Samsung Galaxy S9 takes best screen and camera quality crown

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Samsung Galaxy S9 takes best screen and camera quality crown

The Galaxy S9 costs 957,000 won (US$884) for the base 64 GB version in the South Korean market, while a Galaxy S9 Plus with the same memory capacity is 1.05 million won, Samsung said.

The Pixel 2, widely regarded as the best camera phone till date, has a DxOMark score of 98 while the S9 Plus has received a score of 99.

We do hope that this is just a case of the Galaxy S9 demo unit's software not yet finalized and optimized fully for the hardware within the phone.

So what makes the Samsung Galaxy S9 the smartphone to beat for 2018? The camera is said to have performed impressively across all photo and video test categories. Apple's iPhone X is only sitting in third place which is interesting when you consider that Consumer Reports had only earlier claimed that the iPhone X had the best smartphone camera. While the phone had scored a record-setting 104 in the photos test, it scored 91 in the videography test, with scope for further improvements.

Samsung suffered a humiliating recall of its Galaxy Note 7 device in 2016 after several devices exploded, but its Galaxy 8 smartphone was a consumer and critical success. There is one aspects where the Galaxy S9+'s camera lacks; texture. This sensor has a variable aperture and can shoot between f/1.5 and f/2.4 with the former assisting in low light and the latter jumping in when lighting is ideal. The Samsung Galaxy S9+, on the other hand, could manage only 178 points.

Samsung however says that it offers consumers two other biometric authentication options in the Galaxy S9 i.e. a fingerprint reader on the back, as well as the passcodes. The camera also supports super-Slow-Mo recording ideal for capturing every moment, and features personalized AR emoji for a more fun and way of expressing yourself. Moreover, you get your $40 activation fee waived if you go the Sam's Club route between March 16-18, when the phones launch.

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