After skipping last year's event, Samsung has opened Mobile World Congress 2018 with the reveal of its new flagship phones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Samsung seems to be gunning pretty hard for Apple's premium iPhone X, with the most radical upgrades thrown towards the camera. So just how well do the Galaxy S9 and S9+ stack up against the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus? New Atlas compares the specs and features of the five leading phones of 2018.
The Galaxy S9+ sure is plus-sized, coming in slightly shorter and a fair bit narrower than the mammoth iPhone 8 Plus. Both of Samsung's new phones are also quite a bit thicker than the iPhones, and in that department they've actually put on a bit of bulk since last year.
The iPhone 8 Plus still tips the scales as the heaviest device, but the Galaxy S9+ is closing the gap. If it's hard to visualize these numbers, just keep in mind that a US nickel weighs exactly 5 grams, so the difference between the phones can amount to lugging around pocketfuls of extra change.
Along with the usual black and gray options, Samsung has added a splash of color with blue and, for the first time on a Galaxy, purple.
Metal backs seem to be going out of style again. All five phones have opted for glass front and back, ringed in metal – aluminum for the Galaxies and stainless steel for the iPhones.