Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S7 edge

Which one is best for you?

Comparing the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S7 edge shows what a difference just two years can make.

For starters, the S9 is actually slightly smaller than the S7 edge, but has a larger screen – so you get a better viewing experience on a phone that’s easier to hold. The cameras have been upgraded, too. While both phones have a 12-megapixel main camera, the S9 now has dual aperture, so it can perform much better in low light situations. The S9 also has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera (up from 5 megapixels on the S7 edge) with autofocus, too, so your selfies will look much better on the newer model.

The S9 also comes equipped with combined iris and face recognition – for a fast and simple way to unlock your phone. If you prefer, you can still use the fingerprint sensor built into the home button of the Galaxy S7 edge.

The S9’s intelligent face-scanning ability also allows a fun new feature, AR emojis. You simply smile into the camera and it maps your face onto a 3D avatar. You can then edit features like hair colour and outfit to create your digital self. You’re then ready to create personalised GIF emojis, read out voice messages and more.

Other details, such as the built in Bixby personal assistant and the USB C connecter (less fiddly than the now old-school Micro USB of the Galaxy S7 edge) all point to the same conclusion: As great as the Galaxy S7 edge was, Galaxy S9 is a step towards the future.

Name Galaxy S9 Galaxy S7 edge
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Display 5.8 inch Infinity Display 5.5 inches
Size and weight Height: 147.7 mm
Width: 68.7 mm
Depth: 8.5 mm
Weight: 163 grams
Height: 150.9 mm
Width: 72.6 mm
Depth: 7.7 mm
Weight: 157 grams
Rear camera 12 MP + 12 MP 12 MP
Front camera 8 MP 5 MP
Video recording 4K video recording at 30 fps or 60fps 4K video recording at 30 fps
Processor Octa-core Exynos 9810
Exynos 8890
Battery 3000 mAh 3600 mAh
Storage 64 GB 64 GB
Splash, water and dust resistant Yes Yes
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