Samsung finally unveiled one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2018, Galaxy S9 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. Now, the smartphone company is ready to take on the rest of the smartphone brands but how does the new Galaxy S8 stand against its predecessor?
With the launch of Galaxy S9, we can expect some price reduction in the Galaxy S8 so should a user spend his earnings on the new device or can do well with buying the last year’s flagship device? Also if you already own a Galaxy S8, should you upgrade or stick with your current device?
Buying or upgrading a smartphone is a very serious decision and though we have already listed down the best features of the Galaxy S9, let’s see if they are worth getting our hands on Samsung’s new flagship device.
If you loved the Galaxy S8’s design then you will surely appreciate the new Galaxy S9’s looks. Samsung has not changed the design of its new flagship smartphone this year and thus Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 look quite the same in the first glance. Both devices feature a metal frame and curved glass panels at the front and back of the smartphone.
Looking alike is not a big problem for the Galaxy S9 as the company did a great job last year with the introduction of its infinity display and it makes sense if Samsung wants to stick with the design. So if you already own the Galaxy S8, the design is not too big a charm that should convince you to make a switch.
If you look closely, you will notice that there are some minor difference in the design of the Galaxy S9 as its dimensions are slightly larger i.e. 68.7 x 8.5mm as compared to its predecessor which is 68.1 x 8mm. The new flagship device also weighs a bit more at 163g, while the Galaxy S8 is 155g.
Also, the company listened carefully to the complaints of the users and moved the fingerprint scanner underneath the camera on Galaxy S9 where a person can easily unlock their device without worrying about smudging their camera lens.
A plus point for Galaxy S8 is that it has more color options as compared to the Galaxy S9 which will only come in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple. If you want a different color, you will find Galaxy S8 a bit more desirable.
In the display department, both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 are quite the same. Both smartphones have large 5.8 inches curved QHD+ Super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 screen aspect ratio.
The new flagship device offers some software tweaks like the ability to see the interface in landscape but if you’re buying a new device or upgrading and want to base the decision on the display, maybe you should stick with the last year’s flagship device.
The camera is one of the few departments that have seen an improvement in the Galaxy S9 as compared to the Galaxy S8. This year Samsung has focused largely on the camera of its flagship device and has introduced a variable aperture can change between f/2.4 for daylight and f/1.5 for low light photography which will ultimately reduce the noise and provide more details in the pictures.
Galaxy S9 has a 12MP lens on the back which is the same for Galaxy S8 but the former will apparently deliver 30% less noise than the latter. Also, S9 has the highest aperture ever found in a smartphone camera. When it comes to the front camera, both smartphones have 8MP f/1.7 lenses so there is no competition on that front.
The new smartphone also features a Super Slow-mo feature which can capture up to 960 frames per second for 0.2 seconds. It also gives user different shooting modes where you can either set the defined motion detecting box to a location on the screen where you want the phone to slow down the movement or you can do it manually if you don’t want to leave it to the software to choose the right moment to slow down the motion.
Provided all that we have said, Galaxy S8 also offers an exceptional camera which didn’t fail us while we tested the device. Both devices have optical image stabilization but if you want to go beyond what a regular smartphone camera can do then maybe you should make the jump towards the new device.
Galaxy S9 uses Augmented Reality to create perfect emojis that wear the same facial features as the users of the device. This specific feature is not available in the Galaxy S8 and if you are not completely obsessed with emojis maybe you would want to stick with the last year’s model.
Galaxy S9 features some chief changes in its digital assistant Bixby like the improved Bixby Vision that can give you a live translation, all the user has to do is place the camera in front of anything that you want to be translated.
Interestingly, Bixby can also provide details like how many calories are in the food that you are looking at which is a super handy feature if you are health conscious. We are not yet sure whether the company will provide the same features in the Galaxy S8 as well but if you can live without them then there is no need to splurge on Galaxy S9.
Samsung Galaxy S9 has some terrific improved speakers which can fire the sound directly at the user instead of their palms. The smartphone brings Dolby Atmos on the table and its speakers are tuned by AKG which provide 360-degree sound making the sounds louder and more detailed.
The processor is the one thing where the Galaxy S8 cannot beat the new Galaxy S9. The latter features an Exynos 9810 chipset or Snapdragon 845 chipset for the US consumers and the benchmark results clearly indicate that Galaxy S9 will be one of the powerful smartphones of this year.
We would also like to mention that Galaxy S8 also houses a powerful chipset that is capable of handling strenuous and normal everyday activities easily so if you want to save money than you can opt for the last year’s flagship device.
Both smartphones have the same 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage so you don’t have to pit them against each other in this category.
Both smartphones have the same 3000mAh battery so basically, they both will more or less offer the same battery life to the user.
Galaxy S9 features the latest Android Oreo but if you plan to buy a Galaxy S8 or own one then you don’t have to worry as the company has already started beta testing of Oreo update on the S8 and will soon roll out for the users.