Comparing Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ & Galaxy S8/S8+

Comparing Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ & Galaxy S8/S8+

Comparing Samsung Galaxy S9S9+ & Galaxy S8S8+

Wait, what? Did you also see what I just saw? Well yes, seeing is only enough and one doesn’t need to take a ‘look’ to spot out how the Galaxy S9 is hardly different from its own brother S8!

Not that I’m saying it isn’t sassy and classy, but then there is a thing called predictability. Even iPhone has been looking all the same since 2013, so we can give Samsung that right?

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Yes there are a couple of ground-breaking new innovations along with some subtle enhancements in the S9 which I shall cover in just a minute. Not to mention, there are a few gimmicky attributes that you should really really know while you are being awed by the beauty of this beast at the same time!

Samsung Galaxy S9 Camera and Body Price
Samsung Galaxy S9 Coral Blue
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Coral Blue

Comparing Design:

DESIGNGalaxy S8Galaxy S9Galaxy S8+Galaxy S9+
1.DisplaySuper AMOLED / 570ppi / 83.6% Screen to Body RatioSuper AMOLED / 570ppi / 83.6% Screen to Body RatioSuper AMOLED / 529ppi / 84% Screen to Body RatioSuper AMOLED / 529ppi / 84% Screen to Body Ratio
2. Form FactorFront-Back 3D curved Gorilla Glass with Aluminium frame

3D touch Home button

Front-Back 3D curved Gorilla Glass with Aluminium frame

3D touch Home button

Front-Back 3D curved Gorilla Glass with Aluminium frame

3D touch Home button

Front-Back 3D curved Gorilla Glass with Aluminium frame

3D touch Home button

3. IP-XIP68 certified / water and dust proofIP68 certified / water and dust proofIP68 certified / water and dust proofIP68 certified / water and dust proof


It seems a bit tedious to look at the 4 different columns isn’t it? But reality is far too simple. And as you can see there is hardly any noticeable difference between all the 4 models. The screen on both S8 and S9 feels almost like an immersing pool of colours, thanks to the 3D curved glass and filleted corners which go in sync perfectly with the phone’s curvature.

Samsung Galaxy S9 (Midnight Black, 64 GB)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Midnight Black
Samsung Galaxy S9 Camera and Body
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Midnight Black

Adding to that there’s a best in class 18.5:9 display, water and dust resistant…you know how it goes. The main and much needed design change is in the fingerprint scanner; it is features beside the camera in S8 which is very irritating to use sometimes as there is an ample probability that you will end up swiping the camera lens. Well this time it’s placed below the camera making it a whole unit. It’s not circular, therefore small, but pretty fluent and responsive.

And being more and more obvious here Samsung also designed an Iris scanner in reply to FaceID. It is good, but far too less seamless than Apple’s FaceID. Fortunately you can always use the easier fingerprint sensor!

Did you know?

Samsumg Galaxy S was the first Android phone to feature an AMOLED display in 2009 while Nokia’s N85 made the debut for the same back in 2008?

Comparing Camera & Audio:

CAMERA & AUDIOGalaxy S8Galaxy S9Galaxy S8+Galaxy S9+
1. Main 12MP / OIS / (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5”)

1.22μm avg pixel

2160p@ 30 fps

720p@ 240 fps

12 MP / OIS / (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.5”)

1.22μm avg pixel

2160@ 60fps

720p@ 960 fps

12MP / OIS /

(f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5”)

1.22μm avg pixel

2160p@30 fps, 720p@240 fps

Dual 12MP / OIS

(f/1.5 – f/2.4 , 26mm, 1/2.55”)

+ 12MP ( f/2.4, 52mm , 1/3.6”)

1.2μm avg pixel

2160@ 60 fps

720@ 960 fps

2. Front8MP

(f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6”)

1.22μm avg pixel

1440p@ 30 fps

8MP

(f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6”)

1.22μm avg pixel

1440p@ 30 fps

8MP

(f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6”)

1.22μm avg pixel

1440p@ 30 fps

8MP

(f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6”)

1.22μm avg pixel

1440p@ 30 fps

3. Audio32bit / 384kHz32bit / 384kHz

Stereo speakers

32bit / 384kHz32bit / 384kHz

Stereo speakers


This is where the major impression of this phone comes down to. For the first time ever in a smartphone Samsung came with a variable aperture lens set up. Okay, just a little bit of briefing; have you ever noticed how your eyeballs are wide open in the night and suddenly when you step out into bright daylight they tend to shrink?

