Should I upgrade to the Galaxy S9?
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 are both great phones, so making a choice between the two can be a little overwhelming! Let us help you decide which phone is right for you:
Inside: One of the biggest and most essential differences between these two phones is invisible to the eye: the processor. The new phone is the first we’ve seen that uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the company’s most powerful mobile processor yet! It’s an eight-core CPU with a clock speed of 2.8GHz. To compare, the Galaxy S8 uses the Snapdragon 835 with a 2.35GHz speed. The new Snapdragon 845 incorporates a more powerful GPU and a faster modem as well. This also means that the S9 can take breathtaking slo-mo videos without overwhelming itself.
Screen: Both phones have identical screens. Both use a 5.8 inch AMOLED screen with a 2,960-by-1440 resolution for a 570PPI pixel density. However, Samsung says the S9 screen is brighter than the S8.
Size: The Galaxy S9 is a little heavier and shorter than it’s predecessor. The S9 has also moved the fingerprint sensor to underneath the camera for easy access. So, while the phones still look quite similar, they won’t be sharing the same case range.
Camera: The S9 and S8 are both a 12MP camera, but the S9 has introduced a new dual aperture lens. The lenses can open up to f/1.5 or f/2.4 depending on the lighting, and promises to offer a much better low light performance than the S8. Like the iPhone 8 plus, X, and Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy S9+ offers a dual rear camera.
Misc: The new S9 offers the AR Emoji, similar to Apple’s Animoji. AR Emoji’s are generated by scanning your face with the front-facing camera, and turning you into an emoji who can blink, smile and look around—a very fun new addition to this flagship.
Overall, both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 are fantastic phones. But if you’re ready for an upgrade, the S9 has a nicer camera, a better processor, and some fun new features that can keep you busy.