As expected, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones at MWC 2018. On paper, Samsung s new smartphones seem like iterative upgrades over their predecessors, but a closer look reveals quite a few changes. Here s a look at how the new Samsung Galaxy S9 is different from the Galaxy S8. Also Read - Samsung reveals Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 features officially, S Pen support confirmedAlso Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
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The overall design language has been retained, and the new Galaxy S9 comes with the Infinity Display. But there are subtle differences. Up front, the body-to-screen ratio has slightly increased and the bezels are slightly slimmer. At the back, one complaint has been addressed. The fingerprint sensor is now placed below the camera module, so users will no accidentally smudge the lens.
Samsung has retained the 5.8-inch QHD+ resolution Super AMOLED display. Under the hood though unsurprisingly there is an upgrade. The Galaxy S9 is now powered by either Qualcomm s latest Snapdragon 845 SoC or its own Exynos 9810 SoC depending upon the market. The chipset is paired with 4GB of RAM. In addition to the existing 64GB storage option, the Galaxy S9 now also offers 256GB storage option.
The biggest difference however is in the camera department. On paper, the Galaxy S9 seems to have retained the 12-megapixel rear camera. But the biggest difference is the addition of dual aperture. In essence, the camera will switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures depending upon the lighting conditions.When shooting in bright outdoor conditions, the aperture switches to f/2.4. You can also change the aperture in manual mode. Up front is an 8-megapixel sensor of aperture f/1.7 with auto-focus.
Samsung has also added Apple iPhone X-like Animoji feature called AR Emoji that uses facial recognition technology to transform your expression into emojis. You can change hair color, and there are 18 other expressions to choose from.
In addition to fingerprint sensor and iris sensor, the Galaxy S9 now also supports an advanced facial recognition feature. On the software front, the Galaxy S9 runs on Android Oreo out-of-the-box.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Specifications, features compared
|Features||Samsung Galaxy S9||Samsung Galaxy S8|
|Display||5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED||5.8-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED|
|Processor||Snapdragon 845 SoC/Exynos 9810 SoC||Snapdragon 835 SoC/Exynos 8895 SoC|
|Storage||64GB/256GB (expandable)||64GB (expandable)|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel dual aperture||12-megapixel|
|Misc||Fingerprint sensor, iris sensor, IP68, animoji||Fingerprint sensor, iris sensor, IP68|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Oreo||Nougat (upgradable)|
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