We already discussed the key differences between the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S8 last week. Pre-ordering will allow you to get the phone a week earlier on the 9 of March. "Not only do the Galaxy S9 and S9+ enable consumers to shoot great photos and videos anywhere, it's a smartphone that's created to help them connect to others and express themselves in a way that's unique and personal to them". However, Samsung made the fingerprint reader much more accessible on the Galaxy S9 by repositioning the reader to below the camera module.
While the design is essentially the same as the S8, the S9's design tweaks improve overall visual appeal as well as usability. There is no information about the 128GB storage variant of these two phones.
Where you do notice a couple of changes is when you turn the phone over.
I totally get that Samsung wants to sell as many Galaxy S9 units as possible now that the phones are available for preorder. Both the devices are dust and water resistant. In addition to this, the Samsung Galaxy S9 features an enhanced entertainment experience with 2 front-facing powerful stereo speakers powered by AKG, surround sound supported by Dolby Atmos, and a refined 5.8-inch edge-to-edge Infinity Display.
Quad HD+ resolution makes everything on the screen look gorgeous and crisp, with the colours popping out brightly thanks to the SuperAMOLED technology.
"Add one of the best smartphone zooms and a capable bokeh simulation mode to the mix, and the Galaxy S9 Plus is hard to ignore for any photo-minded smartphone user".
Performance-wise the Galaxy S9 should offer a 30% increase in efficiency and 20% in performance. And there's no competition when it comes to slow-mo. iPhone X tops off at 240 fps, but the new Super Slow-Mo mode on the S9 can record at a whopping 960 fps. The Galaxy S9 display is also capable of hitting 1130 nits, which is 20 percent more than the Galaxy S8, but lower than the Note 8's maximum output.
The Galaxy S9 is offered as a 64GB model only, but its storage can be upgraded though its MicroSD slot. Both phones will have stereo speakers. The advantage of this is that the main lens can perform at faster speeds on autofocus. But still, it adds a fun, whimsical element to the animated emoji concept that you won't find on iPhone X. Because aren't we all exhausted of looking at singing poo? The team over at DisplayMate did just that with the Galaxy S9 and have awarded it the highest ever A+ grade. However, it has a mechanical aperture like a dedicated DSLR. The S9+, on the other hand, sports the same camera as the S9 but also has an additional 12MP f/2.4 lens that lets you shoot pictures while experimenting with depth of field/bokeh effects. The handset's Photo score is at 104, while its Video score is at 91. Both back lenses have optical image stabilization, but only the primary lens has Dual-pixel PDAF.
Samsung hasn't stated the reason for this weird functionality.
The software is where the Pixel 2 really shines.
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