Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S9 Plus

Which one is best for you?

Released together in early 2018, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ look very similar to the S8 and S8+ but have some significant new features that set them apart. What’s more, the Galaxy S9+ has a few unique upgrades that distinguish it from the Galaxy S9 (on top of its larger screen, of course).

Both the S9 and the S9+ benefit from the new Exynos 9810 processor. This will deliver faster performance and a huge improvement in battery life, according to the manufacturer. Plus, the S9+ now also has more RAM – 6GB as opposed to 4GB for the S9. So it should perform more smoothly when multitasking.

Take a look at the cameras, though, and you’ll see that, while both have improvements on the previous year’s models, the Galaxy S9+ starts to pull ahead. Both feature a main camera with dual aperture (the first smartphones to have this feature) so they perform much better in low light. But the Galaxy S9+ now has a second main camera, with 2x optical zoom letting you get closer to your subject without loss of quality.

Both phones offer a fun new feature, too – AR emojis. Simply smile into the camera and the phone maps your face onto a 3D digital avatar. Change the hair colour, switch outfits and you’re ready to share your own personalised GIF emojis, voice messages and more.

The S9+ does have a couple of little extras that set it apart from the S9 as we’ve seen – but you’re not a fan of large format phones they might not be enough to sway you. Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy cutting edge features, superb performance and luxurious sound and vision.

Name Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9 Plus
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Display 5.8 inches 6.2 inches
Size and weight Height: 147.7 mm
Width: 68.7 mm
Depth: 8.5 mm
Weight: 163 grams
Height: 158.1 mm
Width: 73.8 mm
Depth: 8.5 mm
Weight: 189 grams
Rear camera 12 MP Dual 12 MP
Front camera 8 MP 8 MP
Video recording 960 FPS in Slow-mo mode 960 FPS in Slow-mo mode
Processor Octa-core Exynos 9810
Octa-core Exynos 9810
Battery 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
Storage 64 GB 128 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
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