iPhone XS Max vs Galaxy Note 9 Real-World Speed Test

iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9 Speed Test

It has been well over a week since the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max went up for sale. We have already seen the devices compared to Samsung’s latest flagship handset, the Galaxy Note 9, in a speed test and drop test. But how do the two devices compare in a more intense real-world speed test?

Well, in the PhoneBuff style speed test between the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9, the former absolutely destroyed Samsung’s latest flagship device in app loading times. Unlike other speed tests, the Phone Buff style is conducted using a specialized machine to ensure there’s no margin of error.


In total, both phones loaded 16 apps and games in the speed test which included rendering a 4K video and exporting an image from Snapseed.



In the first lap, the iPhone XS Max took 1 minute 49 seconds, while the Galaxy Note 9 was significantly slower at 2 minutes and 11 seconds. In the second round of the speed test, the iPhone XS Max took 43 seconds, while the Galaxy Note 9 fared better at 35 seconds as it managed to keep almost all the apps in its memory. This should not be surprising since the Note 9 comes with twice the amount of RAM as the iPhone XS Max here: 8GB vs 4GB.


Overall, the Galaxy Note 9 might offer a better multitasking experience than the iPhone XS Max but it surely cannot hold a candle against Apple’s latest iPhone in terms of app loading times.


How satisfied are you with the iPhone XS real-world performance? Do you think there’s room for its multitasking performance to improve?

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