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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8: Specs Comparison

samsung galaxy s9 vs galaxy s8

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has arrived. And upon checking out the device over the internet, I’m pretty sure that you were also shocked when you saw its ludicrous price tag.

The Galaxy S9’s price tag is at Php45,990. That’s a really substantial price increase from the Galaxy S8’s Php39,990 price tag when it was launched. Heck, the S9’s price tag is almost near the price of its bigger brother, the Galaxy Note 8.

But unlike Apple’s pricing scheme, I’m pretty sure there’s a decent explanation for this spike in price (or at least I hope there is). Hence, we’re breaking it down in this Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8 specifications comparison table.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus price list in the Philippines

 Samsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S8
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Experience 9
Android 7.0 Nougat
SIMDual SIM, hybrid
Nano
Dual SIM, hybrid
Nano
Display5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen
2960 x 1440 resolution, ~568ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen
2960 x 1440 resolution, ~568ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.9GHz Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-coreSamsung Exynos 8895 octa-core
RAM4GB LPDDR4 RAM4GB LPDDR4 RAM
Storage64GB UFS 2.164GB UFS 2.1
SecurityIris scanner, Fingerprint scannerIris scanner, Fingerprint scanner
Front camera8-megapixel
f/1.7
8-megapixel
f/1.7
Rear Camera12-megapixel
Dual pixel sensor
f/1.5-f/2.4
OIS
Dual-tone flash
4K video recording
960fps slow-mo @720p
2x optical zoom
12-megapixel
Dual pixel sensor
f/1.7
OIS
Dual-tone flash
4K video recording
Connectivity4G LTE, Cat. 18, up to 1.28Gbps
WiFi 802.11 ac, Hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
NFC
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
USB Type-C
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 ac
Bluetooth 5.0, LE
NFC
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
USB Type-C
AudioDual AKG speakers
Dolby Atmos
Mono speaker
OthersBixby 2.0
IP68 dust and water-resistant
Bixby 1.0
IP68 dust and water-resistant
Dimensions
Weight
147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
168g
148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm
155g
ColorsMidnight Black
Lilac Purple
Midnight Black
Orchid Gray
Arctic Silver
Coral Blue
Maple Gold
Rose Pink
Burgundy Red
Battery3000mah Li-Po non-removable battery
Fast charge, Wireless charging
3000mah Li-Po non-removable battery
Fast charge, Wireless charging

It’s hard to spot the difference between the two after a quick glance. They share almost the same display size, screen resolution, RAM, storage capacity, battery, and even the resolution of the front and back camera.

However, when you look closely, the Samsung Galaxy S9 uses a new chipset — the Exynos 9810 octa-core processor. And according to Samsung, it has some real prowess to handle AI applications and improve the overall multimedia experience. The Galaxy S9 is one of the first Samsung devices to run on Android 8.0 Oreo. There’s also the new Samsung Experience 9 interface, which is just a fancy name to call the Samsung skin.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs galaxy S8 specs comparison

The Galaxy S9’s camera, despite having the same resolution, has some new and powerful feature set. There’s the ludicrous 970fps slow-motion mode and dual aperture that can go from f/2.4 to f/1.5. And if you haven’t noticed, the Samsung Galaxy S9 finally gets a stereo loudspeaker powered by AKG.

But, there’s one aspect of the two devices that wasn’t tackled on the comparison list — the design. They look similar in front due to their Infinity displays that are also of the same size. But the major and probably most important alteration can be seen at the back.

See also: Galaxy S9 Plus versus Galaxy Note 8 Specs Comparison

The Galaxy S8 was one of the best smartphones when it came out. People’s only major gripe with it was its hard-to-reach fingerprint scanner placement. Something that Samsung instantly fixed on its successor. Instead of placing it beside the camera sensor, it’s now underneath just like in other smartphones.

Galaxy-S8-camera

So, the question we need to ask is — is the additional Php6,000 you’d pay for the Galaxy S9 worth it? Personally, my answer is a hesitant “yes”. If you consume a lot of media, then the dual stereo speakers might have some value for you. If you’re a photography and videography enthusiast, the extra camera prowess might really appeal to you. Or if you simply want the latest and the greatest, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is also a great choice.

Samsung Galaxy S9 PH

However, if you’re coming from an older Android device, or if you’re an Apple user jumping ship to the other world, then the Galaxy S8 might be enough for you. But in case you don’t mind spending the extra dough to get Samsung’s flagship, the S9 is an excellent option. Alternatively, you may opt to wait for a price cut to the S8 to help save a little bit of money.

For those who already own the Galaxy S8, I think you’re better off waiting for what’s coming after the S9, which may offer more improvements from the device that you already own.

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