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Three reasons to buy the Galaxy S9 or S9+ over the Galaxy S8 or S8+

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are here, and Samsung’s 2018 flagships will be the devices all other flagships will be measured against. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ pack the latest and greatest tech, including a camera with physically adjustable aperture, but while the two phones will be hogging all the limelight in the coming weeks (and have been since they were unveiled), some consumers will be looking to pick up a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ for a lower price. There’s certainly sense in saving money and going for a year-old flagship that does most of the things as the device that succeeds it, but before you make the final decision, we want to point out three features that we think make the S9 and S9+ a better purchase.

Stereo speakers

Need we say more? Samsung fans have been demanding stereo speakers on the company’s flagships for ages, and the company finally relented. Or, well, it just bought Harman at the right time and decided to put the newly onboarded talent to good use. In any case, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ offer you stereo sound through the loudspeakers (though there’s only one true speaker; the earpiece doubles up as the second speaker). The speakers are tuned by AKG and are four times louder than the single speaker on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

They also offer Dolby Atmos surround sound to put you right in the center of the action, and as we noted in our review, the overall experience is a great one. Not the best if compared to the competition, which has been doing stereo sound on flagship phones for longer, but a far cry from the pitiful non-wired audio of yesteryear Galaxy flagships.

Super slow-mo videos

Not everyone is interested in taking slow-motion videos, or even regular videos for that matter, but those who are (especially parents and animal lovers) will find the super slow-mo recording feature on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ extremely fun to use. At 960 frames per second, super slow-mo videos taken on the S9 and S9+ can stretch a 0.2 second moment into a six second clip.

These phones can even use artificial intelligence to detect motion in a frame and record super slow-mo moments without any user input. These videos can lack detail, as they are recorded in 720p (1280×720 pixels), but you can always switch to regular slow-motion videos when the occasion calls for it.

Check out a few of our super slow-mo samples to see what makes the feature so inviting.

Guaranteed software updates until 2020

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are still in their prime when it comes to software support, but a year later these phones will not be as important when it comes to updates, especially major ones that bring a newer version of the Android operating system. Security updates will continue, but the frequency will go down as Samsung will shift its support to more recent devices.

If software updates matter to you, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ become the more sensible choice. It’s possible many users will be waiting too long for the Android P update next year, but if Samsung can put the Project Treble support on its new flagships to good use, the update scenario for the S9 and S9+ may be better than it was (or is) for the Galaxy S8 and S8+.


As you must have noticed by now, the list above doesn’t include reasons to buy the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in general. These are features that can enhance the overall user experience and make the S9 and S9+ a better choice over the Galaxy S8 or S8+, despite the lower prices the latter two might be carrying in your country.

Of course, it’s not an exhaustive list, and if you think there are other reasons to opt for the S9 and S9+ over their predecessors, do let us know in the comments section. Also check out a few pictures of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8 side by side, and read our full Galaxy S9 review to see what makes Samsung’s latest top-of-the-line handsets tick.

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DA0809
DA0809

Well, That’s NOT Enough reasons to Switch From S8+ to S9 or S9+

Luckgav
Luckgav

What are you speaking about guaranteed software updates? I have my S9+ since one week and didn’t receive any update yet. I am sure the history from S8/S8+ will repeat. I promise this time, this will be the last Samsung device and I don’t speak only about phones. Is enough for me. More than this, I have plasma TV PS64F8500, model 2013-2014 and I cannot find spares for it.

crisd55
crisd55

Nothing exciting of what could justify an upgrade from s8 plus. Stereo speakers? I listen to the music on the headphones, never to the speakerphone. Super slow motion? Sony Xperia XZ2 – 1080p @ 960fps this if I want it! Updates? S10 probably will have them faster …
I’m expecting a revolution for Note 10, or how it will be called – Samsung’s noticeable changes happen once in 2 generations

tim54
tim54

Haha yes, amusing comment about software updates… Since when did Samsung prioritise flagship updates? As witness with cheap models in Slovenia on 8, flagship device on October patch still on 7…. Dream on mate..

Fragoso1607
Fragoso1607

Stereo Speakers?? Super Slow M?? Come on guys… The tag price of S9 will cost at least USD 400 more than a new S8. And the 3th reason, I prefer to wait and see if Samsung will update S9 faster than S8… Until end of February it was running the security patch from December in my S8… Sammy sucks when you’re talking about OS update

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Just hope the S10 will be a better phone and not all the same with inferior smaller model.

Though the Chinese OEM are looking more desirable with much cheaper prices like the onplus t6 coming soon. Though much prefer to have a high end flagship “compact” phone

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 »

Biransahin
Biransahin

What Note8 fiasco?

pauliking
pauliking

Still waiting on Oreo update on S8 Optus Australia. Last security update is October 2017. Pretty annoyed

heisenberg001
heisenberg001

No mkuch difference between Oreo and Nougat. Perhaps, Samsung over pimped Nougat for S8 hence the very little difference. You will come back and respond to this when it hits your phone. Security update is the real deal tho

gtone339
gtone339

Seen the device & fiddled with the S9’s features, like the missing dual stereo speakers, which I loved, & the dual aperture camera hehe! My take on this is that the S9 is just an updated version of last years model, so for S8 users don’t waste your money on upgrading your S8 for a S9 ! Unless, you in it for the features hehe!

Best to leave this out till the 10th anniversary model is out next year.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

lowlight pictures are fantastic!

Biransahin
Biransahin

I have Note8 so won’t be upgrading until Note9. However my wifes S9 plus just arrived today in a beautiful presentation box with her Gear Sport watch gift plus an extra leather strap. And wow the phone (lilac purple) is absolutely beautiful. The S8 plus is gorgeous but this is on another level. It’s very slightly thicker, and feels a bit heavier , I think because it has a higher grade aluminum frame and thicker glass. If the S8 feels premium, this feels super premium. Not afraid to say it, it feels a lot better than even my Note8. Samsung… Read more »

superf
superf

“Guaranteed software updates”. You are kidding right? S8+ here and still on Novenber security update (EUR Firmware)…

Biransahin
Biransahin

What are you talking about? The February update is on European phones. Check your settings. connect to smartswitch on your PC or better still, ask your carrier. They’re the ones who usually cause most delays. Just have a look at Sammobiles firmware list. The updates are released already.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Has anyone else noticed on Oreo, their slow motion is messed up… it happened on my S8+ oreo beta and now on my S9+. slow motion and super slow motion have a constant flicker going across the screen. it wasn’t there on my nougat S8+ so why is it on the S8+ Oreo beta and the S9+?! Also – they’re not stereo speakers, its one speaker and a loud earpiece speaker – unfortunately they have followed other manufacturers with this stupid set up. the Earpiece is SO MUCH quieter than the bottom firing speaker it just makes watching videos odd,… Read more »

plumi10
plumi10

lol the flicker is from your artificial light sources which is usually not visible for the human eye.
Try it outside and you will notice a huge difference.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

That is crazy! yeah, turns out it is because I was indoors! lol

vagabonti
vagabonti

I feel S8 Plus more premium than S9 Plus while I was watching it (many times). The new stuff is great, but it was not enough to drop the S8 Plus. I’ll wait for the jubilee model to see these things again with improvements. 🙂

ohiole
ohiole

Yea right… Receiving an new Android update a year after it’s released. Good luck with that.