Samsung Galaxy S9 has launched a few days ago, so it’s obvious that excitement about it is reaching new heights every day. However, will it really be a worthy upgrade to Galaxy S8? Will it be a wise choice to ditch your Galaxy S8 for it? In this comparison, we’ll try to find out the answer to both these and many other similar questions by comparing both devices Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S9 on important parameters. Let’s begin:
Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Galaxy S9: Design
As far as design is concerned, both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 are going to be pretty similar to each other. Based on what we’ve heard, the design of Galaxy S9 is so identical to its predecessor that a Galaxy S8 can be slipped almost perfectly into a Galaxy S9 case.
However, at the same time, it also doesn’t mean that there won’t be any differences. According to rumors Samsung has made some better design choices this time. And those choices are all around the fingerprint sensor of Galaxy S9. Samsung has changed both the shape and the location of fingerprint sensor this time. The sensor is below the rear camera unit, and it’s an oval shape.
Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Galaxy S9: Performance
In terms of performance, Samsung Galaxy S9 is obviously going to be better than its predecessor because of latest Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 chipset, both of which much better than Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 of Galaxy S8. The RAM in both devices will be same at 4GB, but the newer generation processor is likely to give a major boost to the performance of Galaxy S9. However, that performance improvement will be visible in resource hungry tasks only and you’re unlikely to see any major difference in your day to day tasks.
Just like design, no major differences are expected in Galaxy S9 display as well. Samsung is gonna stick to the choice of Super AMOLED display technology with 1,440 x 2,960 px resolution, with the size of the display being just a little larger than that of Galaxy S8 (6 inches vs. 5.8 inches).
Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Galaxy S9: Cameras
The camera is one of those areas where Galaxy S9 may be much better than its predecessor, thanks to a variable aperture lens that company is likely to install in it. The megapixel count of the rear camera will be same in both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 (12 megapixels), but the variable aperture of f/2.4 to f/1.5 will allow for some new camera capabilities.
The variable aperture, in case you don’t know about it, adjusts the lens according to lighting conditions to allow passage of more or less light while taking the images. It’s pretty similar to the mechanical blades of a real DSLR camera, which adjust the camera lens according to lighting.
In fact, the camera is so big of a thing in Galaxy S9 that Samsung is prominently highlighting it in the launch event invites too.
The battery will be another major department of difference between Galaxy S8 and S9. While S8 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, Galaxy S9 will come with a 3,500 mAh battery. This increased capacity, along with less power hungry Snapdragon 845, is almost certainly likely to result in a battery life improvement.
Both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 will also have differences in authentication mechanisms that they will offer. While the fingerprint sensor will be available on both devices, other methods of authentication will be different. In Galaxy S8 there’s iris scanning that allows you to unlock your phone at a glance, but in Galaxy S9 probably there will be a combination of both iris scanning and facial recognition for better security. As you can imagine, it may lead to a more reliable authentication mechanism in Galaxy S9.
Samsung Galaxy S8 VS Galaxy S9: Prices
The price of both devices is also not likely to be very different from each other. That is because there’s not too much difference in the specs of both devices, and also because Samsung is preparing Galaxy S9 Plus as a significantly better version of the device to charge a premium price for it. So the price of Galaxy S9 will probably revolve around the initial launch price of its predecessor, and that is $800.
So as you can see, Galaxy S9 is not going to be very different from Galaxy S8, except for the differences in a few departments. And the design is not one of those departments, so it’s not really a worthy upgrade for you if you were interested in it because of a more stylish/futuristic design.
However, if you want it because of better performance, camera or battery life, it’ll certainly be a good upgrade (especially when considered against its price). So be clear about your priorities before you ditch your Galaxy S8 for this one.