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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

After Nokia and Huawei have unveiled their latest product line-up for this year at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung takes the stage to bring out it’s flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The most awaited flagship smartphones of the year- Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are launched today. With so much of leaks and rumors finally, both the devices are launched.

As expected, the biggest improvements are in the cameras, with a variable aperture sensor on the primary rear camera on both phones, and a dual rear camera setup on the bigger Galaxy S9+. The phones are being launched in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, and Titanium Grey colour variants.

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Camera Specifications

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Smsung galaxy s9

The highlight of both the devices- Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ is the dual aperture setup on the primary rear camera sensor, which is capable of shooting at f/2.4 aperture when there’s ample light, but can switch to f/1.5 aperture when the phone detects low-light conditions. Samsung says this enables the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to capture 28% more light compared to the the predecessor Galaxy S8, adding that a new multi-frame noise reduction feature results in up to 30% less noise compared to the predecessor.

The other remarkable feature of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ camera is the super slow-mo mode that works similar to what we’ve seen on Sony’s recent flagships. The devices are capable of recording 960 frames per second, which means 0.2 seconds of footage is stretched out to 6 seconds when you are playing it back. You can export this footage as a GIF file or use it as an animated wallpaper on the device itself.

As leaked ahead, Samsung is also introducing AR Emoji, its own version and answer to Apple’s Animoji with a few changes. Unlike Animoji, which maps your facial expressions onto regular emojis, Samsung’s AR Emoji is meant to be a virtual avatar of sorts that lets you click a 3D picture of yourself and turn it into customised emoji. You get 18 different emojis that can then be used via the keyboard app on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in any app and be shared with other users irrespective of the devices they’re using.

The one more camera-related improvement on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ is the introduction of Bixby Vision that will now offer live translation features- the ability to recognize the buildings and other places in a frame. And even look at the food and provide information like the number of calories, a feature that will be available only in selected markets.

Another upgrade in the devices is the presence of dual speakers on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ which are tuned by AKG Acoustics With one downwards firing speaker, and the earpiece doubling up as the other channel. According to Samsung this setup results in sound that’s 1.4 times louder than the Galaxy S8. All this iis armed and also backed by Dolby Atmos for surround sound, with a toggle in Quick Settings enabling this enhancement for any kind of audio content.

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However, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ look virtually identical to their predecessors but they do pack some major changes. The most important one is the decision to shift the fingerprint scanner from the side of rear camera sensor.

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ specifications

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The Galaxy S9/S9+ is powered by a 10nm 64-bit octa-core SoC and will be available in 64/128/256GB internal storage options with support for up to 400GB of microSD cards. You get the latest Android 8 Oreo experience out of the box. Both the devices are IP68 certified water + dust resistance as well. Connectivity options on the phones include Gigabit LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0, and, yes, the 3.5mm headphone jack. Both phones have an identical 8MP autofocus front camera with f/1.7 aperture sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 sports a 5.8-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display, 4GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery, and a SuperSpeed Dual Pixel 12MP-autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor with OIS. It measures 147.7×68.7×8.5 mm and weighs approx. 163 grams. 

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ features a 6.2-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display, 6GB of RAM, a 3500mAh battery, a dual rear camera setup with dual OIS ( a wide-angle lens with SuperSpeed Dual Pixel), a 12MP autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor and a telephoto lens with 12MP autofocus f/2.4 sensor. It measures 158.1×73.8×8.5mm and weighs almost 189 grams. 

OS Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Display 5.8″ Infinity Display
Quad HD (2960 x 1440 pixels)resolution
Super AMOLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision
6.2″ Infinity Display
Quad HD (2960 x 1440 pixels)resolution
Super AMOLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (for US & China)
Samsung Exynos 9810 (Rest of World)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (for US & China)
Samsung Exynos 9810 (Rest of World)
RAM 4GB 6GB
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Expandable up to 400GB
64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Expandable up to 400GB
Rear Camera 12MP Single Camera
Variable Aperture (f/1.5-f/2.4)
OIS, 4K Recording, 1080p Super Slow Motion
12MP + 12MP Dual Cameras
Variable Aperture (f/1.5-f/2.4)
OIS, 4K Recording, 1080p Super Slow Motion
Front Camera 8MP Single Camera 8MP Single Camera
Battery 3000mAh
Fast Charging & Wireless Charging Support
3500mAh
Fast Charging & Wireless Charging Support
DeX Support Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
2.4 G+5 GHz
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
2.4 G+5 GHz
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
IRIS Scanner Yes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
Dimension 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight 163 grams 189 grams
Colors Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple
Price $720 $840

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