Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus takes best camera crown from Google Pixel 2

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Since its debut a year ago, Google's Pixel 2 has topped this list, and for good reason - it has been without question the best camera on a smartphone since its release, even beating out top names like Apple's iPhone X.

DXOmark has developed tests to accurately measure the power of a smartphone camera, which is considered an industry standard. Looking at the spec sheet, one should notice that the Galaxy S9 Plus is significantly more powerful than the Galaxy S9 as the S9 Plus features a dual-camera system and more RAM. The Galaxy S9+ sports an extra 12-Megapixel telephoto camera that offers 2x optical zoom.

In a number of tests - such as web browsing, writing, data manipulation, and photo editing - the Galaxy S9's Exynos 9810 consistently delivered worse results than the aforementioned chips and devices, which is freaky considering that tests run on the chip itself showed significant improvements over 2017's Exynos chip (that powered the S8, S8+, and even Note 8 smartphones).

This may sound like the best deal on Samsung's latest and greatest so far, but wait, there is an even better one.

In its test, DxOMark observes that the camera on the Galaxy S9+ does not have any obvious weakness in bright and sunny conditions.

The Galaxy S9+ has even got past the iPhone X which had a score of 97 and the Galaxy Note 8 that had 94. It notes Samsung has achieved the right balance between reducing noise and retaining details.

The camera on the new Galaxy flagships can capture 4K videos at 60fps. And the S9 Plus is for enthusiastic Samsung fans who want the best experience from Samsung. "With the Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung is setting the pace for 2018", DxOMark said. On the whole, the S9 Plus received an incredible score of 104 for photos and 91 for videos, which is what gives the average score of 99. Samsung has also introduced the dual variable aperture on the smaller Galaxy S9, though that variant only sports a single rear camera. We'll just have to wait and see how the market-ready model performs and whether it's still beaten by the iPhone X.

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