Galaxy S9 Plus vs Galaxy S8 Plus

Which phone is best for you?

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ are both premium large-format phones, each with a gorgeous 6.2-inch curved Super AMOLED Infinity Display, and have many features in common. However, the Galaxy S9+, released a year later, has a few significant upgrades – most notably the camera.

The Galaxy S9+ (unlike the S8+) has a main camera with two lenses that can work independently or together. Both have optical image stabilisation, reducing the effects of hand-shake. One lets you switch between two apertures, so you can get great images even in low light, and the second is set to 2x optical zoom, so you can get close to your subject without loss of quality. Combine the two and you can do even more – such as keeping part of the image in sharp focus while blurring out the background.

The S9+ has a few incremental upgrades on the S8+, too. Its Exynos 9810 chip is faster and more efficient than the previous model, leading to smoother performance and longer battery life. It has 6GB RAM (up from 4GB for the S8+) so it promises better multi-tasking as well.

Making the most of its upgraded chip, the S9+ adds face recognition to the iris and fingerprint recognition of the S8+ and gives you the ability to create new AR emojis. Map your face onto a 3D avatar, adjust your hair colour and outfit, and you’re ready to start sending personalised GIF emojis and more.

There’s no question that the S8+ is a great smartphone with plenty to offer, but the Galaxy S9+ has enough new features and upgrades to make it the clear winner here.

  • Samsung

    Galaxy S9 Plus

    • Take stunning images in any light and create pro effects with ease with Dual Aperture and 2x optical zoom lenses

    • Turn your selfie into an animated emoji and discover a new way to share your stories

    • Point the camera to discover more about the world around you with Bixby Vision

    • Stretch time and capture moments in vivid detail with Super Slow-mo video mode

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    Galaxy S8 Plus

    • Get better photos with a camera that takes multiple images and automatically chooses the best for you

    • View crystal clear photos and videos on the gorgeous 6.2-inch curved Infinity display

    • Unlock your phone quickly and securely with a glance, using iris recognition

    • Access advanced features with ease thanks to the Bixby personal assistant

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Choose a Device
Storage Capacity 128 GB 64GB
Display 6.2" 6.2 inches
Size and Weight Height: 158.1 mm
Width: 73.8. mm
Depth 8.5 mm
Weight: 189g
Height: 159.5 mm
Width: 73.4 mm 
Depth: 8.1 mm
Weight: 173g
Splash, Water and Dust Resistant Yes Yes
Chip Octa-core Exynos 9810 Exynos 8895
Main Camera Dual 12 MP 12MP
Video Recording 960 FPS in Slow-mo mode 2160p@30fps
Front Camera 8 MP 8 MP