As expected, Samsung has today launched its two new smartphones in the Indian market — the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ at a launch event in New Delhi. Both the phones were originally unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.
While the devices have been launched in India today, Samsung India store had already opened pre-bookings for both — Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ right after the launch event in Barcelona. The devices were available for pre-booking for a price of Rs 2,000 (approximately $31).
One of the highlights for the Galaxy S9-series is that it comes with improved camera experience to take on the likes of Apple’s iPhone X and Google Pixel 2. DxOMark, which tests and rates smartphone cameras, has placed Samsung Galaxy S9+ as the best camera ahead of both its rivals.
Both phones bear resemblance with their predecessors in terms of design. However, there are 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 devices come with IP68 certification that ensures that the phones are waterproof and dustproof.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ features 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display, respectively which supports QHD+ resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. The company says that both phones come with a new kind of coating on the screen that delivers deeper blacks.
Both phones are powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9810 octa-core processor with Mali G72MP18 GPU. The Galaxy S9 packs 4GB RAM while the S9+ packs 6GB RAM. Both devices are available in two storage options — 64GB internal storage and 256GB onboard storage.
Coming to the camera specs, the Galaxy S9 features a 12-megapixel dual pixel rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.4-f/1.5 variable aperture, and 960fps super slo-mo support. On the other hand, the Galaxy S9+ comes with a 12-megapixel primary rear camera and 12-megapixel secondary camera along with f/2.4-f/1.5 variable aperture, LED Flash, and 960fps super slo-mo support. On the front, the devices feature 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with wide-angle lens and f/1.7 aperture.
The devices are running Android Oreo operating system out-of-the-box with TouchWiz custom interface on top. While the Galaxy S9 is powered by a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S9+ is powered by a 3,500mAh battery. Apart from the fingerprint reader, both phones are also equipped with security features like improved KNOX and Intelligent Scan that combines Iris Scanner and face recognition.
Connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth v5 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB 3.1, NFC and MST. The Galaxy S9 is powered by the 3,000mAh battery while the Galaxy S9+ is fuelled by a 3,500mAh battery and both devices come with wireless charging.
Pricing and Availability
In India, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple colors. As of the pricing, the 64GB ROM model of S9 costs Rs. 57,900 while the 256GB model is priced at Rs. 65,900. On the other hand, the 64GB model of S9+ is priced at Rs. 64,900 while the 256GB model costs Rs. 72,900.
While pre-bookings started last week on Samsung Shop, both the phones are now available for pre-order starting from 2 PM today on Flipkart. The company will start shipping the device from March 16th.