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Under the Hood Comparison: Galaxy S9 vs. its competition

Yesterday, Samsung took to the stage to introduce the world to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. While the devices may be in the same shape at the S8, under the hood, however, it’s a completely different story. Mind you, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are not an “S” upgrade that Apple does every other year when they use the same appearance with internal upgrades.

Now that we have details about the devices, we’re going to do a comparison with other smartphones like the iPhone 8 and Pixel 2. We’ve stacked up the Galaxy S9 against its closest competitors so you can get a better idea of what to go with. We’re not going to plant any ideas in your decision, rather give you a comparison so you can make the decision yourself. On a different note, we will be releasing an in-depth review of the S9 next month, so be on the look out for that.

 GALAXY S9PIXEL 2IPHONE 8
Pricing$720 (off contract)$649, $749 (off contract)$699, $849 (off contract)
Known Dimensions147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm (5.81 x 2.7 x 0.33 inches)145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm (5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches)138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches)
Weight163g (5.75 ounces)143g (5.04 ounces)148g (5.22 ounces)
Screen Size5.8 inches (147.32mm)5.0 inches (127mm)4.7 inches (119.38mm)
Screen Resolution2,960 x 1,440 (570ppi)1,920 x 1,080 (441ppi)1,334 x 750 (326ppi)
Battery3,000mAh2,700mAh1,821mAh
Internal Storage64GB64 / 128GB64 / 256GB
External StorageMicroSDNoneNone
Rear Camera12MP, dual aperture f/1.5 and f/2.4, 1.4μm pixel size12.2MP, f/1.8, 1.4μm pixel size12MP, f/1.8
Front-Facing Camera8MP, f/1.78MP, f/2.47MP, f/2.2
Video Capture4K at 30fps4K at 30fps4K at 60fps
NFCYesYesYes
BluetoothV5.0V5.0V5.0
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Apple A11 Bionic
CPU2.8GHz octa-core2.35GHz octa-core2.39GHz hexa-core
GPUAdreno 630Adreno 540Apple three-core
RAM4GB4GB2GB
WiFiDual band, 802.11acDual band, 802.11acDual band, 802.11ac
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0Android 8.0iOS 11
Other FeaturesFingerprint sensor, IP68 certified,
USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, WPC/PMA wireless charging
Fingerprint sensor, IP67 certified,
USB-C
Fingerprint sensor, IP67 certified, Lightning connector,
Qi wireless charging
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Hamza Khalid

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