The Galaxy S9 is set to launch less than a week or so from now at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 25 February 2018 and what we know so far is that it enjoys significant improvements on its rear camera along with its higher end sibling the S9+, beefed up hardware all around and modest aesthetic improvements culled the Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8, S8+ and the Note8 were impressive cameras for their generation but the S9 and S9+ aim to knock that lofty objective out of the ballpark as these leaked photos of the Galaxy S9’s camera would attest to.
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Noted leaker @MMDDJ_ shared a comparison shot on Weibo that pits the current gen Galaxy S8 that comes with a 12-MP sensor with an F/1.7 aperture and OIS with the next generation Galaxy S9 that purportedly comes with a variable aperture which can switch from F/1.5 to F/2.4, improved low light performance and ultra slo-mo video capture. The shots seemed to be fully zoomed in snaps of apartment buildings on the skyline in the daytime.
The differences are impressive indeed. Shots from the Galaxy S8 seem somewhat washed out and while you can make out detail from the various apartment building windows, the sundry bits of laundry and the air conditioning units hanging out are just smudged blurs. The rearmost apartment blocks also lack detail with the balcony shadows smooshed together.
In the case of the purported shot from the Galaxy S9, you can make out, at full zoom, individual apartment windows in the foreground and the background. Air conditioning units hanging out and other fine details are more apparent. The rear apartment blocks also have a host of fine details including distinct balconies.
Again, this ought to be taken with a grain of salt as the shots lack EXIF data to prove their origins though it won’t be long now before we can subject both phones to a showdown.