Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Price in India, specifications comparison

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus

Two days ago, Samsung officially announced the launch of its new flagship smartphones for 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus. Both the smartphones feature the latest advancements in tech and are currently among the best smartphones money can buy. It is natural, therefore, to compare both these phones to handsets from last year. In fact, we did an article here on Gear that compared the Galaxy S9 to the OnePlus 5T and the iPhone 7. Today, we take a closer look at the larger Galaxy S9 Plus and compare it to its sibling from last year – the Galaxy S8 Plus – and to the iPhone 8 Plus that was launched back in September 2017, not too long ago.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Design, Display

Let us start by talking about the design characteristics of these three devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is an evolution of the S8 Plus and is basically an enlarged version of the smaller S9 model. The handset features an aluminium frame and has a layer of glass on both the sides – the front and the rear. The phone gets a large 6.2-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels in the 18.5:9 aspect ratio.  This is a Super AMOLED display and boasts if a PPI density of 529.

The S8 plus, as mentioned earlier, is near identical to the newer S9 Plus – featuring a similar design and the same display and PPI scores.

The iPhone 8 Plus while a flagship class handset, is still positioned below the radical iPhone X due to obvious reasons. The iPhone 8 Plus carries over the same design language that Apple adopted since the iPhone 6. The handset boasts of an aluminium frame and has toughened glass coating on both the front and the rear. The display on the iPhone 8 Plus is a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel. The display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and is in the 16:9 aspect ratio and offers a PPI density score of 401.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, like its predecessors, would be sold in two different versions. The first version gets the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and would be available in the U.S. and China while the second version with Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 SoC would be the version that would be sold in India and several other countries across Asia. While the Qualcomm version gets the Adreno 630 GPU, the Exynos variant uses the Mali-G72 MP18 GPU for graphics. The S9 Plus would be sold in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB versions and will come with 6GB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 plus also comes in two versions – a Snapdragon 835 version for some markets and an Exynos 8895 variant that came to India and other Asian countries. While the Qualcomm version used the Adreno 540 for graphics, the  Exynos version used the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU for the same purpose. The phone came in 6GB RAM + 128GB and 4GB RAM + 64GB versions – although only the latter was sold in India.

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is powered by Apple’s newest Apple A11 Bionic SoC – widely thought to be the most powerful SoC to be ever used on a smartphone. The SoC integrates Apple’s own GPU instead of the traditional PowerVR solution that Apple used in the past. The handset is offered in 64GB and 256GB versions.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Camera and imaging

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus features a dual camera setup at the rear that consists of a 12-megapixel, dual aperture (f/1.5 and f/2.4) lens and a secondary 12-megapixel shooter with f/2.4 aperture. Like the Note 8 from last year, the phone supports 2X optical zoom and has OIS, phase detection autofocus, and LED flash as well. The primary camera can record videos in 4K at 60fps in the maximum resolution. The front camera is an 8-megapixel, f/1.7 lens. The front camera can record videos in 1440p resolution at 30fps.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus gets a single 12-megapixel camera at the rear with f/1.7 aperture. The primary camera supports Dual Pixel phase detection autofocus, as well as OIS, and LED flash. The phone can record 4K videos at 30fps in the highest setting. At the front, the handset gets an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture. The camera also records videos at 1440p resolution at 30fps.

The iPhone 8 Plus also features a dual camera set up at the rear that consists of a 12-megapixel f/1.8, 28mm, OIS camera + a secondary 12-megapixel f/2.8, 57mm camera with support for phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, and quad-LED dual-tone flash. The primary camera records 4K videos at 60fps. At the front, the iPhone 8 Plus gets a 7-megapixel, f/2.2, 32mm camera that can record videos in 1080p resolution at 30fps.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 8 Plus: Price in India, conclusion

Samsung is yet to officially announce the price of the Galaxy S8 Plus in India. We would, therefore, wait for the prices to be announced before we pass a verdict on the handset. What we do know, however, is that it would not be affordable. As for the Galaxy S8 Plus, you can buy the 64GB version of the phone in India for Rs. 58,900.

As for the iPhone 8 Plus, here are the current prices of the handset in India

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Gold, 64GB): Rs. 64,999
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Silver, 64GB): Rs. 65,999
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Space Grey, 64GB): Rs. 72,000
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Space Grey, 256GB): Rs. 79,999
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Gold, 256GB): Rs. 83,990
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Silver, 256GB): Rs.84,000


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Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.