Both promise to offer huge speed improvements via their speedy new processors and extra RAM but which device really is the fastest?
The team at PhoneBuff have placed these flagships side-by-side in the ultimate app-launching evaluation and there’s one very clear winner.
This not only shows how quickly they can boot up games and applications but also if those apps stay running in the background – making it faster to reload them.
To make things fair, PhoneBuff said they conduct multiple trials on each phone using a robot in a temperature controlled environment to ensure accurate results.
As a quick reminder, Samsung’s Note 9 touts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB of RAM while Apple’s new Max features the latest A12 Bionic brains which are said to be around 15 percent faster than its predecessor – the A11.
Apple has always performed well in these app speed tests and PhoneBuff’s results show 2018 is no different.
The iPhone XS Max was able to blitz through the task in 2 minutes and 33 seconds.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 9 was a whole 14 seconds slower despite having that double the RAM of the iPhone.
The iPhone Max was faster in almost all parts of the test with it only failing by not being able to keep every single app running in the background.
The Note 9 did manage to do this which meant it caught the Max up in the second round of app launching but it wasn’t enough to take the victory.
This isn’t the first time the Max has come top for power.
Apple’s iPhone was recently put up against some of the leading Android devices in a speed test and the result show there’s one very clear winner.
The team at Tom’s Guide put the new iPhone Xs, Xs Max and a number of leading Android devices through their paces in a number of processor-heavy tasks.
The iPhone Xs Max also came top in a recent power test
These included Geekbench 4, 3D Mark Slingshot Extreme, GFXBench 5.0 and also measured app opening times.
Whilst the much cheaper OnePlus 6 beat the iPhone in one graphics performance test, Apple’s new smartphone came top in every other result.
Most worryingly for its Android rivals is the Xs and Xs Max scored over 11,000 in the Geekbench 4 speed chart.
The closest competition came from the OnePlus 6 which managed just 9,000.
Samsung came even further behind with a score of 8,876 for its Galaxy Note 9.
Another test where Apple appears to obliterate the competition is video editing.
Tom’s Guide said that to test real-world performance, they used the Adobe Premiere Clips app to transcode a 2-minute 4K video to 1080p.
The iPhone Xs managed it in 39 seconds with it its closest rival, the Galaxy S9+, taking almost two minutes longer to complete the same task.