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Samsung S9 Plus edges Google Pixel 2 out of DxOMark top spot

Camera-ranking site DxOMark has already evaluated the new Samsung S9 Plus – and the news is very good indeed.

The Korean giant's new smartphone, which was launched alongside the S9 model last week, has edged its way to the top of the Mobile rankings, with a score of 99 points just beating the Google Pixel 2 and the Apple iPhone X. Up until now, the former held the top spot, with an overall score of 98 points.

The score for the S9 Plus is made up of an overall Photo score of 104 – the highest yet for such a model – together with a score of 91 for Video. This still places the Google Pixel 2 comfortably ahead for video recording, but the site concluded its review of Samsung's latest offering by stating that its camera "hasn't got any obvious weaknesses," and that it manages to deliver "consistently good photo and video image quality in all light and shooting situations."

The news isn't entirely surprising given how heavily Samsung has focused on the new model's imaging capabilities. The S9 Plus sports a 12MP dual-camera setup on the back, with wide-angle and telephoto lenses and a mechanically adjustable aperture of f/1.5-2.4, together with a single 8MP f/1.7 camera on the front.

Other features include optical image stabilisation, 960fps slow-motion capture and Raw shooting, together with manual control over white balance, shutter speed and ISO.

DxOMark, which was launched by DxO Labs in 2008, claims to be the world’s largest image quality database. Earlier this year, it was spun off into a separate company. 

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