Samsung names have swept the top five spots in the Consumer Reports (CR) smartphone ratings, with the newest phones Galaxy S9 and S9+ occupying the loftiest two seats, according to industry sources on Sunday.
The U.S. magazine dedicated to consumer-oriented product research and testing said the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus took first and second place, respectively, with 81 points each.
They were followed by the Galaxy S8 with 80 points and the Galaxy S8 Active with 79 and the Galaxy S8+ with 79. The next three places were occupied by Apple’s iPhone 8+ and iPhone 8 with 79 points, each and the iPhone X with 78 points.
The magazine said Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S9 series represent overall performance improvements for the manufacturer’s lineup, marked by improved durability, faster processor, stereo speaker and convenient security functions including a new Intelligent Scan biometric option that combines basic 2D facial recognition and an iris scan.
In a durability test, the displays on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were badly broken and not functional after just 50 drops, but the S9 made it through 100 drops with just minor scratches.
That’s not to say Samsung’s new phones are perfect. There’s a noticeable drop in battery life from the previous generation, the report pointed out. And the phones’ cameras have taken a tiny step backward in performance due to over-sharpening, it added.
By Lee Dong-in and Minu Kim
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