Does it really make sense to buy the Galaxy S9?

Does it really make sense to buy the Galaxy S9?

If you're thinking about upgrading, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are a couple of the best Android smartphones on the market right now. But, will they still be winners when the Note 9 arrives this August, or when the Galaxy S10 comes out in early 2019? Read on to find out whether or not you should wait to upgrade.

The S9 vs the current competition

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and it's larger sibling, the Galaxy S9+, are hands down two of the best flagships available today. The S9 and S9+ are powered by the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm's top SoC of the moment, with 4 and 6 GB of RAM and 3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery capacity, respectively.

The performance is comparable to the top flagships of the moment, like the OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ which share the same Snapdragon 845 processor, and the camera can keep up with even the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, though they each have their different strengths and weaknesses. Be sure to check out our full S9 and S9+ camera review for the details.

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The S9 and S9+ certainly aren't looking dated yet. / © NextPit

Design-wise, you can't beat the elegance of the glass and curves on the S9 and S9+. Plus, the 5.8 and 6.2-inch AMOLED displays didn't let us down in our in-depth display review, as expected given Samsung's reputation for gorgeous displays.

Below you'll find the full specs of the S9 and S9+. As you can see, these specs can definitely rival those of new flagships which came out in 2018. 

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+ technical specifications

  Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+
Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 163 g 189 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
Screen size: 5.8 in 6.2 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 2960 x 1440 pixels (568 ppi) 2960 x 1440 pixels (531 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: LED LED
Android version: 8.0 - Oreo 8.0 - Oreo
RAM: 4 GB 6 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB
256 GB
64 GB
256 GB
128 GB
Removable storage: microSD microSD
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Samsung Exynos 9810
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Samsung Exynos 9810
Number of cores: 8 8
Max. clock speed: 2.7 GHz 2.7 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

Should you wait for the Note 9 or S10?

If you can wait a little while to buy a new smartphone, then you have a couple of other options to consider if you're a Galaxy fan. We can expect the Note 9 to be revealed this August, and if you have even more patience, the S10 will arrive sometime in early next year. Based on the rumors we're hearing, here's what you can expect from these two devices.

With the S9 and S9+, Samsung didn't change the design much from the S8 and focused instead on improving the hardware specs, and we can expect this from the Note 9 and S10 as well.

The Note 9's design shouldn't change much, but the rumors say Samsung is working on slimming things down and the diagonal of the premium phablet should be 6.3 inches. We expect to see a headphone jack, USB Type-C and an S-Pen, of course. A leak of a protective case shows that the dual rear camera may be aligned horizontally with the fingerprint reader underneath, but another rumor says that we may finally get an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Note 9. A benchmark test revealed that the Note 9 will likely have a Snapdragon 845 processor and 6 GB RAM. 

If the dream of an in-display fingerprint scanner doesn't come true with the Note 9, then it may come early next year with the S10. Though the technology has made its way to a handful of devices like the new Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design, it won't hit mainstream until it arrives on a Samsung flagship. Samsung could also work on its 3D facial scanning technology for the S10 to keep up with Apple and implement better security and features like AR emoji. Again with the S10, we shouldn't expect major design changes. These flagships will keep the 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch sizes as well. 


In conclusion, if you can't wait any longer to buy a new phone, you can't go wrong with the S9 and S9+ when compared to the competition of the moment in 2018. If you can wait a bit longer, the Note 9 and S10 are on their way, though you shouldn't expect many changes to the design. The hardware should be somewhat improved on both upcoming devices, but since the hardware of the S9 is already more than sufficient, it's not worth waiting unless you're dying to have an in-display fingerprint scanner, which isn't a sure bet.

Will you be getting the Samsung Galaxy S9, waiting for the next Galaxy, or going for a rival flagship? Let us know in the comments!

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  • GrossDad Jun 20, 2018 Link to comment

    With my carrier, I've almost always taken last year's model, and they've been fine. My S5 crapped out on me (probably from one too many drops--the accelerometer stopped working, and it stopped connecting to other devices, like my PC), or I'd still be using that, for the removable battery. Late last year, my carrier was offering S8s for less than $100, and I replaced my S5 with that. (Would have gone for an LG V20 (replaceable battery), but my carrier didn't offer it, and I couldn't bring my own device.) The S8 has been fine, and I plan on keeping it for at least as long as I get security updates for it.

  • storm Jun 19, 2018 Link to comment

    I don't think the value is there. The hardware is nice but I really don't like how they are packaging the phone with all the glass and the curves.

    They need to move their software off the phone and into the App Store for people who want to come get it and even if they're not on the Samsung hardware. That's separated their updates from the OS update and everything will be a lot smoother. Dumps all the bloat too. And they should get rid of the Samsung account nonsense.

    I'd be much more interested in Samsung if they dumped the glam approach to the phones in favor of the hardcore user approach to the phones.

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  • Rusty H. Jun 19, 2018 Link to comment

    Nope, not for me. Too expensive to have a new phone, that pretty much runs like 99.9% of all phones made in the last few years. On benchmarks, yeah, might be faster, but not really in "real world" applications. Just another way to stiff arm customers into thinking "they need" this, when they don't. Granted, if you have a 4-5 year old phone, probably about time to upgrade, but as posted above, buy LAST YEARS model, about 1/2 price, better bang for your buck. That's what I've done the last 3 upgrade cycles.

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    The time to buy the S9 is after the Note 9 and S10 are out it will be half or less the price.

    • Wandile Tembe Jun 19, 2018 Link to comment

      That is 100% true. Just look at the price of the Galaxy S8... That is a good phone and now affordable.

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