPhone XS Max and the more affordable iPhone XR, Apple unveiled its latest flagship iPhone XS phone Wednesday at a keynote event in Cupertino, California.

The new phone (pronounced "10-S", not "excess") features a 5.8-inch OLED HDR display, a faster and more efficient A12 Bionic chip along with improved photos and video technology. Preorders start Friday and the phone goes on sale Sept. 21. 

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While its new hardware may be tempting, it's also not the only powerful phone available on the market. Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, has the generously sized Note 9, with an embedded S-Pen stylus and lots of internal storage.

The LG V30 is another top-tier phone with a headphone jack (something the iPhone doesn't have anymore) and an AI-powered dual-rear camera setup that includes a wide-angle lens.

Finally, there's the OnePlus 6, which has comparable specs to its heavyweight rivals, but a much cheaper price tag. (Its successor, the rumored OnePlus 6T, is expected in October.)

To see how these premium phones compare, check out our spec chart below.

iPhone XS vs. Note 9, LG V30 and OnePlus 6 specs


iPhone XS Samsung Galaxy Note 9 LG V30 OnePlus 6
Display size, resolution 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436x1,125 pixels 6.4-inch Super AMOLED; 2,960x1,440 pixels 6-inch; 2,880x1,440 pixels 6.28-inch OLED; 2,280x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 458 ppi 516 ppi 538 ppi 402 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.7x2.8x0.3 in 6.37x3.01x0.35 in 6x3x0.29 in 6.13x2.97x0.31 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 143.6x70.9x7.7mm 161.9x76.4x8.8mm 151.7x75.4x7.3mm 155.7x75.4x7.75mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.24 oz; 177g 7.09 oz.; 201g 5.57 oz; 158g 6.2 oz; 177g
Mobile software iOS 12 Android 8.1 Oreo Android 7.1.2 Nougat Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera Dual 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 16-megapixel (standard), 13-megapixel (wide) 16-megapixel standard, 20-megapixel telephoto
Front-facing camera 7-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 16-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Apple A12 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor or Samsung Exynos 9810 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 512GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM N/A 6GB, 8GB 4GB 6GB, 8GB
Expandable storage None 512GB Up to 2TB None
Battery N/A 4,000mAh 3,300mAh 3,300mAh
Fingerprint sensor None (Face ID) Back of phone Back of phone Back of phone
Connector Lightning USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No Yes Yes Yes
Special features Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID, Animoji Water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; S-Pen with Bluetooth connectivity; Iris and facial scanning Water resistant (IP68), wireless charging, wide-angle camera, Floating Bar tab, Gigabit LTE-ready Portrait mode, notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging
Price off-contract (USD) $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB) $1,000 (128GB), $1,250 (512GB) Unlocked: $830; AT&T: $810; Verizon: $840: T-Mobile: $800; Sprint: $912 $529 (64GB), $579 (128GB), $629 (256GB)
Price (GBP) £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB); £1,349 (512GB) £899 (128GB), £1,099 (512GB) £800 £469 (64GB), £519 (128GB), £569 (256GB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,629 (64GB), AU$1,879 (256GB), AU$2,199 (512GB) AU$1499 (128GB), AU$1,799 (512GB) AU$1,199 AU$702 (64GB), AU$769 (128GB), AU$835 (256GB)

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