A couple of months ago, we saw a speed test that compared the iPhone Xs Max against the Galaxy Note 9. For those who haven’t seen it, the iPhone Xs Max pretty much blew the Note 9 out of the water largely thanks to its A12 Bionic processor, and also an upgrade in RAM in which it seemed to play a role in its victory.

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So the question is, will the iPhone XR be able to pull off a similar victory? That’s what the folks at PhoneBuff are trying to find out with their latest video, where the iPhone XR is compared against the Galaxy Note 9 in a speed test. Quick note about the iPhone XR – for the most part it shares the same hardware as the iPhone Xs series, but one notable difference is in the RAM where it features 3GB instead of 4GB. This is versus the Note 9 that has a whopping 8GB of RAM.

However as it turns out it seems to be more than capable of holding its own, although it does appear to be a tad slower. For example the first round it took 1 minute and 52 seconds, where the iPhone Xs Max took 1 minute and 49 seconds. The second round also saw the iPhone XR take 46 seconds, whereas the iPhone Xs Max took 43 seconds.

All these delays allowed the Note 9 to play catchup where the final score was a total of 2 minutes and 38.33 seconds for the iPhone XR, and 2 minutes 38.48 seconds for the Note 9, which essentially tied both phones. We have seen in the past that while the A-series chipset does seem to be more powerful, memory management is where iOS seems to stumble, so hopefully this is something Apple will consider in future builds.

Filed in Apple >Cellphones. Read more about Galaxy Note 9, Iphone Xr and Samsung.

ProductGalaxy Note 9iPhone XR
Diagonal (inches)6.4" (16.3cm)6.1" (15.5cm)
Megapixel12 Megapixel12 Megapixel
Battery Capacity (mAh)4000 mAh
Processor NameSnapdragon 845Apple A12 Bionic
RAM Options6 GB,3 GB,
Street Price$695 Galaxy Note 9 on Amazon
Link to full specsGalaxy Note 9 Full specs and details
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