New smartphones often have little new to offer over their predecessors aside from minor updates and tweaks here and there. Sometimes, it is only the aesthetics that are improved because there is little room to improve performance. So, if you currently have a Samsung S8, is it worth upgrading to the new S9?
- The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 are almost the same physically, with the S9 only 1.2mm shorter. The Galaxy S9 has 5.8-inch 1440p OLED display, much like the S8. Both have 64GB storage, not including the SD card, 4GB of RAM, and wireless charging.
- The biggest design change is the placement of the fingerprint sensor which is moved to a position below the camera lens in the Galaxy S9. In the Galaxy S8, the fingerprint sensor is next to the camera lens making it easy to accidentally smudge it with your finger. Another design change is the addition of stereo speakers.
- The S9’s main camera is 12MP and it produces crisp outdoor images. This is a substantial improvement. The new camera setup is comprised of a “Super Speed” Dual Pixel sensor and the lense has a variable aperture. The sensor produces great images in low light which was a weakness for the GS8.
- Performance-wise, the S9 may not be the fastest phone on the market but it is faster than the S8. The new Snapdragon 845 on the S9 offers a 25% boost in performance. Graphics have improved by 30% over the Snapdragon 835 on the S8.
- The battery hasn’t changed. The S8 and S9 feature 3000mAh battery packs. But you can expect better battery performance with the S9’s Snapdragon 845 processor because the new chip has a 30% power efficiency improvement.
So, is it worth the upgrade? If you own an S8, you are already enjoying most of the features of the S9. If mobile photography is your thing, then go and get the Galaxy S9. Most people don’t think it’s worth the upgrade because the new camera is the only selling point of the S9. So, if you’re not into camera technology or mobile photography, then stick with the S8 or whatever smartphone you have at the moment. As with any other gadget, it pays to do your research, compare phones, and check which features suit you best.
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