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Compare the Samsung Galaxy S9 to the S8

Samsung has introduced the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the successors to the S8 and S8 Plus. At first glance, it doesn't look like much has changed, but is that really the case? The camera has a number of new functions, including recording in super slow motion. The sound has also been improved. Want to know all the changes? Keep reading.

In short

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has

  • Depth-of-field effect in your photos
  • Very sharp photos in both low-light and brightly lit conditions
  • Record super slow motion videos
  • The most powerful sound
  • Safely unlock your phone without your PIN code day and night


The cameras on the S8 and S8 Plus differed very little from those on the S7, their predecessor. The S9 (Plus)'s camera is groundbreaking, however. The phones set themselves apart from the competition because of their variable aperture, which means the lens adapts to any kind of light. Whether there's lots of light or little, you'll capture crystal-clear pictures.

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S9 camera

S9 and S9 Plus: variable aperture and super slow-mo

Like the S8 and S8 Plus, the S9 features a single 12-megapixel camera. The number of number of megapixels for the selfie camera is unchanged as well. What is new about the selfie camera, is that you can blur the background of your selfies with the selfie focus function. Prefer to record videos? Good news. The S9 (Plus) has a super slow-mo video camera. It lets you record a movement's every detail. The S9 Plus is the only one with a dual camera that lets you take pictures with a depth-of-field effect.

S8 camera

S8 (Plus): sharp photos and videos

The S8 and S8 Plus have a 12-megapixel camera that lets you take clear pictures. Thanks to the optical image stabilization, your photos will be sharp even if you accidentally move the phone. The big aperture of f/1.7 lets through a lot of light, allowing you to also take beautiful photos in low light. Thanks to the 8-megapixel selfie camera with autofocus, you can take a clear photo of yourself as well. Are you more into recording videos? The S8 (Plus) lets you record in razor-sharp 4K resolution.

Looks and performance

The S8 series and the S9 series are almost identical in terms of screen and design. Still, the backs of the S9 and S9 Plus are different, as the fingerprint scanner has been moved. There are some changes under the hood as well. For instance, the new models have an improved camera, upgraded iris scanner, and better stereo sound.

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S9 appearance

S9 (Plus): same appearance as the S8 (Plus)

The design and Infinity Display of the S8 have been continued on the S9 (Plus). What is different on the S9 (Plus) is the position of the fingerprint scanner, which is now below the camera instead of next to it. The iris scanner has been replaced with Intelligence Scan. When it's dark, it scans your eyes, and during the day, it scans your face. That way, you'll always be able to unlock your device quickly and securely. Enjoy watching series or movies on your smartphone? Thanks to the dual stereo speakers, the movie soundtrack will sound powerful and clear.

S8 appearance

S8 (Plus): new design

The appearance of Samsung's S8 (Plus) marked the end of their familiar smartphone design. The phones have an Infinity Display, glass casing, and the fingerprint scanner is located on the back next to the camera. The downside of the fingerprint scanner's location is that it could lead to greasy fingerprints on the camera. You can also unlock the S8 (Plus) with your eyes thanks to the Iris scanner. In short, a big step towards the future for Samsung.


With its new looks and screen nearly free of bezels, the S8 (Plus) beat all expectations. The design was appreciated by many, so it's not surprising that the S9 and S9 Plus look a lot like their predecessors. If you check out what's inside, on the other hand, you'll see that the camera has gotten a massive upgrade. Is taking photos and recording videos important to you? In that case, I'd certainly opt for the S9 or S9 Plus.

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