S9 Plus Vs S8 Plus

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S8 and S8 Plus has been ruling the smartphone market for a year. Now, it’s time for a change. Samsung’s own S9 and S9 Plus has taken the prime spot now! A few days back we discussed everything about Samsung Galaxy S9, specs, and what’s new in it.

Today we’re going to be looking at the key differences between the Samsung Galaxy S8+ versus the S9+, which has just been announced. So, if you currently have an S8+ and you’re thinking of upgrading, or if you’re in the market for a new smartphone and you’re not sure which one of these to go for, then hopefully this comparison should help you out.

S9+ Vs S8+: Design Comparison

But, first thing’s first, in terms of the build and design at least, the S9+ is definitely an incremental upgrade to the S8+. We’ve still got the metal frame with curved glass panels on the front and back. In our opinion, these still look really good, and the S8+ was one of the best-looking devices of last year anyway.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Many people may have wanted to see a bit of a refreshed design, but we’re assuming that’s going to come next year. Now both devices are IP68 water and dust resistant, and both of them also feel very, very similar in the hand. The S9+ is slightly heavier and it’s also slightly thicker, but it’s slightly shorter compared to the S8+, and that is because it has slightly smaller bezels.

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Now, based on early, leaked renders, it looked like the S9+ might be having slightly thicker bezels compared to the S8+, but thankfully, this is not the case and we have smaller bezels than the small bezels we already had.

S9+ Vs S8+: Display Comparison

Now the display size is the same on both of these, 6.2-inches, QuadHD, Super AMOLED, with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Now both of these are some of the best displays in the market right now, and you really cannot go wrong with either of these.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

But with the S9+, Samsung has said that the black is actually deeper, so when you’ve got black on the screen, it’s going to blend in better with those bezels and look like you’ve got no bezels at all.

S9+ Vs S8+: Processor Comparison

Now moving onto the internals, the S8+ has either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or Samsung’s Exynos 8895, depending on your region.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Processor

With the S9+ being the new device, it does have this year’s processors, which are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung’s Exynos 9810.

S9+ Vs S8+: Memory Comparison

It also has six gigabytes of RAM versus four gigabytes of RAM on the S8+, and you could expect the S9+ to be faster overall because it does have the new internals.

S9 Plus RAM

And in terms of storage, we’ve got 64 gigabytes as a base on the S8+. On the S9+, we have a base of 128 gigabytes. So you do have an advantage here with double the storage as a base, and both of these are expandable, so that’s absolutely great. You’re not going to be stuck with the storage that you buy when you get the devices.

S9+ Vs S8+: Camera Comparison

Now let’s move on to the cameras. With the S8+, you’ve got a single 12-megapixel camera, which has a dual pixel to focus, optical stabilization, and a f/1.7 aperture. Now, this was actually a really good camera and did perform really well last year.

Galaxy S9 Camera

With the S9+, we have some major improvements. Firstly, we’ve got dual 12-megapixel cameras, both optically stabilize, the primary camera is wide-angle and it actually has a dual aperture.

This is really cool; we’ve got f/1.5, which is the widest aperture on any smartphone right now, this is going to let in 28% more light compared to the S8+. So you’re going to have much better low-light performance. But it’s also got a f/2.4 aperture and it’s going to mechanically switch between these two, and seeing that change is actually pretty awesome.

S9 Dual Aperture

If you look closely, you can actually see the aperture changing, and that is absolutely insane. The way this is going to work is if you’re in a situation with less than 100 lux of light, it’s going to use the f/1.5, but if you’re in a situation with more than 100 lux of light, then it’s going to use the f/2.4. And this is going to allow you to have more things in focus and have a more pleasing shot in a better light.

S9 Plus Aperture Comparison

Now for the second camera, it’s a telephoto camera, similar to what we had in the Note 8, with a f/2.4 aperture. This is going to allow you have optical zoom, but it’s also going to give you Live Focus. This is the portrait mode for Samsung and it’s going to give you a blurry background. You can also edit that blur after the fact, and it’s going to take a wide-angle shot at the same time, so you do have that if needed.

Now Live Focus actually worked really well in our experience on the Note 8, and we expect it to work very well on the S9+ too. But when it comes to video with the S8+, you’ve got 4K at 30 frames a second. With the S9+, you’ve got 4K at 60 frames a second, and you’ve also got super slow-mo. Now super slow-mo is 720p at 960 frames a second, but it is only a short burst.

This is similar to what we had on the Sony devices last year. But the problem with the Sony devices was that you had to press it at the exact time, which meant that, more often than not, you would miss the shot.

