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■Would you like to upgrade your phone to Galaxy S9(03-14 14:52)
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus might be the best phones Samsung has ever made, and they're nearly here. On Friday, March 16, the company's new flagship handsets will bring their fancy new dual-aperture cameras (and stereo speakers!) to stores around the globe.

Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus might be the best phones Samsung has ever made, and they're nearly here. On Friday, March 16, the company's new flagship handsets will bring their fancy new dual-aperture cameras (and stereo speakers!) to stores around the globe.


But are they worth the upgrade if you already own a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S7, or even a recent Galaxy Note with stylus?


That's why I built this guide. Just scroll down until you see the wholesale iPhone 8 LCD screen you own, and I'll take it from there.


The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus look an awful lot like their predecessors -- but don't be fooled. There are plenty of changes under the hood, even if Samsung kept fan-favorite features such as the headphone jack and microSD storage.


But are any of these changes important enough for you to upgrade right away? I don't think so. "The differences between the two phones are so minor, there's no point in upgrading," wrote my colleague (and long-time Samsung Galaxy reviewer) Jessica Dolcourt. Plus, we're still testing the phone's battery life -- it's not clear the S9's battery is better, and it might even be worse.


What you get with Galaxy S9


Auto-switching dual-aperture camera (f/1.5 and f/2.4) to let in more or less light as needed


Crisper photos in bright outdoor situations


Slightly better (but occasionally blurrier) photos in low-light situations


Second camera with 2x telephoto lens (Galaxy S9 Plus-only)


960fps super-slow motion video (240fps at 1080p)


A better position for the rear fingerprint sensor


Stereo speakers (also 40 percent louder than S8)


A slightly faster processor


2GB of extra memory (Galaxy S9 Plus-only)


15 percent brighter screen


Slightly slimmer screen bezels (1.2mm)


Android 8.0 Oreo (in case your iPhone 8 display is still waiting for it)


A new Lilac Purple color option


Faster LTE internet, where available (1.2 Gigabit vs. 1 Gigabit)


128GB and 256GB options internationally


AR Emoji (which isn't that great)



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