Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs Galaxy S9+: What are their Differences


Samsung just announced Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones at its Unpacked 2018 event at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona, as it had promised. The main highlight of the smartphones is the variable aperture cameras. The S9 has a 12-megapixel rear camera with variable aperture tech that uses f/1.5 aperture for night shots for a brighter picture and f/2.4 aperture for normal shots in daytime. The S9+ has a secondary 12MP Telephoto lens for live focus for bokeh effect with background blur.


Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs Galaxy S9+: What are their Differences

Similar to the Sony’s flagships, this has 960fps Super Slow-mo video option. It has automatic Motion Detection and an intelligent feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record. After capturing the Super Slow-mo video, you can also select background music from 35 different options or add a tune from their favorite playlist.

Both the phones have Infinity Display – an end-to-end, bezel-less screen that extends to the phone’s sides. S9 comes with a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ screen and the S9+ comes with a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ screen, both with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and the back, same as the predecessors.


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These also have stereo speakers tuned by AKG and support Dolby Atmos. The company says that it has loudest speakers in a Galaxy smartphone till date. It also has AR Emoji, similar to Apple iPhone X’s animoji. It uses machine learning to analyse and map more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions. It can be exported to video or  stickers and uses a standard AGIF file format that lets you share with third-party messaging platforms.


Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs Galaxy S9+: Spec Comparison


Samsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S9+
Display Size5.8” QHD+ (2960×1440) sAMOLED 18.5:9 6.2” QHD+ (2960×1440) sAMOLED 18.5:9
Glass TypeGorilla Glass 5 Gorilla Glass 5
Display Color PaletteHDR10HDR10
Processor: System-on-chip (SoC)Qualcomm Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810Qualcomm Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810
Storage Capacity64GB/128GB/256GB + Micro SD Card slot (up to 400GB)64GB/128GB/256GB + Micro SD Card slot (up to 400GB)
Rear Camera Set Up12MP with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture12MP with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture + 12MP zoom lens f/2.4
Front Camera 8MP front camera with auto focus8MP front camera with auto focus
Headphone JackYes, 3.5mmYes, 3.5mm
Speaker/ Sound SystemAKG Tuned stereo speakersAKG Tuned stereo speakers
Battery Capacity3,000 mAh battery3,500 mAh battery
Wireless ChargingYesYes
Fast ChargingYes, Samsung Adaptive Fast ChargingYes, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
Biometrics/FingerprintIris, Facial, and fingerprint recognitionIris, Facial, and fingerprint recognition
Water and Dust ResistanceIP68 RatedIP68 Rated
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Camera Upgrades

Samsung has been putting all of their focus on the camera, and the upgrades they’ve presented are proof of that. The Galaxy S9 is using Samsung’s new variable aperture technology that will allow the camera to intelligently switch between an aperture better for day time shots, f/2.4, and an aperture better for low light and night time shots, f/1.5. Doing so also helps reduce noise in low light pictures which is currently a problem with many smartphone cameras. The Galaxy S9’s bigger brother, the Galaxy S9+, has the same variable aperture camera but also adds a 12MP zoom lens. The second lens can be used for Samsung’s live focus mode which is just normal portrait mode that allows you to adjust the background blur after you take the picture.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Vs Galaxy S9+: What are their Differences

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ come in Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple colors are priced at $719.99 (Rs. 46590 approx.) and $839.99 (Rs. 54350 approx.), respectively in the U.S. but costs £739 (US$ 1032 / Rs. 66,795 approx.) / 849 euros (US$ 1043 / Rs. 67,545 approx.) and £869 (US$ 1213 / Rs. 78545 approx.) / 949 euros (US$ 1166 / Rs. 75634 approx.) in UK and Europe. These will be available starting in March 16, 2018. Samsung has already started pre-bookings for the phone in India.

Stephen Ekpa
Stephen Ekpa
Stephen is the Editor-in-Chief @DroidAfrica. His work on DroidAfrica is born out of pure passion for tech, especially as it relates to smartphones. When Steve is not writing tech, then he is reading tech.


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