S9 Automatic Motion Detection

With the S9+, however, you have automatic motion detection, so you’re going to be able to put a square around the area where it’s going to look out for motion, and when it does notice motion in that area, that’s when it’s going to do that burst of 960fps.

And when it comes to the front-facing cameras, we’ve got eight megapixels on both with a f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. So, in terms of the hardware, there doesn’t really seem to be a difference, but we do have improvements in terms of the software, and we’ve got selfie focus on the S9+.

Galaxy S9 Selfie
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This is basically a portrait mode from the front-facing camera like we’ve got on the Google Pixel 2, as well as the iPhone 10. It’s going to blur the background and give you a nice shot.

S9+ Vs S8+: Software Comparison

For the operating systems, we’ve got Android. We don’t have Oreo on the S8+ as yet, not on many anyway. That’s supposed to be coming soon. With the S9+, it is going to come with Android Oreo out of the box.

S9 Software

We do have Samsung Experience skin on top and moving onto the audio. We’ve got 3.5mm headphone jack on both devices, and we are glad that Samsung has kept this on the S9+.

Both S9 and S9 Plus will also receive Google’s upcoming Android 9.0 (P) OS.

S9+ Vs S8+: Security Comparison

You got iris scanners on both devices as well as facial recognition, but with the S9+ we have Intelligent Scan, which uses a combination of the iris scanner as well as the facial recognition to give you additional security.

S9 Intelligent Scan

Both devices do have Samsung’s AI system, Bixby, and this can be launched by the dedicated button. Now there are some improvements in Bixby, especially in terms of Bixby Vision.

S9 Live Translate

There’s a live translate, which is going to let you point your camera at a text, say on a menu, and it’s going to translate that on the screen, there and then. And there’s also things like being able to point it at food and it’s going to tell you some information, like how many calories it’s got. Now whether or not these features are going to be coming onto the S8+ final update, we are not too sure about.

S9+ Vs S8+: Battery Comparison

Now, let’s look at the batteries. The batteries are actually unchanged, we’ve got the same size battery on both devices, 3500mAh. But, with the S9+, we do have the newer processors, so they should be more efficient.

S9 Plus Wireless Charging

Fast charging and fast wireless charging is on both devices and it’s great to use if you need a quick top up. And finally, looking at pricing and availability, the S9+ is actually coming in more expensive compared to what the S8+ came in at, and this is because of the new additional features.

S9+ Vs S8+: What’s New!

It’s something that we’re seeing much less of these days, and with the S8+, we’ve got a single bottom-firing speaker, which sounds okay but it isn’t great. With the S9+, however, we do now have stereo speakers tuned by AKG.

Galaxy S9 Dolby Atmos

These are 1.4 times louder compared to the S8+, and they also support Dolby Atmos. So, you can switch this on and it’s going to give you a much more immersive experience. Now moving on to the additional features, with the S8+ we’ve got fingerprint scanner in an awkward place, this is something that a lot of people were complaining about last year.

S8 Vs S9

It’s very difficult to reach, especially on the large device. Samsung has addressed this, and with the S9+, we have the fingerprint scanner below the cameras and it’s in a much more accessible position.

AR Emoji

Now there’s also a new feature on the S9+ and that is AR Emoji. We call this Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Animoji. This is basically going to create a 3D avatar of yourself within the device by using the front-facing camera.

It maps your face and looks at 100 facial features to give you realistic expressions on your AR Emoji, which then you can share with your family and friends over things like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

So we’ve got the dual cameras, we’ve got new processors, we’ve got larger storage, et cetera. And with the S8+, because it’s last year’s device, you actually will be able to pick it up much cheaper than its release price.

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With the S9+, it is going to be coming out on the 16th of March, but if you pre-order it early, then you will be getting it a little bit earlier too.

So, guys, that is the S8+ versus the S9+, and although we don’t have too much of a change in terms of the design, hopefully, this video helped you to see all of the other improvements, such as with the camera especially.

Is it worth upgrading from the S8+ to the S9+?

Well, if you’re somebody who wants all of the latest features, then the S9+ is offering something that we haven’t seen on any other device before with that variable aperture. But, at the same time, if you’re happy with the S8+, that is still a pretty good device and it should last you another year.

Who should buy S8+ instead of S9+?

If you are somebody who’s in a bit of a budget and cannot afford the S9+, then right now would be a good time to pick up the S8+, because it will be dropping further in price when the S9+ is released.

What do you guys think of the S9+?

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