Is Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Worth An Upgrade on Galaxy S8 Plus?

So, finally the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are finally here and fans are looking for the reviews and comparisons between the South Korean Giant’s best flagships. Regarding the fact, we have rounded up a few facts to answer the most asked question that Is Samsung Galaxy S9 plus worth an Upgrade on Galaxy S8 Plus? Also check out Comparison Video of New Features Offered in Galaxy S9 Plus with Galaxy S8 Plus.


Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. S9 Plus – Should You Upgrade?

Is Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Worth An Upgrade on Galaxy S8 Plus?

As a matter of fact, this is a really tough sell because the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is very similar to its predecessor. Besides the few changes, both the phones are very similar in their designs, software is near-identical and the insides of the phones have not changed either. So here’s what you can expect when looking to upgrade from the Galaxy S8 Plus to the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Let’s compare both the phones in depth so that you can make a reliable decision for yourself.

1: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. S9 Plus – Design

As mentioned earlier, both the phones, Galaxy S8 Plus and S9 Plus are quite identical and the difference between the two phones would not be obvious by simply having a glance at them. Both the phones have curved screen, metal frame, and the glass back.

However, by looking closer, there are quite some differences that you would see including the compact S9 Plus’ size comparatively. Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is not as tall as Galaxy S9 Plus that comes 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm to the S8 Plus’s 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm. The S9 Plus is heavier as well weighing 189g as compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus weighing 173g.

The most obvious difference between both the phones is an extra lens that comes with the latest Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus that the previous version of Samsung Galaxy Plus edition lacks. Moreover, the placement of the fingerprint scanner has now been changed that sits below the lenses.

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2: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. S9 Plus – Available Colors

The available colors make another difference between the two Samsung Galaxies. The latest flagship comes in the color options including Coral Blue, Midnight Black, and the Lilac Purple, while the Galaxy S8 Plus is available in Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Maple Gold, Coral Blue, Rose Pink and Arctic Silver.

3: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. S9 Plus – Display

While Samsung Galaxy phones have now the best displays in their models, but further improvements in the display of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus don’t seem to be a priority this year. Both the phones feature same displays that is a 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. However, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has smaller bezels, that offers an edge to the latest phone.

4: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. S9 Plus – OS and Power

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has an Exynos 9810 chipset with four cores running at 2.7GHz and four clocked at 1.7GHz., in most of the world’s market, while the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has octa-core Exynos 8895 chipset with four cores running at 2.3GHz and four running at 1.7GHz or an octa-core Snapdragon 835 chip with four cores clocked at 2.35GHz and four at 1.9GHz.

As far as the RAM of the phones is concerned, S9 Plus has got 6GB RAM which is 2GB more than the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus that packs only 4GB. Moreover, S9 Plus has got the 128GB storage which is double the storage offered by the Galaxy S8 Plus. Other improvements that we can see in the S9 Plus is the faster mobile data and the Android Oreo. Here, S9 Plus has got an edge.

5: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. S9 Plus – Camera and Battery

As mentioned, one of the biggest change in this year’s model comes in the form of camera. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has just got the dual lens camera with one lens being wide-angle and the other one being a telephoto. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus only have the single lens 12 MP camera with a f/1.7 aperture. The front-facing cams of both the phones have an 8MP lens with an aperture of f/1.7.

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Just like the front-facing camera of both the phones, the battery capacity of the phones haven’t changed either. Both the phones pack a 3,500mAh battery and support for fast charging via USB-C, as well as wireless charging.

6: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. S9 Plus – Price Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus will be coming for $839.99 while the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus launched around $100 cheaper than the latest flagship, last year.

Verdict – Should You Buy Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S9 Plus?

As with the comparison, there is only a slight difference between the two phones that don’t make upgrade a worthy decision. However, if you are looking for an upgraded camera, newer OS, and few additional features, then undoubtedly, Galaxy S9 Plus is the device you should be getting.

If you already have a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, then you should probably wait a little more, since Samsung will introduce Samsung Galaxy X, next year and it will be something different and futuristic than S9 / S9 Plus.

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