After months of leaks, Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S9+ alongside its smaller sibling the Galaxy S9 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. These phones have arrived as successor phones for Galaxy S8 and S8+ from last year. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have arrived with flagship specs, premium design and expensive pricing.
Design and Display
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are premium looking smartphones that come in multiple colors like Midnight Black, Titanium Grey, Coral Blue and the new Lilac Purple. Both phones bear resemblance with their predecessor models, albeit some design changes like the repositioned fingerprint scanner that now sits below the rear camera, less rounded corners and slightly reduced bezels.
The screen of S9 and S9+ are curved towards the edges on the front and rear. Their aluminum frame that is flanked with curved Gorilla Glass panels on both sides. The IP68 certification ensures that S9 and S9+ are waterproof and dustproof smartphones. The Galaxy S9 measures 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm and weighs 163 grams. On the other side, the dimensions of the Galaxy S9+ are 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm and its weight is 189 grams.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ respectively feature 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display that supports QHD+ resolution 2960 x 1440 pixels. According to Samsung, both phones come with a new kind of coating on the screen that deliver deeper blacks.
Chipset, RAM, Storage and Battery
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are fueled by Snapdragon 845 chipset in markets like North America and China. The rest of the world will be receiving their Exynos 9810 chipset models. Both the phones are packed with 64 GB of native storage and support for microSD card.
The Galaxy S9 features 4 GB of RAM and 3,000mAh battery whereas the larger S9+ includes 6 GB of RAM and 3,500mAh battery. The S9 and S9+ feature Quick Charge 2.0 and wireless charging.
Camera, Software and Other Features
Compared to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the newly unveiled successor phones are packed with improved cameras. The Galaxy S9’s rear camera and the primary sensor in the dual camera setup of S9+ feature 12-megpixel lens with variable aperture of f/1.5 to f/2.4. The lens is also equipped with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and dual pixel autofocus.
The presence of variable aperture makes it possible to snap amazing shots in low-light conditions as well as well-lit scenarios. The second camera of the dual camera system of S9+ is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens that comes with f/2.4 aperture, OIS and dual-pixel autofocus.
The rear-facing camera on both phones are equipped with single LED flash. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ can shoot 4K videos at 60 fps in the new HVEC format. These phones also support HD quality slow-motion video shooting a 960 fps. For shooting selfies, the Galaxy S9 duo feature 8-megapixel camera with f/.17 aperture and autofocus.
The stereo speaker setup tuned by AKG coupled with support for Dolby Atmos are available on the S9 and S9+. Samsung claims that the stereo speakers on both phones are 40 percent louder than their predecessor phones. The new Galaxies are also equipped with 3.5mm audio jack.
The Android 8.0 Oreo customized with the latest Grace UX comes loaded on the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Apart from fingerprint reader, both phones are also equipped with security features like improved KNOX and Intelligent Scan that combines iris scanner and face recognition.
The front-facing camera on both phones can be used to create 3D avatars called AR Emoji. The camera app can be used to capture an image of the face and generate a 3D avatar. The S9 duo can automatically make animated emoji sticker relying on the 3D avatar. These emoji stickers will be available through the keyboard so that they can be used while messaging.
Pricing and Availability
In the U.S, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are respectively priced at $719 and $839. The pre-orders of the S9 duo will begin in the U.S. starting from March 2. In the Europe, the S9 is priced at 849 euros and the S9+ costs 949 euros. In the U.S., Europe and select markets, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are expected to release in the market on March 16.
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