Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus were finally unveiled in Barcelona at the 2018 MCW event after much speculations as to what features the flagships will be coming with. The S9 and S9 Plus shares similar specifications as the S8 and S8 Plus in terms of screen size and some other features but Samsung fixed most of the issues with the S8 and S8 Plus with the major selling point of the new S9 and S9 Plus being its rear camera and its ability to shoot super slow motion videos at 960fps in HD resolution.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus Design and Display
The new flagships share similar design with the last year’s S8 and S8 Plus in terms of size, infinity display, a near bezel-less, full frontal and an edge-to-edge screen. The S9 comes with a 5.8” Super AMOLED Quad HD+ display at a resolution of 2960×1440 and 570 ppi density, while S9 Plus features a 6.2” with similar screen specs as the former but a better 529 ppi density.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus Software and Performance
Both devices ship Android Oreo 8.0 based on Samsung’s custom UI out of the box as expected. The S9 comes with a 4GB RAM and a 64GB internal memory while the S9 Plus comes with a 6GB RAM and the same internal memory space, both is expandable via SD card up to a mammoth 400GB.
The S9 and S9 Plus is powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset which clocks at a speed of 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz and 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz respectively depending on your carrier. Samsung has made no upgrade on the battery with the S9 and S9 Plus coming with a 3000mAh and 3500mAh battery respectively. The 3.55mm audio jack is retained and of course the water-dust resistance feature.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus vs Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
One of the major issues with the S8 was the location of its fingerprint sensor just beside the rear camera making it difficult for people to locate, this has been fixed and the fingerprint sensor is now below the rear camera.
Another improvement is on the speakers and volume, S9 now comes with stereo speakers for better sound quality and is 1.4x louder than the S8 when the AKG earbuds are connected.
Samsung S9/S9 Plus Camera
Like we said earlier, the major selling point of the S9/S9 Plus is its ability to shoot super slow motion videos at 960 frame rates per second, due to its dual aperture (f/2.4 and f/1.5) and the optical image stabilization. The dual aperture of the rear camera also makes it for the flagships to shoot super clear pictures in low light and dark environments.
Samsung S9/S9 AR Emoji
It’s safe to say Samsung ‘copied’ the IPhone X’s Animoji on this one. With the 8MP front camera when you snap a photo of yourself, it turns it into a 3D emoji which you can share with friends.
Other features like Bixby is certainly retained and there is a better wireless charging doc now.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Specifications
|Colors||Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray,|
|Dimensions||147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm /158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm|
|Screen size||5.8 -inch/6.2-inch|
|Resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels with 570 PPI pixel density for S9 and 529PPI for S9+|
|Display||Infinity display with Gorilla Glass 5|
|SIM||Single/Dual SIM - Hybrid|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810|
|GPU||Andreno 540/Mali-G71 GPU|
|Back Camera||12-MP SuperSpeed Dual Pixel (f/1.5 – f/2.4) / 12-MP SuperSpeed Dual Pixel (f/1.5 – f/2.4), 12-MP telephoto with 2x zoom (f/2.4)|
|Front Camera||8-MP (f/1.7)|
|ROM||64GB ROM Expandable via MICRO SD up to 400GB|
|Connectivity||GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB type C, NFC|
|Battery Capacity||3000mAh /3500mAh battery; 9V/2A fast charging|
|Sensors||Sensors, Iris sensor, Fingerprint sensor, HR sensor, Pressure sensor, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic sensor, RGB Light sensor, Barometer, Hall sensor|
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Price and Availability
S9 costs $720 while S9 Plus goes for $840, it’s available for pre-oder from Samsung, AT&T, Verizon, BestBuy, T-Mobile and Sprint.
Pre-oder information in Nigeria is available here.