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iPhone X Plus Could Beat Note 9 In a Big Way

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 goes on sale today. It is the new king of the hill. But in a few weeks, the Next Big Thing will likely be dwarfed by the Next Next Big Thing.

Credit: Tom's Guide

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The rumors say that the alleged iPhone X Plus will have a 6.5-inch display that's even bigger than the Note 9. It will also likely have one of the fastest processors and GPU in the mobile world, if not the fastest.

The same rumors claim that it will have Apple Pencil support, effectively turning it into a head-to-head contender for the glass-and-aluminum phablet throne. So will potential Note buyers hold their horses until the middle of September announcement? And, if the rumors are confirmed, will they jump ship if the rumors are confirmed? 

Apple seems confident that they may do so. According to the company's Q3 2018 earnings report, iPhone revenue is up 20 percent year over year at a time when Samsung's S9 sales are slower than expected.

An August PC Magazine survey of 2,500 U.S. consumers supports this trend, but only in part. The poll data seems to indicate that there is a slightly higher stream of users going from Android to iOS. Of the 29 percent who switched smartphone operating systems, 18 percent went from Android to iOS. 11 percent went in the other direction. 

According to the poll, the biggest factor for Android switchers was a “better user experience” in iOS with 47 percent followed by 25 percent citing “better features” like camera performance or overall hardware design as the reason for jumping ship. 30 percent of Apple switchers alleged better experience on Android, with a close 29 percent citing better price. So the key here will be the user experience and the better features in the new Apple phablet.

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Avi Greengart, Consumer Devices Research Director at Global Data, believes that, while Apple events always generate enormous hype, Samsung will likely survive the wave.

“Based on Apple’s sales and industry influence, the hype [about new iPhone products] is often justified,” Greengart told Tom’s Guide via email. “However, this is hardly the first year that Apple has launched phones in the fall after Samsung introduced a Note, and yet Samsung survived.” 

Greengart believes that the “Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 has long been its most differentiated smartphone due to the size and S Pen, and if Apple launches a supersized iPhone with Pencil support, there would inevitably be some defectors.”

He believes, however, that the bulk of iPhone X Plus sales “will come from iOS users upgrading--and from Android users in general.” But he admits that any prediction at this point will be hard to make “without seeing how Pencil support is implemented into mobile use cases--assuming that this particular rumor pans out at all.”

Stephen Baker, vice president and technology industry advisor at market research company NPD Group, told us over email that “unless the iPhone is announced with a pen, the launch will have a negligible impact to the sales volumes of the Note 9 regardless of their screen size.”

Baker believes that “there is much less consumer comparison across brands and OS than industry people think in general and even less between such a specialized and premium product as the Note 9.” 

For the first time, if the rumors are confirmed, there will be a worthy contender to the phablet throne, and that’s going to be very hard to ignore for potential Galaxy Note 9 users.

  • darkomaledictus
    Does not really matter when your Store is locked and most of the interesting applications, such as emulators, are not available. Apple is nice as an Ipad once you get the hurdles our of the day of loading you personal books, movies and music, otherwise its a pass!
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  • darkomaledictus
    Does not really matter when your Store is locked and most of the interesting applications, such as emulators, are not available. Apple is nice as an Ipad once you get the hurdles our of the day of loading you personal books, movies and music, otherwise its a pass!

    The user experience is much worse for power users on Apple, too many hurdles to do what you really want to do. For people just using it as a phone and the locked store content I guess its great, users that require a lot more from their phone will just not be satisfied the way Apple locks everything out...
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  • Tluvstech
    Exactly how I feel. The frustration with dealing with apple products doing only what they want it to do and having to wait for certain features to come out, pushed me to android. If the IPhone supports a pen and the pen is not connected to the phone without adding bulk, I don't think it will pull Note users.
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  • pamjoeme
    Well for me, I'm glad Apple has finally stepped up the game as far as better screen sizes and a much better line of processors.. For years , Apple was overpriced way underpowered junk with the worst os ever period..... IOS is awful. I agree with the other comenteers. IOS is limited by Apple only features, no SD support, no emulators, higher than android priced apps (for the same app no less), and tons of other things to list... Even Android 5.1 is better than the latest IOS version....
    So now you these Iphone 10's with great processors and better quality screens, that are STILL TRAPPED with all the Apple only software, Over priced 3rd party app, non- SD card having, no headphone jack having , Flat non curved screen having, MESS with IOS.... Whew that was a long sentence.....
    And if it has Pencil support... Will it be in the phone like my note 8? or will it be the 149 add on to the already hefty 1200 dollar price tag? Unless it come in the unit, its junk...... And until Apple lets users use and run their devices the way that WE not Apple wants, THEY WILL NEVER STRAY HAPPY ANDROID USERS.. Like me !! :-)
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