06 March 2018
After going through months of speculations and leaks, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are finally launched at MWC, Barcelona. Well, nothing was actually under the wraps, thanks to the long trails of rumors and leaks that you must have followed loyally. But, yes nothing is official until we have an official statement to validate.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with tons of refinements and features. Samsung has focused on photography and performance so as to bring to you the flagship of this year that can act as a big challenger to others.
Talking about the design, which looks wise doesn’t get any major change stays at the same form factor as the S8 line. But they are a bit smaller. The Galaxy S9 is about 1.2mm shorter than the S8 and the S9 Plus is roughly 1.4mm shorter than the S8 Plus.
This time, Samsung has changed its style of adding differences between the standard and its Plus model. The new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus aren’t just different to each other in terms of size and battery capacity. They now have a few more differences and the contrasting assets provide them their own identity.
The Galaxy S9 sports a single Dual Pixel 12MP sensor with dual f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures. On the other hand, the Galaxy S9 Plus offers two rear-facing camera sensor – one wide-angle at 12MP and one telephoto at 12MP.
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in images -
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus gets dual rear cameras and this makes it a different (if not completely) smartphone. Going by the same traditional difference, the Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Curved Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and the S9 Plus has the same style of display and aspect ratio but measures 6.2 inches. According to Samsung, these displays are also 15 percent brighter than the Galaxy S8.
Samsung claims that the dual apertures on Galaxy S9 automatically let in more light when it’s dark and less light when it’s too bright. Samsung has included an automatic slow-mo feature in the camera app. The Galaxy S9 includes a 4GB RAM and the S9 Plus includes the 6GB RAM.
Now, you know the differences between the two, it's time to know the specifications
|Specifications||Galaxy S9||Galaxy S9 Plus|
|Display||5.8-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9||6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9|
|Processor||64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)||64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)|
|Storage||64GB/128GB/256GB, expandable||64GB/128GB/256GB, expandable|
|Rear camera||Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS (F1.5/F2.4)||
Wide-angle: Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4)
Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4)
|Front camera||8MP AF (F1.7)||8MP AF (F1.7)|
|Connectivity options||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v 5.0, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v 5.0, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
Yes, the fingerprint sensor stays below the rear camera setup on both the phones. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ deliver an enhanced entertainment experience with powerful stereo speakers tuned by AKG, immersive audio with Dolby Atmos.
AR Emoji and improved Bixby -
Samsung is also launching AR Emoji, which seems to be its own version of Apple’s Animoji. There are two different styles of AR Emoji – a cartoon-like emoji, similar to Animoji, or a more life-like one based on a photo of you. The latter will allow you to customize the hair, skin, tone, clothes, and even accessories.
Bixby is making the camera smarter by offering live language translation. Galaxy S9 can simply tap the Bixby button to the piece of text they want to translate and Bixby will do the rest in real time. You’d just need to point the camera app to that piece of text. Bixby now also provides the nutritional information on food. You can point your camera at the donut and press the Bixy button and it will give you nutrition facts.
Improved Iris scanner for security -
Samsung has combined the Iris Scanner and Face Unlock to offer an Intelligent Scan, which is more secure and provides a reliable way to unlock your smartphone. For most simple conditions, the smartphone uses the face unlock, but for the apps that require a higher level of security, like banking apps, this uses the iris scanning.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available starting March 16, 2018, in select markets and will be offered in Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and a new hue, Lilac Purple.
- The Samsung Galaxy S9 is available at Amazon Marketplace for $ 530. The price/quality is good and this is the best device in this price range.
- The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is available at Amazon for $ 607. The price/quality is good and this is the best device in this price range.