With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9, phone fans are naturally asking what has changed from the S8 and where we can see the most improvements. To answer your questions, we’ve gathered up all the intel we could to compare the two phones.
How does the Galaxy S9 camera compare to the S8
It’s no surprise that the most obvious difference between the S8 and S9 is the new rear camera. Billed as “The camera. Reimagined.” we expected great things from the new phone and it hasn’t disappointed.
Where the S8 has a decent camera, with 12MP at f/1.7, the S9 has a camera that has blown testers away. It features a ‘dual aperture’ 12MP camera that can switch between f/2.4 in well-lit conditions and f/1.5 in low-light – providing a great boost to both. It also allows for manual switching in Pro mode for advanced users.
Meanwhile, the camera allows for 4K quality video to be shot at 60fps, rather than the previous 30fps, and has a ‘Super Slo-Mo’ mode at 720p that turns 0.2 seconds into 6 seconds of footage.
The front camera remains unchanged with an 8MP f/1.7 camera.
Galaxy S9 vs S8 screen and body
The Galaxy S9 has had a number of fixes and improvements over the S8, which were aimed at increasing durability and delivering better performance. The frame is sturdier, with greater drop protection and a thicker gorilla glass screen, which makes the phone slightly thicker and heavier than the S8. However, it is shorter, as Samsung has once-again shrunk the size of their top and bottom bezels to increase the screen-to-body ratio.
The Galaxy S9 screen is another superior feature on the device, with specialist reviewer DisplayMate calling it “virtually indistinguishable from perfect.” This amazing boost in performance comes from a 20% increase in brightness, as well as leading colour accuracy and the lowest mobile screen reflectance ever recorded. This is especially impressive as the display is a 5.8-inch OLED (1440 x 2560) – the exact same as the S8.
Internal components of the S9
The S9 has upgraded to the Exynos 9810 chipset (from the 8895), while the RAM and storage have remained the same at 4GB and 64GB. The new chipset is designed to deliver a 20% boost to performance, as well as a 30% boost to efficiency – this efficiency is particularly good news, as Samsung has left the battery the same as the S8 (at 3000mAh).
Samsung has also boosted cellular performance, and while the gains are a little theoretical at the minute (at 1200Mbps downloads and 200Mbps uploads), it should help to future-proof the phone as networks improve.
The speakers have also been improved, with speakers added to the top and bottom – for speakers that are designed to deliver 360-degree stereo sound.
Security and software
Similar to the S8, the S9 features an iris scanner, facial recognition, and fingerprint scanner – as well as the usual PIN. However, the S9 has improved this by allowing the software to automatically switch between iris scanning and face recognition for faster identification. The fingerprint scanner has also been moved to below the rear camera for more convenient use.
The most noticeable software update has got to be the introduction of AR Emoji – Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Animoji. This generates a customisable virtual model of the user based on a selfie and generates different expression GIFs as well as allowing you to create personalised emojis.
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