It's been over a week since Samsung's announced the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. On paper, the phones look a lot like last year's S8 on paper. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. But as preorders are under way, it's good to see how the new flagships stack up against last years wonders: The Galaxy S8 and Note 8.
Samsung is smart for carrying over so much of the S8's design and specs. The S9 has the same USB-C charging port, headphone jack, front-facing camera, RAM, battery, 5.8-inch display and Bixby button. Our reviewer said that the S8 was. Though one of the biggest negatives against the phone was the location of the fingerprint reader next to the rear camera. Well, that fingerprint reader got moved to under the camera -- closer to the center of the S9's back.
The rear camera has also been improved. It has the same 13-megapixel dual-pixel sensor as the S8 and , but it gets a new variable aperture that can capture images at f/1.5 or f/2.4. Phone cameras traditionally can only shoot at a single aperture. So it's fascinating to see the S9 get a camera feature that the dual-rear camera Note 8 didn't have first.
The S9 also has the new Snapdragon 845 chipset instead of the 835 found in the S8 and Note 8. At an event held by Qualcomm, we tested the new 845 processor and . We look forward to testing the S9 and seeing how it does with the new processor.
As for everything else, read the chart below to see how the S9 compares to last year's S8 and Note 8. And be sure to read CNET's hands-on impressions of the Galaxy S9 for more information about the phone.
Samsung Galaxy S9 specs versus Galaxy S8 and Note 8
||Samsung Galaxy S9||Samsung Galaxy S8||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|Display size, resolution||5.8-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels||5.8-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels||6.3-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.81x2.70x0.33 in||5.9x2.9x0.31 in||6.4x2.9x0.34 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||147.7x68.7x8.5 mm||148.9x68.1x8mm||162.5x74.8x8.6mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.75 oz; 163g||5.5 oz; 155g||6.9 oz, 195g|
|Mobile software||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz+1.9GHz) or octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz+1.9GHz) or octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||64GB||64GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to 400GB||Up to 2TB||Up to 2TB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back cover||Back cover||Back cover|
|Special features||Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning||Water-resistant (IP68); wireless charging; Gigabit LTE-ready||S Pen stylus, water-resistant, wireless charging, Gigabit LTE-ready|
|Price off-contract (USD)||Varies: $720-$800 (64GB)||AT&T: $750; Verizon: $720; T-Mobile: $750; Sprint: $750; US Cellular: $675||AT&T: $950; Verizon: $960; T-Mobile: $930; Sprint: $960; US Cellular: $963|
|Price (AUD)||AU $1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB)||AU$1,199||AU$1,499|
iPhone X fighters.: Hands-on with Samsung's
: All of CNET's coverage from the biggest phone show of the year.
Mobile World Congress 2018
reading•How the Galaxy S9 specs stack up against the Note 8 and S8
Apr 11•21 hidden Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus features
Mar 29•CNET UK podcast 537: Huawei goes colourful and Andy secures his home
Mar 25•Web Foundation CEO: Getting the whole world online is our goal
Mar 15•Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus vs. iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL