SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 VS GALAXY S8: WHAT’S NEW IN SAMSUNG’S LATEST FLAGSHIP AND SHOULD YOU UPGRADE?
As MWC 2018 kicks off in Barcelona, Samsung has returned to the event to unveil its latest duo of flagship smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ represent updates to our favourite phones from 2017 – but what’s new? As predicted, and heavily leaked, there are no massive surprises this year. Instead, Samsung has tweaked and tuned an already excellent phone by improving the camera and adding in a few more extras. Keep on reading for the full comparison.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 VS S8 DESIGN: WHAT’S NEW?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 represented a huge step-forward in industrial design for the South Korean company and signalled a shift in how phones look – the awkward bezel was minimised, with metal and glass now the order of the day when it comes to materials.
After getting such a makeover, it was always likely that whatever followed the S8 would look very much alike. That is indeed the case and the S9 looks pretty much identical to its predecessor.
Samsung said it has reduced the top and bottom bezel slightly and you’ll notice the fingerprint sensor has been shifted so it now sits below the camera module. There is also now a front-firing speaker in the mic on the top, rather than just that middling bottom-facing one.
Both phones have a 3.5mm headphone jack, IP68 water-resistance, a microSD slot for storage expansion and a USB-C port for charging.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 VS S8: SPECS: WHAT NEW FEATURES HAVE BEEN ADDED?
While there are plenty of new features to get excited about with the S9, there are also plenty of bits that haved stayed the same.
The 5.8-inch (or 6.2-inch if you go Plus) is the same size and has the same quad-HD+ resolution as previously. Battery sizes haven’t changed either so we wouldn’t expect too much improvement in endurance. Qi wireless charging remains and we haven’t had confirmation yet on whether the charging speed has been altered.
In probably the most predictable update, the S9 and S9 Plus improve the Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 chip with the latest versions. If you’re in Europe you’ll get the Exynos 9810, while the US will get the Snapdragon 845. Improvements in these new chips include faster download speeds, improved CPU and GPU performance along with better efficiency.
RAM on the regular S9 remains at 4GB like the S8, but the S9 Plus gets 6GB. Storage remains at 64GB, though they’ll now be a 256GB option for the S9 and S9+.
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Wholesale Price: US$ 285.00 Buy from : Our website||Samsung Galaxy S8 Wholesale Price: US$ 289.00 Buy from : Our website|
|Camera (Rear)||12MP f/2.4 and f/1.5||12MP f/1.7|
|Display||5.8-inch OLED (1440 x 2560)||5.8-inch OLED (1440 x 2560)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810||Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8890|
Amongst the bigger changes are the improved speakers, which now fire sound directly at you rather than into your palm. These new speakers have been tuned by AKG and support Dolby Atmos for 360-degree noise. On the first listen the speakers appear not only a lot louder, but more more detailed than before.
The other huge change, and the primary focus of the S9, is the camera. The 12-megapixel sensor now has a clever mechanical aperture shift that’ll move between f/2.4 and f/1.5 depending on your environment.
When it’s bright and sunny it’ll utilise the f/2.4 aperture, with the wider f/1.5 kicking in when things get darker or you’re inside. This should give you not only give you fantastic shots during the day, but equally impressive ones in tougher conditions most smartphone cameras would struggle in. The S8 did have a 12-megapixel sensor, but the aperture was a fixed f/1.7.
4K video can now be shot at 60fps, rather than just 30fps, and slow-motion can be cranked all the way up to 960fps for a very short time. Like the S8, the S9 can also shoot in 120fps and 240fps in 1080p.
Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant, is available on both phones and can be accessed by a dedicated button.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 VS S8 PRICE: WHICH IS BETTER VALUE?
*** Note : £1 = $1.40 (correct at time of post)
The Samsung Galaxy S9 starts from £739 for the 64GB model. That’s an increase over the £689 price that Galaxy S8 started at last year. You should also take into account the S8 can we be had for a lot less now and that price will likely only drop further once the S9 hits shelves.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 VS S8: EARLY VERDICT
If you really value a great smartphone camera and are happy with the rest of the Samsung Galaxy S8 experience, then the S9 should be a good upgrade. There are plenty of tweaks that fix issues we had previously and that’s always a good thing.