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The Samsung Galaxy S9 is mostly the S8 with a better camera

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Galaxy S9 infographic shows no major upgrades except the camera (Source: Samsung Newsroom)
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9 (Source: Samsung Newsroom)
When compared to their predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ offer solid improvements in the camera department, but there are no changes when it comes to the display, connectivity, or battery capacity. However, audiophiles will surely enjoy the stereo speakers tuned by AKG and the Dolby Atmos surround sound. At last, we should also mention that the Galaxy S9 lineup comes with Oreo onboard.
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After a long stream of leaks and rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and its larger sibling that goes by as the Samsung Galaxy S9+ are finally official. Revealed during an Unpacked event that took place in Barcelona just before the MWC 2018 tech show opened its gates, these new flagships come with major changes in the camera department, but there are many areas left untouched as well. To make things clear, Samsung has just revealed an infographic that shows the differences between the two Galaxy S9 flagships and their predecessors.

According to Samsung, the dual camera setup of the new Galaxy flagships "allows for crisp and clear photos regardless of lighting conditions," also offering a Super Slow-mo video function that can turn everyday events and actions into "truly epic" moments. The list of improvements also includes customizable AR Emojis, immersive stereo sound, and streamlined biometric authentication.

When looking at Samsung's Galaxy S8 vs. Galaxy S9 infographic, these are the areas where the differences can be spotted:

  • dimensions: about the same size, but 163 grams for the S9, up from the 155 grams of its predecessor; 189 grams vs. 173 grams when talking about the S9+ and the S8+
  • camera setup: 12 MP with f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture for the S9, 12 MP wide + 12 MP telephoto for the S9+, as well as the same 8 MP f/1.7 front camera on both as on their predecessors
  • processors: top-of-the-line Snapdragon and Exynos chips, slightly faster and more efficient than those used by the previous Galaxy flagships
  • memory/storage: up to 256 GB storage and microSD support up to 400 GB; 6 GB RAM for the Galaxy S9+ (only 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage for the Galaxy S8/S8+)
  • audio: stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos surround
  • operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box

In addition to the above, we should also mention that the new flagships come with LTE Cat.18 support, while the Galaxy S8 lineup only had LTE Cat.16. To get a better idea about the differences between the Galaxy S9 family and the Galaxy S8 lineup, you might want to check the two videos below. In the meantime, feel free to share with us your thoughts on the new Galaxy S9 flagships: is it worth the upgrade from a Galaxy S7, or maybe you think that even a Galaxy S6 will remain a rather capable handset for another year or so?

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9 - dimensions
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9 - dimensions
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9 - memory
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9 - memory
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9 - cameras
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9 - cameras


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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5565 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-02-26 (Update: 2018-02-26)