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Galaxy S9+ vs Galaxy S8+: Side-by-side pictures

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were the most beautiful smartphones on the market when they launched back in early 2017. The Infinity display made for immersive viewing without any notch getting in the way, and nothing came close to the overall design of Samsung’s then-new flagships. With the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Samsung took the excellent design of the S8 and S8+ and sat down to refine it in ways both major and minor.

Galaxy S9+ vs Galaxy S8+: What’s different, and what isn’t?

The major changes include a re-positioned fingerprint sensor (which may or may not be placed a tad too low for you) and a dual camera for the Galaxy S9+. Most of the minor ones don’t always stand out, but they include narrower bezels, a darker top bezel, a matte finish for the metal edges, and a speaker grill that is now one big cutout and not multiple small holes. In fact, some of these changes are so hard to spot – or don’t make much of a difference – that you would need to see a Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8 side by side to notice, so we decided to put the S9+ and S8+ next to each other and take a couple of pictures that you can check out.

Take a look at the pictures below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Of course, there are also numerous new features and improvements under the hood, and our Galaxy S9 review will give you a good idea of how well they work together when taken as a whole. Lucky enough to have received your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ already? Tell us how you’re liking your phone so far, especially if you upgraded from the Galaxy S8 or S8+ instead of an older or less costly smartphone (Samsung or otherwise).

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Lindex
Lindex

That’s finally enough reasons to stay with my S8 and keep going the “every-2nd-generation-path”.
Got myself a Gear Fit 2 instead to satisfy my “need a new Samsung device NOW!” syndrome.

djshab
djshab

I had my S9+ last week and it has shut down and it’s “its security verification has been compromised on start up “and has forced three data resets and Samsung don’t know why and I’ve spent two days trying to get my device replaced. I have had half speaking English language people from the Philippines not knowing what to do accept telling me to send it back for a refund. The worse experience ever with ANY phone company. After having all the Galaxy devices and all the mess ups with Oreo , the Note 8 fiasco and now this I… Read more »

gaiocruz

Where do I find this wallpaper?

london2tim
london2tim

having moved from s8 to s9 (via the upgrade program) i can tell you they really feel identical – probably will never use the emojy; sound is better (loudspeaker) and display is marginally better (blacks look much punchier than on s8 – but assume this is because they darken the display so you no longer see the bezels from the screen – unless u shove it in your face) I was in Oreo Beta on my S8 – so everything is the same on S9 – plus being able to use GPay Netflix is playing in HDR mode – i… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I really hoped they wouldn’t cheap out on the stereo sound but they did… the earpiece is not a speaker; and just like every other phone company that does that – it sounds MUCH quieter than the main speaker. they should have made dedicated top and bottom firing speakers instead. it can’t seriously be that difficult. I noticed the 6GB RAM has made a noticeable difference to my phone use, and likewise – very grateful to be able to use Google Pay and Netflix HDR!

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

Battery in my S9+ is doing great. After 16h and 40min I still have 40%. My S8 has 40% at 5pm (now is 00.30), so I can see a huge difference.
And S9+ is much faster than S8. I am impressed how this phone is working now. The best Galaxy S that I ever had (S, S4, S6, S7, S8). The only one thing I miss is something similar to iPhone X’s FaceID with 3D scanning.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

About this particular article – it was funny using Smart switch to transfer from one phone to the other. they are so similar at the front I kept getting confused as to which was sending and receiving ( I did it multiple times to get my homescreen exactly matching too as well other settings)

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Where was your report that the Galaxy A8 was NOT launched in the UK – just spent ages talking it up to a friend to make him upgrade his old phone to it.., only to find it never launched in the UK – officially,
Really terrible of Samsung to be selling the 2017 A5 and A3 as the “new” A series still. They do continue to disappoint UK customers.

iainclaire
iainclaire

This is exactly why after owning every galaxy S series over the last 7-8 years, i sold my S8 and wont buy another Samsung until this changes. They make really good devices but the software and customer support is simply shocking. I took part in the beta for oreo and they released it to everyone else but not UK users? Im not paying premium prices to be treated this way..

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I know, I genuinely believed my S8+ would be out of beta before my S9+ arrived, but it hasn’t. Good thing is, I cannot see what else they could possibly at to Android that I would desperately want on my phone. so I can happily wait for P – Oreo on the S9+ is really well built. and 6GB RAM does make a difference.

mazinmhanna
mazinmhanna

silly to pay additional money for upgrade, not worth it at all.

kumarabhishek591

Here in India its 100$ cheaper than S8/S8+ launch price 😀
Btw the title should be, “S8 vs S9 Spot the changes!!” (If you can)

digvijayshinde
digvijayshinde

Sammobile, you might want get upto date after long weekend. Samsung Canada wants to tell something to some Galaxy users.

Daniel van D.
Daniel van D.

Can you tell us more?

Yousef206
Yousef206

The s9 should diet lol
It looks fat compared to the s8

digvijayshinde
digvijayshinde

More battery Vs Less Thickness? Everyone knows who’s winning!

Yousef206
Yousef206

But it has the same battery capacity !!

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Thicker glass, stronger and thicker metal too. its shorter and wider – yet still retains the 18.5:9 aspect ratio somehow. it FEELS more 16:9, you really do notice the changes if you have been using the S8+