Samsung officially unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9, at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona last week.
While the all new S9 looks almost identical to its predecessor, it boasts a number significant improvements, including a redesigned dual camera with variable aperture which ensures great photos in low light conditions.
The S9 also boasts a super slow mode capable of shooting 960 frames per second to create short slow motion videos.
As for specs, the S9 includes a top of the range Exynos 9810 chipset, which offers faster speeds and is more power efficient than any other Android device.
Add to this the 4GB RAM included on the S9 and the 6GB RAM on the larger S9+, Samsung’s newest flagship smartphones would appear to be the phones to beat in 2018.
However, despite the flagship specs and hardware, a series of benchmarks tests performed by tech site AnandTech have found that the iPhone 7 tops the S9 when it comes to performance.
In the tests, a version of the Galaxy S9 was pitted against the iPhone 7, with the Samsung device fairing pretty badly. AnandTech described the results of the test as “awkward”.
Not only did Apple’s handsets from last year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, beat the S9 and S9+ in every performance comparison test, but the iPhone 7 also beat Samsung’s new handsets in three of the tests.
The iPhone 7, which was released in 2016, is powered by Apple’s in house A10 Fusion chip, alongside 2GB RAM.
The reason for the S9’s poor performance was due to a problem with the firmware on the unit which was being tested, said AnandTech’s Andrei Frumusanu who carried out the tests.
“One of the Samsung spokesmen confirmed to me that the demo unit were running special firmware for MWC and that they might not be optimised.
“I’m having a bit of a hard time believing they would so drastically limit the performance of the device for the show demo units and less so that they would mess around with the scheduler settings.”
“Fingers crossed, today’s results are not representative of shipping product as that would otherwise be an utterly massive disappointment,” Andrei added.
Customers in Thailand can pre-order the Galaxy S9 now.