Samsung Galaxy S9 4K Video Recording Unable to Match the iPhone X


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Just like every year, Samsung tried its best with the Galaxy S9 series smartphones to outdo the iPhone X, but looking at early benchmarks, it seems Samsung’s latest flagship phone is no way near as powerful as Apple’s latest iPhones. What’s worse, the Galaxy S9 can’t even match Apple’s iPhone 8 or iPhone X in 4K video recording due its poor processing power (via CultofMac).

In theory, the Galaxy S9 should easily outperform the iPhone 8 and even the iPhone X. But according to the latest benchmark tests, it can’t even keep up with the aging iPhone 7, let alone its successors.

Samsung’s new device, which is being marketed for its stellar cameras, is capable of recording super-sharp 4K video at 60 frames-per-second — but only for a maximum of five minutes. If you need to shoot for longer, you’ll have to reduce to framerate to 30 fps.

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are all capable of shooting 4K video at 60 fps for as long as you like.

In terms of specs, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 features Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset with eight processing cores, four of which are clocked at 2.8GHz or faster. In comparison, Apple’s A11 Bionic chip has four cores, just two of which are high-performance cores clocked at 2.39GHz.

So for those who are in the market for a new smartphone with superior 4K video recording capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy S9 may not be the ideal choice for them.


  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Interesting the iPhone 8 is better than the X. I wonder how the iPhone 8 Plus would do.

  • Steve

    I believe the A11 has 6 cores, not 4 as stated in your article. 2 high performance and 4 high efficiency.
    I could be wrong but may be a good idea to check.

  • Widohmaker

    Same chip. It’s on par with the X and the 8.

  • My 1/2 cents

    IPhone 7 is aging? That’s a terribly fatalistic statement just to manipulate weakminded people to ditch their phones sooner than later.

    Beside this is once again a tabloid style trashy article by Usman where the caption should read iPhone 8 not X.

  • My 1/2 cents

    Usman, the creator of this article I feel should move to the USA and work for Trump.

  • Flash

    Why is it interesting? It has the same chips and doesn’t have faceid and has a smaller screen so it should perform better

  • fmanowhereman

    Correct, A11 Bionic has 6 cores. From Apples product description:
    “With six cores and 4.3 billion transistors, A11 Bionic has four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion chip, and two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster. The CPU can even harness all six cores simultaneously when you need a turbo boost.”

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    It’s interesting because now we know Apple likes to secretly throttle. The scores are close, but not identical. If it’s because of the screen, like I said above, I wonder how the 8 Plus would do as it has the largest screen.

  • Jon J

    LMAO “Likes to secretly throttle” you definitely don’t know why they were throttling phones because of the batteries. Either way Qualcomm and Samsung still can’t catch up to Apple’s in house engineers

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Fact: Apple secretly throttled phones.
    Fact: Apple is caught and ONLY THEN admits to doing so
    Fact: Apple does not apologize.
    Fact: Apple does NOT say it will never do it again.

    So why should they be trusted?

    Also, they were not throttling “because of batteries”. They were throttling because they wanted to hide a design defect in their phones which did not deal correctly with batteries after a certain number of charging cycles. They were trying to avoid a costly recall. And they succeeded!