If in the jump from the Galaxy S7 to the Galaxy S8 some felt some disappointment at not seeing the terminal’s camera updated, now the same can happen with the design of the Samsung Galaxy S9 versus the Galaxy S8 . Although this time because both are virtually identical in appearance . So what is lost is what we might call the “uau” effect that involves the release of a new phone.
The only thing that at first sight reveals that we have in hand a Galaxy S9 instead of a Galaxy S8 is in its back. In the Galaxy S9 Plus we find two cameras instead of one.
The Front design is Same, but in the back we find little differences
This was one of the most criticized aspects of the design of the Galaxy S8, because there were constant errors when using that component and ended up putting your finger on the lens of the lens. Neither is that in the Galaxy S9 this can not continue to happen, because the fingerprint authentication sensor is located just below the camera .
But from what we could see in our contact contact with the Galaxy S9 in its presentation, it is true that it is now more complicated to make mistakes. Although not impossible. We have trouble understanding why Samsung has not chosen to place the fingerprint reader in the center of the back of the terminal, as Google has done, for example. Surely this has to do with the construction of protective covers, they would have to take a hole in that area.
But beyond the design there are other features that vary from the Galaxy S8 to the Galaxy S9. Add stereo sound to your predecessor that did not include it; has a new system to create emoticons using augmented reality; and debuts with Android 8, which has not yet reached the Galaxy S8; and by the first tests carried out by specialists it also seems that the screen has improved its quality.
But the three most important things that change from the Galaxy to S8 to S9 are these: the camera, the great protagonist of this new Galaxy; its improved processor, one of the things that was expected with impatience after the jump in performance that gave the last generation of the iPhone; and the authentication system using biometric sensors.
In the field of the image, the new Galaxy adds a dual camera as the main novelty in the Plus model. This allows to enjoy an optical zoom of two increases with stabilization. Something that is undoubtedly good news for those who want to use it to, for example, make portraits.
Also striking is the luminosity jump of the main camera in the Galaxy S9 and in the Plus: it goes from an aperture of f / 1.8 to one of f / 1.5. On paper it may seem little, but in practice in scenes with low luminosity this makes an important difference. In addition, the luminosity varies between f / 1.5 and f / 2.4. Something that from Samsung say that it is because the light can be excessive in scenes too bright. Finally, in the field of video is added a spectacular slow motion mode that reaches, with certain limitations, 960 fps. It also incorporates recording in 4K mode at 60 fps.
About The performance
There is an important jump between the processors that the Galaxy S9 incorporates with respect to the S8. In the versions with Snapdragon, the model is changed from 835 to 845, and in those that use Samsung’s own processor, it goes from the Exynos 8895 to the Exynos 9810. In both cases, it seems that the processing speed increases significantly.
If we add that the graphics processors have been updated and that the Galaxy S9 Plus model incorporates six gigs of ram versus four of the Galaxy S8 and the standard S9, it is logical that improvements have been made in the software of the device. As those related to augmented reality, as is the case of emoticons that we can create using that technology with the new S9.
Although the Galaxy S9 still incorporate a fingerprint sensor, Samsung has wanted to provide them with an identification system similar to the iPhone X with the front camera of the phone. The South Korean company has not been very clear about the technology it has used to create this authentication system, but we know some important things.
The key is that a combined system of iris recognition and face recognition is used. Something that is not possible with the Galaxy S8, which only allows to use one of the two systems. For what we had the opportunity to check in the presentation of the S9 the system seems to work with agility. Although it will have to be tested to know how effective it is.
Is it worth buying the Galaxy S9 instead of the S8?
Choosing between a Galaxy S8 or an S9 will depend to a large extent on the budget we have, on whether we are convinced that we want a Samsung phone of the highest range, and the type of user we are. It has already been possible to verify that since the introduction of the Galaxy S9 there have been strong discounts in some stores in the price of S8.
This already happened when the jump from S7 to S8 took place. To the point that the Galaxy S7 has continued to sell quite well. It is foreseeable that the same thing will happen with the Galaxy S8 after lowering the price. The main factors that can lead to buy a Galaxy S9 today are its camera and the increase in computing power. Two aspects that for some users may be key, although in practice the differences are not abysmal with the Galaxy S8.