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Samsung Galaxy: How good is the new Galaxy S9 to the Galaxy S8

Would you really upgrade after a year of owning a Galaxy S8 for the newer Galaxy S9? If you can afford it, then yes go ahead. But is it worth it?

Camera Differences

samsung galaxy s9 camera

The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S8 is pretty awesome to start with. Nothing much room for improvement yet the new Samsung Galaxy S9 built upon the successful formula for an amazing camera. Although the Galaxy S9 sticks with a single sensor, it compensates by addin in dual-aperture capabilities.

The camera is Galaxy S9’s main marketing focus.

It has a single 12MP lens on the back, but it’s one with a variable aperture, meaning it can change between f/2.4, which is ideal for daylight scenes, and f/1.5, which is meant for low light shooting, providing more light, more detail and less noise. It’s the highest aperture ever found in a smartphone.

In fact, it apparently delivers 30% less noise than the 12MP camera on the Galaxy S8, which has a fixed aperture of f/1.7. The ISP (Image Signal Processor) in the S9 is also supposedly four times faster than the S8’s.

The Galaxy S9’s camera also improves on the S8’s with its slow motion shooting skills, as the S9 can shoot at up to 960fps, allowing for footage that’s four times slower than the Galaxy S8’s. It also offers more shooting modes, such as one which automatically starts recording in slow-mo when movement enters a focus point.

Price Difference

The new Samsung Galaxy S9, though a tad better than the S8, is bumped up in price. It costs £739 which is £50 more than the price of a brand new Galaxy S8 last year.

And that means that the early prices we’re seeing for Samsung Galaxy S9 deals on contract are way more expensive, too. Realistically, you’re looking at spending well over £1,000 for the two years if you want an upfront spend of anything less than £200.

Performance Difference

animated emoji galaxy s9

The Galaxy S9 offers the chance to create cartoon-based animated characters, and needs a bit more grunt to do that.

What chipset you get with either of these phones depends on where you are. In most of the world the Samsung Galaxy S9 has an octa-core Exynos 9810 chipset with four cores running at 2.7GHz and four at 1.7GHz.

But in the US it has an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset which can run at up to 2.8GHz. Both of these are brand new top of the range chips though and in both cases you get 4GB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 meanwhile uses an octa-core Exynos 8895 chipset in most of the world, with four cores running at 2.3GHz and four running at 1.7GHz. In the US it uses the octa-core Snapdragon 835, which has four cores running at 2.35GHz and four at 1.9GHz.


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