A new camera phone champion hits the market (the Samsung Galaxy S9), and it’s time for another super-detailed comparison. All the photos here (bar one) are deliberately shown in low light. My aim here was to push the optics and image processing of the three smartphone cameras to the limit – every phone camera takes a good snap in bright sunlight, but they all struggle once light gets low. Or do they?
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung had a hit on its hands with the Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) last year, even if it was viewed as a somewhat “fundamentally flawed” handset.
Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S handset, the Galaxy S9, is all set to hit the retail stores later this week. The handset will be the first one in the market to launch with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. The S9+ also comes with 6GB of RAM which should definitely give it an edge in the multitasking department.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X are both made of glass. While the Galaxy S9 features a Series 7000 aluminum for its chassis, the iPhone X uses a stronger steel chassis. The Galaxy S9, however, is more durable than the Galaxy S8 as it features a thicker glass and its edges are slightly thicker as well to better absorb shock.
The first set of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ reviews are out ahead of their retail availability next week. Given that the Galaxy S9 packs modest improvements over its predecessor, how good are the phones when compared to their predecessors? And is Samsung’s latest flagship better than the iPhone X?
Earlier this week, Samsung announced the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The company’s latest flagship handsets are iterative upgrades over their predecessors and pack some major internal upgrades and a revamped camera with a variable aperture at the rear. They also feature an improved biometric verification system, with Samsung still being the only company in the market apart from Apple to offer a form of biometric scanning more secure than face unlock and fingerprint sensor — iris scanning.
Reports of 2-Year-Old iPhone 7 Allegedly Beating Samsung Galaxy S9 in Certain Benchmarks Are Misleading
Plenty of publications over the last two days have covered the benchmark scores of the Exynos 9810-powered Galaxy S9 published by AnandTech and claimed that the handset performs worse than the iPhone 7 in certain benchmarks, which is over two years old right now, or even its own predecessor, the Galaxy S8.
The Samsung Galaxy S9’s 12MP camera has been put through its paces by DxOMark and the results crown it as having the best camera in a smartphone right now. Not only did the Galaxy S9+ edge out the Google Pixel 2, it also performed better than the iPhone X in the tests.
Samsung Galaxy S9’s Display Takes the Crown from iPhone X for the ‘Best Performing Smartphone Display’
Last year, DisplayMate awarded the iPhone X as having the ‘best performing smartphone display’ on a smartphone. Six months later, Samsung is back to reclaim that crown with the Galaxy S9.
If Apple does something with its latest iPhone, expect Samsung to copy it six months later with its new flagship Galaxy S handset. With the iPhone X, Apple introduced Animoji which made use of the TrueDepth camera on the front of the handset to capture your expressions and imitate them on select emoji characters.