The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the newest phones in the Galaxy series from Samsung. The Korean smartphone giant revealed its two newest flagship event at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona on February 25th, 2018. And the new phones truly represent the best of the smartphone world, be it in terms of processing power, features, or camera specs. Let’s go ahead and take a closer look at these two devices — similarities and differences both. We’ll begin by revealing the prices.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus: Price in India
While Samsung is yet to officially reveal the pricing for both the devices, there are fairly credible leaks that indicate that the Galaxy S9 should cost Rs.67,399 and the Galaxy S9+ should be priced at Rs.79,900. The best part is that Samsung is currently allowing interested buyers and enthusiasts to pre-order the phone via the company’s official website. All you have to do is pay a pre-booking amount of Rs.2000 as advance (for both devices) and the remaining amount when the device is available. You will be sent text and email notifications once the S9 or S9+ is available and then you can go ahead and buy it.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus: Display
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have an aluminium frame on the body with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on front and back. Both the devices have super AMOLED displays, but the S9 has a 5.8-inch screen whereas the S9+ sports a 6.2-inch screen. Both phones offer a resolution of 1440×2960 pixels at an 18.5:9 ratio. The pixel density of the S9’s display is 570 pixels per inch (ppi), whereas the S9+ offers 529ppi. Both phones offer a home button with 3D touch.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus: Performance and Battery Life
Both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are powered by the same processor. In USA and China, the phones are equipped with the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, which is the newest and most powerful SoC from Qualcomm. In the rest of the world, the phone ships with Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 Octa octa-core processor, which has been putting up some really impressive results on Geekbench and AnTuTu benchmark platforms. The Exynos 9810 comes with a Mali-G72 MP18 graphics processing unit whereas the Snapdragon 845 is paired with an Adreno 630 GPU.
The S9 comes with 4GB RAM with options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage models whereas the S9+ offers 6GB RAM with the same storage options. Both devices come with Android Oreo and the newest version of Samsung’s digital assistant, Bixby 2.0.
The S9 and S9+ differ in terms of battery life— the S9 is powered by a 3000mAh battery, whereas the S9+ comes with a larger 3500mAh cell. Both devices support wireless charging and also feature Quick Charge 2.0, for rapid battery charging.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus: Camera
The camera specs differ on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. While both devices feature Samsung’s impressive new image processor (the ISOCELL Fast 2L3) under the hood, the S9 comes with a single rear shooter whereas the S9+ sports a dual camera on the back. The S9 has a 12MP camera with a dual aperture setup that alternates between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on ambient light conditions. The camera also features Dual Pixel phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and optical image stabilisation (OIS). The S9+, on the other hand, sports the same camera as the S9 but also has an additional 12MP f/2.4 lens that lets you shoot pictures while experimenting with depth of field/bokeh effects. The secondary lens, too, is equipped with OIS. Both devices can shoot HD videos at a frame rate of 960fps, which is the USP of the S9 and S9+. They can also shoot 4K videos at 60 frames per second.
On the front, both phones are equipped with the same 8MP (f/1.7) selfie shooter.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus: Verdict
Samsung released two variants of its newest flagship model for a very obvious reason — different people have different requirements. The larger display on the S9+ will appeal more to people who desire an immersive, richer experience from their phone’s display. But on the flip side, there are people who may not want a phone which has a display this big. The S9+ would also seem more appealing to a photography enthusiast, as its camera offerings are clearly superior to that of the Galaxy S9. So between the two phones, the S9+ is definitely the superior device but now that we’re at the end of the comparison, you can be clearer about which phone is more suited for you.