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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a much better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S8!

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Excellence Score
35.7
69.9
Value for Money Score
50.3
55.8
Price ₹ 31,000 onwards ₹ 45,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2016 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652Ranked #23 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 8895Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 510 Mali-G71 MP20
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16.0MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 1/2.8" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR F/1.7 Aperture, 26mm Focus Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, 80 Degree Wide-angle Lens
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mm 8 mm
Weight 210 gm 152 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 33.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): 17 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): 20 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): 21 hrs, Video Playback Time: 26 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 109 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging: 32% in 30 mins; Scratch Resistant Back Panel (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Samsung Pay; S-Voice; NFC; ANT+ Support; FM Recording; Noise Filtration Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Bixby Voice Assistant; Samsung DeX (Desktop Experience Support); Fast Battery Charging; Ultra High-Quality Audio Playback; Wireless Charging; Secure Folder; Hardware-based Encryption; Samsung Pay; Bundled AKG Earphones; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium glass-metal design
  • The flattened mid section too helps in making it easy to hold
  • With small bezel size (just 2.7mm) the overall size is kept relatively manageable for such a large screen device
  • Samsung's expertise in making good AMOLED screen shines through in the A9 Pro as well - although the resolution is relatively low at 1080p, the screen looks sharp, offers superb contrast, viewing angles and brightness
  • If you find the colours not to your liking, you can also switch modes from the display settings (adaptive/cinema photo/basic modes)
  • Good overall speed/performance, powered by the Snapdragon 652 processor, paired with 4GB RAM - offers the same class of performance as previous generation flagships - but falls behind the current Snapdragon 820 phones like Le Max 2 and Mi5 which are available in even lower price brackets
  • The 16MP primary camera offers good quality results and has optical image stabilization - although it is easily outclassed by the top camera phones in this price range like the OnePlus 3
  • The battery is massive at 5, 000mAh and combined with the efficient Snapdragon 652, delivers two full days of battery life
  • Fast charging support (30 minutes of charging will give you about a 30 per cent charge)
  • On the whole, if you want a really large screen smartphone from one of the top brands, A9 Pro is a good deal, but if you are ok about going with middle level or smaller brands, you can do better by getting better performance, more RAM, storage and better cameras at a cheaper price
  • Incredible overall fit and finish
  • Water-resistant (IP 68 certification), and with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and rear
  • Relatively comfortable to hold for a display this large in size
  • Apart from fingerprint recognition, you also have iris or facial recognition options for unlocking the device - iris is blazing fast, but requires some careful alignment - facial recognition works pretty well, but does require good lighting
  • The new on-screen navigation works well and buttons can finally be re-mapped - the home button has nice haptic feedback
  • The camera is state-of-the-art and pretty much the same as the already great camera on the S7, with one notable improvement - low light photography - the new Multi-Frame Image Processing delivers noticeably cleaner and sharper low light photos - overall now, this camera is right up there with the best in the business - the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel
  • With its bold, exquisite, elongated shape, and borderless "infinity" display, the Galaxy S8 is one gorgeous piece of technology - arguably the best designed Android phone to date
  • The exceptionally bright Infinity display is gorgeous, and a chart-topper in terms of sunlight visibility - and colors are even punchier than before
  • Samsung's TouchWiz software is now more polished than ever, and gives a thoughtfully conceived software experience
  • You can also use the phone as a mobile workstation with the DeX desktop dock - creating an Android "desktop" experience - which could be pretty handy
  • The new 18.5:9 aspect ratio for the display works great for portrait gaming, browsing and multi-tasking
  • The Exynos chipset powering the phone delivers a chart-topping performance in both CPU and GPU benchmarks - the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU is impressive too - overall, the performance is class leading, and brimming with horsepower
  • The front camera is very good too, and a major upgrade from the S7 in terms of image quality - Samsung has also included a big collection of filters, stickers and dynamic facial effects to raise your selfie game
  • Good audio quality
  • Very good battery life, a little better than the already good battery life of the Galaxy S7
  • Samsung's AI Engine Bixby is a decent add-on too, although a lot of the functionality, including voice activation will come in later
  • The S8+ is is really versatile when it comes to connectivity too with things like Gigabit LTE support, bluetooth audio streaming to two devices simultaneously, and presence of DisplayPort video output over Type-C
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No notification LED
  • The new fingerprint reader position at the back will certainly raise more than a few eyebrows - it's too high up and right next to the camera - which is not the most convenient placement
  • The all-glass body is quite slippery, if you don't use a case
  • While the 18.5:9 aspect ratio is futuristic, and certainly comes in handy while browsing, and gaming, but most video/image content is still not made for such a wide screen, so will usually be wasteful of the extra space
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  1. For the most part, Samsung’s Galaxy S8/+ are slam dunks. They are brilliantly designed, brimming with horsepower and have beautiful screens.
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  2. Samsung has certainly proven that it has the design and manufacturing strengths to pull off absolutely stunning devices
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