Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus full review

Samsung will charge you an extra £130/$120 for the Galaxy S9+ over the Galaxy S9 if you buy it SIM-free, so what do you get for your money? We break down the differences between Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

Price

The new Galaxy S9 and S9+ are available to pre-order today from £739/$719.99 and £869/$839.99 respectively, putting £130/$120 between them. The phones officially go on sale 16 March 2018, and we should see the price quickly drop within the next few months. Check out the best Galaxy S9 deals here.

Screen

The display tech is the same across the Samsung Galaxy S9 line, but the Galaxy S9+ has a larger 6.2in panel while the Galaxy S8 is 5.8in. Both are Quad-HD+ 18.5:9 Super AMOLED screens.

Size and weight

Naturally, then, if it has a larger display the Galaxy S9+ is also going to be bigger and heavier than the Galaxy S9. The larger model adds 26g to the weight, about a centimetre to the height and half a centimetre to the width. You might not notice a difference in the hand, but side by side it will become apparent.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S9+

Battery

More space inside the chassis means more room for a battery. The Galaxy S9+ adds 500mAh to the 3000mAh cell you'll find in the Galaxy S9, though don't assume that means it will last longer.

Samsung claims slightly higher figures for the S9+ (an extra two hours of video playback and three hours talk time, for example), but remember that the larger screen will zap more juice and we won't know for sure until we've had both in our lab for thorough testing.

Performance

Though both Galaxy S9 models are fitted with either the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810, depending on your territory, the Galaxy S9+ has an extra 2GB of RAM over the Galaxy S9. This should translate to faster performance in benchmarks, and improved multitasking functionality, but in reality you're unlikely to notice a huge difference: either model is probably going to be the fastest phone you've ever seen.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S9+

We've saved it until last, but the camera is the key difference between Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Whereas the Galaxy S9 has an enhanced 12Mp 'Super Speed Dual Pixel' single-lens camera over its predecessor, the Galaxy S9+ also has this and adds a secondary telephoto lens, with both supporting optical image stabilisation.

The second camera is a 12Mp telephoto lens with a 1/3.4in sensor and 1.0um pixels. It allows the Galaxy S9+ to build on the 8x digital zoom of the standard model with 10x digital zoom and 2x optical zoom, and adds support for Live Focus with bokeh filters.

The primary 12Mp cameras that feature on both models have 1/2.55in sensors and 1.4um pixels, and each supports the new Dual Aperture f/1.5-f/2.4 capabilities (this is nothing to do with the second lens).

Also see: Best Galaxy S9 cases

Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S9+ specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+
Price £739 £869
Operating system Android Oreo 8.0 with TouchWiz Android Oreo 8.0 with TouchWiz
Processor 2nd-gen 10nm, 64-bit Octa-core processor (2.7GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) 2nd-gen 10nm, 64-bit Octa-core processor (2.7GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad)
RAM 4GB RAM 6GB RAM
Storage 64GB with microSD support up to 400GB 64GB with microSD support up to 400GB
Display 5.8in Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (570ppi) 6.2in Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (529ppi)
Body 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm 158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm
Weight 163g 189g
Sensors Iris, pressure, accelerometer, barometer, fingerprint, gyro, geomagnetic, hall, HR, proximity, RGB light Iris, pressure, accelerometer, barometer, fingerprint, gyro, geomagnetic, hall, HR, proximity, RGB light
Ports USB-C USB-C
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS
Audio AKG tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos tech, 3.5mm headphone jack AKG tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos tech, 3.5mm headphone jack
Camera 12Mp camera, f/1.5 12Mp dual-camera, f/1.5, dual-OIS
Battery 3000mAh, 15W Adaptive Fast Charging, fast wireless charging 3500mAh, 15W Adaptive Fast Charging, fast wireless charging
Waterproofing IP68 IP68
Extra features AR Emoji, Bixby AI, iris scanner, face recognition AR Emoji, Bixby AI, iris scanner, face recognition

Samsung Galaxy S9: Specs

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.8in Quad HD+ (2960x1440) 18.5:9 SuperAMOLED Infinity Display
  • Exynos 9810 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 400GB)
  • 12Mp rear-facing camera with OIS and f/1.5
  • 8Mp front camera
  • Pressure sensitive home button
  • Fingerprint scanner (rear mounted)
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE Cat 16
  • Headphone jack
  • USB-C
  • 3000mAh non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging
  • IP68 dust & waterproof rating
  • 69x148x8.5mm
  • 163g
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.8in Quad HD+ (2960x1440) 18.5:9 SuperAMOLED Infinity Display
  • Exynos 9810 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 400GB)
  • 12Mp rear-facing camera with OIS and f/1.5
  • 8Mp front camera
  • Pressure sensitive home button
  • Fingerprint scanner (rear mounted)
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE Cat 16
  • Headphone jack
  • USB-C
  • 3000mAh non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging
  • IP68 dust & waterproof rating
  • 69x148x8.5mm
  • 163g

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