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Should you upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+?
By James Lu - 15 Mar 2018,10:20am

From S8/S8+ to S9/S9+

Pre-orders for Samsung's latest Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones start tomorrow (1st March). If you're undecided on whether you should upgrade or not, we're here to help. First of all, here's a quick recap of what's new in the S9 and S9+:

  • Samsung Exynos 9810 processor
  • 12-megapixel main camera with dual aperture f/2.4 and f/1.5 lens and "Super Speed" Dual Pixel sensor
  • On the S9+ only: Secondary 12-megapixel, f/2.4 camera
  • Upgraded Bixby Vision
  • Super slow motion recording at 960fps
  • AR Emoji
  • Intelligent Scan biometric security that combines Iris and Face scanning
  • Re-positioned fingerprint scanner
  • Stereo speakers

  Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ (256GB)
  Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ (256GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$1198
  • From S$1498
Latest Price
  • From S$750
  • From S$980
Operating system
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience
Processor
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
Built-in Memory
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6GB RAM
Display
  • 5.8-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (570 ppi) / 18.5: 9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.2-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (529 ppi) / 18.5:9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
Camera
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash and 12-megapixel f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
Storage Type
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 256GB (MicroSD)
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB (MicroSD)
Battery
  • 3,000mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 3,500mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
Dimensions
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight
  • 163g
  • 189g

For a more in-depth look at all of the S9's new features, check out these articles:

 

Should you upgrade?

Next, let's compare the S9 and S9+ against older Samsung devices to see what you're getting if you upgrade.


From S8/S8+ to S9/S9+

The S9 and S9+ look almost identical to their predecessors, so the main benefit for upgrading is the new rear camera with variable aperture and stereo speakers. If you're happy with the image quality from your S8/S8+, then you can probably skip this round and wait for next year's S10/S10+.

What stays the same

  • Almost identical design (S9/S9+ are slightly heavier and 0.5mm thicker)
  • Same display sizes (5.8-inch on the S9, 6.2-inch on the S9+)
  • QHD+ resolution (2,960 x 1,440)
  • Super AMOLED display
  • Always-on display
  • Same battery capacities
  • On the S9: same 4GB RAM and 64GB storage
  • Expandable storage up to 256GB via microSD card slot
  • Same front-facing 8-megapixel f/1.7 selfie camera
  • Iris scanning
  • Face unlock
  • Most Bixby features
  • Wireless charging
  • Fast charging
  • Reversible USB Type-C port
  • 3.5mm headphone port
  • IP68 dust and water resistance

 

What you get for upgrading

  • Faster Samsung Exynos 9810 processor
  • On the S9+: 6GB RAM and option for 256GB storage
  • 12-megapixel main camera with dual aperture f/2.4 and f/1.5 lens and "Super Speed" Dual Pixel sensor
  • On the S9+: Secondary 12-megapixel, f/2.4 rear camera
  • Portrait Mode
  • Super slow motion recording at 960fps
  • Upgraded Bixby Vision
  • AR Emoji
  • Intelligent Scan biometric security that combines Iris and Face scanning
  • Re-positioned fingerprint scanner
  • Stereo speakers

  Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8+ Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ (256GB)
  Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8+ Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+ (256GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$1148
  • From S$1298
  • From S$1198
  • From S$1498
Latest Price
  • From S$520
  • From S$580
  • From S$750
  • From S$980
Operating system
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with Dream UX
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with Dream UX
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience
Processor
  • Samsung Exynos 8895 octa-core (4x2.3 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz), 10nm process
  • Samsung Exynos 8895 octa-core (4x2.3 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz), 10nm process
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55)
Built-in Memory
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6GB RAM
Display
  • 5.8-inch / 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (570 ppi) / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.2-inch / 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (529 ppi) / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 5.8-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (570 ppi) / 18.5: 9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
  • 6.2-inch / 2,960 x 1,440 pixels (529 ppi) / 18.5:9 ratio / Super AMOLED Infinity Display
  • Always-On Display
Camera
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, f/1.7, 1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, phase detection autofocus, OIS
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, f/1.7, 1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, phase detection autofocus, OIS
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
  • Rear: 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
  • Rear: Dual 12-megapixel, dual f/1.5 and 2.4, 26mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash and 12-megapixel f/2.4, 52mm telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • Front: 8-megapixel, f/1.7
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 9 (up to 450Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 9 (up to 450Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 + 5GHz), 4G+ LTE Cat 18 (up to 1200Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0, VHT80, MIMO (2x2), GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Screen Mirroring
Storage Type
  • 64GB internal storage (UFS 2.0)
  • 256GB (MicroSD)
  • 64GB internal storage (UFS 2.0)
  • 256GB (MicroSD)
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 256GB (MicroSD)
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 256GB (MicroSD)
Battery
  • 3,000mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 3,500mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 3,000mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 3,500mAh
  • Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
  • Wireless charging
Dimensions
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight
  • 155g
  • 173g
  • 163g
  • 189g

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