That’s exactly how the dual aperture of Samsung will work. It physically widens and narrows the lens element to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures on the fly. This is very much supportive while switching between varying light intensity shots.  Additionally the S9+ also sports a secondary lens to aid upto 2x optical zoom and the portrait effect.

Samsung Galaxy S9 (Lilac Purple, 64 GB)
Samsung Galaxy S9 (Lilac Purple, 64 GB)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Lilac Purple, 64 GB)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Lilac Purple, 64 GB)

And we also got a super slow-mo video recording @960 fps / 720p  just like we saw it in Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium last year. And the 32bit / 384 kHz is actually something excessive and not at all necessary. Yes, it does make your device future proof, but usually what we hear in day-to-day lives is 16bit / 48kHz or at the most 24bit / 192kHz if we consider studio quality.

What I’m really stoked about is that they have kept the 3.5mm headphone jack! And surprisingly, the list of flagships with the headphone jack getting smaller by the day, Samsung really gives the choice to the users by not disabling it.

Did you know?

Samsung Electronics has been the key display supplier for iPhone X and it reportedly makes $110 for each iPhone X sold.

Bottomline:

BOTTOMLINEGalaxy S8Galaxy S9Galaxy S8+Galaxy S9+
1. Processor Exynos 8895 Octa / Mali-G71 MP20

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835(US & China)/Adreno 540

Exynos 9810 Octa / Mali=G72 MP18

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845(US & China)/Adreno 630

Exynos 8895 Octa / Mali-G71 MP20

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835(US & China)/Adreno 540

Exynos 9810 Octa / Mali=G72 MP18

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845(US & China)/Adreno 630

2. Memory64 GB / 4 GB RAM64 / 128 / 256 GB – 6 GB RAM64/128 GB

6 GB RAM

64/128/256 GB

6 GB RAM

3. Battery 3000 mAh

Qi Wireless Charging

3000 mAh

Qi Wireless Charging

3500 mAh

Qi Wireless Charging

3500 mAh

Qi Wireless Charging


Firstly, do not disappoint on getting the Exynos processor in favour of Snapdragon 845. Samsung has been shipping almost all their flagships in this manner and for what it’s worth, the Exynos is as good as Qualcomm’s when it comes to delivering kick-ass performance. There is now an option open for a higher storage version too i.e 256 GB which you can still expand upto a whopping 400 GB.

Also there is AR Emoji which is a counter to iPhone’s Animoji feature. While you can only use over a dozen of animals and creatures in iPhone, Samsung allows you to create your own Avatar and modify it in n number of ways as you like. Again, obviously, predictable but it’s a cool tech nonetheless and it won’t be much time when every OEM out there jumps on the same bandwagon.3

The ‘Itch’:

In a nutshell, the S9 is a good upgrade over S7 but there is hardly any substantial difference between the S8 and S9. Probably like the iPhone 7 and 8 versions, if you are an S8 owner, there is not much looking forward to in the S9 and that is sometimes disappointing to the fans who are always in a pace with the latest tech.

But I’d like to say that with the magnificent build, a super cool display, an intuitive camera and Samsung’s own toppings like Bixby and the S9 is the best package amongst any smartphone which is a flagship.Comparing Samsung Galaxy S9S9+ & Galaxy S8S8+

So the clear winner here among Nokia 8 Sirocco, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2 is obviously the Galaxy S9!

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4) Nokia 8 Sirocco vs Nokia 8


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