Galaxy S9 Plus vs Galaxy S8

Which one is best for you?

If you’re looking to choose between the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Galaxy S8, there’s more to think about than screen size. The bigger phone has plenty of exciting new features.

The most notable upgrade on the Galaxy S9+ is the main camera. It has two lenses, one set to 2x optical zoom, and the other equipped with variable aperture – so it works brilliantly in low light and lets you get closer to your subject without loss of quality. Plus, the two can combine to create cool depth-of-field effects, keeping part of the picture in sharp focus while the background is blurred out.

The S9+ also features facial recognition, which provides a quick and secure way to unlock your phone. The same technology also enables the new, fun feature, AR emojis. Map your face onto a 3D avatar, change your hair colour and outfit, and you’re ready to create and send GIF emojis, record voice messages to be spoken by your own avatar and more.

The Galaxy S9+ also has stereo speakers, which, like the single speaker of the S8, are tuned by acclaimed headphone manufacturers AKG – so it’s a great choice for music fans as well as camera buffs. But there’s still plenty to recommend the S8, especially if you’re looking for a more pocket sized phone. Both feature the gorgeous Super AMOLED Infinity Display, and while the Galaxy S9+ does have a faster chip, you’re unlikely to be disappointed with the performance of either phone.

Name Galaxy S9 Plus Galaxy S8
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Display 6.2 inch Infinity Display 5.8 inches
Size and weight Height: 158.1 mm
Width: 73.8 mm
Depth: 8.5 mm
Weight: 189 grams
Height: 148.9 mm
Width: 68.1 mm
Depth: 8 mm
Weight: 155 grams
Rear camera 12 MP + 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 8 MP 8 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 30 fps or 60fps 4K video recording at 30 fps
Processor Octa-core Exynos 9810 Exynos 8895
Battery 3500 mAh 3000 mAh
Storage 128 GB 64 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
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