Galaxy S9 vs S8 differences you might've missed, from tougher glass to new sounds

While many a Galaxy S8 user are justifying their reluctance to shell seven Benjamins on a new phone by looking for confirmation that the Galaxy S9 is practically a Galaxy 8.5, others beg to differ, and say that there are plenty of big differences to warrant an upgrade. 

The variable camera aperture with Super Low Light option, the Super Slow Motion, and 4K recording at 60fps come to mind, and that's upgrading where it counts an already excellent Galaxy S8, without even mentioning the repositioned for more ergonomic access fingerprint scanner, the stereo speakers, or the faster, more frugal chipsets.

Samsung posted an infographic with all the improvements over the S8, and it's a laundry list, but what about the subtle differences that are there, but are not advertised as much as "the first dual camera set on a Galaxy S-line phone"? We've compiled a few of those little differences that might help when making up your mind whether to jump to the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships, check them out below.

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)



1. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Decent upgrade , being a Note 8 user ... I'm on the fence. I've pre ordered the Exynos version in Dubai.. Lets me see if i decide to buy it or not.

10. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I’m in Dubai you’re going to shock how S9 and S9 plus tiny when compare it to note 8 just try it out today in Samsung story better try by your self I’m not gonna say anything.

13. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Awesome. Can't wait.

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Differences are barely worth mentioning. I still prefer the design of my S8+ over the dual camera setup of the S9+

14. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i prefer the s9 especially with the fingerprint sensor placement. the s8 fingerprint sensor was a chore to use.

16. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

but S8's fingerprint sensor is looking better

26. dazed1

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Its your fault, since iris is perfect or close to

18. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I agree I would buy a S8 over a S9 once the S9 comes out. Not enough extra on the S9 to justify the price over a S8. Starting to hit a point were the next best thing isn't enough better to justify the huge price difference over last years model.

20. AustinPaul

Posts: 152; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I buy unlocked from Samsung. Right now, I could get trade my S8 and the S9 would be $369.99. If they do what they did last year, somewhere in the May/June time frame, they increased the trade value to $450. If I stay on that cycle, I am getting yearly upgrades for around $300 or less. Besides the refinements, it's nice to have a fresh battery with a more efficient processor.

30. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You might forget your s8+ camera after you hold on that s9 subtle curve. S9+ camera is also dope, can't wait to see a google camera app for s9.

3. someguy2261

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

How does one know which is Exynos? I pre order the unlocked s9 + , from samsung .

7. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

In Asia 99% of all samsung S series phones over the last couple of years are Exynos Dual Sim.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Usually USA get the snapdragon, the rest of the world get the Exynos

31. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You can ask your local samsung dealer or install hardware detecting apps after you buy one.

4. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 123; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

That’s why I usually don’t prefer Samsung. It always disdain its own product and customers who bought them. Yes you guys are rich so it’s not a problem. But in my country, a phone has to be bought by gathering all our salaries for about 3 months without spending on anything else. Other companies do the same but not this much.

11. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

What country are you from? Most people in the USA aren't rich and finance their phones and are in debt. 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 dollars in their savings accounts. These are the same people signing up for 84 month auto loans. This entire country runs on credit and debt. It's all one big fake show.

25. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

How do they disdain their products and costumers more than other companies?

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

S10 or Galaxy X for me, no S8/Note 8 user needs to upgrade really

6. Foxgabanna

Posts: 597; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

No matter which way you look at it, there is not a need to upgrade to this unless you are coming from an iPhone or have an S7 or lower. S8/Note users better save their money.

33. deleon629

Posts: 461; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

The one exception would be to trade-up where the best trade-in deals are. If you can help it, you don't wanna be stuck paying the full price tag for a phone that's gonna depreciate in shelf value anyway, and (if you are under contract) you're GOING TO pay the full retail tag one way or another, and may as well pay half for last year's model, and the next half on the latest & greatest thing out.

9. YeaSure

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 28, 2018

Does anyone know if the Unlocked version direct from Samsung works fully on Verizon?

15. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

if it's unlocked it will work fully. You can always check what bands the unlocked samsung uses and what bands verizon uses.

32. YeaSure

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 28, 2018

Thanks for this btw. I pre-ordered the unlocked S9+. I'm on an S6 Edge with a cracked display, so none of these trade in deals are worth it for me. I guess this will be the first phone I buy a case and tempered screen protector for.

12. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I really don't get why some people are whining that the S9 is not a good enough upgrade from the S8. It's always a tick-tock cycle. Most people don't upgrade thier phones every year. The S9 is meant for those who owned the S7 or the S6.

19. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

And design wise, the S8 and S9 are still some of the most updated designs too.

34. deleon629

Posts: 461; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I just left a flagship Samsung store here in Seoul, and there are some actual differences in the feel of the phone: Seeing it in-person allows the customer to notice that it actually looks more like a mini-Note 8 than it does an S8 model, because the edge isn't as profound and the metal rim/bezel of the phone protrudes out from the phone in the exact same manner as does the Note 8. Even the A8/A8+ phones are great refinements of this design language, so I think this is gonna be a good year for Samsung.

17. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I hope S10(whatever it is) will be as slim as V30

21. Joosty

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

OMG new ringtones, I NEED IT!

22. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Where is a link to the original ""Samsung Infographic" cited in this article ???? My S8 was always in a hard case, with a tempered glass screen protector, and STILL cracked when slipping off my lap while seated in an office char. RIDICULOUS! This S8 had BETTER BE MORE DURABLE, and I'd like Samsung to detail how it is more durable, before I give them ANOTHER $800. I have NEVER cracked a screen before after TWENTY FIVE YEARS of having a mobile phone in my pocket 24/7.

23. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

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