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Galaxy S9 versus S9 Plus: What's the difference?
Apart from their size, the biggest difference between the S9 and S9 Plus is the presence of a second lens on the back of the Plus.
This second lens, a telephoto, is dedicated to creating those depth-of-field portrait shots that blur the background to make people and objects pop. This is Samsung's second phone to catch the trend, after last August's Galaxy Note 8 ($931.08 at Amazon.com).
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus price and sale date Preorders begin March 2 and the phones go on sale March 16, for more than last year's S8 and S8 Plus -- that's the dual-aperture camera tech talking. Carriers and retailers will announce local prices.
For example, we know that the S9 goes for between $720 and $800 in the US, with the S9 Plus ringing in for between $840 and $930.
Other differences between the S9 and S9 Plus:
Size: Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch screen; S9 Plus has a 6.2-inch screen
Battery capacity: 3,000 mAh versus 3,500 mAh, respectively
Price: S9 Plus will cost more, with the price rising by $100 in the US
Changes from the Galaxy S8 to S9
The Galaxy S9 borrows heavily from core S8 features and design, often making fractional adjustments or generational improvements rather than enormous overhauls.
That's not bad per se, especially when the S8 was so good overall.
The Galaxy S9, left, moves the fingerprint reader below the camera -- much better than the placement on the Note 8, right, and S8.
For example, the battery capacities remain the same as last year's models, but the new Snapdragon 845 chipset promises to eke out a little more battery life by being more efficient overall. Also, while the camera megapixels hold steady at 12 for the rear and 8 megapixels for the front, respectively, additional features and underlying improvements claim to boost photo quality.
Slightly slimmer bezels shave off 1.2mm 15 percent brighter screen
6GB RAM for S9 Plus (S8 Plus went up to 4GB RAM)
Camera lets in 28 percent more light for dimmer scenarios
Dual speaker setup is 40 percent louder than S8 speaker
See the full specs comparison chart at the very end.